The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Guide to Bethlehem
Bethlehem, PA falls in the center of the Lehigh Valley Ale Trail, surrounded by neighboring cities Allentown and Easton. Known for its small-town charm, Bethlehem is dubbed the Christmas City. Divided into two districts, the Historic District and Arts & Shopping District, you’ll find cozy hotels & inns, unique shopping, fine dining, and plenty of opportunities to sample delicious craft beers.
Bethlehem is home a number of exquisite entertainment options, making it the perfect mini-getaway destination. Test your luck at the Sands Bethlehem casino, where you’ll also find three restaurants by Emeril Lagasse. Catch one of the nationally-acclaimed acts at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center, ranging from chart-topping bands, to professional wrestling, to stand-up comics. Head just down the street to the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks where you’ll find a state-of-the-art campus of music, film, and more on the former site of Bethlehem Steel.
A variety of lodging options are available for you to complete your stay. Experience downtown class at the Hyatt Place Bethlehem, or opt for a more classic atmosphere with the Historic Hotel Bethlehem. If you’re looking for a different feel, head to the Sayre Mansion for an unbeatable bed & breakfast experience.
But of course, there is the beer. From locally brewed favorites to extensive craft selections, home brewing supplies to create-your-own six packs, there’s something for every beer lover in Bethlehem.
You’ll want to check a few of our favorite bars, pubs & restaurants off your list when you visit Bethlehem. Each has its own special twist, so be sure to explore!
On the corner of Main Street, you’ll find Fegley’s Bethlehem Brew Works. This full-service restaurant features a number of menu items that include beer in their ingredients. Be sure to try their beer and cheese soup, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better recipe. In addition to their delicious foods, you’ll find a wide variety of beers brewed right on site.
Sample a flight of flagship favorites, or order a full pint of your choosing. Fegley’s offers a number of brews year-round, as well as quite a few seasonal favorites. For a full list of the current availabilities, be sure to consult their website.
Just down the street, you’ll find Corked Wine Bar & Steakhouse. A newcomer to Bethlehem, this restaurant will make you feel like you have been transported to the big city. While their specialty is wine (many are available on tap in a variety of glass sizes), they also feature quite a craft beer list, both on draft and in bottles.
The Historic District of Bethlehem also is home to four other unique locations for craft beer lovers. While each location offers top-of-the-line craft beer selections in draft and bottle forms, the atmospheres and menu options provide very distinct feels.
The Bayou puts a Southern twist on their food in a cozy restaurant setting. Sample a variety of menu options, from small plates to full entrees. You won’t be disappointed to matter what you select.
Roosevelt’s 21st is the perfect place to catch a game. You’ll find traditional bar food favorites, as well as some seasonal specials. Their wings can’t be beat!
The Mint Gastropub provides a funky feel to a fusion-style restaurant. Located in an old bank building, guests have a wide selection of all types of beers. Be sure to give their mac and cheese a try too!
The Wooden Match is a local favorite for those looking to enjoy a cigar. This renovated train depot sits along unused tracks and provides a cozy atmosphere indoors, as well as ample outdoor seating during the warmer months. You’ll often find live music and open mic nights being held here.
Arts & Shopping District
In Bethlehem’s Arts & Shopping District, there are two highlights in the local craft beer scene.
The Bookstore Speakeasy takes you back in time with a true Prohibition-era feel. Have a taste of one of their expertly crafted cocktails, and of course, their unique craft beer list. Live jazz is played here many nights, making it a very unique night out.
For a more modern feel, look no further than The Broadway Social. Another newcomer to the Bethlehem area, this restaurant transforms into a hip nightlife spot when the sun goes down. Their craft beer list often features favorites from local breweries, and is always rotating to feature new options.
Into home brewing? You’re not alone. In Bethlehem’s Arts & Shopping District, you’ll find Keystone Homebrew Supply.
The shop features everything you’ll need to brew your own batch of beers, including physical materials, bottling items, ingredients, and more. You can also pick up supplies for your home bar so that you’re all set to go when your batch is ready to enjoy.
For home brewing newbies, they offer a variety of classes in brewing basics, next steps, and more.
If you’d rather beers that are ready to drink, head to Abe’s Cold Beer in the Historic District of Bethlehem to craft a six pack featuring your favorites. Their shelves are always being filled with the newest varieties, many of which are very hard to find. You’ll also find good old domestic standbys in their coolers.
In the Arts & Shopping District, you’ll also find the opportunity to take some craft favorites home. Molly’s Irish Grille features a smaller, but still impressive, selection of cold beer to go. This shop is attached to the bar, which also offers an outstanding craft beer selection.
If you still haven’t imbibed enough, perhaps you want to try something a little bit different. Swing into the Social Still in the Arts & Shopping District of Bethlehem for liquors available by the bottle, distilled on site. They also offer a number of cocktails at their bar, as well as small plates for dining options.
With all of these options, you’re sure to find some new favorites along the way. The excitement of craft beer in Lehigh Valley is just beginning! Be sure to Check out Ultimate Beer Lover’s Guides to surrounding cities Allentown and Easton, where developing breweries are taking a front-seat.