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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
| 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: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The new Dock Street brewpub opened at the end of August. I am not sure what was in that location previously but I am guessing a firehouse.
The location is in West Philly right at Baltimore Ave. The area is seeing an influx of Penn faculty. So this small part of West Philly is doing its best to revitalize. It was easy to get to and it stands out. You can't miss the place. Let me just state for all of my suburban BAs: It is safe for Philly standards. I saw a police presense that afternoon. Its not ghetto despite rough areas not being too far away..
I was there on an autumn-like Saturday afternoon with my girlfriend. Upon entering you see a pile of firewood and a brick oven. There are also sofas near the entrance way. These gave a sort of sterile environment a warmer feel. On this brisk day the pizza oven seemed like a fireplace. The bar was rather long but nondescript. The the rest of the seating was reminicient of a cafeteria. That is not a bad thing. It was just minimalist. There was plenty of sunlight coming through. I find this a big plus over damn artificial lighting. Oh and there is some outdoor seating. Once you are in the bathrooms are straight back along the left wall.
I have been to all of Philly's brewpubs. Nodding Head was the reigning champ. Well the champ has been dethroned. I never enjoyed every beer on a brew pub's menu before. The selection was great. There was an imperial stout (hints of licorice & strong molasses), white ale, dark cherry ale (strong chocolate character), left coast ipa, golden ale (best example of this style that I have found to date), rye ipa (15% rye grain). The weakest was the White but that's just because I am not a big fan. However, my partner in crime gave it glowing reviews. It was nice to see it garnished with an orange instead of a lemon (a common mistake).
I fell in love with both of the IPAs. The Left Coast is extraordinary and made such an impression that I ran to the boot of my car to grab my growler. Yes they do growlers for around $13. The price of a pint is $4. Happy Hours during Monday - Friday (I think 4 - 7 PM) puts pints to just $3!!! BTW - this place is opened from 4 - Midnight.
****CLOSED on Sundays****
The servers were great gals. I forget our bartenders name but she never let our glasses go dry. Food did not take long. Very good service over all.
The menu is mostly pizza. However, there is a huge varity of pizza. There is even a vegan one in addition to vegetarian options. The crust was superior to any thing from a Bertucci's, Carrarbas' or any of that ilk. It was thin and in the European tradition of pizza...not overly sauced or cheesed. Plus it did not taste like a cardboard box like too many Philly pizza places do.
I think the menu is the perfect size. Aim small - Miss small!!! They even have real Italian espresso means for their manual espresso machine (not automatic like all of Starbucks stores). I sall Fish and Chips, Paninis, tiramisu and cheesecake...oh and a bangin' selection of salads that included a goat cheese with walnut. I am always thrilled when I can get salads that do not have any of that shit Iceberg lettuce. I HATE ICEBERG LETTUCE. They have a few bottles of wine if you are a loser who doesn't enjoy beer.
My Beer Advocate heart warmed at the sight of your non-typical brewpub goers kicking back with a few pints. It was great to see locals actually enjoying some thing that hey have never had. The rest of the patrons looked like me but had strollers and a few more years on them. :-) Then there was the couple seated immediately to my right. They were new to craft beer. I shared my $0.02 in an attempt to help them pick a beer.
Oh and I love how the staff's iPod Nano (lets just say "eccletic") was being played via an old school ghetto blaster!
09-16-2007 22:58:35 |
More by carlosd74
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
I haven't reviewed in some time but felt this place rightfully deserved a few choice words. I have heard about the 'new' Dock Street for several months and finally decided to check it out after an evening at the Art Museum.
The area has improved markedly since I was a med student in the late 90's at Penn. I rarely went past 45st back then but now things are safer probably up to the low 50's. Amazing....
Our party of three arrived around 9:30 on a Friday night and the place was absolutely packed with a least 10 people waiting for tables. As already described, the place is a converted fire station that has maintained the concrete floors and high ceiling. A nice touch IMO. The customers are a mix of students (from Penn/Drexel given the close proximity) and a decent amount of older folks, a category I'm slowly approaching. It was loud but I don't think too bad (TND in Wayne is much louder). Our wait was only about 20 mins.
Service was fantastic despite the packed tables and bar. All three of us ordered individual pizzas which did take a while to come and were a bit burnt at the crust. However, we all agreed they were very tasty and scrumptous. Beers that we tried included the Rye IPA with a lingering bitterness on the tongue, Winter Warmer with a hint of ginger (not to my taste but well done nevertheless), Gold Stock (a definite killer session pale ale), and the malty smooth Imperial Oatmeal Stoute (wow is all I can say!). I was impressed with the quality of the brews...nothing was off or something I wouldn't drink again.
I will definitely hit this place again and remember to bring my growler ($12 for a fill). I think this place will do very well and is located in a patch of space that has no competition.
01-12-2008 18:27:38 |
More by cracker
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Atmosphere was nice, seemed modern. Seems like a place where everyone who was in there was a regular, and spot the out of towner was not a difficult game. The server was nice, friendly and informational. The pizzas looked great, but I had a rather nice salad. Good food.
Tried the sampler, and all were fairly good, but the Prince Myshkin's Russian Imperial Stout was extraordinary. However they would not sell it in bottles, nor would he sell me a growler of it, and I was ready to pay top dollar!!!
It really is a shame that I couldn't take home one of the top beers I have tried in the past year. That totally sucks!
PS, if you have some in a bottle, please send ASAP.
06-19-2009 16:45:31 |
More by Beejay
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Got the chance to go to this place last night on my first visit to Philadelphia. The atmosphere was nice. A very modern looking restaurant with a fairly generous amount of seating. Good music (Van Morrison, Creedence, etc.), nice lighting all added to the mood.
The quality of the brews were surprising. I've gone to a lot of brew pubs and been disappointed but each offering I tasted was solid. The amber ale and rye IPA were both solid and the hop garden double IPA was delicious.
Service was good. Our waiter was on top of our drink orders at the right time and wasn't ever too pushy or moody when we weren't ordering one on top of the other.
The drink selection, limited as it was, was excellent. At 6 choices, there was something for everyone: a few IPAs, Amber Ale, Porter, Pils and Stout were all present. Good stuff.
We got a few pizzas (margherita and veggie sans onions) which were tasty and had some solid crust.
Prices were reasonable and nothing to complain about, especially coming from New York City. A cool little spot to hang out. I'd definitely come back here.
03-27-2009 23:15:59 |
More by astrasday
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in for happy hour plus on a Thursday night.
A: We arrived around 5:30pm to a fairly empty room. A few people seated at the bar but that was it. The room itself is deceptively smaller than I would have thought from the outside and is fairly industrial in appearance. Nothing wrong with that in my opinion by could be lacking "warmth". The crowd stated to pick up as we were leaving around 8:30 and you could start to notice the rise in decibel so something could be done to soften the noise perhaps.
S: We took a seat at the bar closest to the entrance. Our bartender was attentive, took our orders, kept our glasses filled and was more than up on the beer scene as we had a good discussion re: Bell's Hopslam.
Selection / Quality: An excellent variety of brews. I enjoyed a Gold Stock, Rye IPA, and an Imperial Oatmeal Stout, also sampled my friends Bo Pils and all were very good.
F: I ordered the Ham & Gruyere pannini with fries and found it to be a delicious sandwich. Many tempting menu options, especially pizzas, will take me back for another visit.
V: My sandwich, and 3 beers was $20. To me that's a good deal in the city.
01-26-2008 01:26:02 |
More by Riggsy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
being as how it is so close to home, this is my go-to bar. it opened this past summer and they still need to work on a few things, especially the atmosphere. being that it is in an old concrete warehouse, it is very "noisy" inside. the acoustics are very bad. they have done some things to remedy this situation but on a busy weekend night it's especially drowning. my other gripe with the atmosphere is the lay-out of the tables in the dining room. it's a fairly small space but the tables are aligned in such a way that it is virtually impossible to move around.
the beer is fabulous, and diverse, from a light Kolsch to the heaviest of imperial stouts and barleywines. right now they have the RyeIPA, the Imperial Oatmeal Stout and the Barleywine all on tap. all are excellent. the Gold Stock is a pretty decent session beer as well.
I've only really sat at the bar and the service has always been great. some of the bartenders know more about beer than others, but the ones that do really know their stuff. I appreciate that.
the pizza is great, although it doesn't hold up too well for leftovers as the crust is a bit thin.
it's definetely a welcome addition to the neighborhood and I wish them the best success.
12-24-2007 09:35:18 |
More by BeerZombie
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited Dock Street Brewery on a Friday after work in late June with my wife and two of our friends.
We arrived around 6:30 and were seated immediately. The place was half full; however, it was a sunny day (rare this season) so there were a few parties seated outside. The interior was spacious and comfortable, if a little industrial. No frills in this place. The patrons varied in age. Only two large vessels were visible behind glass which I assumed were fermenters; I was disappointed that more of the guts of the brewery were not visible.
We arrived and sat in the corner. I ordered the sampler of 6 beers - a Bohemian pilsener, American wheat, rye IPA, sorghum beer, amber ale, and an espresso stout. I settled on the rye IPA and determined to try the espresso stout later on for dessert. The rye IPA came and was delightful, although different from any other IPA I have ever had (due to the rye I'm sure). It went very well with the hummus that we ordered. The hummus was fantastic.
I milked the rye IPA until our dinners came out. I had a calzone while everyone else ordered pizzas. I do not remember the gorey details of the food probably because I scarfed it down so fast, but I do remember that the general consensus was that it all was absolutely delicious. Dock Street has the food side of things down pat.
After dinner, my wife and our friends decided to have some dessert. I ordered the espresso stout which I had tasted earlier. It tasted like a carbonated cup of creamy coffee. I have not had many coffee stouts, but I found this to be quite enjoyable. Non-coffee fans need not apply, however.
Overall, the experience was a good one. Price point was not too bad considering the quality of the food. However, I did notice that a growler-fill was $16 (more for a high ABV but I don't remember how much more), which seemed a little steep. Otherwise, everything was pretty good.
06-29-2009 19:04:24 |
More by ljbrisson
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
The most important aspect of a brewpub is, of course, the beer. Our group started with samplers. At $6, the sampler was reasonable. Nice selection of ales (gold, white, red) and seasonals (dark cherry, pumpkin) and a good IPA. All were solid offerings.
The establishment itself is very bohemian. The menu was called the "introductory menu" and was rather limited. Of the four of us there, all of us agreed that the food was pretty average at best.
My biggest complaint was the growler situation. We wanted to share the beer with friends at a party the next day. When we were told that two growlers would be $60, we were a bit shocked. They were charging a steep deposit price on the growlers. The cost to refill is pretty standard, but I'm certainly not accustomed to such a high initial bottle charge (~$16 if memory serves). But like I said, the beer was good enough to want a growler, so I guess we'll try to spread the cost of that growler out over a few additional visits.
09-29-2007 17:19:11 |
More by tmp155
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
I live down the street from this joint and I must say that the food is great. The pizza here is the best in the city and the trio fries are amazing. Dock Street is family friendly. We bring our daughter here to feed her our pizza crusts.
The beer is hit and miss with me. I will say that I encouraged some non-beer drinkers to try the Bubbly Wit and they ordered seconds. Since they opened, any beer with wheat in their grain bill has the heavy clove-like esters. It just seems like the use the same yeasts in many of their beers. Otherwise, there have been some impressiive beers. The Rye IPA, Sexual Chocolate, and Anniversary Amber have all been great. The beers have definitely been improving and the pizza is awesome, so best of luck Dock Street.
01-21-2009 03:35:50 |
More by Splunny
Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA
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