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Jet Rock Bar & Grill
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Taps: 48 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
8800 Essington Ave
phone: (215) 492-2614
Located at Philadelphia International Airport.
There are two Jet Rock locations. They are in Concourses B & D, and they have different tap lists and different food options.
The Concourse B location has its own kitchen and a full menu. The phone number listed is for Concourse B.
(Place added by: bennybrew on 05-01-2005)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 21 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
As airport bars go, this has got to be one of the better ones I've been stuck at as far as beer selection is concerned. Some airports have little outposts of brewpubs like Gordon Biersch or the like but this is actually just a beer bar with nothing made on premises or under the brand of a brewpub chain.
Atmosphere is nothing special as it is just in the middle of the airport terminal where there are some other bars/shops, etc. Part of this is fairly new though and the newer part is pretty nice although thats probably about 100 yds past Jet Rock.
I had a Stoudts APA on draft and it was excellent and it kicked right afterwards and I then went with Yuenglings as they are not available in my area. The draft selection, while large, had a lot of run of the mill offerings but they also had some Victory and I believe they get Troeg's in on occasion. The beers tasted plenty fresh and the service was average or just a little better than average. In fairness, it was pretty busy most of the day we got stuck here.
The value is not that great as all airports kind of gouge you on everything from bottled water to sandwiches. Food here was average pub food--maybe a little better than most airport offerings.
03-02-2008 15:24:20 |
More by rousee
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$
Atm: Roomy and open, which is really nice when you're in an airport restaurant. Nice bar w/ lots of taps, and lots of tables.
Qua: CLEAN! Very clean.
Ser: Wasn't half bad. There is someone behind the bar at all times so your beer is always watched to be refilled.
Sel: About the only good beer they have (on tap) is Victory Hop Devil (breakfast in a glass). Everything else is basically macros.
Food: Average airport food (but I really didn't do much eating).
Val: Not too shabby considering I was sitting in an airport restaurant.
This is the one good thing about in being in the Philadelphia Airport.
11-19-2007 04:01:02 |
More by gkatsoris
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
Decent atmosphere - not too cramped - a little cutesy w/ the guitars but plenty of TVs. More importantly, there were 48 beers on tap (no bottles). Not a lot of hard to find beers, but they did have Victory Hop Devil & Stouts APA. I also noticed Murphy's, Sierra Nevada, Magic Hat, Boddingtons, a couple from Sam Adams, Bareknuckle Stout, and some more common stuff Fosters, Michelob, etc.
As for the food, it was more or less a typical bar menu - but this is Philly, and a cheesesteak w/ wiz & fried onions is a hell of a last meal for someone that probably won't see PA again until the fall. I'm sure there are far better cheesesteaks in Philly, but not in the McGuire area, and not that I recall in NEPA. (and they can't even spell cheesesteak here in OK - though they try to pass off a lot of crap as Philly this and Philly that. It's insulting, and I'm not even from Philly.)
Anyway, bottom line is the beer selection is great for an airport bar, but pretty crummy for a beer bar - so my rating reflects my confusion.
I think I paid over $8 for a Bare Knuckle Stout. Not that they had Victory Storm King or another great R.I.S., but what would that cost, $20?
07-21-2007 02:27:54 |
More by OKCNittany
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
I'm not so sure that airport bars should even be a part of the BeerFly as you can't get in to visit most of them without a boarding pass. However, it would be nice to know what's available (or most likely not available) before you get there. In any case, I finally did make it to the Jet Rock. Even though I've been through Philadelphia International a dozen times or so, I always left out of terminal D, and you can't get there from there. Anyway, it's a pretty typical airport bar with a glitzy, semi-retro, 50's kind of music theme. The front of the bar is designed to look like a keyboard, and there are Jet Rock guitars hanging here and there. But forget about that, what we're interested in is the beer selection. There are a lot of taps, but they're mostly imports (Carlsberg, Boddingtons, Foster's, Murphy's) and Bud brands (Bareknuckle Stout, Michelob Light, Amber Bock). Nationally available craft brews include Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Magic Hat #9, Anchor Steam, and Sam Adam's Boston Ale and whatever seasonal is in rotation. However, they do keep two local beers available, with one from Victory and one from Stoudts. Hmmmm. It's not really that much of a selection. As far as food goes it's also the standard stuff, but they do have a "to go" salad/sandwich station.
05-27-2007 12:40:20 |
More by NeroFiddled
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$$
Good atmosphere for an airport bar. If I had walked into a place on the street that looked like this, I would have thought it was pretty good. Dark with lots of tap handles, lots of beer to go around, more than I've seen in any airport bar. Upon closer inspection of the menu, there was actually nothing interesting except Stoudt's APA and HopDevil. They did have SNPA and MH#9, but there was excellent representation of American macros. Where was the Yards? This is Philly for God's sake. Not too sure of beer knowledge since it was a little crowded so I didn't get to gauge the barkeep's BQ, but if the menu is any indication, not so great (misspelled "Grolsh," Blue Moon listed as a German beer). For an airport, nice to see so many tap handles, and a geek will find something, but this is no mecca.
03-08-2007 23:32:07 |
More by far333
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Not a bad way to kill a delayed flight. I think I was in terminal C, but I could be mistaken. Long bar that wraps around to the back side - maybe 25-30 seats and then tables all around the perimeter. 48 beers on tap, no bottles. Some decent stuff - Hop Devil, Stoudt's APA, Anchor Steam...
The service could have been better seeing as it was pretty dead at the time. Food was so-so. Wings were good, but avoid the nachos.
There is also a pool table, which I have never seen in an airport before. I just wish I had noticed it earlier.
12-27-2006 16:26:41 |
More by paddyos
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
A four hour layover would drive anyone to a beer. Luckily in the Philly airport there's a couple good places to choose from. I dug the atmosphere of this place - it's rare, in my experience, to come across a sports bar that's got more than BMC. Several tvs visible at all angles around the bar. Service was quite busy and so took longer than I would have liked, but friendly and cordial... didn't seem to know a whole lot about the beer - at least, they weren't able to tell me anything I didn't already know. I was extremely impressed to see a 48 tap bar in an airport, but when I looked closer I saw that everything was mass produced. In fact, there were only two beers that impressed me when I looked at the list: Stoudt's APA and one called Bare Knuckle Stout. I didn't know at the time that the stout was from A-B! So, a cool list to look over, but disappointing by the time you reach the end of it.
Did not try the food, but everything looked about right. American affair, moderate price (as far as airports go). And the cocktails looked delicious.
10-12-2006 23:37:08 |
More by clickpush
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
There are actually 4 Jet Rock cafe's in the Philly Airport. Ive been to the ones in Terminal B and C. The one in Terminal B, near Gate B6, is smaller and usually more crowded. There is also one at the tail end of Terminal C that has a longer serpentine bar and was less crowded when I stopped there.
Both locations have 48 beers on tap. Mostly the standard American and Euro Macro lagers but a few good ones also show up. When I was there there was Victory Hop Devil, Magic Hat #9, and Sam Adams Octoberfest.
Food was standard slightly upscale bar fare, my hamburger was good. I have had mixed service at either location, depending on the bartender. Decor is music-themed sports bar with lots of TVs. They can get loud at times, especially the Terminal B location. Prices are reasonable given the standard airport markup.
Overall, a good place to stop for a Hop Devil if you can find a seat. Since youre flying out of Philly, theres a 95% chance your plane will be late (the other 5% arent flying US Airways).
09-24-2006 00:24:10 |
More by jasonm
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
I had a good hour or two of wasted time in PHL on Friday night since I moved up my flight at the last minute. I wandered around Terminal B for a bite of sustinance, took my eye off the pretzel cart for a second, and spied a loong array of brews at the bar located next to B6.
Atmosphere: The names Jet Rock and Hard Rock may sound similar to the reader. This becomes more so when you discuss the overall atmosphere at this joint. It was loud, with WSTW on the airwaves jammin the rock musack. About 20 teevees situated all over with various stuff on. Music memorabelia covered the available wallspace otherwise. Bar itself is a large L shape with various sizes of tables wrapping around it with a separate small dining room off the back.
Service: I was there at happy hour time on a Friday. They had three different cuties in black outfits. They were friendly and fast in that rushed "airport restaurant" way. You will not sit long without a brew or with an empty without someone asking you for another, the way it should be. The outfits were tight in ways to catch traveling businessman eyes, so to speak.
Quality/Selection: Had three pints while waiting. Beers come in small, medium, and pretty large. All appeared to be fresh and nice. Jet Rock gets the official award for "most taps in an airport." At least as far as I know, there aren't any others out there with 49 taps. There were about 7 or 8 towers. However, most of these are full of American and International Macrocrap. There are a few gems that will make this worth your wander. Stoudt's APA, Hopdevil, Beamish, and a pair of Sam's brews were the stars of my recent journey. Hopdevil allowed me several hop belches while trying to catnap on the puddlejump to Bmore.
Food: Appeared to be straight up pub grub. Decided to get a pretzel instead and save dinner for home. Maybe next time.
Price: Damn expensive. I had three pints. I'm guessing they are the medium size. Cost almost $6 each. At least I spent the money on some quality. The final bill doesn't include what you bought, so the corporate card took care of this one.
Overall: This review is of the place for what it is, an airport bar. Within the definition of an airport bar, this place is average to above average in all categories. That being said, it isn't good or great within the BA boundaries of a "beer bar." However, if I'm in PHL with time to kill, you will find me at one of the three Jet Rocks within the airport. There are definitely more than one, with one each being located in terminals B, C, and F.
11-21-2005 19:41:18 |
More by Dithyramb
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
When I had to travel by plane/jet twice in the past year I stopped at the Jet Rock both times. The selection is very good, if fact the most taps in any bar in city limits can be found at the Jet Rock. Why in the world is this place at the air terminal though When looking up beer bars on the internet there is nearly no mention of the Jet Rock. Im glad someone added this to the system .now people flying out of Philly can enjoy a couple nice brews and fall asleep on the ride back to who-knows-where, albeit at a costly 15$ for two 16-20ozers. Ill be stopping by soon for at least one brew when I head down to the Bahamas.
05-03-2005 00:21:54 |
More by WilliamPhilaPa
Jet Rock Bar & Grill in Philadelphia, PA
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