It only takes a few minutes of sitting at the bar before you realize that you’re in the local neighborhood watering hole. Reminiscent of Mt. Airy’s classic McMenamin’s Tavern, you can see why the people of West Conshohocken, PA make this place their “Cheers.” The friendly bartenders, the over-sized, nostalgic wooden bar which squares-off the center of the room, and the pretension that was evidently left at the door, gives the Baggataway Tavern the feeling you belong; ensuring that if you lived anywhere on the hill it calls home, you would most likely be a regular as well.
Right off Front Street, just steps from 76, the Baggataway Tavern has become a West Conshohocken staple since opening its doors in 2005. Walking through the front door, you are surrounded by wood. The walls, the ceiling, and the bar are all adorned in simple, yet ornate wood, complementing the classic two-toned tile floor. It’s comforting, and oddly, almost reminiscent of what it would be like if there was a bar in your grandmother’s basement. The center bar is quite large. Its square shape is lined with barstools all around and tables surround the bar itself. The Baggataway is by no means a large place, but it’s accommodating, while keeping a cozy feel. On nicer days, there is also the option of sitting on outdoor decks located in the back.
As far as craft beer bars go, the Baggataway does not have a huge list. Fourteen taps make up their draft list and given the neighborhood-type atmosphere, they do not discriminate, as four of those aren’t craft. The ten lines that are craft-centric are well-chosen and offer a variety; tapping everything from Berliner Weisse to Imperial Stouts. They also offer up a sampler for those who are less decisive or just want a little of everything. Beyond the taps, they provide another dozen or so craft bottles consisting of many of the classics such as Stoudt’s Gold and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, ensuring you’ll always have a great beer option.
The regulars come for more than just the drinks, though. With a full kitchen serving quality classic bar food, don’t be surprised to walk in and see families seated for dinner. They have the burgers and wings expected at a pub, but also offer a handful of entrées including filet mignon and various seafood dishes to go along with a few daily specials. Many of the items are even homemade. Stop by during happy hour and they even put out some of their wings on the house. It’s hard to find a better way to start your evening than free wings and cheap beer.
If you’re wondering about the name, the owners are big lacrosse fans and Baggataway is the term for an early form of lacrosse played by the Native Americans. And, if you’re unfamiliar with lacrosse, no worries, the back of their food menu explains the sport and its rules, but neither are necessary to enjoy your time at the Baggataway. Baggataway Tavern is located at 31 N. Front St., West Conshohocken, PA 19428.