Nodding Head Brewery & Restaurant | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Nodding Head Brewery & Restaurant
Exceptional based on 90 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

1516 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania United States 19102 [ print map ]
215 569 9525

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Nodding Head Brewery & Restaurant

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Beer Available At Nodding Head Brewery & Restaurant (arranged by most recent)
Nodding Head 60 Shilling Ale 41, Nodding Head Lava , Nodding Head Bracket Buster , Nodding Head Rufus , Nodding Head Just Annuder Stout , Nodding Head Chocolate Stout 54, Nodding Head Bullseye Bitter 48, Nodding Head Tripel Lindy , Nodding Head Ostap , Nodding Head Beta , Nodding Head Grog 74, Nodding Head Pepper Pale Ale , Nodding Head Ich Bin Ein Berliner Weisse 51, Nodding Head Sled Wrecker 70, Nodding Head 700 Level 35, Allagash White 94, Nodding Head Alpha , Nodding Head BPA 85, Nodding Head / De la Senne Twei Koppen , Nodding Head Monkey Knife Fight 61
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90 reviews for Nodding Head Brewery & Restaurant
 Ambiance  71%
 Service  71%
 Selection  64%
 Food  74%
 Value  70%
 Overall  73%
 Rating  77%
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76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
theisti  (464) Leawood, Kansas | February 20, 2013
Visited mid-afternoon on a Monday for lunch and a couple of beers. The brewpub is located on the second floor of a cool old building on a side street in central Philadelphia. Based on the narrow staircase, I was expecting a cramped tiny space, but the stairs open up to a sizable bar and restaurant area. The bar itself is small, 8 seats, and well worn. There are tables and booths spread out through the three rooms, and seems designed to handle crowds. The service at the bar was great, very attentive and friendly. I had the bleu cheese and bacon mussels, and the session IPA and cask brown ale (they had 5 beers + a cask). Everything with fresh and tasty, enjoyed my time here.
54
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
BiddleBrau  (76) Fort Washington, Pennsylvania | December 7, 2012
Stopped in for a quick drink so my review could be lacking given the short time I spent here. However, I have been here years before when it was the Sam Adams brew house (can we say decades ago). With only 3 people at the bar looking for service i was surprised at how long it took for the bartender to recognize our needs. Ambiance could be promising under right circumstances although I do like the interior a lot. Selection of house brews limited. If it wasnít for the pubiness of the place Iíd probably not return.
66
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686  (131) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | November 2, 2012
Divey type brewpub, but with a small phohibition type bar that we sat at upstairs which I liked. Service was good, probably because the bar was so small, and tender was knowledgable. Selection was decent, probably 6-8 of their beers on tap. Beers were fairly cheap and were able to get in small portions. Worth it if youíre walking past, but not much more than that.
68
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh  (415) Helsinki, Finland | September 8, 2012
Visited Wednesday lunch time. It was quite busy but still the bartender had time to chat for a moment. 5 taps and 1 cask. I had the cask one (BPA) and it was tasty. Thereís nothing special about this place but nothingís fundamentally wrong either. Could visit again (if it was a bit closer).
64
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
mikem409  (181) bloomfield, Michigan | August 14, 2012
big place with lots of cool bobble heads. did not eat but beer was good and you could do half size
72
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
ReggieDunlap  (140) The dub c, Pennsylvania | August 14, 2012
2nd visit was much better than the first! Made me realize that I actually like the place in the daytime...this is a lunch spot for a quiet beer...good natural light and not overcrowded. while the bartenders were friendly and fast here, i had trouble finding any other redeeming qualities about this place. it was dark, dingy, crowded, and stuffy. It appeared to be very dirty and was filled with a higher concentration of people with poor hygiene (to say it nicely) than most bars iíve been. the dart board setup (where drunks throw darts across the walkway at the back of the bar) was a nice touch as it added danger and excitment to my visit. i had a belgian chocolate stout which had little if any chocolate to the flavor or aroma and quite frankly it was terrible...one of the VERY few times ive ever sent a beer back. the BPA was however fairly drinkable and i was able to choke down 2 pints before running for the door. i would not go back here. ever.
62
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
GT2  (536) Carlsbad, California | July 10, 2012
Interesting, cramped, two story dive bar slash brewpub smack dab in the middle of downtown Philly. Service was mediocre to annoyingly slow, inattentive. Pretty sure they only had their house beers on tap, which looked interesting. However, most of them were not very good: diacetyl laden, soapy, astringent. Just not well made. They have food, but we did not eat here. Mostly burgers and bar food. Strange place with a quirky vibe. I would consider going back, but there are just too many other top notch beer bars in Philly.
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Capa  (261) Manama, Bahrain | February 18, 2012
The bar is not polished, not modern, but very comfortable and corner bar feeling. Friendly barkeepers willing to explain the beers. The brewery is visible behind glass panes. They had six of their beers on when I was there along with a 2010 RR Temptation tap. Beers were good and of a fairly wide variety. I didnít eat so canít comment there. Real mellow atmosphere. Casual and comfortable. Very nice.
76
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream  (87) | January 23, 2012| Updated May 19, 2012
Interesting and eccentric brewpub in Center City, Philly. The big brewkettles are behind a glass wall right near the bar, so you can keep an eye on the beer being made as you drink. There are showcases full of little dolls wearing all sorts of outfits - guess they must be nodding head dolls. An attractive and mostly wooden interior, with a traditional look to it. I like the vibe here quite a bit. I didnít try the food on this visit, but the beers were good - there were around 6-8 taps of fresh brew, and you can buy inexpensive small glasses if you like. The bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable about a number of subjects - good qualities in a bartender. So far I have only been there during the day, when the crowd was sparse and low-key, but I would like to visit again.
70
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr  (1383) Washington, Washington DC | December 7, 2011
Large place, pretty empty on a Wednesday at lunchtime. Beers were mostly OK, service was good, and burgers were delicious. Worth a stop.

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