South Philadelphia Tap Room
Taps: 14 / Bottles: 75
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 38 | Show All Ratings:
3.86/5 rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
The South Philly Tap Room is a nice cozy corner bar deep in the heart of, huh, South Philly. In the middle of a residential area, not far from East Passyunk but removed from all the brouhaha.
This is truly a neighborhood tavern, cozy and inviting. Not too busy on a Friday night, quiet enough. We sat across from the bar on a low-lying table and enjoyed the view.
12 taps plus a nitro (Old Chubb) and a cask (PBC Newbold): Union Jack, Hairy Eyeball, Allagash White, Dogfish Noble Rot, Dieu du Ciel... nothing outrageous, but good enough (I had a Fernet Branca).
Brews go for $6-$8 a glass. Bottles: Abbaye des Rocs, Bruery Bois, Deschutes Conflux #1, Mikkeller Walk on Water. Pretty nice... and some good food as well- I just had a Wild Goose oyster with blood orange and ginger mignonette ($2) and a head-cheese taco ($1). This ain't your average chicken-wing joint! Lots of vegan and vegetarian options as well.
I was a little underwhelmed by the draft selection, but loved the place and the food and the atmosphere and would totally come back.
01-26-2014 04:35:09 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.21/5 rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a really cool place to hang out. It a bit out of the downtown district, so you get much more of a local crowd. The tap handles are all mini chalk boards which is fun and innovative. They have a beer cooler for bottles next to the bar. We went two nights in a row when visiting town.
08-05-2013 03:46:09 | More by Fluffheady
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I found out about this place from my girlfriends father, actually. I moved in with her about a year and a half ago, about 3 blocks away from the Taproom, and shortly thereafter, he came up to take us out to dinner. He took us to SPTR. I was immediately smitten. I'll never forget what I first had there; the prime-rib cheesesteak sliders, a mainstay on the menu. Simply delicious.
The draft list changes every week or so, and always has several different styles and brewers to fit anyones palate. The bottle list is also quite exceptional, with a heavy emphasis on domestic crafts, but rest assured, they also have their fair share of imports, mostly from Belgium and Germany.
One of the best things about this place, as someone has already mentioned, is their happy hour, which runs from 4-6 every Monday through Friday and includes half off all drafts and appetizers. And the appetizers here are no joke. Mainstays include the cheesesteak sliders, wild boar tacos, some of the best wings I've ever had, and hands down the most amazing tomato lager soup I've ever had the pleasure of eating. And I don't even like tomato soup! The lager they cook it with really pops. And it also includes 2 mini grilled cheese sandwiches, toasted with a garlic spread, and dipping the sandwiches in the soup and tasting the medley of flavors is truly great. They also have a rotating list of specials, appetizers and entrées.
The service is, for the most part, knowledgeable and friendly. Once in a while, because of how busy the place gets, service can get a tad slow. And one time we had a waitress that was, shall we say, less than friendly. Not that she was outright rude, but she certainly wasn't very helpful. But this is a rare occurrence.
They have 2 floors, each with their own flat screen TV's, which you can count on televising Phillies and Flyers games. The ambiance is great. It's a dimly lit affair with candles at each table. Have I mentioned have great their food and beer are? Everything is reasonably priced as well. Basically, if you're in the area, stop by. You won't be disappointed.
05-08-2011 04:46:00 | More by cjoc83
4.58/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I recently dined and drank here for the third time this year and I've enjoyed every experience. I especially am a fan of the happy hour- half-price on all local drafts and appetizers, which makes for a pleasant and inexpensive afternoon. Perfect for hitting right before a Phils/Sixers/Flyers game. It's usually fairly easy to find a parking spot within a few blocks, but it's equally easy to access from the Snyder stop on the Broad Street Line.
The beer selection is pretty impressive- about a dozen taps with a good mix from brewers all over the country like Founders, Allagash, Troegs, and Lagunitas. Great bottle selection as well with some selections from Russian River and Firestone Walker the last time I visited.
The menu is very affordable- I don't remember anything above $15 and there are a lot of cool spins on typical bar fare like wild boar tacos, cheesesteak sliders, and a bacon cheeseburger that is unlike any I've had before.
Friendly service that is usually pretty speedy and knowledgeable bartenders.
All in all, a hidden gem in South Philly that I will continue returning to for a long time to come.
04-26-2011 02:18:31 | More by shangwang
3.95/5 rDev -9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Visited Sat 9/11/10.
Less than an hour after wheels down at PHL, my rental car and I wriggled our way through South Philly neighborhoods to lunch destination/beer spot #1, SPTR. It's my first time in the city, so I'm trusting former Beerflys and my gut on this one...
Easy enough to find parking across the street at around 1pm on a lovely sunny Saturday. A very good thing to hear as I'm walking the half block to the corner: 3 old fellas, strolling past me, one looks over as I'm crossing and says loudly and wistfullly to his buddy: "Ah, look at da ol' taproom, dat's a good one...". True story. Nice, unsolicited love in the neighborhood.
I honestly haven't been in too many corner bars in my days, never having lived in a city bigger than Portland (and we sorta lack them here, at least quality ones), but this isn't quite what I expected: besides the streaming sunlight upfront, the interior is a cooling shade of gray on the ceiling, hardwood trim and wainscot, dark tile. A dining room is a couple steps up and is dressed in olive and red; it's all very inviting. The bar itself seats 10 or 12 and fronts a rather simple set of wood shelves. A few TVs, but only one was on, tuned to the Kansas/GaTech clash. A little kitsch above the bar: Temple & Eagles helmets, some misplaced steer horns and a large-sized Rocky figurine.
Not many folks inside (again, gorgeous day), so I snagged a seat at the crook of the bar near the door, a cool breeze through the open door and whirring fans above offsetting some midday warmth. The bartenderess came right over (friendly enough, so it seemed), but then looked impatient when I didn't know right away what I wanted. I settled for a Stoudts "Heifer in Wheat" ($4/pint), which came quickly but was short-poured by about an inch. I switched seats to grab some juice for my nearly-dead iPod, and ordered the Roast Pork sandwich. Took maybe 10 minutes for a reasonably stuffed roll full of drippy/salty pork and and provolone deliciousness to arrive. Fries were flaccid and a serious setback, but the tasty and robust house-made ketchup made them tolerable. My server stayed aloof from start to finish, choosing to spend time chatting with friends or other (bored) co-workers at the bar... lesson learned by me for all future stops: strike first with conversation...my bad here.
I added a second beer (Founders Red's Rye...mmm) and browsed the double-wide reach-in. Not an entirely accurate count, but I'm guessing 60-70 bottles, with a nice mix of Mid-Atlantic locals and (mostly Belgian) imports. Taps on this day totaled 14 (1 cask included); the handles aren't proprietary to the breweries, as they're all simply 'SPTR' taps with black strips for handwritten chalk tags - haven't seen that before.
Despite being kinda dead (crowd was trickling in by 2:00, filling a couple more bar stools and all three outside tables), this is a cool place and a tribute to what a fine pub can add to a neighborhood. May not be one I'd have to return to, but I'm glad I visited.
09-15-2010 04:08:58 | More by msubulldog25
4/5 rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Nice selection of rotating drafts, combined with a solid bottle selection. The food is good, but not great, but the consistency seems to be back so solid choice something to eat while having a beer. Their annual drink your wheaties event is one of my favorite events in the whole city, great idea with a great execution every year. Staff seems to know the product pretty well and if your server can't get you an answer they will find someone that can. It has become a lot more comfortable since they expanded and created a separate dining room.
They also get a ton of credit for single handedly revitalizing the whole neighborhood.
Not sure why, but this is the only bar in the city that I always seem to sit at a table instead of the bar, just saying.
09-04-2010 17:04:03 | More by Cbfree
4.22/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
Walking through the neighborhood, you would never guess you would eneter a beer bar as nice as this. The place is rather corner bar feeling with a quite nice feel from being surrounded by dark wood, a moderate sized bar takes up about a 1/4 of the space, with the rest didcated to seating amongst 2 rooms. A few TVs and a jukebox provide the entertainment.
The beer list focuses on local drafts with a small presence of other popular American crafts. Nothing spectacular, but solid ist of seasonals. The bottle list brings some variation in styles, overall a very nice selection, however a touch pricey on a few items.
The food is simply amazing for a bar. The grilled cheese and the BBQ chicken were two of the better sandwhiches in their respective styles that i have ever eaten, the appetizers, sides are all solid.
The service is attentive and friendly, as long as its not corwded, then it become quite hit or miss ind impersonal. The crowd is a mix of hipster with a touch of locals who wander in and out as well as beer tourists.
Overall the food shines and the beer menu gives just enough reasons to return, even if you dont live particulalry close by.
06-28-2010 16:07:53 | More by rfgetz
4.25/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Stopped by on a saturday afternoon for lunch before going to a Phillies game. Nice looking place, plenty of wood and exposed brick, which I like a lot. There are T.V.'s but they aren't in every possible line of sight. The tap list was great for my visit. Two different barrel aged offerings from Ballast Point(I had the Syrah aged Three Sheets, pretty tasty 8oz for $5), Registration Ale(great stuff, 12oz for $6) from Russian River, Pretty Things' Jack D'or, plus several others. The service was just okay, she didn't check back very often. I can't believe I'm saying this, but as great as the beer was, it wasn't the best part of my visit. The South Carolina BBQ chicken sandwich was one of the best food experiences I've had in a long time. Tender, flavorful bite size pieces of chicken topped with slaw on a toasted poppy seed roll. I loved it. The homefries I had on the side were pretty damn good as well. Not bad for $10. I'd love to come back sometime soon.
06-22-2010 15:52:59 | More by DIM
4.6/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Yum Yum and Yum. The food is fantastic (and consistant)I love the boar tacos but like the fact that i can get veggie stuff there too. Recently brought a small crowd there for my birthday and everyone was happy. The staff is charming, knowledgeable, intelligent and efficient-so very hard to find. The beer selection is excellent albeit pricey-i can't help it that I like the expensive ones! This is one place I return to over and over. I missed the Extreme beer Brunch but cant wait to try it some other day!
06-14-2010 23:16:28 | More by Atropina
4.18/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped in with my wife after we had dinner at Triumph Brewery, also in Philadelphia. We picked SPTR for after-dinner drinks. I've heard of it for a while, just never venture into South Philly. SPTR is on a small corner...surrounded by rowhouses...no other business' that I noticed. So I guess you could say, if it wasn't for the reputation they already have, a great hidden gem!
Not a real big place...kind of like a split level. Initially when you walk in, theres the bar right in your face...and some tables as you make your way torwards the back where the restrooms are. Then theres a small set of stairs that leads to a slightly elevaded upper level with more tables that leads back to the front of the building.
We arrived about 7:45pm on a Saturday evening and there was 2 tables open, along with a couple random seats at the bar. So we sat right away and decided to have dessert too. On tap, there was about 10 beers that I can remember, and about another 50 bottled maybe. Then again, the bottle and tap lists were all beers you wouldn't just expect to be on a beer list...so I'm sure there are a few more, considering the everyday normal beers you'd expect to see.
Prices for bottled beer was a bit high for some beers, others very high...but some were very rare, especially for the Philadelphia area...like the Bruery Papier, falling in at $30 for the 750ml bottle. If I didn't have one at home, I probably would have bought it considering it may not be found around me any time soon again. Regardless, very cool atmosphere. The service was very efficient and nice. I would definitely come back. O, and the food seemed to be enjoyed by all...our dessert was very tasty!
01-24-2010 16:17:53 | More by ShadesOfGray
South Philadelphia Tap Room in Philadelphia, PA
95 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.