Located in Fishtown at the corner of East Girard and Montgomery Avenues, Kraftwork is a decent spot with a good taplist I have visited twice now. Boxy but comfortable, the place has a square bar in the middle and shared tables around the outside. There seemed to be a nice mix of clientele each visit, although white, mid-twenties seemed most common. Seating was at a premium on both weeknights I visited but the wait for space was not unduly long. There were two very busy bartenders who were pressed to keep up with the demand and seem to have little time (or interest) to chat. The wait staff however was ample and timely. There were 14 taps with a nice variety of options. A nice touch was the menu which showed what beer was next when each on the menu kicked. Prices seemed about average and fair. Food was a decent - not a huge set of choices but some interesting ones alongside pub mainstays like burgers. I don’t think anyone at our table was ecstatic but no one left hungry or angry either. The "beer can sandwich" seemed to be the winner at our table of eight. I would note that the architecture and the volume of the music conspire to make this a place where you may have to go home hoarse if you need to talk to anyone who isn;t right next to you. All-in-all this was a decent place with good beers and one I would revisit, although not as a first choice.
Went for Terrapin event during CBC 2016; 4 May 2016. Bright space with a bar in the middle and a cool pub. About 20ish taps and mostly cool beers from near and far. They had Terrapin, Wicked Weed, Tired Hands, Coppertail, and a few others that were probably just on for the conference. Food was very good. Had a very nice tofu banh mi sandwich and local cheese and pickle plate. Nice food - urban pub meets old world beer hall. Enjoyable place.
Hip spot located near some other beer destinations in Fishtown. Exposed brick and loads of iron work lends a semi-industrial vibe. The large U-shaped central bar sort of dominates the place. The tap list was decent. Roughly 50% localish stuff with a smattering of bigger national craft players thrown in. Unfortunately a lot of beer from the area’s pretty hit-and-miss, so definitely try before you buy. Service was totally adequate. Prices weren’t exactly cheap. Overall, I’ll definitely visit again.
Visited on Black Friday in the afternoon. KBS had kicked but the rest of the line-up was still on tap and it was a great place. Able to walk right in and get a table for 5 people although when we left closer to dinner time it there was a wait for a table. Obviously the beer selection was pretty great considering the special Black Friday event but I can only rate based on what I drank (and it was great); the food was surprsingly delicious, probably considering I had no expectations, and the atmosphere was both interesting and unique (love the giant saw above the bar). Prices were reasonable even for BCBS on tap and the food was also fairly decent. The staff were very attentive even as it got busier later in the afternoon. Its an easy cab or public transit ride away from downtown and if you want to explore "northeast" downtown Philly this is a good place to start.
Went here on a Thursday night--man, it was pretty busy, although we only waited 10 minutes for a table. I really liked the ambiance - it’s a renovated corner tavern, and they’ve done a very nice job with it, incorporating wrenches in the decor, etc. The service was quick and helpful, although the guy seemed pretty baffled explaining a baltic porter to me. The selection was good, with some rotating taps and interesting choices. The food was very good, and reasonably priced overall. Overall a great choice in Fishtown!
Nice local spot in a residential neighborhood. Huge U-shaped bar with plenty of taps (Pliny the Elder until about twenty minutes before we walked in, unfortunately), but could use more local stuff. Friendly staff. Worth a look. Easy walk from the train station.
One of the best beer bars in Philadelphia. Huge selection. They constantly let you know what’s coming up on which taps, which is a detail you don’t often see. This also shows that they plan their beer selections as well. Food is amazing at a decent price.
Ive been here a handful of times but finally getting around to the rate. Open, one room bar. Bar is a U shape in the middle of the room with tables around the perimeter. Outside seating is also available. Barkeepers tend to be friendly and quick when you need a refill, which is nice. I’ve had the burger and it is top-notch, though I’m not a fan of the fries (never been a fan of shoestring fries). Always a few taps that aren’t anywhere else local and generally at least one or two I’ve never seen. they play the tunes a bit loud but that’s to be expected at this hipster hangout. You’ll see a couple guys trying to read a book amidst the loud music and crowd nice because they are too cool. Good place.
Went for Sunday Brunch. 23 taps, not particularly Philadelphia biased. Had a couple beers I’ve never seen before on tap. Good printed beer list showing what’s on and what’s up and coming, as well as price and glass size. We had the breakfast sandwiches - they were good, but for $9.50 I’d expect a bit more than one slice of scrapple. Wife go her’s with t-bacon and it was a generous portion. Specials sounded real good too. Very hipster - there were more neck-beards, thick glasses and iPhones than I’ve ever seen. Ambiance was a bit noisy. Service was top notch and VERY friendly. We will definitely be going back here.