Kraftwork

Kraftwork logo wrench, with bricks chipped from the façade, at entrance to the restaurant at 541 E. Girard Ave., in Fishtown. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer)

Updated, based on a recent revisit

Fishtown’s buzzing nightlife avenue now has several worthy gastropubs, but few as handsome as this corner beer bar fitted with hop-leaf-carved saw blades, tiger-maple communal tables and a tool motif ode to industrial days past.

Along with one of the area’s best draft-beer lists, theres’s a seasonally minded menu from chef, Brian Lofink, who, aside from an excellent burger and house-made brat wrapped in pastry, also turns out notable salads and veggie-friendly options.

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Kraftwork

541 E. Girard Ave., Philadelphia; 215-739-1700, www.kraftworkbar.com.

Fishtown's rising nightlife avenue now has one of the city's more ambitious new gastropubs, a corner beer bar fitted with hop leaf-carved saws, tiger maple communal tables and a tool motif that's an ode to industrial days past. The seasonally-minded kitchen had its share of stumbles, but some exceptional sandwiches, specials and charcuterie, plus one of the area's best new draft beer lists and a good energy room, make this pub is a keeper.

MENU HIGHLIGHTS

Heirloom tomato salad; pork croquettes; chicken liver mousse; charcuterie; cheese board; flatbread pizzas; short rib sandwich; eggplant parmesan sandwich; beer can chicken sandwich; B.L. . .Trout; pork chop special with bacon jus; chocolate terrine.

DRINKS

This beer bar is dedicated to draft brews, with 25 American craft and international selections constantly rotating on tap (including one nitro and one hand-pump), available in four sizes. The $8 flight of four is a great bargain. Among my faves were the Tripel Karmeliet, Russian River Blind Pig IPA, St. Feuillien saison, Harviestoun's Bitter & Twisted, and sour ales from Ommegang (Zuur) and Ichtegem's (Grand Cru.) There is a small but intriguing collection of unusual wines and cocktails.

WEEKEND NOISE

The noise is as extreme as some of the beers, at 93 decibels. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)

IF YOU GO

Entire menu daily, noon-1 a.m. Nightly specials after 4 p.m. Brunch Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Reservations not available.

Wheelchair accessible by portable ramp.

Street parking.

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