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South Philadelphia Tap Room

Not Rated.
South Philadelphia Tap RoomSouth Philadelphia Tap Room

41 Reviews
Reviews: 41
Visits: 56
Avg: 4.29
pDev: n/a
Taps: 14
Bottles: 75
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 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.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.86/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

The South Philly Tap Room is a nice cozy corner bar deep in the heart of, huh, South Philly. In the middle of a residential area, not far from East Passyunk but removed from all the brouhaha.

This is truly a neighborhood tavern, cozy and inviting. Not too busy on a Friday night, quiet enough. We sat across from the bar on a low-lying table and enjoyed the view.

12 taps plus a nitro (Old Chubb) and a cask (PBC Newbold): Union Jack, Hairy Eyeball, Allagash White, Dogfish Noble Rot, Dieu du Ciel... nothing outrageous, but good enough (I had a Fernet Branca).

Brews go for $6-$8 a glass. Bottles: Abbaye des Rocs, Bruery Bois, Deschutes Conflux #1, Mikkeller Walk on Water. Pretty nice... and some good food as well- I just had a Wild Goose oyster with blood orange and ginger mignonette ($2) and a head-cheese taco ($1). This ain't your average chicken-wing joint! Lots of vegan and vegetarian options as well.

I was a little underwhelmed by the draft selection, but loved the place and the food and the atmosphere and would totally come back.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Photo of John_M
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of sholland119
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
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.


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Photo of jjboesen
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

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Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited Sat 9/11/10.

Less than an hour after wheels down at PHL, my rental car and I wriggled our way through South Philly neighborhoods to lunch destination/beer spot #1, SPTR. It's my first time in the city, so I'm trusting former Beerflys and my gut on this one...

Easy enough to find parking across the street at around 1pm on a lovely sunny Saturday. A very good thing to hear as I'm walking the half block to the corner: 3 old fellas, strolling past me, one looks over as I'm crossing and says loudly and wistfullly to his buddy: "Ah, look at da ol' taproom, dat's a good one...". True story. Nice, unsolicited love in the neighborhood.

I honestly haven't been in too many corner bars in my days, never having lived in a city bigger than Portland (and we sorta lack them here, at least quality ones), but this isn't quite what I expected: besides the streaming sunlight upfront, the interior is a cooling shade of gray on the ceiling, hardwood trim and wainscot, dark tile. A dining room is a couple steps up and is dressed in olive and red; it's all very inviting. The bar itself seats 10 or 12 and fronts a rather simple set of wood shelves. A few TVs, but only one was on, tuned to the Kansas/GaTech clash. A little kitsch above the bar: Temple & Eagles helmets, some misplaced steer horns and a large-sized Rocky figurine.

Not many folks inside (again, gorgeous day), so I snagged a seat at the crook of the bar near the door, a cool breeze through the open door and whirring fans above offsetting some midday warmth. The bartenderess came right over (friendly enough, so it seemed), but then looked impatient when I didn't know right away what I wanted. I settled for a Stoudts "Heifer in Wheat" ($4/pint), which came quickly but was short-poured by about an inch. I switched seats to grab some juice for my nearly-dead iPod, and ordered the Roast Pork sandwich. Took maybe 10 minutes for a reasonably stuffed roll full of drippy/salty pork and and provolone deliciousness to arrive. Fries were flaccid and a serious setback, but the tasty and robust house-made ketchup made them tolerable. My server stayed aloof from start to finish, choosing to spend time chatting with friends or other (bored) co-workers at the bar... lesson learned by me for all future stops: strike first with conversation...my bad here.

I added a second beer (Founders Red's Rye...mmm) and browsed the double-wide reach-in. Not an entirely accurate count, but I'm guessing 60-70 bottles, with a nice mix of Mid-Atlantic locals and (mostly Belgian) imports. Taps on this day totaled 14 (1 cask included); the handles aren't proprietary to the breweries, as they're all simply 'SPTR' taps with black strips for handwritten chalk tags - haven't seen that before.

Despite being kinda dead (crowd was trickling in by 2:00, filling a couple more bar stools and all three outside tables), this is a cool place and a tribute to what a fine pub can add to a neighborhood. May not be one I'd have to return to, but I'm glad I visited.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Walking through the neighborhood, you would never guess you would eneter a beer bar as nice as this. The place is rather corner bar feeling with a quite nice feel from being surrounded by dark wood, a moderate sized bar takes up about a 1/4 of the space, with the rest didcated to seating amongst 2 rooms. A few TVs and a jukebox provide the entertainment.

The beer list focuses on local drafts with a small presence of other popular American crafts. Nothing spectacular, but solid ist of seasonals. The bottle list brings some variation in styles, overall a very nice selection, however a touch pricey on a few items.

The food is simply amazing for a bar. The grilled cheese and the BBQ chicken were two of the better sandwhiches in their respective styles that i have ever eaten, the appetizers, sides are all solid.

The service is attentive and friendly, as long as its not corwded, then it become quite hit or miss ind impersonal. The crowd is a mix of hipster with a touch of locals who wander in and out as well as beer tourists.

Overall the food shines and the beer menu gives just enough reasons to return, even if you dont live particulalry close by.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Photo of BARFLYB
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Fluffheady
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

This is a really cool place to hang out. It a bit out of the downtown district, so you get much more of a local crowd. The tap handles are all mini chalk boards which is fun and innovative. They have a beer cooler for bottles next to the bar. We went two nights in a row when visiting town.

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of roan22
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

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

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4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
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!

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4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of Bruce5
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

SPTR is a great neighborhood bar, cozy but not crowded. Very well rounded selection of beer all of which are top choices. Only negative is a relatively small food selection, however the choices are all excellent.

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South Philadelphia Tap Room in Philadelphia, PA
94 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.