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Ron's Original Bar & Grille
Taps: 20 / Bottles: 140
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]
74 E Uwchlan Ave (Route 113)
phone: (610) 594-9900
(Place added by: ECdOc on 06-22-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 19
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
A nice little beer bar only maybe a mile or so from the more famous Drafting Room. I find Ron's to be far far better than the Drafting Room. The atosmphere is very inviting, warm and friendly. I ahve always found excellent beer conversation even with strangers at the bar. A great mix of suits and jeans adds an ecelectic appearance to the crowd. The bartenders are very outgoing and very willing to help with beer selections. The food is rather good, I enjoy the personal pizzas. A fun after work Happy Hour location but as with all things in Exton it can be a tad on the pricey side. That being said you do get what you pay for.
12-22-2009 20:22:52 |
More by Katahdin
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by on a Sunday afternoon at about 2pm. We were promptly seated. A waitress came in an appropriate time to take our drink order. There was a blackboard on the wall with a number of their top bottle selesctions arranged by category. My beer selection was served promptly, but with a frosted glass. Our food order was taken at this time. The food was served in an appropriate time frame and at the proper temperature. The food was excellent. I selected a wrap with fries and my wife ordered a buffalo chicken oval. Everything was great about the place. Several things to note. There is a slight upcharge on the single beer prices from the prices listed on the cooler if you order them to consume with your meal, However there is a significant discount from the single prices when you get a mixed six-pack to go. A very nice place. Enjoy.
09-29-2006 03:02:06 |
More by tgbljb
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Benkus' birthday bullshit. Why can't he just drink in his backyard or crawl local like everyone else? Nope, not him, he's got to be differenticult. Southampton last year, Pennsylvania, this time around, I think he's already scouting out Vegas airfare & hotels for next year, I do, yes. Whatever, I live on the road anyway. I got out earlier than they that day and I do move quicker than most, plus they caught the rain, which slowed 'em down some. All this leaving me with time on my hands, I can meet up for a pre beer with them beer without them...
In a stripmall, all subtle and tucked in the far corner, I nearly missed it, but for the sign amongst a large mess of what's going on in the stripmall collective sign noise, and with just enough time to hook a very unexpected abrupt turn in. Funny foyer with cool brick arches, slate floors, and exposed rock & brick under stucco, separating the bar side from the dining side; the latter holding nearly 3 dozen tables & booths between the 3 rooms collectively, divvied up by windows and a space between another 2 where the front end of a bus sits. If you ask, someone may tell you, so don't.
Down on the other end, large wood beam uprights and cross sectionals, plank wood ceiling, and stucco walls showing exposed rock and slate work over wood paneled lowers. Paned window doorways at both ends, a small marble bar counter in a nook in between, below fogged panel windows, and a slanted ruffled metal overhang sporting that tin shed effect. A pair of bar tables below the slat wood blinded front widows, another pair to the rear near the juke & mounted Caribou head. The "U" shaped wood bar on the far wall seats 18 on comfy leather chairs. A bar island inside holds 5 towers of 4 taps each forward a long horizontal framed mirror. Flatscreen above, and shelved booze below with glassware to both sides there. Some wine & glassware on both of the unit sides. The wood bar overhangs runs above the bar all around, with drop bulbs in thick round glass holders lining the underside, and sunken ceiling spots elsewhere. TV's in all corners and recessed in the overhang.
Glass front coolers on the far wall behind the bar unit to both sides. 140 bottles by my count, more than 2/3 of them American micros. Some of the good "resentment towards Pennsylvania" offerings (Founders, Bells, Port Brewing/Lost Abbey, Hoppin' Frog, New Holland) and a good collection of 22's and 750's, (which by the way, are available to go in the attached bottle shop, hooray!!), but I'm tap happy today. 20 in all, a few of which take up permanent residency (Peroni, Yuengling, Miller Light & Coors Light), 'cause you don't ever want to not have them on. The rest are mostly micros heavily regional (Victory Whirlwind Wit, Stoudts Pils, Troegs Mad Elf, Ramstein Maibock, Flying Fish Impy Espresso Stout, Southern Tier Uber Sun, Southampton Double White, Brooklyn Dopplebock, DogFishHead Festina Peche), and handful from beyond (Avery Maharaja Impy IPA, Flying Dog In-Heat Wheat, Stone Impy Russian Stout, Rogue Black Brutal, Anderson Valley High Rollers Wheat), and a pair of imports (Chimay Cinq Cents & Youngs Double Chocolate Stout). The beer lists printed couldn't keep up with taps kickin', can I get a, nope, that's gone, something new on now. Beers were fresh and Scott behind the bar was more than happy to give little samples of anything, everything. Little sampler glasses, little sampler glasses (Hey, thank you Scott). And it didn't take me long to notice that nearly ½ the beers there packed in over 7%, some upwards of 11% (Maibock, Dopplebock, Double White, Impy IPA, Summer Wheat & Stouts, and more). Some good high octane stuff.
And there's the phone, not a sampler too soon. Got lunch at a brewery really recently renovated juuuust down the road but I almost hate to leave here. Beer fresh, service good, food, yes, they have food, pizzas round & oval, stromboli, hoagies, sangwiches, pastas, salads, apps, you know how it is with food. Serious house on 113, it totally tightens up the greater area.
07-16-2008 03:21:40 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
this will probably come off a little biased, so i will try to be as nuetral as possible, but the selection of beer i think is fantastic. there are other places in the area with similar selection however, their prices do not compare to Ron's. Ron's prices their selection to try to keep it manageable for everyone and anyone (of age of course) to try something new. also, talk to the managers, if there isn't something there that you are looking for, let them know, they are pretty good at getting in requests! as for the service and atmosphere, rumor has it that the whole place will have a makeover and they are shooting for mid-fall to be finished construction. the bar i hear is going to rock with everything available, including a Belgian Beer tower!
07-14-2006 18:11:12 |
More by tbonepa
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Stopped in after getting directions from Exton Beveridges. I was around and looking for some singles we couldn't get in Baltimore. Found right on route 113 off of 100. Easy to find with plenty of parking.
The restaurant was packed and i had better options near the hotel, so i only grabbed some brews to go from the to go area. Quality was stout. Service was friendly and helpful.
Selection was a great mix of local, regional and national micros. Picked up a mikkeler, rr damnation, some bells, great lakes, and a seven gates batch of brews. Got $6 off of the mixed sixer for grabbing the good stuff.
Food looked good, but i wasn't in the mood to wait.
07-14-2010 01:16:57 |
More by Umbra
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Always a solid selection of crafts on tap, with occasionally some rare treats. I usually go on sundays during the day, and the bartenders have always been awesome. The pricing is consistent with the average for the area. The menu is expansive, with at least 100 different items to order. I have never had a bad meal here.
Take out shop
They have a good amount of beer available to purchas in their take out side. The pricing seems to be all over the map with some things being pricey, and others being super cheap. The only downfall i would say is that some beers sit on the shelves for a while, so check the dates when you purchase something. Overall highly recommended
12-22-2011 21:06:12 |
More by hackomal
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I had heard of this place for awhile and seen ads and coupons for their food and their bottle selection and the discount they offer on 6 packs to go but I didn't visit until last night. You would not expect a family restaurant like this to have such a good beer selection but I was impressed. They had what seems to be about 15 different Oktoberfest beers and maybe another 8 pumpkin beers including DFH, Weyerbacher, Bethlehem Brew Works and a handful of others. They also have an impressive selection of other bottles including DFH WWS, 120 minute and Old School Barleywine and Golden Shower. I was also very impressed to see they had Allagash Mussette. Overall their prices are pretty reasonable and the food is also very good and reasonably priced.
09-16-2006 17:19:16 |
More by ggaughan
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Now called "Ron's Original" after a massive redo of the bar.
The bar atmosphere is very cool with the most comfortable bar stools I have ever sat on. Lots of dark wood and leather. The bar itself is 3 sides of a rectangle with room for about 15. The bar is also nicely secluded from the restaurant which is a family pizza place (with some broader choices).
About 15 taps, with 3 or 4 BMC and all the rest craft. Some different choices than other local craft beer bars (e.g. New Holland Dragon's Milk). I also liked that they have a couple of stouts on tap in the summer. I like to drink them year round.
Service is very attentive in the bar. Beer knowledge is probably just ok but they will let you try anything (cool sampler glasses) and the draft writeups are pretty extensive.
In addition to the tap list, a great list of bottles with, again, some surprises you don't see elsewhere (e.g ST Java, Burton Baton).
Food is very good for what it is. Cheesesteaks and hoagies, ovals (kind of a pizza in an oval shape without the sauce) and breadsticks are the highlights. Nice cheese fries too.
Prices are quite reasonable. As others have noted, they were apparently way out of wack at first but have settled in. Food prices are a bargain.
Worth checking out.
07-07-2008 20:29:46 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Ron's is situated in a strip mall in Exton, which is itself a collection of strip malls.
The atmosphere is typical of a bar & grill, thankfully minus the kitsch found in many of the chain restaurants in the area.
They keep around a dozen craft taps at any given time, with a couple BMC thrown in the mix. At least half are from local SE PA breweries, rounded out with national and international craft selections. They also have a large bottle selection, including bombers (most of which are from DFH, Stone and Lost Abbey).
Extra credit given for serving in proper glassware, such as snifters and imperial pint glasses.
Service was friendly and efficient, and prices more than fair: all tap offerings in the $5-6 range, even from breweries who tend to be "pricey".
All in all, a solid destination for craft beer in Exton, along with the Drafting Room. Check it out.
09-05-2011 02:24:56 |
More by Natural510
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Visited this place for the first time yesterday. While Ron's is pretty solid, it's less then 5 minutes from TDR Exton, which IMHO is a superior beer destination.
Ron's is located in a strip mall, just north of hiway 100 on the right. Ron's has something of an Applebee's vibe to it, with a menu to match for the most part. As you walk in from the parking lot, the dining area is off to the right, while the darkly lit bar is to the left. The bar area (where I sat) is pretty good size, with a U shaped wrap around bar, with some 20 seats. The bar area also has some tables and chairs scattered around, and there were also 5 or 6 TV's with various sporting events on. Food here consists of burgers, pizza, hoagies, wings, etc. Nothing at all wrong with that, and the small order of extra hot wings I had were pretty decent, but this is not a fine dining destination. The menu here is not nearly as upscale as TDR, and the type of clientele that seem to gravitate to Ron's reflects that. On the other hand, prices seem very fair for what they have on offer.
OK. Enough about the atmosphere and food, what about the beer selection. IMHO, the best thing about this place is the beer selection. Ron's does a nice job of providing a brief description of the beers they have on tap, except for "the usual," which are just listed in order (peroni, miller lite, coors lite, etc.). Aside from "the usual" offerings, the selection here was pretty strong, with some 16 other beers on tap, including things like Blind Pig, Stone Sublimely Self Righteous, Moylan's Wit, Mad Elf and the 2007 Anchor X-mas beer. Very impressive. My understanding is that Ron's has a pretty good bottle selection as well, but given how strong the tap list was, I didn't give the bottle list more then a passing glance.
Service was pretty good, with the young man and woman manning the bar providing quick and efficient service. When I asked about the Anchor X-mas beer (I had read on-line that it was the 2007, but the menu did not reflect that), the bartender didn't know if it was the 2007 or not, so he went and found out. Immediately. I thought that was pretty impressive.
All things considered, this is definitely a solid place. I guess it's different enough from TDR that they don't both compete for the same type of customer, though I'm sure there is some cross over. I'd come here again if they had something special on tap that I really wanted to try, but otherwise, the food, service and beer selection are typically superior at TDR, which is where I'll probably continue to take my business.
07-12-2009 14:15:55 |
More by johnmichaelsen
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