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Taps: 16 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
37 E State St
phone: (610) 627-2515
(Place added by: Beermaninpa)
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vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$$
Quotations doesn't seem to understand why they're often empty or close to empty while craft beer booms around them - it's because their food prices are too high, their beer is served ice cold (really, so cold, way too cold for most of the styles on their menu), and the place needs a few more lights. The atmosphere is downright dour in this place, and the quality of what they serve isn't doing them any favors.
If you like your beer served below freezing, by all means, enjoy! If you want the only $9.99 crab fries on the planet (really, $9.99), head to "Quotes"! Otherwise, go across the street to Iron Hill or get the hell out of Media.
06-27-2012 17:24:50 |
More by mfunk9786
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
I went there today while my girl went to the book store up the block.I had the Russian River/Avery duo belgian beer and a Bells Expedition stout.I expected the begian to come in a goblet but not the stout.I felt cheated out of that, and each of the beers were 6 bucks.I got to talking to the bartender and he asked how I heard about the place and I told him about Beer Advocate and the rating system.He asked how the rating where for Quotations and I didnt have the heart to tell him that they sucked.I dont think I will go there again,I just wanted to see what was up with the place.Ide try Iron Hill next time .
02-24-2007 23:33:16 |
More by MmmIPA
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've poked my head into this place on a few occasions, gotten a really bad vibe instantly, then just opted to go to Iron Hill right across the street. But I finally did visit Quotations properly just recently.
The appearance is pretty basic: medium-sized bar holds about 20 people, I'd say, with plenty of tables. Large windows provide a view of the street. The bar is setup like someone just threw in a few kegerators and called it a day. I get a real d-bag/a-hole vibe from this place, and even when I went and there were only a few people there, I could tell right away, this is where d-bags and hipsters go to drink and pretend like they know what good beer is, while listening to crappy music over the PA and slamming out the beat to "Buffalo Soldier" like it's some uber underground song that only they know, and have such a connection to with their white-boy dreads. Not that that's the management's fault, but speaking of that...a lot of the reviews I've read have mentioned how crass and irritable the owner is, and having now seen him in action, I suppose those statements are justified. And the more I hear about him and his ignorant outlook towards beer and the beer scene, the more I realize that this place deserves no legitimate business from true beer enthusiasts. Basically, this bar comes off to me as a polished turd: a regular everyday bar with regular everyday staff, that just happens to keep a good beer selection.
As for the beer selection, it was pretty decent. A good selection of crafts and micros appropriate for the season, though nothing overly extraordinary. The food menu was decent, with mostly comfort food, and some pricey entrees that why would you even consider? The food itself was not bad, and other than the entrees, pretty reasonably priced.
The staff seemed pretty generic when it came to actual beer knowledge. Our bartender was pretty attentive, so I have no complaints really. I'd kind of want to go back during busy hours to get a better feel, but I just KNOW that the crowd would be intolerable.
My two cents:
Iron Hill is right across the street, and MUCH nicer than this place, and even if IH's beer selection is limited to their own brews, said brews are still generally top notch. The other option is Pinocchio's just a few blocks away. Beer selection is much better, even if the place seems like a dump...but it's a nice dump, and much friendlier and less douchey than Quotations. Plus the beer garden (pricey but convenient).
07-15-2011 20:01:11 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$
Want to save a buck...go to Quotations. I don't mean the four legged forest creature, I mean money. It's not because the prices are great, it's because you may walk out before even being served.
This is the second time I've been here. I thought I'd give it another chance after the first time I was here.
It is a brightly lit bar as there are huge windows facing the street, great for people watching. The tables and bar are a light wood color with quotations burnt into them. I should have observed the bar a bit more but I was so frustrated with the dirty table and dirty silverware I was afraid the bar would be just as filthy. Sure enough when our drinks came our glasses had food particles stuck to the side of them. This was my first visit.
I thought I'd give it another try, but this time go directly to the bar.
The bar was clean and the bartender greeted us promptly unfortunately, that's where it ended. No drinks were to be had, as after sitting for upwards of 10 minutes with no return of the bartender we opted to give up the beers we were hoping to try and save some cash and leave. It's not that our bartender had mysteriously disappeared, he was helping other people and chatting with what appeared to be friends. The deciding factor to leave Quotations was when our bartender choose to do dishes instead of helping us, curious beer patrons.
I hope whoever goes there next doesn't have to experience what I had to, I have never been serviced so wretchedly in my life. It's a shame as their beer selection was great.
07-16-2006 00:35:43 |
More by WonderWoman
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$
If you want to talk about a place that is hit or miss, this is the place. I've been to Quotations many times and there is really only one thing that keeps me coming back to this establishment. The beer. The problems are with everything else they do here. I got there about 8pm on Friday night to meet up with friends I hadn't seen in a while. The bar area was packed not to a fault and the atmosphere was just fantastic. Then the band shows up. An accoustic band who should be playing without any amplification at all is playing with the speakers turned up to 11. Half the bar clears out while the rest of the patrons are left shouting over the music. This happens every time they have live music.
The theme is a good idea that is executed poorly. The quotations written on the walls are rather lame and really have no relevence to anything. There should be markers all over the bathroom for patrons to write their own quotes on the walls, but I guess that would be too innovative. Here's a quote for you, "These quotes suck!"
The food is not impressive and the menu is too long. I would rather go somewhere that only serves a few things passionately well than a place that serves everything they possibly can but with subpar quality. I have never been wowed by any of their food offerings and the only reason I ever get food there is because I get hungry as I'm drinking their awesome beer.
The service is hit or miss as well. A couple of the servers are very knowledgeable and fast while others are unattentive and don't know the difference between Miller Lite and Oberon. The tap list is very informative, but difficult to read. Bars are dark places so they print the tap lists in black on blue paper? Odd. Additionally the fonts and type size are inconsistent with horrible spacing. It's very easy to overlook something.
Finally I'll get to the good part which is the beer and particularly the beers on draft. I give Quotations a lot of respect because they have some options on tap that I can guarantee nobody else in the region has available. This is the tap list from Friday:
De Troch's Framboise
Stone Imperial Russian Stout (2007 vintage!)
Southern Tier Raspberry
Left Hand Sawtooth ESB
Flying Dog Old Scratch
Doc's Hard Pear Cider
Cape Ann Tea Party
St Bernardus Tripel
Smuttynose Summer Weizen
Goulden Caroulis Keize Roon
Blue point Hoptical Illusion
An impressive tap list to say the least. So despite the flaws of this establishment, they do know how to do beer right. Although I probably wouldn't put vintage Stone IRS on tap in the middle of the summer, I would have waited out a few more months until the late fall/winter. Regardless, the beer is the reason I go here and honestly the ONLY reason I go here.
EDIT: Knocking selection down to a 3.5 from 5. Found out Quotations refuses to carry local beers, which is an outright disgrace as far as I am concerned. Even more laughable is the owner's explanation, which is that by serving local beers they would only be supporting their competition. How can any bar in this region that considers itself a "beer bar" not have a local pilsner on draft during the summer? Troegs Nugget Nectar is the best beer made in PA and they refuse to tap it during the winter when it's fresh?
No Victory. No Troegs. No Stoudts. No Yards. No Flying Fish. No Sly Fox. No Philadelphia Brewing. No Dogfish Head. No Legacy. No General Lafayette. Nadda.
Part of being a legitimate "beer bar" is embracing the local craft beer scene. Quotations is not a legitimate beer bar.
06-28-2009 17:40:45 |
More by victory4me
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$
So I finally tried Quotations after my mini-dust up with the owner (or manager, I forget). I had a pretty open mind going in and was actually pretty impressed with the decor and set up when we strolled in.
My first glance at the tap list had me looking over it again. Not that it was bad, but there wasn't a single beer I was geeked about seeing. Some of that is probably personal preference and some was the fact that it was a bit ho-hum for a bar that claims to have the best tap list in the area (claim was made in a beermail to me). Of the three other people I was with, 2 of whom are BA's, none of us ordered a draft. The bottle list was solid with a pretty strong variety and a varied selection. Not sure that this selection is destination worthy, but if you are in Media, the IH/Quotations combo ain't bad. It certainly isn't enough to get me away from TJ's or The Drafting Room (or the upcoming Belgian place in Wayne).
Service was solid but unremarkable.
I have lowered my service number to 1 based on the possibly insane owner who started an incredibly unprofessional email string with me via BeerMail. The tone of which was pretty much that he didn't need BA and then went on to badmouth just about every other bar in the area. I just couldn't bring myself to give this place any more money after the interactions I have had with him.
05-21-2007 19:39:47 |
More by NolanGTI
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Transcribed from notes dtd W, 29 Dec 2010.
It was Media Day for this wandering beer scribe and I was finishing my rounds of the triumvirate of Nokes, Quotes and the Hill as local beer types refer to them.
It is located slightly catty-corner to Iron Hill (Media) on their northeast side of the street. A wide windowfront ran along the East State Street with the doorway on the west side of the building, opening onto a snaking passageway with a waiting bench along the left wall, followed by the m.d.s. a little further aft. To the right of the bench was a portal leading into the bar area. High tables and chairs encircled this space, including along the windowfront. The blonde wood bar (and the place was primarily outfitted with blonde wood, if that trips your trigger) had its top heat-etched with actual quotations. The restaurant seating area was on either side of the bisecting passageway that ran the length of the place. The kitchen was halfway back on the right and the lavatories were seven-eighths of the way aft on the left. The tabletops also had heat-etched quotations and the fronting windows were painted with quotations as well as being written onto blackboards throughout the restaurant area.
Beers: Sixteen (16) rotating drafts and a whole bunch of bottles.
Ambiance: I do not know what gives with this place, but it is a good concept poorly rendered. Every time that I have gone in, it strikes me as being particularly joyless. The staff is reluctant to talk to me and I just feel like it is all business while it should be a bar.
11-09-2011 16:59:09 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
The last two times I have been here have been miserable. A month or so ago, I brought my girlfriend here for lunch. The table we were seated at was absolutely filthy. There were chunks of food all over and the silverware itself was encrusted with old dried food. The glasses we were served our beer in were crusted over with filth as well with little particles of someone else's food floating around inside. We went to Iron Hill for lunch.
Now, today I head in for a beer and the frizzy haired male bartender greeted us with a smile and threw down two coasters for us. He then proceeded to help some other patrons. He then left the bar to help a band or something set up their speakers. Then he returned to the bar to help his two friends get their drinks. I was at wit's end by now. His next move was to wash dishes at the sink so he could still talk with his buddies. Unbelievable! I We were ignored at the bar for over 10 minutes! I have never been treated so poorly at a bar in my entire life.
It's too bad their rotating selection is so awesome, because I'll never go back!
...So I ran across the street to see what this place was all about. The boring, bland, and generally lame exterior had me a little put off from the get go. But once inside, I was singing a different tune.
The entrance of the building takes you down a relatively long, windowed corridor with a wall on your left and a view of the bar on your right. As I walked this, I kept wondering when I would be let in so I could get at all of the goodies. I finally ran out of glass barriers and found a hole in the wall to let me into the bar area. The general lay out of the place from this vantage point is that there is a bar up front, and dinner seating in the back, mostly in the form of booths. I preferred the bar, as I was really following a terrible side track from a shopping trip to the Trader Joe's across the street. Once at the bar, I had to scan around to get the gist of what was on tap. Instead of one centralized tap center, all of the taps were spread around the large bar. When I got tired of squinting at taps, I noticed a tap and bottle list on the bar next to me. That will help. After a little deliberation, I realized that I wanted either the Double Daddy from Speakeasy, or The Poet from New Holland. I asked for a sample of each and figured the Double Daddy had enough of my attention to warrant a glass. When it came, it arrived in a Leffe long-stemmed chalice. Very nice. Whilst savoring my beer I noted the lay of the land.
As I said before, the front is all bar, and the back is all eating. Over all, the place had a very open feel to it with an all glass store front allowing tons of sunshine into the building. The bar itself was really huge with tons of space around a small beer cooler/island in the middle. I can't imagine tenders getting caught up back there, even on the busiest night. Looking down at the bar itself, it was covered with quotes (like the name, I get it!). I sat next to something inane said by Charlie Chaplain The light woods of the bar seemed to reflect the other light colors of the place, like the white ceiling, and the light green on the walls. Around the bar was a series of small tables where a few patrons were having their lunch. Over all, the openness really struck a chord with me. Ah, but alas, I have not been here on a Saturday night.
On tap it looked like they had Rouge Dead Guy, a Chimay, Hoegaarden, Double Daddy, NH's The Poet, OD's Oak Barrel Stout, Guinness and Harp. The bottle collection also was nothing short of stupendous. I spied on the menu a Stone RIS '06! I snatched one of those bad boys up for my fridge at home. Man, what a place! Their taps rock, their bottle rock and the bar tender I spoke to explained that their tap handles seldom reflected what was actually on tap because things changed so much, and I was there on a Wednesday! Kinda makes me feel all warm inside.
Someone here clearly cares a lot about beer. Also, the bartender who helped me on my way also knew a lot about beer. I even asked her for a recommendation for the Iron Hill across the street and she had some ideas about that as well. This is really a quality place with some quality employees! I'll be back! After I finished my beer, I headed across the street to the Iron Hill to see if their specialty beers were all that good...
Well, I stopped back to see what was on. Had an amazing brew and our server was awesome. What can I say? I'll bump my numbers up to reflect more of an average.
05-24-2006 20:50:32 |
More by DarkerTheBetter
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I've been here a few times now, most recently for their 12 Belgian Taps of Christmas.
Atmosphere is on the higher end as far as bars go. Actual quotations from famous and not so famous people are everywhere. On the walls, bar, windows, every where you look.
Every time I'm here I find a real treat on tap. They do have a solid tap line up, and I've yet to be served a bad pint or snifter. They had Goudenband on tap for the 12 Belgian Taps of Christmas, and it being one of my favorite beers, that made the night. I have yet to eat here, so I can't comment on the food.
Service, well, thats a touchy subject. Every time I'm here I get lousy service. And I've only sat at the bar. You typically get the best service when sitting at the bar, which makes you think how sitting at a table would pan out.
While having my last beer of the night, another Goudenband, a gentleman sits next to me. He flags down the bartender, and says that he has a couple of questions about the beer. The "bartender" then points at me and says "Ask this guy, he's had a couple of them" and then walks away. Are you freaking kidding me? The poor schmo sitting next to me hadn't even uttered the name of a beer, and was told to ask the stranger sitting next to him, who was just another customer, about the beer he was interested in. At that moment, I set my glass down and left. That goes beyond unprofessionalism, thats just a dick move. Why don't you take the time to train your staff, or even just give them a sheet to read off of. You have your help telling customers to answer other customer's questions?
My opinion, just go to Iron Hill right across the street. You'll get great service, knowledgable staff, and you won't have to answer other customer's questions.
02-18-2008 18:52:18 |
More by leftmindedrighty
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
The owner of this place ruins what could be a perfectly fine establishment. He is very odd...often getting into arguments with patrons and I believe he refuses to put a lot of local stuff on tap because that would be his "competition" which makes no sense. The clientele here are generally obnoxious sports fans who want nothing more than a miller lite and some wings, which is fine, but that is not my preferred drinking environment. I have gone when there isn't a game on, and it is much more bearable, enjoyable. Even still, the prices are pretty outrageous for both beer and food. Quality/selection is decent, but not nearly as good as Pinocchio's which I would much recommend over Quotations.
Service was spotty...good enough I suppose. The bartender didn't really seem beer-knowledgeable, which was a bummer. Food was good but again, expensive. I will pass on this place in the future, though it was worth a try just for the experience.
10-29-2011 04:43:37 |
More by MsRif
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