5.7 out of 10

Brewerytown

39.9797876610945 -75.1791771640474
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Public Transport
  • Cost of Living
  • Internet Access
  • Neighborly Spirit
Not great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Pest Free
  • Safe & Sound
  • Lack of Traffic
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists

Reviews

2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Brewerytowns Around the Corner!"

Like a hip scene with an affinity for beer? Then Brewery Town may be the place for you. The area, just north of the Art Museum was settled by Germans who built fine homes around their establishments for brewing hops. A number of bars remain in Brewerytown.

Mugshots Coffeehouse, a popular “hang out” spot is planning a site on Girard Avenue. Girard Avenue features restored trolleys originally built in the 1940s and now traverse the entire route from Northern Liberties to West Philadelphia.

Young professionals are flocking to the area because of its close proximity to transportation and walking distance to Center City. Regrettably, the area has been subject to a spate of violence in recent years and now ranks amongst the cities’ most dangerous areas for shootings and muggings.

The Greater Brewerytown Development Corporation (GBCDC) has organized to fight the neighborhood blight. It features festivals, weekly musical events and brings local politicians to address community concerns.

Marathon Farms opened on a once vacant lot in early spring 2011 with a 100,000 investment. It will supply fresh fruits and vegetables for the six Marathon restaurants in the region and make available fresh foods to a neighborhood that lacks a supermarket within walking distance.
Pros
  • Lots of restaurants and bars
Cons
  • Expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Not as up and coming as they say."

Brewerytown is supposedly an up and coming neighborhood in the Northern district of Philadelphia. It of course gets its name because of the number of breweries that used to be in the area. The city of Philadelphia once had 700 breweries in operation; several of them were within ten blocks of Brewerytown. The “supposedly” part of the up and coming is because most of the area hasn’t really changed much.

The neighborhood is still very noticeably run down and sketchy. Granted there are a few sections that have started to improve but it still has a long way to go. And while marketing and real-estate agents will tell you it’s great, you’re best to check it out and see how comfortable you actually feel. If you’re new to Philadelphia altogether you’ll probably find that Brewerytown is not your cup of tea.

That doesn’t mean Brewerytown is all bad. It is desirably close to Kelly Drive, an area people from all over Philadelphia love to bike and jog down. It’s also within reach of I-76, so if you want to get out of the city fast, you can. And it’s not entirely riddled with drug dealers, the residents are actually a broad mix of individuals from professionals to families.
Cons
  • sketchy
  • Far from shops
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Great for young professionals"

Brewerytown is a neighborhood in the north section of Philadelphia. It is situated between the Schuylkill River to the east, Cecil B. Moore Avenue to the north and Parrish Street to the south. It got its name because of the many breweries that were located along the Schuylkill during the late 19th century. Some of the breweries included Keystone State Brewery, India Pale Ale Brewery, Eble & Herter, Francis Orth and City Park Brewery. The old breweries have since been transformed into stylish and chic loft apartments for young professionals.
Brewerytown is considered a section of the city that is on the rise and is inhabited by many young professionals. One of the more famous parts of Brewerytown is known as Brewerytown Square, which was a multi-million dollar real housing project made to create hundreds of housing units for middle class buyers.
Due to its close proximity to the river and Kelly Drive, Brewerytown is perfect for people who love to bike. Kelly Drive is one of the most beautiful stretches of road in the city and offers a scenic view of Boathouse Row and the Art Museum.
Due to the up-and-coming-ness of this neighborhood, house and apartment prices for both renting and buying can be a bit pricey. If you can afford a steep rent however, moving to this section of the city is totally worth it.
While you’re there, be sure to check out North Star Bar. This popular music venue sells a great varietyof beer and some of the yummiest food you’ll ever sink your teeth into.
Pros
  • Pretty area
  • Lots of restaurants and bars
  • Up and coming neighborhood
Cons
  • Expensive
  • No parking
  • Far from shops
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish

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