A small beer bar, a local neighbourhood watering hole with a pretty good selection. Only a stone’s throw away from Earth Bread + Brewery, and I think hitting both is an excellent combination. Literally 1 minute walk from each other, you to Earth for food and their exclusive brewpub offerings brewed on premise and you hit McMenamin’s for quality brewery beers. Place itself is nothing to brag about, typical non-center neighbourhood beer bar, type of place you can feel that most the people there are regular customers. Had myself a glass of Russian River Salvation and then off to Earth we went.
Small standard looking irish pub ... staff was friendly and thats about it .... menu was standard tavern food with some specials and was tasty had a fish wrap, hummus plate and both were good .... beer list was 16 taps and a hand pump with a nice mix of local, couple east coast and west coast micros and a trappist ale mixed in there ... bottle list is small with a mix of micro’s and then they carry about 6 different trappist 750ml bottles (Westmalle, Chimay) ..... value wasn’t too bad and overall it was solid ... showed up too early for earth bread + brewery (they open at 4:30pm)
This is the closest thing in the Philadelphia area to a European pub. The actual establishment is small - small bar with a back room "restaurant" section. Parking is great and free! You are likely to encounter ANYONE in here - such a great multi-generational, multi-ethnic, multi-socioeconomic hodge-podge. And the staff is VERY down-to-earth and friendly. There are regulars, but anyone walking into this place feels at home. The food is surprisingly good as well. Beer selection isn’t vast- around 15 taps and one hand-pulled - but there is a good mix of things to fit the mixed clientele. This is simply the epitome of warm and cozy neighborhood bar and should be on everyone’s list of places to try in Philadelphia.
On my first trip to Earth Bread yesterday, the bartender recommended that I check this tavern out. So I walked 30 yards down Germantown Ave and entered McMenamin’s Tavern. First off it seemed like a popular place and the people seemed pretty fun / friendly. Nice amount of craft taps plus European staples works for me! The one bartender that helped me seemed nice and into beer. The other servers seemed a bit less focused on providing an experience to the consumer. Didn’t try the food but the guy next to me swore by the wings. I told him to try Capone’s 25 cent wing special and get back to me :) Prices seemed fair to inexpensive and I enjoyed the quick pint of Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter that I had before heading back to my hotel in Plymouth Meeting. It was especially nice stopping here after Earth Bread considering Earth Bread concentrates more on session beers while McMenamins had "bigger" craft choices.
Has the look and feel right away of a typical Irish bar, and while they have the typical Guinness, Smitchwicks, and Harp on, they go beyond that with a nice selection of micros. Honestly was not planning on stopping in here but it turns out I didn’t do my research well enough and got to Earth Bread + Brewery a couple hours before they opened, so figured I’d grab a drink here to kill time. Atmosphere was good, service for the one beer I got was quick and friendly. For the middle of the afternoon on a Wednesday the crowd was nice. Seemed very much like a locals place. Pleasantly surprised.