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Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 55
Beer Ratings: 532
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
701 S 50th St
phone: (215) 726-2337
(Place added by: Jason on 03-14-2007)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 33 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $
Dock Street opened up about 10 blocks east of my house, so it's by far the closest place to get a good beer and (most likely) not get shot. On the west edge of UPenn's influence, its an anchor for the families to the east and for hopeful westward revitilization of the area.
Anyway, the old firehouse is a great building. This has a very different atmosphere from most brewpubs - it is loud, almost cafeteria like, and they keep jamming more and more tables in. Nice outdoor seating in the summer though, and on Fridays theres free jazz concerts in the park in front of the building so thats a great time. The atmosphere isnt appropriate for all people or occasions, but its a nice change.
Lots of families come in too, especially in the earlier part of the evening.
The RyePA is usually on tap and thats a solid beer; other than that in my experience the beers have been hit or miss. Many stouts feel like they need to age a bit more; some of the more experimental brews this summer were underwhelming, but generally, there are 2 or 3 solid-to-good beers available with usually 5 or 6 total on draft. They also usually have their two bottled beers available, but I have yet to get anything bottled.
The food is the real story here, the wood fired oven creates some awesome pizzas. Menu is limited to pizza, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and appetizers, but theres a large variety of pizza and it is excellent.
Service at the bar is generally more responsive than the seated tables, but overall service is acceptable.
I find that its just an enjoyable place to hang out with friends and have a good time. In my experience it hasn't been dominated by college kids, as the generally live much farther east, and its more locals of all age groups and income levels.
12-05-2008 22:24:45 |
More by jmc44
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $
My wife and I arrived with our two little ones around 5:00. We were unsure if it was seat yourself or wait to be seated, so we stood for a couple of minutes and then grabbed one of two open and dirty tables. After finding the only two high chairs ourselves, situating the kids, sitting for several minutes did the hostess saunter by. I had to flag her down and ask her to clear the last party's empties. After a while the waitress came over and delivered menus. We ordered two pizzas and fish and chips along with beers and milk for the tots.
By this time the loud, unpleasant industrial techno music became very wearing. The place has awful acoustics and the music selection was totally inappropriate for the clientele. There were several groups with seniors who looked unhappy.
Shortly after our arrival four other groups with young children came in. We had the only two high chairs. We bribed our daughter to give up her high chair for another appreciative parent.
Food came, pizzas were very good. My wife's fish and chips was coated with uncooked batter, large gooey clumps of it. We sent it back and figured we had enough pizza for all.
The beers were well done. We had the Pilsner, the Gold Stock Ale, the Rye IPA and the St. Albans.
We asked for the check when the desert was delivered. Tira misu, also pretty good. The check came about 25 minutes later, because the waitress had to wait for the useless hostess to remove the fish and chips from the bill. I actually took the kids outside for a walk because they were starting to get fidgety.
While my wife was waiting for the check she noticed another party waiting for a table. There was one available, but it was too full of the last person's dishes and empties to sit at.
Overall, it gave the impression of a very poorly managed establishment. I will not return unless I hear that it gets better.
03-17-2008 19:24:07 |
More by beermcmahon
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $
If you live in the neighborhood and especially if you're a grad student or otherwise 20-something West Philly alterna-type, this is a fine place to hang out. If you don't fit that description but you live in the neighborhood it's still probably a good option for you on a weeknight or in off-peak times. Since I don't fit either of these categories, I can say that I probably won't come back.
I went with a group of friends the night before Thanksgiving, so it was a weekend-type crowd. As noted the place is LOUD. This is a former fire station, you're sitting on the concrete pad that the fire trucks used to sit on, and there was no effort made to soften any of the surfaces - just all hard reflective bare bones materials, the din made talking to anyone other than those right next to you difficult, and that's without loud music or a decent sound system. It was also crowded and hard to walk around, the servers kept bumping into us, sometimes hard. Ok for a college, post-college night out, but not at all the place for families or couples (again at least when it's busy).
Our server was nice enough but we had to ask for almost everything more than once, when we could get attention at all. I don't know how much was the server and how much was being understaffed for the crowd, so I don't want to point any fingers.
My friends were drinking the oatmeal stout and the kolsch when I arrived, but we were told the oatmeal stout kicked, to everyone's disappointment. I thought that later on I saw people getting it in their samplers, but we were never told there was a new keg or anything. Regardless this brought the number of drafts down to I think four - kolsch, helles, rye IPA, and the gold. I could be wrong, though, and the web site doesn't help because it's outdated. To have so few beers and to have two of them be a kolsch and a helles - in late fall - with no session ales, was strange. I sipped the stout and the kolsch, both were nice enough, the kolsch was very light with a bit of fruit, the stout finished a little ashy. Eventually everyone got their food after various ordering misadventures, the pizza was kind of nice but two of the three we ordered had too much cheese and lacked balance, I like thin crust pizzas but these got soggy on the bottom and hard to eat. My pizza had black olives, two of which still had the pits in them, which was an irritating surprise.
Shortly before the food arrived my friend and I ordered a pitcher of the rye IPA and HATED it. The reviews have generally been good here and I know the brewer is very respected, although I don't know whether these were his batches again or not, so I'm at a loss...we just didn't like it at all, the beer was completely and lastingly bitter with no spice or fruit character and couldn't make out the malt body, although another friend sipped it and tasted some fruit at the front before the bitterness kicked in - he said it tasted like a grapefruit wine. The table then went back to more pitchers of the kolsch, although my palate had been seemingly wrecked by the IPA. Where before it was light and harmless enough, if not that interesting, now I found this undrinkable too. We ended up not finishing the last pitcher.
Only the couple that lived a couple blocks away seemed interested in coming back. We were at least all happy that the tab was surprisingly low, although we agreed that we got so little attention from our server that we probably could've dined and dashed and no one would even remember. There were a fair amount of people bringing growlers home with them, and it was packed, so it is clearly filling a niche, but I have no need to go out of my way to go back like I do with Standard Tap or Gray Lodge. Perhaps if there's more investment in the space and staff I would re-consider.
11-23-2007 16:39:26 |
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