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Taps: 21 / Bottles: 40
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
4 Trenton Road
phone: (215) 750-6893
(Place added by: strangefate on 12-07-2006)
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| Reviews: 26
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
We've been here twice, about three months apart. The second time we were real close and looking for somewhere to eat. As I was pulling in I thought there was a reason I wasn't very impressed the first time I was here. As soon as I took the first sip of my 60 Minute I remembered...
Oh yeah, the beer is way off. My girlfriend could drink it, and she normally hates 60 Minute due to its bitter/hoppiness.
I mean kudos to them for trying to turn this into a beer bar, but it's not working at the moment. Either they aren't cleaning their lines regularly enough, or that beer has been sitting around way too long. There IS a half-decent bottle selection...sitting under bright fluorescent lights (and probably for a while). Selection was basic, but solid...about 7 craft taps and another ~15 bottles. 60 Minute was the most adventurous thing they had...which isn't saying a lot.
Food is real basic pub grub...burgers, wings, fries, cheesesteaks. Not bad, but nothing special...frozen food thrown on a griddle or in a fryer. You can watch them cook it, which is a little nice plus. The hoisin sesame wings were the best thing we had between both visits.
Atmosphere is...well it's your average bar-in-a-really-old-building. The magnet boards with the beers on tap and in bottle are a nice touch. The oldi-ness of the building also adds to the charm. Last time we were there (on a somewhat brisk day in the middle of May) it was cold inside.
Service, however, was fantastic. We had the same bartender both times. She took the time to learn our names and was very prompt and friendly. She even did the little things like refill my water without asking.
Overall this would be a really place if they took better care of their beer...the Bensalem/Bristol area needs a good beer bar. I just don't get the feeling that they're moving the craft stuff fast enough...I saw a lot of BMC being drunk there, and not much else. Maybe some promos and specials to raise awareness among the local clientele would help. And if the lines aren't being cleaned weekly, that would be a good place to start. In addition, the $4.50 pints, while not an unfair price nowadays, probably aren't helping much to get the locals into it either.
Local pubcrawling options are bleak...like I said, this area really needs a good beer bar. Issac Newton's in Newtown is 10-15 minutes away, that's about it as far as I know.
05-20-2007 12:43:46 |
More by PopeDX
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Been here a couple times - there's nothing spectacular, but it's there for when you need it, like when I was near the neighborhood and dying for a burger. The food is standard local pub fare, burgers and cheesesteaks, that taste fantastic. You're allowed to build your burger with two toppings and I downed mine with roasted red peppers and fried onions. The fries are delicious and come crispy without being overcooked. I had some wings here that almost rivaled Union Jack's hot wings, they were that good.
The draft beer is nothing to write much about- I usually get the seasonal Sam Adams, which so far has been the Cherry Wheat. Troegs and Dogfish Head are also on tap. There were a few good bottles sitting in the corner like Duval, which were probably woefully neglected. The regulars were mostly drinking out of bottles. Lest I seem snobby, let me say everyone was friendly and nice there. The service was great, no complaints there.
It's not a bad place to hang out. The bar had plently of TVs with sports games on, and it adjoins another room with pool tables. The interior has a junky, dive look that passes for cozy, like the inside of an antique shop. The kitchen is behind the bar and you can clearly see the cook at work, and food comes out fast if they're not busy. I wish they would have better drafts, but I don't think they quite "get it" yet: When trying to pick a beer, the bartender said helpfully, "We have Stella." I think the good stuff goes untouched - my boyfriend felt his 60 Minute draft was off, and when I tried it, I, an IPA hater, was able to drink that baby like it was water.
05-24-2007 19:43:34 |
More by StoutHearted
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Was visiting some friends in Levittown this past weekend and we hit up this place for a bite and some good beers. It's located near a kind of funky intersection, and the parking is fairly scarce. From the outside you can see some craft beer signs, Rogues, Lagunitas, and Victory were on display with a Got Beer? sign that I found interesting. Inside is a U shaped bar that protects a tiny kitchen. Some small tables are lined along the walls with TV's in each corner. If you walk to the far side theres a small room with about 4 tables and 2 TV's if you want to escape the smoke(Yes they allow smoking). Jukebox is on the wall as you walk in. A big board with all the beers on tap and a majority, if not all of their bottles are listed.
The service could've been a little better. The bar tenders were very friendly and helpful, but I ordered 2 beers with dinner and 2 beers to go and with each name they looked at me with blank stares. A nice selection nonetheless, but I think a majority of the people there drink Coors, Miller, Yeungling, and maybe the occasional Sam Adams seasonal is probably the most common beers ordered. No servers interestingly as we had to order through the bar(we sat in the non smoking room).
The selection is deffinitely a positive. A lot of stuff they had that didn't have many reviews on here, and its always changing. Their website is very useful as it gives you a daily tap schedule, and you can get on their mailing list for upcoming kegs/bottles. This place is far from where I live but not all that far from my work, and I was REALLY excited to see they have a history of getting both PTE and PTY.
The food you could say was average pub grub, but the its quality pub grub. Not too mention not one food item on the menu is above 9$. They even get a little creative like a chicken cheesteak with bacon, alfredo sauce, provolone cheese on garlic bread(delicious btw).
The food pricing was real cheap, the beer was priced at what you'd expect, I would list this place at inexpensive, but I kicked it up to reasonable due to a 40$ 750ml bottle of Scaldis Prestige! Despite the smoke, this is a cool place to hang out and try some good beer, just gotta guide the employee's a little bit. I recommend this place and will probably be going back at some point.
01-11-2011 01:01:03 |
More by haazer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I located this place looking through beeradvocate one day and thought I would give it a shot. I thought it would be great to have a good beer bar so close to my house, however like the below reviewer my first visit was a rather unpleasant one. The parking lot is very limited but there is parking on the street available as well. The inside area is setup with some table locations to sit down at as well as seating along side the bar area. They also have another area available to shoot pool and darts. There are several TVs setup and two large magnetic boards with the draft and bottled beer selection. I liked the idea of the magnetic boards rather then your usual chalk board style setup. The draft beer selection consisted of about 15-20 taps with only a few of them dedicated to the usual suspects. Their bottle selection is even larger with about 30-40 different beers from several different brewers. As for the service my first visit was almost my last. The bartender was rude from the start of the night. I ordered at least 6 different beers that were up on the bottled list and was told they were out of stock on them. After ordering several beers that the bartender said they were out of stock on I was then told "go look in the refrigerator that is what I have in stock pick one of them" in a aggressive tone like he was aggravated at me for trying to order a beer. How should I know that you don't have them in stock, if you don't have it take the signs down. I did however decide to go back and give this place another shot and was suprised at the different level of service I received. I ordered a beer and it was actually available. One beer I ordered was not in the refrigerator and they actually went to the back to take a look and found one for me. HUGE difference compared to a few nights prior. I would probably visit this place again based on my last visit however if I go there again and the same bartender is working as the first time I visited my stay will probably be very short.
12-30-2008 05:05:09 |
More by f0gg
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
So I heard about this place from a friend. I got word that they had a good selection of beers and some harder to find choices as well. I looked online and was surprised and interested by the selection. Hulmeville is sort of off the beaten path if you ask me but was worth the trip. A nice selection on-tap and bottle as well for a place outside Philly. Good prices as well. They carried a good amount of local stuff and the bartender seemed friendly. I dont have much to say about the service as we only had a few minor interactions ordering. I wasn't fond of the vibe of this place. It was layed out strange there which is ok but it was FILLED with cigarette smoke. Maybe I'm spoiled living in NJ and hanging in Philly often but to me this part sucked. It seemed like the crowd there werent fans or drinkers of the craft/foreign beers there either(especially seeing a couple pieces of Coors Light clothing). I feel that this place is worth the trip but the location, vib and smoke knocked this one down a couple notches for me.
03-16-2011 02:08:11 |
More by BeerForMuscle
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
This place has 21 taps and a cask selection. Always solid choices the bartenders that i encountered were very friendly and seemed to know about the beers that they had. The food menu is basic bar food but not bad i had a Boardwalk Cheesesteak and Old Bay fries and i had no complaints about it. In the back i noticed a pool table. I think they now have an outdoor seating area. This is an old building it looks really cool from the outside. The place is clean also. When ever im up in that area i always make it a point of stopping in. they fill Growlers too. I never been there at night alway around the lunch hour. It seems to have many locals at the bar drinking the Bud and Coors. But they are also friendly. The only complaint about the place is they allow smoking which im fine with just as long as i don't sit right next to a smoker.
P.S i have nothing against the mass beer consumers.
12-15-2011 22:49:20 |
More by mingo1968
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
Old building located at a busy intersection. Very limited parking on premises, and some street parking is also available. The bar area is very old looking with plenty of wood. There is an open kitchen behind the bar which is shaped like a J and sports about 20 stools. Some other table are in the bar area. There were also about 10 very small TVs around the smallish room.
Two boards have draft and bottle listings for easy review. There were 17 taps and about 20+ bottles. Beers ranged from two Sly Fox beers, Founders Dirty Bastard, Anchor Xmas, Walt Wit, Sam Cherry Wheat, Home for the Holidays, Corsendonk Xmas beer, and Russian River Damnation. There is also the standard Yuengling, Miller Lite, Guiness, and Stella Artois.
The food was real low down pub grub. The brisket sandwich was very good, and people were raving about the homemade chili.
Surprising they serve so many good beers since most of the crowd was drinking Bud bottles or Yuengling. This place is a hidden gem.
01-31-2009 20:57:15 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I've been coming to this place since I was 5 yrs old, back when it was known as Marek's Cafe. I'm 29 today so that is a lot of years! My father used to play semi-pro fast pitch softball and this bar was thier sponsor. Back then, craft beer was Anchor and that was just about it. Micro consisted of Rolling Rock! My how times have changed!
The atmosphere here is outstanding. There is a main room with some tables and some high tops. Nothing fancy, just somewhere to put your drink. The back room consists of Golden Tee, shuffleboard, darts and 2 pool tables. On a crowded night it is hard to get in on any of the games.
Beer selection has improved tremendously recently. On tap they have Anchor, Dogfish, Chimay, Troeg's, Victory and a few others as well as a few Macros. On one visit I had, what I consider a perfect beer, Troeg's Nugget Nectar. Delicious. I had it from a firkin at The Drafting Room last year and it was the best beer that I ever had.
The staff here is really on top of things. Even when it is 3 or 4 deep at the bar they get to you in a timely manner and usually remember what you were drinking.
Food is minimal and consists of a few pub items. The prices are really good too.
Hats off to the ownership and staff for a job well done.
By the way, I here they have been pouring beers continously here for like 200 years. Impressive.
03-16-2007 02:48:32 |
More by hopheadz
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This place is around the corner from me and is probably the best local bar in my opinion. The selection is good with many oddities available. They have special tappings and events regularly. They also recently opened back up the outdoor area and let me tell you this is probably the best part about it. On a nice day it is a great place to spend a meal or afternoon. Fountains, a grill, umbrellas, etc. The food is fairly good the one time I had it. The beer is fairly well priced especially for the area. I'd say the one downfall is the atmosphere inside. It does have the typical things that are associated with a local bar in this area. Smoking, (gasp) normal beer drinkers, etc. It doesn't bother me but I know it could bother others. The service everytime has been good and friendly, from the little conversations I've had about beer they seem to know what they're talking about. Overall I'd like to go here more often and I think it's worth checking out if your just looking for a place in the are where you know you can get different beers.
07-19-2011 20:21:34 |
More by whrice
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
Chimay White on draft, on Trenton Road ...Are you kidding me?
Not at all! Be aware, The Hulmeville Inn is slowly becoming the best beer-bar in Bucks County. It might not match the quantity of an Isaac Newtons(yet), but the owner's dedication to beer quality is certainly prevalent.
The latest draft selection is stellar and seems to get better every visit. Weyerbacher House Ale, Stoudts Smooth-Hoperator, Dogfish 60 minute, Brooklyn Abbey Single, just to name a few. Bottle selection isn't too shabby either with beers from the usual suspects; Stone, Victory, Rouge and DogFish Head.
A great city alternative, for the ever growing PhillyBurb Beer-Heads.
06-18-2007 20:37:26 |
More by BigMart42
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