Taps: 16 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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4.78/5 rDev +31%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Media has really become a great hangout for those 18-80. Lots of options for those who like good beer. Quotations has more of the atmosphere, selection, and character of place that any beer dude is looking for...
Walk in - you get mix of beer geeks, hot chicks, and macros drinkers.
10-15 taps that rotate quick, along with the bottle selection as well. Always a theme going on...
Service to me has been great! Food is great as well. Gotta have the crab fries!!! All food is reasonable and fresh!
Solid and descriptive beer menu....
Good music and activites...
Big place, not cramped...
12-31-2009 05:16:28 | More by djeffbee
4.68/5 rDev +28.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Hands down the best bar in Media and surrounding towns. Big menu from apps to sandwiches to entrees. Their specialty is seafood and when you order say for example the crab fries, you don't just get old bay on the fries you get mounds of crab meat too. They keep the kitchen open late so if you've got the munchies at 1am on a Saturday this place can accommodate.
The real draw is the beer. Quotations has a rotating tap list that is updated at least 1-2x a week. At least a dozen options with a few staples. This time of year the bottles rotate just as fast because everyone's sucking down the variety of Oktoberfests and pumpkin beers they stock up on. They import their beer from UK/Europe and domestic micro and macro breweries. Majority of which are Belgium style. They usually get in highly rated, award-winning beers and those brewed for a limited time. Very fun to try. Friendly, well-versed staff is always happy to give recommendations and samples.
I love to go here to watch sports, they have a big bar seating area with 4 (I think, maybe more) big screens. Only negative I would say is when they bring in live music. The bar is not equipped to handle acoustics and you'll find yourself screaming at the person next to you. But there's never a cover.
If you're in the Media area, be sure to make a pit-stop.
09-29-2010 16:39:12 | More by Thirsty2383
4.6/5 rDev +26%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
After seeing all the previous reviews of this place, and after a few less then entirely satisfactory BA posting dialogues with the owner here (Mike), I confess I didn't know what to expect when I visited this place the other night. However, suffice it say, what I did see/experience was not what I guess I had come to expect.
As you walk in the front door, the first thing you notice is a good size bar area to your immediate right. The bar itself easily accommodates around 20 patrons, and includes probably 8 or 9 tables as well in the bar area. As you stand by the bar with it on your right and look back, you can see three modest size dining areas. None of them are particularly large, but all together I would guess there must be close to 30 tables and chairs. So the restaurant area is actually pretty good size, and set far enough away that diners here miss quite a bit of the smoke and noise from the bar. It's a pretty nice set up. The place itself has sort of a newish, almot industrial feel to it. By that I mean it has something of a TGIF/Applebees feel to it. I didn't get any food, but what I saw looked good, if not particularly exciting or special. Still, at least based on what I saw, I can't imagine anyone panning the food here. It looked to be a cut above what I'd call typical pub grub, if not exactly a huge cut above.
As for the selection, at least with the beers on tap, it was jaw dropping awesome. The night I was there it included hopslam, stille nacht and the scotch winter ale from Canaster. There were an additional 5 or 6 Belgians on tap, as well as Bells Kalamazoo Stout, Aventinus, Pyramid Apricot (not to generalize, but Mike has a better then average selection of "chick beers" here - fruit beers and lambics), and a number of others. I think there were roughly 20 beers on tap, all of which were solid. I spoke to Mike about the selection, and he confirmed that he goes out of his way to try to feature beers you are unlikely to see any place else. That would explain the unusual fact that there were no beers from Victory, SlyFox, SmuttyNose, etc. the night I was there. Mike was quick to point out that he has nothing against these local breweries, but just feels you can get their beers pretty much everywhere, and that's not what he's about.
The service was generally excellent, and I noticed there were plenty of employees working behind the bar the night I was there (Saturday). The bartender confirmed that the size of the crowd (the place was packed) was pretty typical for a Saturday night.
I guess I agree that the prices here are a bit high (in the $6 range for the non-Belgians), but the beers here are exceptional. I paid $7 for a 12 ounce glass of Stille Nacht, which I think is VERY fair. Also, the beer was incredibly fresh, and was probably the best stille nacht I've ever had on tap (which granted, amounts to no more then 2 or 3 other times).
I had told Mike I would likely be stopping by, so I sat and had a couple of beers before introduing myself, just so I could see him and his crew in action. To say the least, I was impressed by normal operations at Quotations.
One thing I've noticed at the beer bars I've visited in the area, the owners are not afraid to work. Matt at Capone's, Jeff at TJ's, they all work very hard and put in VERY long hours. However, I've never seen anything like Mike and his wife (Stacey as I recall). Here it was 8:30 on a Saturday night and Mike was just everywhere; taking orders, talking to customers, taking out the trash (I kid you not), bringing out more beer, helping with table service.
This is an exceptional place, with one of the best draft selections I've seen anywhre. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
While I'm here, I might as well say something about the owner (Mike), who I was able to talk to for 10 or 15 minutes. The man is clearly wound pretty tight and is extremely passionate about his place. He does occasionally crack a smile, but it's obvious he loves his restaurant/tavern, and is serious about his work there. Talking to him about his beer list, I think it fair to say that he is also very competitive about how his place compares to some of the other outstanding beer bars in the area (this area is just teeming with great beer bars). I have no doubt he wants people to think it the best, and he's not above working his butt off to achieve that result. The results speak for themselves.
It's a pity this place doesn't get better recognition from the BA population. IMHO, it truly is one of the better beer bars in the area, if not the entire country. I'll definitely be back.
01-20-2008 19:14:04 | More by johnmichaelsen
4.43/5 rDev +21.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Being local to Media, I'd have to call this my go to spot when I'm looking for solid brew and good food. The beer list changes all the time, while still keeping some solid regulars. Over the past few weeks I've seen Pumking, Oberon, Big Hoppy Monster, ST Unearthly, Avery Maharaja, Gamma Ray, countless Belgians, and the list goes on and on. The bartenders and servers are all easy going and easy to talk to. Most can give you a good feel for the brews on the menu. My only complaint would be the lack of any local offerings from the many breweries in the area. The beer list here is really good. If you're looking for Southern Tier or Bells, def the place to go. I just think an offering from Victory or Yards would be nice.
09-22-2009 01:00:30 | More by KevinRx
4.4/5 rDev +20.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Quotations continues to improve. Beer selection, particularly selection of Belgian beers, can only be called outstanding. During last visit, within the past week, Q had 5 Belgians on tap, including St. Bernardus, McChouffe and Urthel Quad, along with 4 or 5 other good American beers. Also good bottle selection, many very good Belgians and Germans. Nicely mixed crowd most of the time, light beer enthusiasts keeping the bills paid, and Belgians on tap quite reasonable at $6. Food was somewhat mediocre at outset of restaurant, has improved a fair amount to my thinking, but strength of Quotations is the beer selection. Some bartenders knowledgeable, some others less so. Raw bar Thursday and Friday afternoons, live music Fridays and Saturday nights, often quite good. Certainly best beer selection in Philadelphia suburbs, by far. Several negative reviews seem way off the money, I think.
03-08-2007 19:04:29 | More by BelgieScott
4.2/5 rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I stopped in here for a few beers after dinner and beers across the street at Iron Hill. It turned out to be a pleasant end to our big trip out to the burbs.
The bar is to the right as you walk in through a corridor. There are a few small tables in the bar area in front and dinner is served in the back room. The bar itself is a light wood with different quotes burned into the top. It probably seats about 20 with plenty of room and a few tvs behind it. The only complaint I have about the room is that it is way too bright.
The tap selection was pretty good and since I have never had the pleasure of Bell's Two Hearted off the tap I started off with that and never looked back. Also to be found on tap were Aventinus, Javer Dark, Hoegarden, Something from Blue Point - DIPA maybe? Pyramid Apricot, and a couple of others.
There was also a very nice lineup of bottles and the beer menu goes into some good details and explanations of each.
All in all this place is a very good beer bar and between it and Iron Hill across the street it might be enough to draw me out to the burbs on a somewhat regular basis.
02-08-2007 17:16:31 | More by paddyos
4.14/5 rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I really like this place, media is a cool little town.. In my hs years I knew some girls that used to live here, its a cool place.
This place is interesting, like most beer bars it seems to be a mix of beer geeks and people that just wanan drink macros or red bull and vodkas
they have at least 15 taps, maybe more. They seem to have a heavily rotating bottle selection as well.
The service has always been good, there is no real reason I havent eaten here, the food looks good and seems reasonable. I have just never been full when I was there
The beer menu has very good on the nose discriptions
They have a good amount of belgians as well as some really cool domestic
They have some cool off the beaten trail stuff too, its the only place I have seen 2 brothers on draft
My friend has been playing music here once a month or so, and I always have fun
Really big place,I love that its non smoking
I have seen the owner / or at least manager post on here he seems like a man who cares about really taking care of the beer geek customers
This place is really good for the craft/ belgian beer movement, it does a great job of crossing people over from macros
def worth checking out
12-06-2008 23:55:59 | More by gdfan47
4.04/5 rDev +10.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The best beer bar I have found in Media. Compared to most areas in the Philly suburbs, Media's best restaurants, bars, brewpus, etc. do not match up to the best in West Chester, Paoli, Wayne, Malvern, Newtown, etc. This is true for Quotations too, though it's still good.
Atmosphere is fine but way too smoky and as bright as a diner in the bar area. Selection is somewhat limited (10 or so taps, 15-20 bottles) but very high quality. This is *the* place for Bells products in our area. We had Hop Slam on tap a few weeks ago and Oberon on tap today and both times they were the only place in the areas that had the product on tap. They are also on the forefront with the Italian craft beer movement.
Service is just ok. For some reason, I don't mind when I go to Capone's and the bartenders don't know a thing about beer. I think it's because it seems like all of the bartenders were there long before Matt started bringing in craft beer and they are doing the best they can. Here the bartenders are young and uninformed. I find that inexcusable but maybe that's just me...
There's some good stuff at Quotations but I won't go out of my way to stop here unless we're in the mood for Bells on tap . The place could be great but, well, it's not.
UPDATE: Atmosphere has improved dramatically since the PA smoking ban. Selection continues to shine as there is a lot of stuff you will find nowhere else. I also upgraded service based on a couple of good experiences with one of the young bartenders (even saw him at the Kennett Brewfest) and with Mike, the owner.
04-04-2008 02:29:47 | More by sholland119
3.98/5 rDev +9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
I visit Quotations with friends at least twice a month. Easy to get a table or bar seat even on Friday evenings except during sporting events. Beer selection is always good although don't expect to see any local beers here. This place is right across from Iron Hill which I also frequent. The two places have totally different types of crowds; Quotations I would say has a bit older crowd while Iron Hill tends to be full of younger peeps. Not that it matters to me but it may to you. Quotations serves lots of Terrapin, Bells, Flying Dog and Left Hand plus they seems to carry Kwak and De Troch's Framboise for months at a time which is a good thing since my GF loves DeTrochs and my friends swear by Kwak. If you're in DelCo looking for a good selection of non-local brews Quotations is the place.
12-11-2009 14:08:04 | More by SuburbanBrew
3.94/5 rDev +7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited for the first time with 6 BA's. Wasn't sure what to expect with some of the previous reviews. But, with some of the slections they had flowing, the recent into PA Oggi's/Left Coast Brewing, I felt this place deserved a chance.
Located directly across the street from IH Media and Media Trader Joe's there is at least reason to stop in here every now and then.
The overall vibe is fine...nothing spectacular but certainly clean and pleasant. You will understand the meaning of the name once you visit.
Despite not having an overwhelming number of taps I gave the selection a bump up due to the originality of the selection. Many of the brews on were quite different....such as ST Pumking, Laughing Dog CSB and three Oggi's/Left Coast choices. I like to see different and not a repeat of the same old stuff.
Our service was solid and pleasant. I am told that we talked to the owner and despite previous posts we had a very nice chat with him. I am sure he knew we knew our beers....and he treated us as such.
A quality place, that I am told is much better now having gone non-smoking. I will certainly poke my head in to see what is flowing next time I am in the Media area.
11-22-2008 08:56:19 | More by Deuane
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Quotations in Media, PA
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