Manayunk Restaurant Review: Goat’s Beard Whiskey Bar

With whiskey as its focal point, it should come as no surprise that Manayunk’s newest watering hole is home to the area’s largest domestic whiskey selection.

Day boat scallops. (Photo by Jared Castaldi)
Day boat scallops. (Photo by Jared Castaldi)

The terrifically idiosyncratic Goat’s Beard name references a perennial commonly found in Pennsylvania, not the barn-yard animal. So it’s fitting, then, that Sean Coyle and chef Dan Connelly juxtapose their bi-level, mod-meets-rustic whiskey bar with some serious sustainable efforts.

Coyle is also the founder of the nearby Bourbon Blue, so any meal here should start (and perhaps end) with a stiff drink. The mirrored bar dominates the downstairs dining room, with the area’s largest domestic whiskey selection as its focal point. Surprisingly, signature cocktails top out at just $8.50—many of them contemporary takes on the classics.

Former owner of Northern Liberties’ Copper Bistro, Connelly has crafted a menu of a shareable comfort food made with locally sourced ingredients—all of it approachable, with creative accents. Big moments among the small plates include the house-ground beef sliders layered with Roquefort, the unforgettable Lancaster County chicken nuggets with lime-laced bleu cheese crumbles, and bacon-juice-dressed day-boat scallops with crispy leeks.

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Their weekday happy hour is an affordable way to sample Manayunk’s swankiest new watering hole, where a local craft pint and a satisfying tapas-style dinner are as easy to come by as the “water of life.” Is it 5 o’clock yet?

4201 Main St., Manayunk, 267-323-2495, thegoatsbeardphilly.com.

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