Originally Posted by chester cheetah
Thanks coff. All suggestions sound good. Between your write up and beer advocate I will be just fine.
Two morequestions if you don't mind. Philly like Boston has a bunch of good beer bars but usually the food is lacking if beer is the focus of the establishment. Any places I can get a good steak/meal at a nice restaurant and get quality beer? Because I can't find anyplace like that at home.
Does the electric factory suck or am I reading the wrong info? Everything I read says that security there are hard asses, that the sound sucks, and they oversell the venue and cram as many as they can in there.
On the topic of beer, boulevard single wide just started showing up at stores around me. Why does the 6 pack come in a full box like a 12 pack would? Im not a recycling nut but it seemed odd that they would use that much cardboard and material for a 6 pack. It reminded me of buying cd's circa 1992.
Is Pliny the elder on tap anywhere in Philly?
I dont find that to be true in Philly at all actually. There are many beer bars with fantastic food and amazing beer selections. Monk's has some fabulous food, the mussels are out of this world and pair great with the wide variety of Belgian beers they pour. All of the places I listed have very good food to go along with the good beer. You might be looking for a higher end place? Most of the restaurants in Philly have embraced the craft beer culture, including the expensive Buddakhan (incredible) Butcher and Singer etc so you'll find 2-3 solid local crafts at the high end places.
Most of the places I have listed are Center City or towards my neighborhood in No Libs/Fishtown, but there is even more out in South Philly.
The Electric Factory used to be awesome, I loved it when I was 15-20. Most of the reveiws ytou are reading are correct. Its packed, tons of underaged wasted annoying people and the bar sucks and is a pain to get a beer from. The best place of comparable size is Union Transfer, great place for a show, great beer selection at a reasonable price and fantastic sound.
Currently POPE in South Philly has it on tap, not sure how long it will last since these bars get a keg at a time randomly and will sneak it on tap unadvertised so their regulars get to enjoy.
***Tip, dont waste your time with any beers from Philadelphia Brewing Company, unfortunately their beer is very pedestrian at best and an awful representation of beer in Philadelphia, have yourself anything from Yards instead and enjoy.