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South Philadelphia Tap Room

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South Philadelphia Tap RoomSouth Philadelphia Tap Room

53 Ratings
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: n/a
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 NolanGTI
4.58/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 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.

Photo of BeerDetective
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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!!

Photo of ButchAleman
4.75/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

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.

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of sublimesipping
4.45/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of jjboesen
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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!

Photo of Foxman
4.45/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of bwyker
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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!

Photo of kmudrick
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The SPTR has contributed greatly to my love of beers and awakened me to craft brews. Very friendly neighborhood bar with a dozen top-notch beers on tap: a handful of belgians at all times (Hoegaarden, Stella, Urthel, Leffe), an assortment of local PA brews (Sly Fox, Legacy, Troegs, Yuengling, Yards, Stoudts) and a splash of West coast beers (Stone, Rogue) can usually be found there every week. There's also an assortment of fine bottles (Ommegang, Allagash, Lagunitas, Victory, etc) available at all times too. The waitstaff are pleasant and very accomodating (especially Meredith - best waitress ever.) The head chef, although moody at times, kicks out flavorful dishes every day. The taproom has a menu of traditional bar food along with an offering of daily specials that tend to be a bit more gourmet. I'm vegan, so I can only really comment on the veg food, which is generally pretty fantastic. Last night I had the vegan tacos which were awesome; I usually get the oh-so-tasty hummus and pita or some cajun fries. I'm also a big fan of the hummus-smothered portabello sandwich. The jukebox has a great selection of indie rock, alternative and classic 80s. Theres an assortment of specials available - "Temple Tuesdays" offers $1 Yuengling lager mugs for age-appropriate students, Yards IPAs are $3 every weekend, and one Saturday during the summer was a day-long "Wheat beer" fest - $2 pints of local wheat beers (which included the Sly Fox Royal Weisse, Troegs Dreamweaver Wheat, Slyfox Royal Weisse, Yards Saison, Legacy Midnight Wit.)

The South Philadelphia Taproom should be a definite stop for anyone who ventures beyond the crowded snobbery of the Center City beer bar scene.

Photo of StoutHearted
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

After a long time of hearing "You gotta get to the Taproom," I finally get my ass hauled there. It's a dimly-lit English-style pub with breweriana decked on the walls. Big chalkboards announce the latest on drafts and what's available in bottles: a great selection. On draft, they had mostly local beers, Sly Fox and Victory, plus some out-of-towners like Ommegang Hennepin and Leffe. There's a good bottle list if the draft doesn't tempt you.
The food here is beyond fantastic. I had a Morroccan lamb sandwich that was very tender and served with Old Bay fries. (Had to ask for Old Bay.) I started off with the calimari, which was the best I ever had, even if it was on the salty side. Other foods are of the pub grub persuasion: salads, burgers, and sandwiches. The table next to me loudly declared that the mussels they ordered were better than Monk's. Just reporting what I heard, y'all.
The service is attentive and was very understanding when I leaned the wrong way on the wobbly tables and sent a glass pepper shaker crashing to the ground. I stopped feeling badly when my dinner partner almost did the same thing to a candle and neighboring diners declared they did the same thing earlier. Word to the wise, folks: beware the wobbly tables!

Photo of roan22
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I have a friend who lives within walking distance of this bar, across Broad St. Its a great small neighborhood bar with a diverse and friendly crowd (and staff).

This is the only beer bar in the area, so if you are looking for fresh Yards IPA (one of my faves), go there. SPTR carries other local brews besides Yards, like Sly Fox, Troegs, Flying Fish and Dogfish Head. They have loads of belgian bottles like Hoegaarden, Corsendork and Ommegang too.

Twice I've played quizzo here (Tuesday nights), when the service is always excellent. The last time I went to SPTR, it was a Friday, and although it was very crowded, the service was still great.

However, it gets a 2.5 atmosphere rating because that Friday night when I was last there, there must have been a fire in the kitchen or something because the air inside was thick and slightly charred. More likely the cause was just a million orders of fried pubfood in those three hours, but seriously, all of my clothes, especially my jacket, hair, purse, shoes, everything stunk of fried foods so bad, it made me nauseous when I got home and realized I was the source of the horrible McDonalds-like greasy burnt french-fry odor!!

Its really disgusting when you end up smelling like that rather than cigarettes after a night out at a little bar. I'll take the second hand smoke anyday. They need to improve the ventilation in their kitchen or change their frying oil more often.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Taproom, as it's commonly called, is a cozy little bar with 11 seats and 20 covers in the small dining room and cocktail area. It look like an old-time corner tappy (and it once was), but it's fixed up really nice.

The food is pretty good, and the prices are reasonable. "Nibblers" run from $5-9 and include a cheesteak quesadilla and sauteed perogies as well as the expected wings and nachos. The spinach & lump crab dip is the only item that's $9. And then there's the "Rabbit Food". A standard Caesar is $4, and the more adventurous sesame apricot salad will run you $6. The "Pita Pizzas" are popular and tasty for $5 or 6, and the "Sandwich Board" gives you a variety of different items in the $5-7 range including grilled veggie ($7), pulled lamb ($7), and Big Mouth Burgers ($5.50-6). And if your hungrier than that, the "Colossal Plates" include BBQ ribs ($14), a Cajun shrimp sautee ($10), and smothered chicken (also$10).

There are 11 draft lines (although they'd been planning to put in a few more) which rotate fairly often and included Victory Throwback, Yards Saison, Magic Hat #9, Sly Fox Royal Weiss, and Flying Fish Farmhouse on my last visit. There are over 60 bottled beers, and although there are alot of common ones, Wittekerke, Geuze Girardin, and Three Philosophers are some of the more interesting choices. You can get a Schmidt's too, for $2.75 if you feel like getting "retro".

There's also a good tequila selection, some decent bourbons, and a limited pick of scotches if you're interested.

The service is good, and the bartenders that I've met so far have all had a fair knowledge of beer.

Its still fairly new, so the crowd is still settling in, but there's a good mix of 30 something "new" neighborhood people, and some of the older residents as well. And there are some younger people on weekend nights as well. I've always had a good time, but I tend to get along with everyone anyway.

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South Philadelphia Tap Room in Philadelphia, PA
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