All Aboard the U-Bahn

Subterranean bar opens today at 4 pm.

U-Bahn, the subterranean bar underneath Brü on the 1300 block of Chestnut Street is opening this evening at 4 p.m. The bar’s look is loosely based on the German underground subway systems. The space features two bars and a stage for live music and DJs. Brü’s chef Andrew Gaspar is overseeing the menu, offering bar snacks, cheese boards and  sandwiches inspired by Philadelphia’s street food culture.

U-Bahn will offer 18 taps dedicated to Pennsylvania beers, Yards Root Beer and three draft cocktails. The bar program will also focus on rye whiskies, Pennsylvania-centric wines and cocktails taking advantage of local liquors and ingredients.

At the far end of U-Bahn, a fifteen foot stage will allow the bar to host established and emerging local talent. Performances will initially be held bi-weekly, with the goal to expand in the spring.

Like Brü above, happy hour will be a big attraction at U-Bahn. Drink and food specials will be offered from 4 pm to 7 pm on weekdays. Specials will include $4 draft beers, $5 well drinks and $5 house wines. On the food side, half-priced sandwiches, cheeses and pickles will be offered.

U-Bahn Opening Draft List

Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale
Yards Brawler
Yards Root Beer
Jack’s Fireside
Troegs Dreamweaver
Victory Braumeister Pils
Saint Benjamin Troubleshooter #2
Lavery Dulachan
Funk Brewing Private Stock #2
Bullfrog Edgar
Other Farm Renart’s Tripel
Nodding Head Ich Bin Eine Berliner Weiss
Pizza Boy Arck Angel
Hijinx Barista’s Choice
Voodoo Big Black Voodoo Daddy
Cask: Troegs Nugget Nectar
Draft Cocktails
Fernet Sour- Fernet Branca, Campari, citrus, egg white
Bluecoat Rickey – Bluecoat gin, lime, St Germaine, club
Root beer cocktail – Yards Rootbeer with Dad’s Hat Whiskey

U-Bahn Opening Menu

Bar Snacks (Priced $3-6) 
Pastrami Popcorn, Stuffed Pepper Shooters, Grilled Long Hots, Cheesy Potatoes, Texas Tommy in a Blanket, Marinated Olives, Pickled Deviled Eggs, Deviled Eggs and Landjager

Cheese ($6 each, 3 for $15, 5 for $22) –
Courtesy of Valley Shepherd Farms from Long Valley, NJ.  Visit their cheese shop in the Reading Terminal Market.

  • Valley Thunder (firm cow)
  • Crema de Blue (semi soft cow)
  • Oldwick Shepherd (firm sheep)
  • Melter Skelter (semi firm cow)
  • Gotogetagoat (semi firm goat)

Pickles ($5 each, 3 for $12, 5 for $20) 

  • Spicy Cucumber – sesame, dill
  • Pho Carrots – star anise, cilantro, basil, lime
  • Peppers – citrus, shallots
  • Brussels Sprouts – juniper, mustard seeds
  • Beets – bay leaf, fennel

Dips ($6) (Served with baguette toasts) 

  • Hoagie Dip – salami, prosciutto, pickled peppers, sharp provolone, onion, romaine
  • Buffalo Chicken Dip – bleu cheese, hot sauce
  • Hummus – lemon salt, pickles
  • 2.5 Layer Dip – black beans, roasted vegetables, jalapenos

Sandwiches ($8) 

  • Roast Pork – broccoli rabe, sharp provolone, long hots, pale ale jus, smoked garlic spread
  • Pork Belly – stout & ginger glaze, pickled carrots & cucumbers, sriracha mayo, cilantro
  • Steak & Cheese – smoked porter sauce, fried onions, cheddar fondue
  • Italian Sausage – spicy pork sausage, caramelized onions & fennel, pepper hash
  • Crabcake – potato chips, pepper hash, arugula
  • Bolonaga & Cheese Grinder -lancaster lebanon bolonaga, aged cheddar, pickles, onions, smoked apple mustard
  • Veggie Italiano – eggplant, broccoli rabe, mushrooms, roasted peppers, onions, fennel, arugula, sharp provolone, smoked garlic & tomato spread
  • BBQ Tempeh – tamarind BBQ sauce, slaw, coconut kale

U-Bahn [Foobooz]