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The Flying Pig Saloon
Taps: 19 / Bottles: 50
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
121 E King St
phone: (610) 578-9208
(Place added by: ububru)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 28 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I frequent this place, so keep that in mind:
21 drafts, 2 cask. The drafts rotate constantly, with the exception of a few basics (coors, guiness, smithwicks, chimay, etc.) Hop Devil is always on cask I believe, the other cask is a rotating. They have around 150 beers that are always on the menu, but some of these are seasonal and not always available. They have around generally 20-40 beers by bottle that they rotate as well. Selection is always good, and i can usually walk in and have a beer I've never had, sometimes never heard of. (And I walk in often). The rotating selection can be found on the numerous chalkboards lining the ceiling. Also, a small insert can be found with the cellar aged beers that the owner Steve keeps on hand (around 3 years max so far). The place is busy, and everything cycles through pretty quickly so everything is pretty fresh.
The available selection is mostly just bar food. Cheesesteaks, Burgers, sandwiches, etc, with the exception being their daily specials and a few specialty sandwiches. My girlfriend will drive 20 minutes out of her way for their soups, which are always good (Italian Wedding is my favorite). Everything I've ever eaten there has been excellent. I can't stress this enough. They make the best burgers and chicken cheesesteaks I've ever had out. Prices are a bit steep, but consistent with the area.
As for the bar itself:
Wooden everywhere (though mostly paneling), with wooden bar and a beat copper bartop and copper trim. All chairs and stools are wood with backing. A flying pig motif throughout, and a corner with a couch, loveseat, chair and a coffee table, w/ a lava lamp and childrens art hanging. All and all, a pretty comfy place to session drink.
Numerous flatscreens to watch the game, and a jukebox, touchscreen, and a golden tee machine. There's one row of taller chairs/tables with a smaller tabletop mainly for drinking, and then a small dining room further in. It's rather crowded in there if it's busy, and by the end of a night, it can get pretty smokey.
The owners, Frank & Steve, are very nice, helpful guys, and love good beer. If you have any problems, let them know (there's a picture of them in a newsclipping on the wall to the right when you enter)
A lot of the regular waitress/bartenders are excellent, helpful, and prompt. While they don't always stay on top of every beer, they usually know what they're talking about. However, they tend to have a rotating door for a waitress position or two, and your service may suffer. Usually mine does only after I"ve told a friend how great they are. I'd say get a bar seat if you can.
During a weekday you'll find every stripe. Retired, corporate, construction workers, roofers, etc. In the evenings you tend to a get a bit younger crowd, but expect to see friendly locals surrounding the bar. Weekend days tend to be locals and beer nuts.
01-10-2008 20:26:33 |
More by deluded1
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
I had the pleasure of visiting the Flying Pig w/ BitterBeerFace and mughugger along w/ gottajiboo2, Phatz and friends after the Baltic Thunder release at the Drafting Room.
The atmosphere is great first off, with so many flying pigs everywhere and lava lamps along with leather couches and a nice wooden bar. There are plenty of flat screens to watch the game if you choose to. Our service was very friendly and prompt, although we sat near the bar, an area that can sometimes get neglected.
The selection was outstanding w/ many east coast favorites like Storm King and Smuttynose winter. They have rare stuff and cask ales too, but the cooler selection (bottles) and drafts are all well adverstised on chalk boards around the bar.
I found the quality to top notch and the ale I tasted was fresh. I haven't tried the food, but I hope to return another time to spend more time there. I found the value to be very reasonable, the atmosphere was very homey and I didn't want to leave - A great place to share a beer no matter what your taste.
01-07-2008 17:53:11 |
More by Slatetank
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$
This is a great little bar in a small town in Chester County, PA. The beer selection is always expanding. They have several rotating taps as well as the beer-bar staples. If you are looking for food and beer pairings you may not want to put this place on the top of your list. However, if you have the munchies and are thirsty for a good beer, you may find this place to be your haven. They have several chalk boards posted around the place to let you know their current selection and list of bottles at your table. There is live local music on the weekends and the place does fill up.
11-06-2007 03:43:11 |
More by mfhlucky13
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$$
Great beer bar in a very small town. Beer heaven.
They always have a belgium on tap from overseas I believe.
Their bottle selection is great and I believe they also fill growlers.
The place really can get packed when they have a nice full band playing some rock. This is the only bar in the middle of town next to the R5 train station and so things get magnified. It's a good time and the only thing holding it back is...
Watch out for the lurking cops especially late at night.
They are notorius.
Of course don't drink and drive.
02-15-2007 01:47:43 |
More by memory
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is a really neat place. Very dark wood interior with black ceilings and flying pigs (surprise!) all over the place. Cool wide plank unfinished wood floors. Sort of a mix between a dive bar and an upscale place trying to not look upscale. The tap list was impressive, about 8-10 regulars with a mix of macro and Hoegarden/Urquell type beers. 8 specialty tapspuring Heavywieht Saison, Magic Hat IPA, Hobgoblin Strong Ale on Cask, Hop Devil on cask, Penn Dark Lager, Grolsch, Dos Equis, Wyerbacher Merry Monks and Urthel's Quad. About 50-60 or so bottles, some pretty solid selections through and through.
Service was very friendly from a very busy bartneder during lunch. she brought me over a paper without even being asked...guess I looked like I needed to read. Had a burger, very solid. Pretty cheap considering I was in downtown Malvern.
Definitely a recommended stop.
03-23-2006 19:50:44 |
More by NolanGTI
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I used to live and I work in the Paoli area. I had a co-worker who lived close to the Flying Pig Saloon. I stopped in a few times back then to get a Yuengling Lager (before Beer Advocate, before I knew any different). They gave me a hard time about my drivers license picture the first time I went in (not looking like me or some crap), so I didn't think much of the place; other than, it is a local bar on the corner. The parking seemed a bit limited but overall it is a decent bar.
Recently I stopped in again to check it out, after seeing it is listed here on BA. Unfortunately I was on business so I couldn't drink but I did check out there selection and I was impressed. For 'The Bar on the corner', they had a very nice selection. I remember Victory, Serria Nevada, Appalation, Magic Hat and Dog Fish Head were all available at what seems the least likely place. It was good food but I probably won't make a special trip from Lancaster, just to go drinking at the Flying Pig Saloon.
[EDIT My opinion has changed. The service is good and the selection is continually growing. Founders and Bell, and Belgians, well done]
Hope this is helpful.
03-06-2006 07:11:56 |
More by Phatz
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
My Mom has lived in the borough of Malvern for years, yet I'd never been to this place, until last Wednesday.
I was pleasantly surprised by what the Flying Pig had to offer. I had a Left Hand XXX-mas Ale that tasted great, extremely fresh. The micro beer selection here is top notch. Almost as good as Tenstone or Tria in the city.
As for the food, I tried the chicken skewers with peanut dipping sauce and was relieved that it was quite tasty, satisfying even.
The barman was attentive, and even though he wasn't the most charming or friendliest-looking, he was efficient and attitude-free at least.
The only annoying thing was a forty-yr-old guy in a T-shirt performing typical, acoustic singer/songwriter-type songs. That kind of live music belongs in a coffee shop, not in a beer bar, at least to me.
12-19-2005 18:32:38 |
More by roan22
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Flying Pig is a great little corner bar in Malvern, PA which is nice for me because it is literally 2 miles from my house. I found out about this place about 2 months after moving into the area and we have been going here about once a month since then.
The atmosphere here is really cool with all the wood and pigs hanging on the walls. The crowd is usually pleasant and the service is pretty good as well.
If they only served food they would get a good rating as they have a nice menu of sandwiches and appetizers for everyone but their beer selection is very nice as well. They usually have about 10 or so really good drafts that rotate regularly. These drafts usually include something Belgian or a few something Belgians as well as maybe a German beer and of course some great local beers from Heavyweight or Victory or Dogfish or many others. They also have a good standard bottle selection that includes some local favorites and some Belgian's like Chimay and Duvel.
11-24-2005 17:02:09 |
More by ggaughan
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The pig is a great local corner bar in the heart of Malvern. The atmosphere is a low lit with old wooden floors and a small, 3 sided square bar that sits about 15. There are also couches near the jukebox and several tables.
The quality of both the beer and food is excellent. I especially like the rotating selections of beer(mostly sixtalls). They've gone through Old Dominion, Heavyweight, Magic Hat, Wild Goose, Appalachian, McKenzie's, Anchor...the list goes on and on. Not to mention, they have a medium sized bottle selection if the great draft list doesn't tickle your fancy. I especially enjoy the pork sandwiches, hot wings, and open faced turkey sandwiches. The service is usually friendly and attentive and if they're unsure of what a beer is like, they will usually offer a sample. Another cool aspect is the growler to go from the pig. It's not a bad deal. You basically get a few bucks off for getting a growler full of beer.
05-27-2005 22:20:50 |
More by weeare138
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a great place to hang out. It has a great selection of beer on tap and in bottles. Some of the locals I have seen available include Victory, Stoudts, and McKenzies and then they also have had Bell's and Stone too. On top of the great micros there is always some great imports. I usually hit up the draft selections, but the bottle list is very good. The place is clean and relatively small compared to some of the other more popular hangouts in the area. The service has varied, but is generally good, though the servers tend to not know much about the beer. This isn't something that bothers me because I usually know enough about them, but in the instance I want to know something about a specific brew, there may not be some one around to help. Anyway, this is a great relaxed place to come for some great beer.
05-25-2005 15:00:45 |
More by ark57
The Flying Pig Saloon in Malvern, PA
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