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Taps: 30 / Bottles: 92
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
718 South St
phone: (267) 909-8814
(Place added by: GeoffFromSJ on 07-04-2009)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The beer selection cannot be denied. 20 taps. Lots of good Germans, including some fairly unusual stuff. Also some good German-style American beers. Stoudt's does their house brew, and has a few others on tap, and Sly Fox has some footing in there as well. I was pleasantly surprised to find a Berliner-style Weiss on tap, and an Alt from Dusseldorf (Zum Urige). Oh, and Schlenkerla helles. Philadelphia has had a hole in it's beer scene regarding German beers for too long, and this should fill it.
The food is quite good, really fresh - and when we're talking about German-style foods, that's important. The food I had here was better than what I've had at Zum Schneider in NYC. I've given them good points for that. But at the same time, it is a bit expensive - such is South Street!!!
As for atmosphere, well it's clearly a new place, but they've tried to make it look old in spots. And it's not that they're trying to fool you, you can see the differences quite readily. It's just an interesting mix. The antique booths (old church pews) surround new wooden tables, and I love the exposed brick walls (here and there), and all of the wood. And they went to great expense to have the arched wood on the back-bar mimic the arched entranceway that they inherited from "American Pie". Very nicely done.
Ahh, I almost forgot the beer hall feel. Well, the old and new mix doesn't stop at furniture or finishings. When I first sat down Oom-pah music was playing! I thought I was in for an afternoon of tuba, but the next song switched to something really interesting and alternative. I'm not sure if that was because of the time of day or something, but I really liked the odd mix. A little German brass now and again can be fun!
As to the sound, the music is set up in a really good way. I'm not sure if that was planned, or if it just happened. The mezzanine gives it a lot of acoustics, and with the wooden floors the entire place acts kind of like a speaker box. It can get loud, especially when a larger table gets a few brews in them, but the music somehow still gets through. And on that note, it really does have a beer hall feel to it. There aren't the long communal tables, but it is kind of close, and it is kind of loud - and in my experience, that can be a good thing because it gets people talking.
So, overall impression, excellent!!! South street really needs a solid anchor along this block to keep it from shrinking more towards Front, and I think Schmitz has the magic to make that happen. And, as South Street is already a destination in Philly, I can't imagine anyone coming through town and not stopping in for at least one beer.
07-05-2009 22:22:53 |
More by NeroFiddled
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Located on South St. between 7th & 8th. Opened in June '09 and I stopped in for a visit on its first day. The place is beautiful, with a tremendous facade, and great atmosphere. Nice service, and waitresses in dirndls. Beer selection is great. Finally a truly great drinking establishment in the South Street area...it was well overdue. Lots of great German beers on tap, some of which you can't really find anywhere else in the area, and a wide selection for all over the world in bottles. Cuisine is good, mostly German, as would be imagined. Visit during Oktoberfest for an amazing time!
The one downside: TERRIBLE crowd, and it's just been getting worse.
04-29-2011 13:12:42 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Once I heard that there was going to be a new German restaurant/beer bar to replace Ludwig's I was pretty excited but once details of this place surfaced I had extremely high expectations. Brauhaus Schmitz met all of my expectations and exceeded them.
The restaurant itself is very narrow but is still pretty large, stretching pretty far back and with a second floor/balcony that has quite a few tables. Once you walk in there are two ailse of tables with an isle strecthing all the way to the back of the place with a very large bar and a massive copy of the Reinheitsgebot to the left. The atmosphere and vibe are very cool even though it is located on one of the busiest touristy streets in the city.
I've eaten here twice now and have to say the the quality of food and service are outstanding. Once I heard that the female servers were going to be wearing drindls I thought that it was going to be extremely lame but they actually pulled it off nicely. The servers have all been very knowledgeable and attentive, even helping me pronounce many German word that I otherwise would have no idea how.
I've sampled several of their authentic dishes and have been very pleased with everything. Brats, spatzel, Kartoffelpuffer(potato pancakes), schnitzel and potato dumplings were all amazing. I literally ate until I was uncomfortable on each visit.
Now on to the beer. Since this place is mostly focused on German beers they have a limited number of non-bavarian offerings. 20+ taps with 16 of them German, all broken down by style on the menu. They had several rarities as well including Hoffstetner Kunellbier and Erdinger Fest-weiss which are not common in the states. Other classics like Aventinus, Celebrator, Gaffel Kolsch and Weihenstephaner are always available. They also have a pretty impressive bottle list of beers from around the world but when I'm here I want German beers on draft.
I would strongly recommend this bar to any German beer enthusiasts and beer lovers in general. Even if you have friends that don't appreciate good beer they will enjoy this place.
09-26-2009 21:26:43 |
More by corby112
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
The recent Veteran's Day holiday provided an opportunity to spend a long weekend in Philadelphia. Brauhaus Schmitz was the first stop. The Brauhaus is situated in the blander section of South Street behind a somewhat nondescript storefront. Upon entry, you pass several tables to the well-polished bar. The room is dark and pretty narrow (and, at the time of this visit, very packed). The bar itself is clean and polished. Plenty of wood and brick ensures a convivial and comfortable drinking atmosphere - and perhaps some gemutlichkeit? Overlooking the bar area is a mezzanine level with additional tables for drinking and general merry-making. (Just pray that Begby* isn't up there with a pint or two.)
Obviously, the Brauhaus' several taps of fresh German bier was the primary reason for this visit, which included quaffs of Stoudt Oktoberfest, Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest and the very excellent Ayinger Celebrator. There is also an extensive lists of bottles (die Flascheliste) to further enhance your beer drinking experience - and even includes the infamous EKU. Other enhancements were the frequent rotation, correct glassware and some very attentive service. Of course, the Brauhaus offered up the usual suspects of German cuisine; I lunched on a pork sandwich with spatzle. Not bad, but not great. (What is the German word for "meh?") Nevertheless, I enjoyed the visit and would return in the future (die Zukunft).
* Begby is a brutish, drunken lout who appears in the film Trainspotting.
11-15-2010 18:24:49 |
More by jjboesen
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
After my wife and I took a tour of Yards brewery. We drove down the street just for this place. Parking was great right in front of the building do to the snowy weather. As you walk in a curtain blocks most of the view of the restaraunt. We were greeted with sounds of a man playing an accordian right behind that black curtain. Bar is to the left stretching down the building to starcase and on the opposite side there are some boothes. Our table was upstairs and if you have been in this place the ceiling is not meant for us tall people to be walking up there. A little tight but never uncomfortable.
It took a little time for our server to greet us and take our order it was a Saturday and right around dinner time. Luckily we were able to get a seat in time as it did get very busy. Very nice to see all the waiter's and waitresses dressed the part as well.
Everything tasted like it was home cooked and very good at that. Food was a bit pricey but he isn't everything on South Street but it is well worth the money. An amazing place and a definite try if your in the area.
01-31-2010 19:50:44 |
More by TheFightfan1
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Although the street it is on and neighborhood it borders are filled with your typical fake irish pubs and neighborhood dives, simply viewing the well designed wood, metal and glass facade lets you know your somewhere unique.
The beers are excellent. Most of which are very rarely ever on tap and available for $4-$6. Mind you this is the only German beer hall in the city at this point. About 20 different German brews on tap from your standard lagers to your Alts, Kolschs and Schwarz. The bottle list has some more German favorites but expands to a nice mid-level craft and euro macro list. You can even get your beer in a boot and rennact your favorite german beer movie.
The food is excellent, although slightly overpriced. I grew up with authentic German cooking in the family and the selection and quality do not disapoint. I just wish that $20 wasnt the low point for a platter involving sausage, pork or veal.
The place can get a little cramped and loud when crowded. The stmosphere is nice with German and beer themed decor. The waitresses in their "authentic" German dress add a little bit to the ethnic feel.
The service is definitely hit or miss. They have forgotten my food once, not told me they were out of something until otheres were served once, neglected to bring ordered drinks twice and we've been scoffed at for having a party of 5 sit at a table for 6 instead of offering to move and cram around a table for 4.
Based on the hard to find beers and excellent food, I will be back soon. I just hope this doesnt turn into another loud and raucus establishment for college kids to drink massive quantities of light lagers for cheap.
07-29-2009 15:48:31 |
More by rfgetz
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Got here Thursday afternoon of the opening week in the early afternoon. I'm loath to make any review final, let alone one this early on.
From the outside of the hall to the inside, this place exudes a very cool vibe. Lots of wood, which would explain why the carpenter's union was protesting outside. We ate at the long bar.
Our bartender was great and we even had good interaction with another server. Granted, we were there during an off-hour. They give tastes, which was nice for my non-beer geek friends.
As for the selection, I didn't bother looking at the bottle selection. That said, Brauhaus Schmitz is off to an auspicious start. I had the Uerige Sticke, a schwarzbier, and the Aecht Schrelenka Helles. For a German restaurant, the selection is great and well-rounded. Except for eisbock, I think every major German style was represented.
The food menu looks good & interesting. I had the schnitzel sandwich, which was solid. But I think I should have gone for the wurst sandwhich instead. The fries were solid as well, and the ketchup seemed to had an interesting spice in it. Honestly, my impressions here need more sampling to be accurate.
After the close of Ludwig's, we needed Brauhaus Schmitz in Philly if we are to truly be the greatest beer drinking city in America. This fills a huge gap and is easily Philly's most important opening of 2009.
Update: 7-24-2009 They just had a Gose on-tap which is very rare. Given they are hitting major and minor German styles, as a German restaurant, they have to get a 5.
07-06-2009 03:27:30 |
More by GeoffFromSJ
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I've been here several times with friends and it is a pretty nice venue. The atmosphere is lacking simply because of the crowd that typically comes here, especially during soccer games. Pretty obnoxious and certainly not there to enjoy beer so much as chug it and enjoy being tanked during "the game." Service is excellent...the bartenders are fairly knowledgeable and helpful. Selection is pretty darn sub-par...obviously come here knowing that the draft selection will be German brews, and the bottle selection is meh. I basically come here for the kartoffelpuffer, the bartenders in dirndls and the interesting selection of German beer, when I feel in the mood for it...which is not too often anymore. For what this place sets out to be, I think it hits the mark, I just don't really consider it the best craft beer destination in the city.
12-24-2011 04:48:22 |
More by MsRif
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
As many of the other philadelphians have mentioned this is a welcome addition since Ludwigs has closed, and I finally made it in to check it out. Stopped in to catch the Bundesliga on a Saturday morning, a definite bonus of this place since many of the local pubs broadcast premier league games.
The atmosphere of the place seemed good, we were in a little early to see whats like with an evening crowd, but I feel a place that opens up for football can have its own atmosphere for that. Anyway, you walk in through the large double front doors into an open, airy seating area with bar to the left towards the back. Seating is mixed of booths and tables, with additional tables on a lofted overlook. I really like the setup and its cozy enough to give the feel of a more european setup while keeping with the narrow philly row style. The wood bar and amenities are great and the bar seating is very comfortable. We were there for nearly 2 hours and sat at the bar the whole time and did not feel uncombfortable at all. My only complaint is that the TVs are situated a little high for the bar seating.
Quality of the place was good, each of the two beers I had was well served and the food was delicious.
Service was alright, we sat at the bar and were served by the bartender. It wasnt really busy and he filled our orders in timely manner, but had to grab his attention a few times.
Selection was great for German beer on draft, and they even had a few Stoudt's on draft. It looked as though they had an extensive bottle selection as well.
Food was also very good. We ordered more appetizer type selections since it was early in the day, but each was well prepared and very good.
Value was very reasonable, the majority of the drafts were 0.5 L and all were <$6, while the food selections were appropriately priced.
Overall, a very good place that i hope to stop in to more often, for football, beer and food.
03-21-2010 20:07:09 |
More by mvanaskie13
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went here recently on a Saturday evening for dinner. Large wooden entryway really sticks out on south street. Got a table along the right wall, underneath a bunch of old pillboxes from the previous tenant. Lots of wood and exposed brick throughout, with a rather high ceiling in the main room. With the way the tables are up front and the way the acoustics are, it really has a beer hall type of feel.
Decent sized bar about 25ft from the front door along the left hand side that extends for maybe another 25ft. They had 20 tap lines with all beers served in appropriate glassware. They also had a bottle list, but I didn't even bother to look seeing as how the draft list was so good. There was an upstairs dining area that I did not have an opportunity to check out.
I had a Spaten Optimator and a Warsteiner Dunkel along with my jagerschnitzel and potato pancakes. Arguably the best potato pancakes I have ever had.
The service was a little slow in spots, but it sputtered along adequately.
I would love to make it back over here on a weeknight and post up at the bar for a bit. My first impression was very good though.
08-24-2009 19:39:05 |
More by ColForbinBC
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