South Philadelphia Tap Room

Not Rated.
South Philadelphia Tap RoomSouth Philadelphia Tap Room
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

40 Reviews
Reviews: 40
Visits: 55
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: n/a
Taps: 14
Bottles: 75
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1509 Mifflin St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19145-2231
United States
phone: (215) 271-7787

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Reviews: 40 | Visits: 55
Reviews by NoLiberty:
Photo of NoLiberty
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This corner bar in South Philadelphia is far from the other glam beer bars and pretentious spots in Center City. Big squared off windows lead into long, high ceilinged space. Lots of seating at the bar, smaller tables, stool tables and a sitting bar in the back. Good jukebox playing 80's and 90's indie rock and hip hop. Big screen TV in the back that sometimes plays games or is otherwise off. Good windows, Christmas lights, outside seating. Warm wood trim, nice large curved bar, chalk board menus, clean and tidy. Feels like a hipster dive bar combined with a Belgian beer cafe.

They have an excellent beer selection. 13 drafts. A sampling of just one time that I was there: Ommegang Witte, Humbolt Red Ale, Old Rasputin, Allagash selections, and others. Really nice bottled selection with great cross section of locals, English, German and Belgian. Such oddities on the East coast as Eulysian, Lost Abby, Bells, and recent craft brews like Festina Peche and Local 1. The tap lines are clean and clear, the barkeep knowledgeable, patient and passionate!

Food is very good. From inspired fusion to pub favorites. Salads, mussels, BBQ, burgers, lots of vegetarian options. Very well priced at around $10 for an entree. This is like Standard Tap, Bridgids, The Abbaye before they, ahem, sold out.

The staff all around is helpful and friendly, young and knowledgeable about beer. Enough said, try this joint. (1,413 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Shandycan
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Crab_gang
5/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Seer_One
2.85/5  rDev -33.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

This place was a a little to pretentious for me. Maybe I wasn't wearing the right outfit or something, but waited forever for service at the bar. The food was average at best. (175 characters)

Photo of Mind4Mud
5/5  rDev +16.6%

This is my go to place. The atmosphere is laid back & welcoming, the food is OUTSTANDING. The tap list is always eclectic & well rounded. The staff is very helpful & friendly. A very cozy place with not the biggest bar but has plentiful mix of high top & low tables throughout the space. Great place to sit outside on a warm night & sample the tap list. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. (374 characters)

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4.52/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.86/5  rDev -10%
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. (1,054 characters)

Photo of JD_Lombardi
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Fluffheady
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of cjoc83
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (2,098 characters)

Photo of shangwang
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (1,125 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (3,017 characters)

Photo of Cbfree
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (1,164 characters)

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South Philadelphia Tap Room in Philadelphia, PA
94 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.