Kontrol: New Secret Bar by Craft Concepts Debuts Beneath the Streets of Midtown Village This Weekend

A New Secret Bar by Craft Concepts opens this weekend in Philadelphia. The Bar is located beneath the streets of Midtown Village. Everything you need to know about the bar can be found here:





1320 Chestnut
Door is the same staircase as U-Bahn
Philadelphia, PA 19107


Midtown Village


Craft Concepts Group and Teddy Sourias announce the grand opening of Kontrol this Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 8, at 9:00pm nightly.


Kontrol is a secret underground bar, club and late night kitchen beneath the streets of Center City. Start your weekend journey at BRU Craft & Wurst and Tradesman’s, get off at your next stop as the rail pulls into Kontrol, with your final end of the line destination for late night at U-Bahn.

Kontrol is where secret agents and travelers will pass in the night as they make their way on their weekend journey. Boarding begins this week!


Kontrol is the second concept in the U-Bahn trilogy of bars and clubs – and is a story nearly three years in the making. U-Bahn, which opened in 2015, brought Craft Concepts Group and BRU Craft & Wurst underground below the streets of Center City to a nearly vacant block of Chestnut Street. The subterranean beer bar and club was the first of its kind in Philadelphia, combining quality craft beers and it focused on all things local – beer, spirits, food and entertainment. U-Bahn was inspired by the German underground rail system and is lined with authentic subway train tracks around the perimeter, with street art, a music and live entertainment stage, polished concrete floors, upscale twists on fixtures from the rail system and video games for added fun while waiting to board. Custom art at the top of the stairs to BRU and in the back of U-Bahn depicts passengers ready for their next journey.

U-Bahn has become a major nightlife destination in Philadelphia and is a new genre of beer bar and club that merges food, music, dancing but with sophisticated selections of top ranking and highly curated craft beers.


Kontrol is the connecting secret passage bar, club and late night kitchen located deep beneath the Tradesman’s Trust Building and the newly opened Tradesman’s American BBQ, Whiskey and Beer Hall. Guests will arrive for boarding at the entrance to U-Bahn. After they descend the stairs of Chestnut they will find a secret door in the shadows and dark corner that leads to Kontrol.

The name and idea is an extension of the subway theme and Kontrol is a play on the word Kontroller, who is a secret agent riding the rails in the German U-Bahn system looking for gate jumpers. The secret lair of Kontrol will be where secret agents and world travelers will cross paths as they journey to/from BRU, U-Bahn, Tradesman’s and a new bar to be announced called Verdickt. This gateway concept connects all of the concepts underground beneath that corner of Chestnut and Juniper.

Kontrol will connect the underground concept of U-Bahn with the undercover world of Verdickt – a new concept that will open in late 2018 or early 2019 also in the Tradesman’s Trust Building, below Tradesman’s, with its own stand-alone entrance also off Juniper. More information about the final piece of the trilogy Verdickt will be announced soon – including the concept, layout, designers and drink program. Verdickt is inspired by the German word for undercover.


Fridays and Saturdays 9:00pm to 2:00am
Seven days a week for private events, parties, game watching
Expanded hours after the fall to more hours/days of the week


1,000 estimated


Bar counter is standing room only with bar stools available for events, 20 stools at the bar, and black leather high-top couches that seat up to 12.



Kontrol features late night kitchen menu to start for when the kitchen at Tradesman’s and BRU winds down – for a selection of upscale bar bites and sandwiches created in the Craft Concepts Group kitchen. Look for snacks like German pretzels and fresh cut fries, to pulled pork smoked in-house from Tradesman’s, to house-made Bratwurst from BRU Craft & Wurst. Kontrol also features an exclusive new burger and spicy chicken sandwich. The menu is designed to appeal to the late night crowd that might miss dinner hours or wants to eat before a night on the town.

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Craft Concepts Group will offer a selection of cocktails, exclusive craft beers and cider, house wine and craft cans/bottles. Kontrol was designed to expand cocktail offerings for the group and put cocktails in the spotlight. BRU Craft & Wurst focuses on German beers, Tradesman’s focuses on Whiskey (along with American beer and cider), Cinder Copper & Lace focuses on ciders and sours, Uptown Beer Garden focuses on all-exclusive house-designed craft beers and ciders, U-Bahn focuses on all things local and statewide with mostly local craft drafts and spirits, and Kontrol will now showcase and spotlight cocktails. The cocktail list was created by Craft Concepts Group’s Alexis Alman who is an experienced mixologist and also the current general manager of Tradesman’s.


Eight lines are available, with two dedicated to draft cocktails and two will rotate between draft cocktails and draft wines. The balance of the four lines focuses on Craft Concepts Group exclusives including:

Solar Baby – 2SP Brewing – Hazy Pale Ale – Galaxy & Ekuanot Hops

Bourbon Peach Cider – Jack’s Ciders – Apple & Peach Blend, aged in Bourbon barrels with chipotle peppers

Airlock – Captain Lawrence – American lager dry hopped with simcoe and crystal hops

Kenzinger – Philadelphia Brewing Company – Golden Pilsner

Kontrol will feature an exclusive new CCG beer that is in production and will be announced later in fall. That will replace Kenzinger on the draft lines. This wasn’t announced anywhere else.



An approachable list of hip and fun modern cocktails that heavily draw from local distilleries and showcase seasonal ingredients. The list was designed to be youthful and match the playful decor and the vibe of the bar. They pair with the food menu and accentuate the beer and cocktail list at U-Bahn. They continue the thread from U-Bahn which focuses on local sourcing – with local spirits as the focus and locally designed exclusive beers.


Kontrol is located below the Tradesman’s Trust Building and is the secret connecting hub of the two buildings that house U-Bahn, BRU Craft & Wurst and Tradesman’s. Kontrol allows passage internally from BRU and U-Bahn, through to Tradesman’s and a future bar next door Verdeckt. Kontrol will serve as the Kontrol (control) room for all nightlife, entertainment and major events hosted by the company – and be the next stop after BRU and Tradesman’s for dinner, but before U-Bahn for late night DJs and live entertainment. Once in the complex, a guest can now travel through the secret Kontrol bar to get to all internal CCG entities.


The Tradesman’s Trust building was erected in 1906, originally planned as a 12 story high rise, intended to complement the luxury buildings occupying the other three corners of the block- The Hale Building, Mint Arcade, and Wanamaker’s Grand Depot. The Tradesman’s Trust folded in September, 1911, but the current inhabitable space retains many flourishes that will be retained and built upon in our construction, including stately marble edifice, terrazzo floors and theater-style relief ceilings in the first floor.



Kontrol is a colorful and playful spin off of U-Bahn, which was modeled after the Berlin and European subway systems many of which feature bright and vibrant colors, unique architecture and original art. Kontrol takes the U-Bahn design to the next level – incorporating industrial elements like the polished concrete floor, exposed beams, original brick from the turn of the century and original historic tiles from the Tradesman’s Trust Building. High above the beams find original street art and graffiti by local Philadelphia artists. The colorful wood slats are designed to resemble the flashes of light as the U-Bahn trains coast down the tracks and into the distance. The twenty-five feet bar is made from granite – with up to 20 industrial bar stools surrounding it.

The showpiece of Kontrol is the glassed wall that spotlights and allows viewing of the original door from the cellar vault that housed the money in the Tradesman’s National Bank and Trust Company. Kontrol also features a wall-size mural selfie wall that is reminiscent of a an underground secret garden.


Dimitri Armenakis from Lance Kramer & Associates who designed U-Bahn, Cinder, Cin Cin, Kitchen Bar and Nectar. Website: http://www.lrkassoc.com.


Anne White of Craft Concepts Group and AW Design.

PHONE: 215-800-1079

WEBSITE: Website will launch soon!


Kontrol will be available for private events, parties, meetings, networking mixers and game day watching (with an HD oversized TV on the wall facing the bar).

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