South Philadelphia Tap Room

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

51 Ratings
Ratings: 51
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.36
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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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2005)
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Photo of bwd110
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 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...

Photo of roan22
3.78/5  rDev -13.3%
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 DoubleSimcoe
3.86/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of ImHereForTheBeer
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Photo of Cbfree
4/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of Lorianneb
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Dawkins
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of sholland119
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of StoutHearted
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
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 ShadesOfGray
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
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!
Cheers!

Photo of Fluffheady
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of rfgetz
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of DIM
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of tkdchampxi
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of RobertColianni
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Imstillthegman
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
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 mvanaskie13
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of Seanibus
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of John_M
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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South Philadelphia Tap Room in Philadelphia, PA
96 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.