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Kraftwork

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Kraftwork logo wrench, with bricks chipped from the fa├žade, at entrance to the restaurant at 541 E. Girard Ave., in Fishtown. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer)
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About the restaurant
541 E. Girard Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
215-739-1700
Rating:
Neighborhood: Fishtown Parking: Street parking.
Handicap access: Wheelchair accessible by portable ramp.
Hours: 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
Prices: $
Payment methods:
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Cuisine type: Pub
Meals Served: Brunch Lunch - Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. Dinner - Mon. thru Sun. Late Night - Mon. thru Sun.
Style: 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.
Specialties: 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.
Alcohol: 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.)

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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