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Jet Rock Bar & Grill
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Taps: 48 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
8800 Essington Ave
phone: (215) 492-2614
Located at Philadelphia International Airport.
There are two Jet Rock locations. They are in Concourses B & D, and they have different tap lists and different food options.
The Concourse B location has its own kitchen and a full menu. The phone number listed is for Concourse B.
(Place added by: bennybrew on 05-01-2005)
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
The wife and I got out of a plane at PHL, exhausted after a whole day driving from Tulsa to Dallas, then flying to Philly and waiting to fly again to LGA-NYC. We get into the terminal, about to spend an hour there… and guess what! There is a bar with 48 taps waiting for us right by our gate!!! Definitely, god exists.
I thought I would faint, used as we are to shitty bars (even with good names like Brooklyn Brewery or Samuel Adams) serving bad pours of average beers at outrageous prices. Here at Jet Rock in Terminal B at PHL I saw Weyerbacher Merry Monks, Victory Hop Devil, Yards Brawler, Anchor Porter and Steam, Dock Street Rye IPA, Dogfish 60, Long Trail IPA and Hibernator, three Great Lakes taps including Fitzgerald and Burning River, two Troegs handles, Abita… plenty of crap on tap too, but who cares?
The downside to all this goodness is that a lot of the quality taps were out. Dogfish 60 was no more, Great Lakes Fitzgerald and Burning were the same and Merry Monks kicked while I was drinking it, but at least the nice bartender gave me the second almost-full pint for free. I love that she was honest, “I’m out of this”, “don’t get this food, it’s not so good”, and stuff. Philly style, straight up, I love it! She was also apologetic about the kicked taps.
She had praise for most of the food menu, though, saying it is made from scratch and stuff. Hell, we ordered the onion rings and they were some of the best! Lot of onion and less breading, great combo.
Good prices too, $6.50 for a full pint of Merry Monks, $8.50 for a huge 22-oz of Hop Devil, $5 onion rings. Great music as well, with Beck, Radiohead and Nirvana and definitely the BEST airport bar EVER.
02-04-2012 17:13:05 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Terminal B...thanks to the Philly BAs for guiding me here. Lots of TVs with the sportsbar vibe. Big u-shaped bar packed with a good bit of high and low top tables. 40 or so taps with some goodies- Dock Street Rye IPA, Flying Fish Abbey Dubbel, DFH 60, Troegs Dreamweaver & Donnybrook. Also have some Anchor, Magic Hat, Long Trail, Yards and 5 Yuengling taps. Philly cheese steak with fries for $9 is not bad at all for an airport joint. Typical sports bar food menu but pretty extensive. Service quick and purty.
08-26-2010 19:31:52 |
More by RustyDiamond
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
having already been impressed with philly as a beer city i was a bit sad to get to the airport, airport bars being what they are. well, we (bossman bryce and me) got to the end of the terminal and there was a bar so we went in. and there were taps. and there were taps. and there were taps. six towers with 8 taps on each. no. there wasn't a bud tower and a miller tower and a coors tower. there was sam adams and yards and stoudts and victory and dogfish head and so on. we had had a few days of beer so we decided on the "small" beer. twenty (20) ounces. the large looked to be about a quart.
that's the good news. the bad is that it is still an airport bar. the "small" was $7.50. the food looked to be mediocre although i did not partake. and the atmosphere? it was an airport bar with some very impressive towers. beer towers that is. the best airport bar i've been to but i don't fly that much.
05-01-2005 22:06:54 |
More by bennybrew
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: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$$
Visited in May 2012. The beer selection is great and the food's not bad for an airport bar. Service was good. Bacon cheeseburger was $12.95 and buffalo chicken salad was $12.00. 22 ounce Dock Street Rye IPA was an outrageous $14.95!!! You don't find this out until you get the bill. Worse yet, the Philadelphia Marketplace website touts a "Street Pricing Guarantee"!!! Shame on the Jet Rock Bar and Grill! I think they might be worse thieves for beer pricing than even the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ.
01-01-2013 19:48:40 |
More by mmbeergarden
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
When I had to travel by plane/jet twice in the past year I stopped at the Jet Rock both times. The selection is very good, if fact the most taps in any bar in city limits can be found at the Jet Rock. Why in the world is this place at the air terminal though When looking up beer bars on the internet there is nearly no mention of the Jet Rock. Im glad someone added this to the system .now people flying out of Philly can enjoy a couple nice brews and fall asleep on the ride back to who-knows-where, albeit at a costly 15$ for two 16-20ozers. Ill be stopping by soon for at least one brew when I head down to the Bahamas.
05-03-2005 00:21:54 |
More by WilliamPhilaPa
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$$
This review is for Terminal "D".
I had heard about this place, but I usually fly U S Airways and they are out of a different terminal. On this occasion, however, I was flying United to Madison, WI for a wedding and I had a bit of a wait for my flight. Entering, a glass wall was on the right with a shelf and several high chairs just inside the entryway. Further aft, high tables and chairs replaced the shelves until they gave way to the sea of standard tables and chairs that constituted 2/3 of the space. On the left wall, coming in, were a series of framed rock 'n roll photographs and memorabilia. Lots of monitors, an extensive back bar that seemed to be well-stocked with a lot of name liquors, and a stunning glass wall overlooking the entire terminals tarmac. Wow! About 10 feet in, stiill left, the long snaking wood bar began and incorporated an impressive eight (8) brass draft stations, each with six (6) lines.
Yep, forty-eight (48) beers at any given time. Granted, there is a hefty amount of BMC, but it's the airport, for peter's sake. What would you expect? This is almost too much to hope for.
Standouts included Troegenator; Stoudt's APA; Anchor Stream and Anchor Liberty; Long Trail; Wersteimer; Victory Hop Devil and Whirlwind Wit (seasonal); Red Hook Long Hammer IPA; Sam Adams Summer Ale (seasonal) and S.A. Lager.
Great company on this visit. Two (other) guys from LNC and a fellow from NC. If I'm in the terminal, I'm here!
12-13-2009 21:17:19 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
There are actually 4 Jet Rock cafe's in the Philly Airport. Ive been to the ones in Terminal B and C. The one in Terminal B, near Gate B6, is smaller and usually more crowded. There is also one at the tail end of Terminal C that has a longer serpentine bar and was less crowded when I stopped there.
Both locations have 48 beers on tap. Mostly the standard American and Euro Macro lagers but a few good ones also show up. When I was there there was Victory Hop Devil, Magic Hat #9, and Sam Adams Octoberfest.
Food was standard slightly upscale bar fare, my hamburger was good. I have had mixed service at either location, depending on the bartender. Decor is music-themed sports bar with lots of TVs. They can get loud at times, especially the Terminal B location. Prices are reasonable given the standard airport markup.
Overall, a good place to stop for a Hop Devil if you can find a seat. Since youre flying out of Philly, theres a 95% chance your plane will be late (the other 5% arent flying US Airways).
09-24-2006 00:24:10 |
More by jasonm
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
ok ok ok
first the grain of salt - this is an AIRPORT. do not expect cozy beerbar service and dont expect 2$ belgian taps. to count these things against this place is absolutely ridiculous.
there are a few of these in the phili airport - i think terminal D and F (terminal C may actually be closed). I'm sure they are all the same but you may want to ask which ones are actually open.
atmosphere - for an airport bar, umm, it was great. The terminal D location was a big wide open bar with tons of huge tv's playing baseball. Combine baseball with free wireless and 48 taps, and thats about as good as it gets in an airport.
sure, a lot of the taps are junky but certainly not all of them. Certainly you can find something you want out of Anchor Steam, Anchor Liberty, Troegginator!, Stoudts APA, Victory Whirlwind Wit, Victory HopDevil, and a number of other very worthy selections. I had a 22oz stoudts APA and it was just what i needed
food - i mean, its the freaking airport. it seems like reviewers were expecting some word class meal...Get a clue. I had a philly cheese steak and fries and ate every last bit. It wasnt great, but after an international flight, it hit the freaking spot
the server actually almost knew 1 or 2 things about beer and she was sweet as a button, and overworked
i dont even know what the prices were - i didnt pay
07-25-2008 21:14:17 |
More by dirtylou
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
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Jet Rock Bar & Grill in Philadelphia, PA
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