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TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
35 Paoli Plz
phone: (610) 725-0100
(Place added by: ggaughan on 05-22-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 71 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
TJs is located in a sort of strip mall, but this is a good thing because it means they have a parking lot. If they are really busy and having an event it can get a bit full, but I have always managed to get a spot.
The restaurant itself is divided into two sections. It has a sit down part that is nice and clean, but has a pretty uninspiring decor. The bar has a much better vibe to it with plenty of beer paraphernalia a good sized bar, and some tables, high tops and booths. They have a good amount of TVs spread throughout, not too few or two many, and recently installed monitors that show up to date and detailed information about all the beers on tap.
Oh yeah, the beers. This place has roughly 25 taps, and it is a rare day when they are not all winners. They move tons of beer at this place, and they tend to switch out pretty fast. If we get it in the Philly area, you will be able to get it here. They also have a pretty impressive bottle list all of which is of course available for take out.
I have never had a problem with service here and though sometimes the servers do not know everything about the beer, they will ask someone who does know. Glassware is always beer clean and proper with perfect pours and clean lines.
Food is quite good. portions are fairly large and flavors are good. My only complaint is that a large amount of the food is pretty spicy and as a result does not go well with a lot of the beers they serve. Still, if you come and are hungry you will not be disappointed.
Prices are pretty good for the area, with growler fill prices being quite reasonable. They also offer tasting flights if you want to try a bunch without breaking the bank or getting too inebriated.
If this place was closer to my place I would frequent it a lot more, but as is I try to make it whenever they have an event. Highly recommended.
11-15-2010 01:08:47 |
More by zoso1967
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by last Monday after a work conference. TJs is an open and airy bar with a great variety of constantly changing taps. Their bottle list was also very impressive. It had a nice combination of local favorites like Victory and Lancaster as well as beer from far away like Russian River and Cigar City. Most were priced about what I would expect to pay. The atmosphere was a nice combination of locals and business people--mostly in their 20's and 30's when I went. I did pop by later in the week and the place was packed. The food was enjoyable. I had a turkey and sausage sandwich that was reasonably priced and actually tasted better than a lot of bars. The bartender was friendly, knowledagable, and not overbearing. I would definitely stop by here come my next business trip--and would get there early. A top notch local bar.
11-08-2010 17:46:35 |
More by tigg924
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
By far, one of the best drinkery's around. I absolutely love this place and I travel 1 hour+ everytime I come here. The food is always great and the pretzels are my favorite, especially with good beer.
The first time I came here was for a Pliny and Consecration keg tapping, and the line was out the door. We arrived about 3 hours early and the bartenders were so nice and knowledgeable about everything on and off the menu. The prices are amazing and the beer flights are such a great idea to try amazing beers for a cheap price.
I would HIGHLY recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a quality time. They update their site almost every week and it's definitely a key perk as to why i'm visiting on certain weekends. Definitely visit their website: TJ's Everyday and prepare to be amazed.
10-11-2010 20:16:07 |
More by trags15
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
TJ's is basically one of the greatest bar/restaurants on planet Earth. This is the place I frequent either the most or the second most because of their fantastic tap-lists, delicious food, unbelievable service, and clean comfortable atmosphere.
I only started coming to TJ's probably a year ago and in that time we've gone out to dinner there upwards of 25 times, for full meals and beer. They do a great job of getting beers from all over the country in and on tap, they have a great happy hour as well . What really stands out to me though, is that they go out of their way to make sure they have a variety of local brew on tap mixed with the national stuff. There are always six or seven great local brews to go with the almsot twenty others. The food believe it or not is as delicious as everything on tap. They make a great rauchbier burger, and everyone I have ever gone with has praised their (fresh, homemade) crab cakes, and shepherd's pie.
The staff there is always knowledgable and attentive. Pretty much everything there is perfect. If TJ's were ever to close or go away I would be beyond devestated. Every decent establishment could take notes from TJ's.
09-16-2010 07:02:01 |
More by KYFriedChildren
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Transcribed from undated notes, probably early-to-mid June 2009.
This was my third and last stop of the day as I would transition off of SEPTA's R5 line and back onto Amtrak to return to Lancaster when I finished. In retrospect, I have no idea why it had taken me so long to get here. I had spoken to one of the co-owners, Jeff, at many fests previously and they have a sign on the rear of the building near the roof that is visible from the train. I must have been an idiot. Sure, because I'm not now, right? Ha!
Theirs was a wide storefront in the west end of the Paoli Stores Plaza, accessed on foot to the west of the train station from the eastbound platform and up the steps and over the bridge from the westbound platform. Do NOT cross the tracks! Even I am not THAT stupid. Also, be very cognizant of the southbound traffic when crossing the road from the train station into the plaza. Oncoming northbound traffic is easy to watch, but the southies have to crest the bridge and are not visible until they have done so. I AM too stupid/lazy to walk down to the light, but you should be aware of the danger inherent in such a decision.
Entering, the m.d.s. was slightly to the right, followed by the bar area with the restaurant area to the left. I think that in all of my visits, the only time I was in the restaurant was on this occasion so that I could take complete notes.
Along the front wall, on the bar side, were four (4) interconnected coolers filled with bottles for take-away, fronted by a couple of really comfy sofas. The center of the bar area was filled with high tables and chairs. The bar, which ran along the back wall, was an elongated "U" shape topped by mica-flecked dark marble or granite. The back bar was on two levels, the top with two (2) two-doored coolers divided by liquor bottles. Above each of the shelves of liquor bottles were backboards listing "Featured Drafts". The lower back bar was used mostly for glassware but there was also a three-doored cooler in the centerline. Speaking of the centerline, to the extreme left of the bar area and through a portal past the satellite jukebox were the lavs.
On the left-facing side of the house, past the m.d.s, was a waiting area with a group of leather couches and chairs. Beyond that was the restaurant area with its standard restaurant tables and chairs. The remarkable thing on that side of the building, to me, was all of the exposed brick archways which gave it a very medieval feel.
Beer: Somehow, I forgot to quantify how many taps and bottles, but they really keep their website up to date, plus they regularly Tweet about their rotating draft selection. You should do your homework, rather than taking my word for it.
Food: Gourmet Mac 'n' Cheese that is NOT to be missed. It is a staple of my diet when I visit, which is fairly frequently now that I know where it is located.
08-19-2010 23:29:55 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stop here on Tuesday evening for some drinks and food with friends. We had a rather large party (about 14 people), and we took up an entire back room. Service was very good considering the size of our party.
We were seated in front of the draft list which was extensive, and on top of that there was an even bigger list of bottles. Two kegs kicked while we were there, and no time was wasted in announcing and tapping the new kegs. The new kegs were on the list litteraly minutes after the old kegs kicked.
Food was a bit on the high side price wise, but the quality more than made up for that. Beers were reasonable, and the selection was superb. I highly recomend.
07-28-2010 12:54:03 |
More by spartanfan
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
TJ's is an interesting spot for sure. The bar is a decent size with the current tap lists written on giant chalk boards. They are a little hard to read with the lights turned down but I managed. The menu is a good size. I had the buffalo chicken mac n cheese and it was great. I also tried some of the boneless chicken wings and they were very good as well. While the food was good, the beer list was even better. Had a RR registration and Consecration. Where else can you drink those in the same place? The service was very good as well. They came to check on us every time our drinks got low. Overall a quality spot for sure. I will return for more very soon.
06-28-2010 22:48:55 |
More by orangesol
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is a very comfortable place that clearly cares about craft beer and its customers. The manager (Jeff?) is visible and approachable. Scott may be the best bartender in the area. While not all are as knowledgeable and friendly as he, most are very hard workers (they hustle!) and competent. Food is ok to good (go for the specials). Beer selection though is great (over 20 taps plus hand pulled) and their special events are awesome. I don't live close but the people here and the selection is more than worth the trek.
06-16-2010 23:58:18 |
More by regspeir
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been here for events with a lot of people present, and for dinner when almost no one else was there. I thoroughly enjoy myself every time I've been here. There's a decent sized bar area, with flat screen TV's, a number of tables and some couches, but they also have tables and booths on the restaurant side. Huge selection of twenty-six taps, all craft brews with great style diversity. Fairly decent selection of bottled beer available for making mix six packs as well. Service has always been good, no complaints there, and the food is good and keeps improving. I highly suggest the mahi tacos. This place is easily my favorite local beer bar.
04-13-2010 21:38:32 |
More by garuda
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited TJ's for the first time this past weekend for the Cask Event and an in person trade with callmemickey. Medium sized front room offers a nice bar that seats 20-30 people, an island of 2 person tables, and a bunch of other tables. Back room is all table seating so this place really can house lots of people. Bar had a solid number of taps and thanks to our timing, lots of cask selections. I went with the Stone Ruination on cask and enjoyed it. The service seemed decent enough and the food menu was interesting. A very good blend btw standard pub fare and cuisine a la bier. Rauchbier smoked bbq sauced bacon burger....mmmm! Prices weren't cheap but were reasonable for the caliber of the food. EVERYBODY was eating the slider burgers btw.
03-09-2010 04:42:28 |
More by koopa
TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery in Paoli, PA
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