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The Foodery - Northern Liberties
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Eatery, Store ]
837 N 2nd St
phone: (215) 238-6077
(Place added by: NeroFiddled on 07-06-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 77 | Show All Ratings:
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$
It's located across the street from Standard, around the corner from North 3rd, and in the same neighborhood as Abbaye. Boy, Northern Liberties is getting sweeter by the month. Wife and I were going to Standard for dinner, and she wouldn't let me stop here first, so I was on the second floor of the bar looking out the window, pining away.
Parking is a bit dicey, but what the hell, this is NoLibs, so you drive around some blocks, or live daringly and make your own spot someplace and see if you can beat the Parking Commission to your car.
It's big and airy, with Starbucky looking table to the left, cashiers' island to the right, and the beer straight ahead. There's a wall-plus of cold beer behind glass. As far as I could note, the dates were all good, with nothing expired or past the best-by date, if such things are vital to you.
The folks working here are there for a wage, and not likely more than that. They seem indifferent, and they know little about the beer it seems, as I asked a few simple questions not because I wanted information, but because I wanted to gauge their interest and knowledge. They seem short of both, but to be fair, most people coming here will have an idea what they're looking for, and what they're looking at. Still, I'm not going to excuse service that's no better than average just because I don't need to avail myself of it. But if it's a necessary evil, well, I can deal with it, especially when my wife has a buzz on from Standard and is giving me the go-ahead to drop some big coin on beer. Also, they have food, but I'm eating at Standard if I'm in the neighborhood, thank you very much.
It's the selection that shines here, and makes this a destination. The locals are expectedly represented, and well, with Victory, DFH, Yards, Troeg's, Sly Fox, Weyerbacher, and Stoudt's, but how about that Southern Tier, 3F, Bell's, Southampton (now blessedly semi-ubiquitous it seems), and others. And Belgians abound, with all the usual suspects in place, but also Fantome, which was a pleasant surprise. As well, German and British beers are plentiful and diverse. I'd say if you can't find something among the offerings here, then you're better off sticking with wine or Bud. Or wine and Bud. Or Bud and buds. Whichever.
Now, keep in mind, you're buying singles, and in PA no less, and that means you're going to lighten your wallet considerably. I'm saying it's pricey only because, really, it is, but not unexpectedly so. You won't come here to buy something you can get elsewhere, especially if you're going to spend some time across the river in NJ, but as a regular stop-and-see, it's worth spending what it takes to get what you want and can't get elsewhere.
So it's every so slightly upscale, at least compared to the charming grittiness of the original, but strip away the eye candy and the bottom line is the same: there be beer here, in a very big way, and it's a must-stop if you're in this nape of the woods, neck of the wape.
12-11-2006 18:51:36 |
More by Foxman
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Nice place-easy to get too, even if it is sometimes hard to get a parking spot-but the parking is free. Bonus points for being across the street from Standard Tap.
Quality: Well lit and clean place. Also makes sandwiches-which i have heard are pretty good, but have yet to try.
Service: The guy working was friendly, asked if i was looking for anything particular and told me of some new brews that were going to be on the shelves soon.
Selection: Good selection-can mix and match bottles to create your own sixer. Wide variety of styles and brewers. Some nrewers that I have not seen anywhere else.
Value: A bit pricey to make your own sixer, but prices for each bottle are clearly marked.
A good place to stop by if in the area to find some new brews to try without having to buy a complete sixer of the same beer or case.
03-31-2008 20:52:10 |
More by Edgecrusher
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
basically its a giant deli, with alot of cool eccentric food .. and well beer... lots of it
you can do mix and match 6 packs here, and they give you 10 percent off ... not a great deal.. its really easy to buy a $25 six pack in here
the service is very good they are very up to date on their seasonals and dont seem to run out of anything
in addition to domestics,they have a great selection of belgiums and oher countries including a good selection of beers from japan, the uk, and Italy. They tend to keep more exspensive/ rarer beers outside of the coolers (which is fine with me) they have the best bottle selection ( non cases) in the city
there is not much here they dont have
the place is pretty great, they even let you sit down and have a beer and provide fresh clean pint glasses which you can use
my only drawback is that its very expsensive , I know the rent is high... but give us a break
12-05-2008 02:27:11 |
More by gdfan47
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$$
Ok, there are too "Foodery" locations in Philly. This location is CLEARLY much better then the Center City location. The selection is leaps and bounds above the other location, it is far less cramped, and you can drink your beers at the store itself. Which was great considering I needed to get pastered before my mile plus hike back to the metro line.
The prices, wow, are out of this world, and not in a good way. I bought six beers and spent more than $85. Good beers, granted, but very expensive. All-in-all, the BEST location in/around downtown Piliadelphia, with a fantastic selection of local Pennsylvania beers and others including Lost Abbey, Port Brewing, Voodoo Brewing, Allagash, Stoudts, etc.
Overall, expensive, but highly recommended. I do wish the serice had been a bit more friendly...
01-09-2009 02:17:13 |
More by mrandypandy
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I went to this place based on all the reviews I read on Ba about it. The selection is really good and probably the best bottle shop I have ever been to, but having said all that be prepared to spend some loot. I got some Russian River and Bells and few other bottles and spent about $100. Do I feel its overpriced? maybe but if you want quality you gotta pay right? I would go back again but try to limit my purchases or have a budget in mind. I figured I won't be back in Philly for awhile so I better splurge while I had the chance.
12-30-2010 21:35:27 |
More by Cmack15
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$
Parking can be difficult at times. I've had to park on Spring Garden and walk 5 minutes. The place is very clean and has a nice vibe. When you enter, you can immediately tell that this place knows beer. There is a huge selection ranging all over the place.
I don't think I've ever seen anybody eating lunch there, and I haven't tried the food myself. The space around the coolers can get a bit tight when they're busy. Sometimes, I feel pressured to find my beer and get out. I don't recall ever being greeted by anyone or being asked if I needed help finding anything, so service may or may not be good.
The quality of my purchases has always been great. My biggest complaints about this place are the prices and the lack of street parking nearby, but all in all, you won't find a better craft beer place in Philly.
08-15-2011 01:01:33 |
More by SolipsismalCat
quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
This place had a huge selection of beer, everything available in singles (which is definitely not the norm in PA). Many many USA craft breweries, rarities from Belgium, all the German goodies, just a beautiful selection of awesome beers. One big negative is that I couldn't find prices on anything. Anything I wanted to buy I had to first show to the cashier so I could hear the price. Then I felt cheap if I didn't buy it, I swear this place would do better business if they just displayed prices so people wouldn't get all sheepish when they have to ask. Probably the Foodery doesn't need my advice, and I'd shop here occasionally anyway if I lived in the area, but it's a hassle shopping blind.
03-07-2009 01:59:50 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
The Foodery has 2 locations in Philly. The No Libs location I've frequented, in recent years, almost exclusively (due to its proximity to other great beer depots). I loved the fact that for a long stretch there, I would go in each time to find that they added 20-30 more brews to their selection which, if I remember correctly, is over 900 pushing 1,000. Complete selection of local (spanning a 4-5 state area) brews and a thorough representation of the beer spectrum in quality and origin.
I would agree that the prices may be a little high (even with the mix-a-6 deal), however, my take on the prices is this: I don't mind paying the little bit extra because you can sit down and relax with a tasty sandwich (they have an excellent deli menu) and sample one of nearly 1,000 beers. The neighborhood, the selection and convenience, the opportunity to sit in and enjoy - I think these and other things factor into the prices.
The service is actually (and should be, anyway) excellent. It would appear that it's assumed customers know enough about what they're looking for not to be bothered by the clerks, but all you have to do is ask, if you want help, and the guys in there know their s@#t. No attitude or excessive snobbery either. Plus, they usually know what's available (as far as drafts, hand-pump, casks) in bars and other spots throughout the city, which is extremely helpful.
Do yourself a favor if you savor beer and visit this spot while you're in town.
04-23-2010 15:19:32 |
More by Bouleboubier
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Stopped in the NL Foodery after hitting up Standard Tap. 1st off, this is much cleaner and spacious than the cramped version on 10th st. I walked in and was surrounded by beer, both in the freezer and off the shelf. Everything that can be got in Philly beer wise, this place will have it, barring Cantillon as they have been spread to thin. A nice seating area for some brews and food with friends. I did not see a tap list so Im unsure on draught selection. With the added space I can now actually see what the FOODERY has to offer in terms of food. I was impressed by the cured meats and cheeses which im a sucker for. I did not buy anything, but if I know Philly, it was going to be an arm and a leg anyway.
05-15-2011 11:30:12 |
More by BARFLYB
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
When you first walk in this place you see the counter and cashier to your right.Nice fella that talked about beer and gave me prices if I needed them.There must be like 12 or 13 coolers full of beer,juice and other beverages.Now Ive heard this place is very expensive but I didnt think so.I didnt go through the whole price book but it seems like you could make a nice 6pack consisting of 3 buck beers,I dont mind spending that much for a single beer.They have a HUGE selection,every beer from every brewery I have heard of.I bought a 22 oz. bottle of Stone RIS for $8.50 and I thought it was a bit costly at first but I have never seen it in my life.Go here looking for good beer and you will be great suprised in what you bring home.They take 10% off a 6pack.
04-29-2007 14:16:41 |
More by MmmIPA
The Foodery - Northern Liberties in Philadelphia, PA
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