One train ticket, two breweries and thirteen-plus bars.
It’s always great to get away on vacation, but sometimes, staying close to home can be just as fun and adventurous. A staycation revolving around fantastic breweries and a handful of some of the best bars in the suburbs makes an actual vacation seem less of a necessity. All that is needed is a SEPTA day pass and a trip on the R5.
The R5 line of the Regional Rail runs from Temple University all the way to Thorndale, making twenty-four stops along the way. Seven of those stops are ideal drop off points for great beer.
Not even a block from the famous Reading Terminal Market, this station is an ideal starting point for your trip. The newly opened Molly Malloy’s in the heart of the market, offers a fine selection of craft beers and there are endless breakfast opportunities. Not to mention, Brauhaus Schmitz will soon have a stand in the market as well.
30th Street Station
The shortest walk of any of the stops, Bridgewater’s Pub is located right inside the train station. Providing a mix of domestic craft and German offerings, this is a great spot to kill time between trains.
Ardmore is home to the newest additions of the R5 pub crawl. The recently opened Tired Hands Brewing Company is just a block away from the station. Offering an array of artfully crafted, mostly sessionable beers, this is an ideal stop for a pub crawl. Their simple menu of meats, cheeses, and pickles is a perfect snack between meals. Also, the neighborhood pub, McCloskey’s, and the recently opened bottle shop, The Beer Shoppe, are both within walking distance.
Gullifty’s is the stop here. It’s just under a mile walk, but a little walking is always ideal for a crawl. Plus, at the end of the walk, you’ll have over 130 beers waiting for you.
It would be easy to spend the whole afternoon in Wayne as they offer up the most options of any of the stops, but the main reason to get off here is Teresa’s Next Door. Known for one of the best beer lists in the ‘burbs, including a few exclusive Belgian drafts, it’s easy to drink away the day here. They also offer up an eclectic food menu that encourages you to try something new. Also nearby: Christopher’s, Panorama, and White Dog Café. And, don’t forget to visit Matt Guyer over at the Beer Yard and scope out one of the best distributors in the area. Chances are you’ll be driving back out here the next day to pick up a case.
Nestled in a shopping plaza directly across the street from the station is TJ’s Restaurant & Drinkery; a fantastic beer bar that taps a draft list to rival many. Always changings and always pouring something special, TJ’s is another must on this crawl.
One of the easiest bars to lose track of time in, the Flying Pig is a comfortable place to drink. Nothing fancy or pretentious, it’s all about good beer and they have a lot of it.
Station Taproom is highly convenient and will be one of the first things you see getting off the train. Open for two years now, Station has quickly become an area favorite. They serve up an excellent food menu and a well-curated draft and bottle list that will keep anyone happy. After Station, it’s time to go for a walk. Victory Brewing Co. might not be directly across the street, but it’s only about a 15 minute walk and it’d be a downright shame to visit Downingtown and not make your way over to one of the best breweries in the area. The pub offers up a huge selection of Victory beers including a handful rarely seen outside the pub. Plus, they have a full, delicious food menu.
…and all this is just a Regional Rail ride away!