Tale of the Tape: Frankford Hall

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Stephen Starr’s Frankford Hall opens today in Fishtown. The mainly open air beer garden will seat up to 400 on a sunny day and though the menu and beers are German-centric the look is more industrial.

The Space

  • Designed by Stokes Architecture
  • Building is split into an indoor and outdoors
  • Indoors
    • Seating for 160 indoors
    • Mixture of hightop tables and long benches
    • Double-sided bar with seating for around sixteen
  • Outdoors
    • The indoor area opens up onto gravel courtyard
    • Seating for 240 at long tables
    • Courtyard ringed by two bars, one for beer, the other for food
    • Four Linden trees provide shade
    • Ping pong table available for free play

The Drink

  • 9 Taps
  • Primarily German beers with some crafts
  • Most beers available by half or full liter
  • Half Liters are $6 or $6.50, Liters are $12 or $23
  • Dogfish Head My Antonia is available on draft exclusively at Frankford Hall
  • German sparkling red and white wines are available by the glass or bottle
  • Drinks can be ordered at either of the bars and paid for there (No tickets required)
  • Drinks Menu

The Food

  • German inspired food is available from the walk-up counter
  • If it is an item that takes a bit to prepare it will be delivered to your table
  • Highlights include pretzels,sauerkraut, schnitzel, spaetzle and a six varieties of sausage
  • A vegetarian sausage is available
  • Several of the sausages are sourced from Illg’s Meats in Bucks County
  • Pretzels can also be purchased from strolling vendors
  • Food Menu

Frankford Hall
1210 Frankford Avenue
Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m; Saturday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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  • Northwood

    but can you watch the phillies?!

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  • Willie

    Not bad – I like the look of the place (besides the ridiculous front door) and the menu seems well-priced. Would like to see more than 9 taps for a beer garden concept but they appear to have the bases well-covered within those 9 taps…

  • @Northwood Yes you can watch the Phillies. There will be a screen on the south wall.

  • Jenny

    Is Lew Bryson the guy with the drunken rant blog about the LCB?

  • Well, you’re 2/3 right, Jenny…I wouldn’t call it a “rant.”

  • DKH

    $15 for Aventinus?? ouch…

  • Buckethead

    I actually really like the front door, it tells me something about what I can expect to find behind it. The draft prices look decent too, $6.50 for a half-liter of Franziskaner isn’t bad, Brauhaus charges a buck less but you can’t drink outside there of course. The bottle prices are crazy though, you can get Aventinus on draft at Brauhaus for half the price of the same size bottle at Frankford, and the same bottle of Celebrator is almost half the price at Brauhaus.

  • Lord Chezza

    I know its Starr… but I am secretly kind of thrilled. Wish there were even more arty industrial vibe places like this. En plein air drinking… winning.

  • Mike

    I would have expected less typos on the menu. The prices seem all over the place. A $7 pretzel seems contradictory to the idea of a beer garden. But I’ll stop by later to actually see what it is like instead of just reading about it.

  • Lord Chezza

    Yuengling is spelled correctly.

  • brianbrews

    Looks fantastic, good enough to make Brooklynites drool.

  • Northwood

    Mike, I would have expected fewer typos in your comment…

  • Norma Stitz

    $7 for a pretzel is ridiculous. I’m sure they’re big and fresh, but $7 for some dough and salt is highway robbery. That needs to be changed, and schnell.

  • Michael G

    That door looks like a barber shop pole or a large version of one of L&I’s stop work orders. However, the rest of the space has a cool industrial vibe to it. I’ll stop by for a koristitzer or two and watch the Phillies but i won’t pay the ballpark prices for a pretzel there. Hell, it’s probably cheaper at Citzen’s Bank.

  • Lord Chezza

    Think of the Frankford Pretzel as an Aspirational Product, like an iPod… Imagine yourself living a life where quaffing greek-debt-financing German beers and munching $7 pretzels “ain’t no thing.” Wouldn’t that be great? Those of us who can afford them will buy them, and those of us that can’t afford them might buy some anyway as a luxury, and to perhaps project a social status that’s a little different than our economic status. The same way an iPod or a cool set of shoes can catapult one into the cool kids club. With time, these aspirational brands become commoditized.. that is to say, the price of iPods becomes more affordable relative to the costs of other goods. So, with any luck, someday we’ll all be able to afford to enjoy a $7 pretzel at Frankford Hall, and the elite supercool status that it will still hopefully confer!

  • Mike

    $7 soft prezels and overpriced beer that I can get cheaper 23oz pours of at other bars? Thanks, but no.

  • Ryan

    Those beer prices are atrocious. Using one of the popular beer locator sites, you can find most of those drafts at plenty of bars where it will be $1-$2 cheaper for a full pint. Don’t even start me on the bottle prices…. Celebrator can be had for $6 at quite a few spots, Aventinus $8. None of these are rare beers that warrant those prices.

  • Ryan

    … and there already is another bar with this “exclusive” DFH My Antonia on draft (Kite & Key)

  • Mike

    By August they’ll be doing domestic buckets and pitchers and the menu will be that of a sportsbar. How are they ever going to fill 400 seats with this overpriced menu?

  • Herbie

    I like that they disguised a hot-dog as a “Frankfurter, potato roll, sauerkraut.”

  • Not too shabby. I would recommend checking it out.

  • GrowlerKing

    beer garden? hardly. There are 7 better beer lists in a 5 block radius. Also, last I checked Delaware & Adamstown are hardly german locals. according to the Reinheitsgebot (german beer law) fruit beer is against the rules, but Aprihop is on tap?

    when will Starr realize they are 10 years behind the curve on beer in the best beer drinking city in america?