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Standard Tap

Not Rated.
Standard TapStandard Tap
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

84 Reviews
Reviews: 84
Visits: 109
Avg: 4.15
pDev: n/a
Taps: 23
Bottles: 25
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

901 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19123-2301
United States
phone: (215) 238-0630 | map
www.standardtap.com

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Reviews: 84 | Visits: 109
Reviews by Soonami:
Photo of Soonami
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I've been to Standard Tap probably close to ten times now. I've sat at the bar, upstairs, outside; I've been there when it's busy, quiet, early and late. Because of this I feel like I can give a fair assessment of what the general experience one should expect.

The bar offers a great selection of local beers that highlights the best of what is going on in the region. They have both regular beers and special releases from Troegs, Flying Fish, DFH, Sly Fox, Weyerbacher, etc. This is great, but sometimes I wish they would have a beer or two from Belgium or the West Coast instead of the same local beers you can get at countless other bars. That said, with a currently expanded keg set-up, they now offer 20 beers on draught, which improves on selection.

The food is always great, from the classic Standard burger to the veggie sandwiches, and salads. Brunch is good too, I always seem to go back to the burger. It's hand formed, fresh, flavorful beef, that is well-seasoned, with great toppings, and prepared to the desired temperature--if only they could put it on a sturdier roll! A brioche bun is far too soft and timid for such a meaty patty(s). The food is well prepared and the portions are more than adequate.

The atmosphere is very relaxed and cool, with several rooms where you and a small group can take over or busy bars to mingle with new people. The decor is inspired by vintage plumbing parts, with a heavy dosing of dark wood and burnished metals. It's a very inviting place.

My main quibble has been the service. There have been times where I go when it's empty and the bartenders are attentive and nice; there are times when the restaurant is busy and the waitstaff is on-top of things: refilling water, bringing out food and beer, and checking in without being obtrusive. But there have also been times when I went for brunch a little after opening and been told to sit wherever I wanted by the bartender, only to be ignored for 5-10 minutes before getting menus.

The worst offense was on a recent cool summer night, when I ordered a beer and a Coke and did not receive the soda despite reminding the waitress 3 more times. And then I ask for the check and only then did she give me the soda with the check and say, "sorry I forgot, I was really busy tonight." It was pretty obvious to me that she only remembered when she printed out the check that I had ordered the Coke, which I had taken off the bill. Service was particularly slow that night, even for a Saturday and the waitress was clearly not capable.

I would definitely go back again and often bring out of town guests because I think it's just one of those Philly places that people should experience, but usually just for drinks or a meal during quieter hours.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of fastestmanalive
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Kappakoosh
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of millerbuffoon
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

If you are looking for a cool local jaunt that serves primarily PA beers, this is it. I have had quite a few special Bullfrog beers here. Troegs, Victory, Neshaminy Creek, Weyerbacher are always on tap here. Bartenders are cool. Food is really good. Worth the stop for local craft.

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Photo of N17shelfside
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of noel2977
4.44/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

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4/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

I feel like Standard Tap is one of the few “top beer bars” in Philly I had not yet visited. So there I rode, a couple of fast miles from my jawn in South Philly.

The Standard is a cool, spacious bar, with lots of room to roam. Quiet on a Wednesday evening. The bartender, as usual in Philly, was aloof and distant, with that I-saw-you-but-I’m-going-to-ignore-you-for-a-while look. Good music, though, Radiohead style.

The food menu is pretty large but pricey, with nothing under ten bucks except for fries. The taps are largely local/regional (PA): Troegs Scratch 145, SlyFox, Bullfrog, Weyerbacher, Yards, Dogfish, Flying Fish… all low-ABV as well. Not bad, but not exciting (except for the amazing Troegs Scratch)

Dollar off Happy Hour is all I got as a special. Nice stop, but I wouldn’t rush to try it again. There are a lot of beer bars where the tap list and service are better.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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Standard Tap in Philadelphia, PA
92 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.