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South Philadelphia Tap Room

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South Philadelphia Tap RoomSouth Philadelphia Tap Room
BA SCORE
95
world-class

49 Ratings
Ratings: 49
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 6.91%
Taps: 14
Bottles: 75
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%

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!
Cheers!

ShadesOfGray, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%

For you public transit types, take the Broad Street (Orange) line to Snyder Avenue, then head North on Broad, keeping Center City in your sights, two blocks to Mifflin, left two blocks to the corner of Hicks Street.

It is truly a corner bar, with awnings over the windows overlooking both Mifflin and Hicks Streets. The doorway was a recessed right angle on the NE corner that opened directly onto the grey, brushed steel-like Formica topped bar to the left. A Stella Euro-tap sat at the front end of the bar. The truly industrial brushed-aluminum ten-tap system sat in the middle of the bar and at the end of the bar was a cooler with some outstanding stuff, including Port Brewing, Sly Fox cans, Belgian imports and Casco Bay, plus Founders, just to name a few. The back bar was a beautiful lightly-stained wood and mirror construct. Theirs was the cheapest shot of Johnnie Walker (Blue) that I have ever encountered. Believe me, I ain't a liquor guy, but I like rye whiskey and I can appreciate a novelty. Continuing aft, past the cooler, was a set of steps leading to their back room/restaurant area. Further aft, still in the bar area, were a couple of standard restaurant tables, but with chairs upholstered with a neon lime-green, not encountered since MKE. The long, exposed brick wall along Hicks was fronted by, from fore to aft, a round table with swiveling chairs; a few standard tables with more garish chairs; and finally, several high tables and chairs. On the wall was their gorgeous wood and color chalk blackboard, listing their "On Draught" selections. A huge TV, as well as a satellite jukebox sat in the back right corner. The front of the restaurant area had a series of windows overlooking Mifflin with booths along the left wall, followed by standard tables and chairs, and finally, the kitchen. The kitchen was especially important to me, since I not only had the Greek Omelet, but their head chef splits his time here with Bridgewaters. A small world...

Beers: My visit - 2 Stoudt's; 2 Troegs; 2 Blue Point and one each of Old Rasputin, Sly Fox; River Horse; Smutty; plus the cask of Blue Point.

woodychandler, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of RobertColianni
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%

I had originally planned to go to the South Philadelphia Tap Room for the selection of beer (obviously). When a short list of appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts was found printed on the other side of the bottle list I figured it was typical bar food. Ends up everything is actually amazing and most of the food that was served complimented just about any beer. Great service, outdoor seating, a long mind-boggling list of imports, and a short list of exclusive draughts, and the Tap Room quickly climbed my personal charts.
One note for the Haand Norwegian Wood that I ordered. Brew date was November 2007. Drink by was November 2009. The bottle was ordered in October of 2009. Try to check your dates before opening bottles or even go as far as asking when the shipment was obtained. This beer was in perfect condition, and still fresh, but it was dated a little close.

EDIT: I returned twice since my first visit, all about a year apart from each other. I didn't order food these last two visits, but purchased beer. The Tap Room always surprised me with the finds in the back of the bottle refrigerator. Two year old Angel Share Bourbon randomly found. $18/bottle, but whatever. If you're walking by, it's worth a peak and if you're out for date night, it's worth your time.

RobertColianni, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of Soonami
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%

I really like SPTR, it is one of my favorite Philly Beer Bars.

The first time I went was for a Founder's Tasting during Philly Beer Week. They had at least 13 if not more taps all devoted to Founder's offerings including KBS, FBS, Backwoods Bastard, Doubel Trouble, Cherise, Red's Rye, Dirty Bastard, Curmudgeon, Hand of Doom. Needless to say, we stayed there long enough to have brunch and dinner. Regularly, they will have a couple Founders, Russian Rivers, or Lagunitas, but more local and east coast breweries, which is also nice. They also have an extensive bottle fridge although, there don't ever seem to be prices on anything, you have to ask, which I hate.

The food here is great, I always get the breakfast burger if I can make it in early enough, which is grass-fed beef, a fried egg and bacon on a harty roll. The homemade ketchup and the fries are good as well. They make a ridiculous grilled cheese sandwich with 3 kinds of cheese on garlic texas toast served with homemade tomato-lager soup. I'm sure not everything on the menu is a home-run, but the few things I always get are great.

The service is nice, bartenders offer suggestions. One time, I asked for a beer, but by the time the waitress got the order in the keg kicked and the same thing happened to my second order, so they told me they would give me a Russian River Damnation for free since I had to wait so long for a beer. I didn't ask for this nor was I making a fuss, but staff here are very attentive and want to make you happy.

I would rate this a 2.5 $ if there was an option, a lot of the beers are 5-6, which can add up quickly especially for the stuff that is less alcohol and not as special. But for what you spend, you will have a good time

Soonami, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%

Been here a few times and have been impressed so on to a review. This place has gone far in just a short time since it opened. Located deep in south philly this is a great place to go for beer if your in the neighborhood. Nice looking from the outside, once inside you can tell alot of work went into this place. A semi small bar area with a lot of table seating for small or large groups. Some outside seating also.

The quality is one of the best i've seen in philly. The taps are always clean tasting and the place is very clean and modern. The service is up there to with servers that at least know what's on the beer and food menu and have a good knowledge of beer. Never sat at the actual bar so I cant comment on that.

A limited but well thought out selection of food that I feel would appeal to a lot of people. I had some type of tacos plus some head cheese which was off the chain and some wings that were not all that. The portions are on the small side though.

The tap selection is also not that huge but is put together well with varying styles and brewery's. I had the pleasure of having Canadian Breakfast Stout and a few other gems. Again the serving sizes seemed small for some offerings. A bottle selection as well with good choices but be prepared to drop the ducket's. SPTR is a bit pricey but hey were in Philly and you get what you pay for, and the SPTR brings it in terms of quality.

BARFLYB, May 24, 2009
Photo of John_M
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%

Stopped by during their Founder's event during Philly beer week.

The SPTR is an interesting, almost hole in the wall beer bar located right on Mifflen street in what looks like a blue collar south philly neighborhood. As you walk in the front door, there is a fairly long bar running along the left side of the beer bar. There are also a few tables and chairs scattered about, with a slightly larger area up a small rise to the left above the bar. Still, this is a fairly small establishment, that was just about crowded out the door on the Saturday afternoon I stopped by. The place has a couple of TV's over the bar, and there is a lot of wood everywhere you look. I'm thinking on most "normal" days this is a good place to hang out, relax, and enjoy a nice glass of craft brew. Not today, however.

As for quality, what can I say? They had 13 Founders beers on tap, which included the KBS, Hand of Doom, Curmudgeon and Backwoods Bastarnd. In other words, with a line-up like that, I'm not sure how quality could have been much higher.

As for service, I initially was going to give the place a straight average score. The waitstaff and bartender were working their butts off, but the fact is that there was close to 50 people trying to get service at the bar, with just a single bartender most of the time. She did a competent enough job, but the fact is that she was in the weeds most of the time I was there. Waits for a beer were up to 15 minutes long, despite her best efforts. I blame the owner for much of the problem, as the bartender was clearly doing her best. However, the fact remains that service was just not very good on this particular day, at least most of the time I was there.

As for prices, they were pretty fair I thought. The really rare stuff was expesive of course (KBS was $9 a six ounce glass, and hand of doom was $6 for the same size), but otherwise everything was $5 for a 12 ounce pour. All things considered, I thought prices were pretty fair.

In any event, this is yet another very solid beer bar in Philly. Hopefuly I can stop by again some time when the place isn't mobbed. Still, I thought the slow service and huge crowd were a small price to pay for the incredible selection here today. So all things considered, I would still call this is very good place.

John_M, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%

I've ventured down here 3 times now and this place is really growing on me.

There is a small amount of sidewalk seating along the front and side of the building. The main entrance opens into a tight room with a 15 person (or so) bar along the left and a cozy table and chairs on the right. The whole right wall is a line of various kinds of tables, including one rathe comfy looking one right near the door. The interior is primarily of brick and gives a real homey feeling. Just past the bar, stands a small but action packed cooler. Beyond the cooler on the left, are 3-4 stairs that lead up to a second level dining area. All in all not a huge place and the bar can get rather packed. Luckily the waitstaff are on their game.

Always a rotating tap selection of 10-12 beers. They have a chalkboard hanging directly across from the bar listing all tap beers. Last time I was there, they had 3-4 offerings from Arcadia (it was an Arcadia event), Obamagang, RR Damnation and Pliny the Elder, Bear Republic Apex IPA and a few other tasty treats on tap. I have never seen a bottle list, but that's not really a big deal since you can walk right up and check out the cooler.

In addition to the Obamagang and Pliny, I had an Arcadia HopMouth (firkin) and split a bottle of Old Viscosity with my two friends. The only issue I have with this place is that their cooler is a little too cold.

As far as the food goes, the mac and cheese is dynamite, the hummus plate rocks and the roast pork sandwich is solid.

Quickly becoming one of my favorite bars in the area.

ColForbinBC, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of bwd110
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Hit up the SPTR after a Flyers game... Perfect place to gather for a couple pints and some bar grub.

Decent tap selection, locally based, but some interesting regionals, and international flavors, and a solid bottle selection. Unfortunately, prices on some of the bottles bordered on the absurd. I casually asked about Hopslam, thinking about my depleted stock and home, and the bartender apologetically told me they were $8 a bottle! Thanks, I'll pass.

For about 11 or 11:30pm, the place was packed although we found two bar seats right at the corner of the bar by the front door. Bartender seemed friendly and in control of the thirsty crowd. He didn't have time to talk much with us, nor did he comment or offer suggestions when we ordered, but he made sure our beer arrived promptly with the correct, clean glassware.

Food was very good! A friend and I split some very tender calamari and a chicken quesadilla. Both were better than your average bar fare.

Music was loud and there wasn't much elbow room to be had, but this is still a classic Philadelphia neighborhood bar. It'll be a regular south philly stop...

bwd110, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of ImHereForTheBeer
3.95/5  rDev -9%

The bartender was friendly and knowledgeable, pouring us a few samples before we decided on a pint...I had the Riverhorse Oatmeal Milk Stout, Amy had a Pliny the Elder Double IPA. Beer selection was good and focused primarily on the local breweries, it looks like there are about 12 taps here, and a small but decent bottle selection.

The food was good - Amy had the eggplant parmigiana and I enjoyed a rustic sandwich. We shared a Mediterranean plate.

The atmosphere was very corner bar, with an elevated / second floor seating area with tables and a long bar on the lower level. The music was searingly loud, especially considering the small crowd.

There are some good happy hour specials to be had - no complaints about getting a cheap pint of a good beer - that's for sure.

Between SPTR and the Devils Den, its nice to see some good beer bars making their way into South Philly.

ImHereForTheBeer, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of Seanibus
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%

This place has come a long way in the last year and it is now a destination that will get me to trek down to South Philly. The atmosphere is dark Old Philadelphia bar-room, which used to be rather claustrophobic, but they have expanded into the neighboring building and opened up the bar area into the new dining room. That change has made a huge difference in the atmosphere.

The food is simple but reliable. The fish & chips are delicious, the burger is tasty, the grilled cheese and soup plate has possessed my wife's mind. The macaroni and cheese is among the best I have tasted in restaurants.

The beer list isn't vast, but its colorful and well thought out. They always have an interesting selection of locals on tap - Troegs, Yards, Victory and the like - with at least a couple of unusual choices from farther afield, like Rock Art, Founders, and Russian River.

This is an excellent choice for a good meal and a well-chosen beer.

Seanibus, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev -7.8%

A surprisingly good beer bar in South Philly. Recently they have extended and built a new dining room with nice art work. The menu has also ben overhauled predominatly featuring exotic meats. While I admit that the quality of their food has improved, I miss being able to order a simple pulled pork sandwich with fries. They have removed lion from their menu recently because of public outcry. The SPTR along with the Devil's Den have the best happy hour with half price drafts from 4-6 M-F. They have a nice selection of draft and bottled beer with the focus being primarily on American Craft. This was the first place I ever hap Bells Hopslam. Alays a nice selcton with decent service and good food.

corby112, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of slander
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%

My, how the neighborhood's dropped off, or coming in from south of here maybe it's never really come up. I can't really say for sure. I'd planned on taking this in after the Philly beer thing at the navy yard a few months back but I was kidnapped by the family Manny for late night steaks so here it is I is, better late than never. A corner joint in a section of Philly considerably more dodgy than the one we just left up north, but we can hang...

"J" shaped wood bar with gray swirly swirly top and lip seating 12 on the inside brick wall with barback wood unit, center mirror with tiered booze below, and tall narrow shelves holding Rums and Vodkas over mirrored backings to each side, and Tequilas, Whiskeys and random bottles on shelving extending out from there over brick walls. Strung leafage atop the unit, fixtures and pieces (stuffed owl, Rocky figurine, football helmets, steer horns) and blackboards to both sides, talking happy hour and brunch hours. Glassware and more booze below.

Mostly big brick walls and some painted yellow pieces over wood lowers to the rear. Massive panel windows on wood framing over Hicks and Mifflin, lined with strung lighting and holding macro signage and neons. Light blue ceiling, spinnin' fans and sunken spots, slate floorings, mounted TV's at both ends of the bar, and brewery signage riddled about. A single roundy table sits adjacent to the bar with cool cut barrel chairage, and 4 tables down past there sharing common bench action. And then 5 raised bar tables further along to the rear of the side door leading up to a large flatscreen in the back corner, and a pair of shorty tables across the way. Bathrooms to the back, all chalkboarded up ala Spuyten, and stairs there to the raised side room holding a dozen tables. Brick walls with a peekaboo cut through lookin' in on the bar, framed pics & mirrors, and a single drop chandelier. Also, some light seating outdoors to both sides of the corner.

Saturday's bartender is an inked funny girl, lookin' to cut off drunk boy aaany minute now. She knew I wanted food before I did. Hmmmn, yeah, okay. I 'et a 3 cheese grilled cheese sandwich (carried itself like a 4 cheese grilled cheese sandwich) and a cup of lager tomato soup (veggie, tasty), served with giant wedge crazy fries (it was like they quartered a goddamn potato and fried the bitch up). Dave had a burger, cooked to order, rare was rare, he was good with it.

13 taps spread across the bar, 3 on a tower on the corner of the bar and 10 more on a tower further down some. The tap handles are all blackened out with the names of the beers written on them in colored chalk. Kind of hard to tell what's what what what there but if you spin around, the tap selections are listed on a board in colored chalk behind you. A good mix, ½ Pennsylvania brews (PBC Kenzinger & Newfold Pale, Sky Fox Saison Vox, Troegs Nut Brown, Stoudts Pils, Lancaster Milk Stout, Roy Pitz Hefe), ½ not (Russian River Pliny the Elder, Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter, Atwater Blocktoberfest, Founders Red Rye, DogFishHead Punkin'), and a cider (Wyders Pear Cider). I asked inked girl for a recommendation, Ballast Point Porter or Founders Red Rye and she went with the porter, a very tasty one at that, good roastiness (I know what you're thinking so let's just put it out there... this wasn't the first place we visited today. Had I kept drinkin' the Pliny, it would have been a very short afternoon).

Fuck! 5 dozen bottles in the coooler down at the end of the bar; nearly missed that. 3/4 of them US micros (Bells, Founders, Yards, Troegs, Victory, Anchor, Smutty, Sierra Nevada, DogFishHead, and big bottle Southampton, Port, Lost Abbey, Bear Republic, Russian River, Jolly Pumpkin, Brooklyn, Ithaca, Stone, Allagash, Sly Fox), the remainder being a bunch of Belgians (Orval, Saison DuPont, De Ranke Cuvee, Cantillon 1900, Duvel, Val Dieu, Maredsous, Malheur), and some other imports (Dieu Du Ciel, Unibroue).

I'm looking for that guy who built them tables all shittily, but he's not here. Anyway, they've got a good tap selection, beer's well kept, fresh, and there's always the bottles if the taps won't do. Food, service, it's all good. Quiet and comfortable on this and the other Saturday afternoon I've visited. If I had to live in this neighborhood, this would be the place I'd come to drink my troubles away.

slander, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%

We just made our first visit to SPTR in over a year after a couple of bad experiences put it off our radar. I am glad we gave it another shot.

An additional dining room has been added to the main bar/dining room area, giving the place a much more attractive look overall. It was kind of dingy before. Now that only applies to the restrooms.

The tap list is quite good with about a dozen mostly American craft brew handles. This is supplemented by a substantial bottle list (50 or more). On our visit we had Racer 5, ST Hop Sun, Oscar Blues' Old Chub (never seen that on tap before) and Stoudt's Smooth Hoperator (bottle). All drafts are half-price during Happy Hour, which is obviously awesome for drafts of this quality.

The menu has been recently overhauled and looks great. We had the frito pie and the scallop sliders, both of which are highly recommended. We are looking forward to going back.

HV

sholland119, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of mvanaskie13
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

This is as far south in Philadelphia that you can find such a great beer establishment. I live just as far south, but about 15 blocks east of the location, which makes it relatively easy to get to if I am taking the bus. Parking can be a little bit of a hassle, but thats what living in south Philly is... a parking nightmare. I really wish this place was near me because I'd be there weekly. Since it is not as convenient I probably stop in every few months. It has become a great location to stop by for pre or post game festivities as it is just off of Broad St. and 3 blocks away from a subway stop.

Atmosphere is great. Corner door opens to a decently sized bar on the left with tables on the right. On my last stop they had opened up just down the left side to expand the dining and kitchen space. The setup inclues a few tvs over the bar and a large screen in the back that is on for Philly team events, a great jukebox in the back and tiny little bathrooms straight back.

I have to say that the last few times i have stopped in the service has not been great. The wait staff was a bit terse and unfriendly. It took a little to long to fill drink orders, with my friends and I needing to step up to the bar to request drinks from our waitress. It was not a busy evening, just a random Saturday afternoon with the place half full. I still plan on coming back because I just love the vibe and location of this place.

Beer selection is always great. 10+ beers on rotating taps at all times, with their website keeping the listing up to date. The beer fridge next to the bar stocks well over 100 other bottles of varying selections. There is always something new to try.

The food here is always great as well. I'm a wing fan and theirs are one of the better in the city. Their sandwiches are also great. I can't think of anything that I or my wife has tried that we have not liked. I just miss the pirogi's they used to have just after they first opened!

Value is perfect. Nothing is overpriced and they usually have a beer special going on.

Overall, I love this place. Its location is unique (wish it was near my house), the quality of beer and food is great and its a great value. Probably in my top 3 favorites for Philly.

mvanaskie13, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of NoLiberty
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

NoLiberty, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of burner
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

this was my first visit. some friends and I went to the tap room for drinks after dinner for our anniversary. from the outside it did not look like much, and the area is residential with small streets and limited parking. keep in mind we were there after 10 p.m. on a Sunday night on Jan 28th. as soon as we walked in we felt at home and comfortable. we at right behind the door at a big round,old, round table with cushy chairs that looked like they were made out of barrels.

we were greeted right away which was great. when i looked at the beer menu i was pleased. legacy, big bear,unibroue, and many other great brewery"s on tap. we did not see a food menu but we did order fries. they were cooked perfectly, just enough salt and crispy. perfect companion with beer. the beer, atmosphere, food was all good. i would recommend this beer bar to everyone!! I CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK!!

burner, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of NolanGTI
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%

This place is a real treasure and maybe my favorite place in Philly. Go here before or after a Phils game to get great food, a real corner pub and an amazing beer selection.

Typical narrow Philly bar with an open floor plan and room to move around. People are often outdoors in the summer and there are many neighborhood locals inside. The tap list and bottle list are A++ and the food is over the top good. True gastro-pub that delivers on food, beer and atmosphere with pretty solid service to boot.

I don't know how you could not love this place.

NolanGTI, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of BeerDetective
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

This was my first stop yesterday on my little pub tour, it took me a bit to find the place, it really is a neighborhood bar.

I really liked the atmosphere, it was almost British pub like in the big wooden bar, lots of beer signs on the wall, and they had Young's Winter Warmer on tap, which I had never had before, that was very good, they seemed to have a very nice selection in bottles, including several of my favs, like Rauchbier.

The bartender was very nice and explained that they were renovating and expanding the dining area and the kitchen, so I will have to go back in a couple of months to see what has changed.

The brunch menu looked interesting, banana pancakes are always good, but since I had planned to dine at Jose Pistolas later I did not try the food, but what went by on a few plates looked and smelled very nice.

I want to go back with a good book in hand, and try some more of the Old Abominable barley wine!!

BeerDetective, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of ButchAleman
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

I went to the Taproom for the first time a cuple months ago And I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food, which is saying a lot since I was only going their to try the extensive tap selection.

One night that I went to the bar, They had escargoe on the menu as a special. Out of curiosity I ordered it, not expecting good results. I will say it wasn't the best escargoe I ever had, but for a dozen escargoe for $7 from a bar, it was very very good. Not typicaly bar food I must say!

Another time I took a date there and She ordered the Morrocan Lamb sandwich. It was perfectley flavored and she was very impresed with that as well as the fries which she thinks are some fo the best in the City).

Overall, this has turned into a regular place for me to frequent. I highly recommend it.

ButchAleman, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

The first stop of the afternoon was here. Located in a tight little neighborhood...well, at least it is for my truck. It was well worth the struggle of navigating tight streets and trying to find a place to park.

Cozy, comfortable, neighborhood feel. There's about 12 seats at the bar and another 10 or so tables. One of the tables right inside the door has these neat looking chairs made out of old barrels. The bartender this particular day was extremely busy as he was not only manning the bar, but also serving the tables inside and two tables out on the sidewalk. Really good selection...on-tap were Naked Elf, Red Seal, Bell's Sparkling, Festina Peche, Jah-Va Stout, my favorite of the day Legacy Hoptimus Prime, and a few others. Pretty good bottle selection as well.

While here, I happen to look up and BA Leftmindedrighty had come in at sat down at the bar a few seats away. Small world, I guess. Very enjoyable time and I will be back.

Imstillthegman, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

Although I have graced the stools at the Taproom many times, today I was there after dropping off a wedding present to a friend of mine in my old neighborhood.

Atmosphere was interesting to say the least. Barely anyone in the joint, typical I guess considering that it was 1pm in the afternoon. Funny thing was, after sitting down and ordering a Red Seal Ale, a gentleman called out to me. Little did I know it was BA Imstillthegman calling my name. What a small world when it comes to BA's.

Tap line up was solid, as always. Naked Elf, Red Seal Ale, Bell's Sparkling Ale were all stellar. Of the brews I did not imbibe, were Sly Fox Dry Stout, Rodenbach Grand Cru, Dogfish Head Festina Peche, and a more than a few others that have since fallen out of my head.

Always a great time at the Taproom, I sometimes neglect this place because of its location. I will have to remember that the effort to make the trip here will be rewarded in its experience. A great afternoon indeed, the hanging out with a fellow BA was icing on the cake.

leftmindedrighty, Aug 12, 2007
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4.45/5  rDev +2.5%

i've been a few times down south and have decided that this place is one of the best beer bars in Philly. It is as good of a neighborhood beer bar as one can get, but it is defintely worth to the trip out of neighborhood or suburb to discover a place that trys and mostly succeeds at delivering stellar beer and above average food.
very good selection of taps, well though out and adventurous.
what i have had on previous trips- founders, Stones imperial stout, bells, beaucoup stouts, troegs, victory, and the local favs Yards(tues is 2.00 IPA taps all day!), but you are also going to find on tap some decent belgians- Mardesous and somone on staff seems to have a soft spot for unibroue.
Home to the best happy hour in town- if you like "good" beer- its half price drafts 4-6 mon-Fri. at non- happy hour times the prices are more than fair.
In regards to food, a solid menu, above average but not quite gastro though my wild boar burritto my last visit was exceptional. they have several specials and a variety of sandwiches and salads. A few items miss- asaparagus salad of 4 stalks at 7.00 doesn't fly though that is generally an anamoly in otherwise a very good menu.
Service is outstanding plain and simple. Service is very attentive and knowledgeable and always ready for a suggestion or a sample.
Bottle selection if fairly extensive(100+) and growing I am told.
All and all a destination beer bar in Phillly but at its heart a good quality neighborhood joint in what it becoming a neighborhood experiencing rennaisance.

sublimesipping, Jun 21, 2007
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4.33/5  rDev -0.2%

SPTR was a mandatory stop during my recent jaunt to Philadelphia - King Tut and Leahy. It is truly a pleasant way to spend a few hours. A few stops on the SEPTA Broad Street line took me to the Tasker-Morris station, which is a short walk to SPTR. A quiet neighborhood anyway. It was a Saturday afternoon and rather quiet with a few couples and some tatooed hipsters, but they need beer too. Above the bar hangs a listing of draughts; behind you, on the opposite wall, a list of bottled brews.
I counted around 13 taps, not as many as other places, but it was a diverse mix of regionals, such as Sly Fox and Yards (which I really liked a lot). My victims on that quiet afternoon: Yards IPA, Sly Fox irish Red, Sly Fox O'Reilly Stout (I loved this one) and Bell's (yes, that one) Double Cream Stout. Of course, I'm sure that these have been rotated since then.
SPTR is home to a Monster Grilled Cheese Sandwich, a messy concoction made with 3 cheeses. Hmmmm Beer and Cheese.
It should be a mandatory stop for any BA!

jjboesen, May 04, 2007
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4.45/5  rDev +2.5%

I'd been hearing for some time what a great place this is, from people from all walks, and when my wife insisted we go someplace, my choice, for my birthday, I decided SPTR was perfect for a night when I didn't want to drive for an hour.
Parking is...well, it's South Philly, with all that entails. This means you either get lucky and park within a short walk, or you end up with a spot blocks away and make the trek. But as a caveat, I'd advise not even considering taking some local's spot along the many uncomfortably narrow backstreets should lightning strike and one be available. You may think the spots are fair game, but rest assured, the locals do not.

So as you walk up you see the mandatory neon signs in the large windows, and you enter on the corner. What at first might seem shabby chic is actually quite nicely fit-and-finished. The bar is standard dark wood, and the barback is big and typically crafted. Tables run back along the right, then a wall shelf has some chairs on the back left as well. There are a few TV's scattered throughout, as well as a big-screen in the back right that wasn't on the night I was there, and it was Final Four Saturday, so if it wasn't on then, it just might not be operational. And I can't say exactly why, but I dig the blue and brown ceiling.
The jukebox is dynamic, eccentric, and far-reaching, with everything from Big Bands to Sixties psychedelia to Punk and Grunge to whatever seems to be passing for music these days.
But I have to say, it's the people here that make it the cozy, welcoming place that it is. They come in all shapes, sizes, orientations, aromas, and ideologies. And this means that you and I are every bit as welcome as they. It's come one, come all. I venture to say not even a sociopath would find him or herself out of place here. And the upshot is that makes SPTR one of the best people-watching establishments of the beer bars in the city, hands down.

Quality is high, with cleanliness an obvious priority. Beer is served in one of a few types of glassware, which means you can get a whole lot closer to appropriate than in most bars. Short of the wobbly table I sat at, it's easy to feel cared for here. Hell, even the restrooms were tidy, which we all know can be a challenge even in the most fastidious of places.

Service is quite attentive, very friendly, and more than willing to answer any questions you might have. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the food menu, then went on to surprise me when she told my wife that Troeg's Dreamweaver was the only wheat on the beerlist, so if that's what she wanted, there was no real alternative on tap. And that's no knock on the selection, but rather, as my wife loves Dreamweaver but wanted to try something new, she was given some good advice. Though she did end up branching out in the end. I know, it seems like a simple instance, but how often do you hear of staff talking out of their metaphorical asses about beer when they obviously have little or no clue? So I found this exchange a promising indicator.

The selection is not astounding, but it is extensive and surely offers something for everyone. The tap list is the strength, with 10 lines running the night I was there. Troeg's, Sly Fox, Brooklyn, Yards, Stoudt's, and the ubiquitous Stella were represented, among some others, with a nice range of styles in play. The bottled selection carries a nice range of Belgian and German styles, with quality high and all the big hitters available if you'd care not to experiment too extensively. And I saw a smelly Bohemian drinking Miller Lite at the bar (apologies to Warren Zevon), so yes, Virginia, there are macros as well.

The food is a big, tasty step up the bar food evolutionary scale. It's very good, plentiful (but not gluttonously huge, that pathetic trend be damned), and with plenty of offerings, from outright carnivorous to vegetarian. The New Bold spuds, a clever spiral sliced merging of fries and chips, are wonderful, and when dipped in the special sauce, almost sublime. The Monster BLT (a special) and pulled pork were winners, and I heard other tables crowing about the bruschetta and quesadilla. There are plenty of specials as well, all priced and with the same range of variety as the set menu.

The prices are better than reasonable. For several beers and two very full bellies, SWMBO and I ran up a tab that just couldn't reach $60, and that's in the city. This is one of the top beer-venue values in the Delval region, for my money at least.

And so, after enjoying, immensely, our evening there, we walked out with the tacit understanding that return, soon, is inevitable, for all the good and best reasons. The walk to our car was less than half a block, as some lucky guardian seemed to be granting us special dispensation, but I'll tell you that even if the trek was multiple blocks long, it would have been worth each and every step.

Foxman, Apr 04, 2007
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4.6/5  rDev +6%

The Taproom is visited on every trip to Philly. Situated South of the Center City Philadelphia, in a more down-to-earth neighborhood. Extremely friendly, knowledgeable staff, who will often provide samples to those unsure of what to try. On this Saturday night visit, plenty of room, though bustling with a mix of 21 to 30 somethings. Typically clean, comfortable seating. On this night, however, a bit too smokey. The day before a smoking-ban was passed and this should clear the air in future visits. On tap were: Hoegaarden, Stella, La Chouffe, Yuengling Lager, Sly Fox Royal Wiese and O’Reilly Stout, Troegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown, Ommegang Three Philosophers, Strongbow, Stoudt’s Okktoberfeast and Legacy Euphoria. Also maybe two dozen bottles – a mix of mostly PA brews and Belgians. I had the hummus platter, which comes with homemade, delicious hummus, warm pita and kalamata olives.Very fresh and flavorful. Friends ordered the portabella sandwich and loved it. Lines on the pumps were very clean. Overall, always a great place to visit. Looking forward to my next visit!

bwyker, Sep 20, 2006
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South Philadelphia Tap Room in Philadelphia, PA
95 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.