Day-tripping Ambler: Barbecue, microbrews and old-school movies

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Sometimes you need a quiet escape. Unlike other day trips to the Shore or areas of natural beauty in Bucks County, Ambler brings many of the same trappings of Philadelphia but in a more reserved atmosphere. Ambler has a classic Main Street, featuring a brewery, several quality restaurants and an old-fashioned movie theater.   

How to get there

Take SEPTA’s Regional Rail Lansdale/Doylestown line to the Ambler stop. You’ll be right next to Main Street when you arrive. It takes 43 minutes, according to Google.  

You can also drive there by taking the Schuylkill to 476 and heading east. But dealing with the Schuylkill is usually not the greatest of ideas.


SEPTA will cost you about $10 for the roundtrip. Otherwise the cost is whatever you choose to spend on restaurants and other activities.

What to Do

Craft Brewpub

Forest & Main: A relatively new, popular microbrewery in Ambler. It currently features beers on tap of British and Belgian inspiration, with cool names like “My Other Arm is a Bird” and “Rocks with Faces.” The Inquirer’s Craig Laban called it described it as “refreshingly small-scale, tailored to the quirky passions of two brewers with a vision for a neighborhood place.”


Dettera Wine Bar: Recently renovated, this bar/restaurant was originally established in the early 20th century. Visitors can enjoy seafood, steak and duck and all kinds of old and new varieties of wine.   

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Dettera website

El Limon: Um, free margaritas! Otherwise a standard Mexican menu of burritos, tacos, tostadas and more.

Sweet Briar Cafe: Unassuming cafe with an extensive menu ranging from brunch to burgers to cheesesteaks to chicken cordon bleu and what’s said to be the best ice cream in Ambler.

The Lucky Well: Barbecue from a chef featured on the Food Network. It also has burger specials, live entertainment and a full service whiskey bar.

Vic Sushi: Previously located in Philly, it moved to Spring House in 2010, a community adjacent to Ambler.

Ambler Bike Race

Ambler is hosting its first annual bike race Saturday. There will be races from 1.1 miles to 38.5 miles around a 1.1 mile loop located around Ambler’s downtown.

Ambler Theater

See a new release or a classic at this old-school, nonprofit theater that’s been around since 1928.


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