Friday, April 8, 2011

Restaurant Review: Bethlehem Brew Works

Name: Bethlehem Brew Works
Location: 569 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
Hours: Open daily 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Atmosphere: The Brew Works looks just like what it sounds like, a brewery. It is paved in hardwood floors and consists of a sprawling wooden bar, booths made of metal piping and a large nighttime bar scene housed in the basement. The walls are made of exposed brick and some are covered in murals of the old Bethlehem steal mills. The space is large and consists of two floors, which is perfect for the large crowds Brew Works experiences on the weekend. The vibe is very laidback, loud and casual.

Score- 4

Service: The service at Brew Works is really great. Our waitress was attentive yet not annoying and our food came properly spaced out. She was able to suggest popular beers and noticed right away when our drinks were empty and refilled them. I never felt rushed during the meal nor did I feel as though I was waiting forever for my food. I went to Brew Works on a Tuesday so the crowd was manageable; however on the weekends the restaurant is often times over-crowded and the wait staff isn’t as attentive or helpful.


Food: The menu here is quite extensive! If you have trouble making decisions then… good luck. Appetizers include classics like Spinach Artichoke Dip, Chicken Fingers, Pierogies and Buffalo Wings as well as some modern dishes like Thai Potstickers, Boom Boom Shrimp and Bavarian Pretzels with Beer Cheese Soup for dipping. A sampler platter of appetizers is also available. Brew Works also has a selection of Soups and Salads, Sandwiches and Wraps, Burgers and Chicken Sandwiches, Pasta, Meat and Seafood Dishes. I chose the Turkey Burger with French fries and it was fairly tasty, nothing outstanding though. I have tried the Christmas City Salad and the hummus platter during a previous visit and those choices were much better! Brew Works offers classy twists to traditional bar food and has choices for everyone.

Score- 3.5

Pricing: The food at Brew Works can start to add up depending on how many courses you decide to enjoy. Appetizers and sandwiches are reasonable, costing at most around $10 while meat and seafood entrees go upward towards 25 or 30 dollars. This is a great place to come for a few beers and appetizers with friends; you will end up with a full stomach and a reasonable bill.

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