Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine and get 12 issues / year of fresh beer content delivered to your door each month.

Already subscribe? to manage your subscription.

Standard Tap

Not Rated.
Standard TapStandard Tap
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

84 Reviews
Reviews: 84
Visits: 105
rAvg: 4.12
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @standardtap

Notes:
Place added by: BeerAdvocate

No notes at this time.
Place: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 84 | Visits: 105
Reviews by rdrummer:
Photo of rdrummer
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I visited Standard Tap for a Sunday Brunch. They open on Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 AM for brunch. The rest of the week, they open at 4:00 PM. Standard Tap is a local Philadelphia taproom. Brunch, in particular, brings out the neighborhood for good beer, mimozas, bloody marys, and good food.

Standard has only draft beer, no bottles, and it is all local to the Philadelphia region. There are some exceptions to this that stretch the regional point a little, one being Troegs, which is located in Harrisburg. Philadelphian's like to claim it as a local brewery, however, so I guess it passes.

Standard has 12 to 14 beers on tap at all times, two on the hand pump. I tried the Troegs Hop Bock on the hand pump. It was truly excellent beer with the wonderful hoppiness of a pale ale and the maltiness of a bock. I also tried the RiverHorse Hop Hazard (NJ), which I didn't like as much. It was good just not as special as the Troegs. They also had beers from Sly Fox (Phoenixville, PA), Stoudt's (Adamstown, PA), Victory (Downingtown, PA), Flying Fish (NJ), Yard's (Philly), and Dogfish Head (DE) on tap.

The menu is handwritten every day. The only thing that is available every day (not for brunch, though) is the cheeseburger, which is superb. For brunch, there were some amazing omelettes, including a venizon and portobello omelet that killed. All the food was excellent. The french toast was extra thick, fresh baked bread; the omelettes were accompanied by biscuits and gravy or home fries. There were also steak and eggs and eggs benedict. Even the fruit and cheese plate was special. Nothing was ordinary.

The service is a little slow but very friendly. The slowness was probably due to the fact that it was standing room only, so get there before noon to get a seat at or in the bar. There is also a back room and an upstairs room, but you miss half the fun by being out of the barroom.

Standard is in a very old, working class neighborhood of Philadelphia, known as Northern Liberties. The area became more than a little rundown, but is receiving something of a rebirth with a number of beer bars, clubs, and restaurants in a twelve block radius. Standard is in a very old building with plenty of quirks to make it interesting, including a keg of Yard's Philadelphia Pale Ale on tap in a 1950s refrigerator with a tap coming out of the door. I definitely recommend a trip to Standard if you are in the Philly area. Brunch and dinner are both great, and the beer is always fresh and special. (2,514 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of millerbuffoon
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of N17shelfside
4.16/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of noel2977
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Seer_One
4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of boodz85
4.89/5  rDev +18.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of bcgeiman
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of micropale
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of cdaguanno
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of soulcougher
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Durandal_777
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of brnmc922
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of seanchai
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of TheNakedStiletto
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of RobertColianni
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of orangesol
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Stopped in here for the first time last week while we were in the area. I have always heard how great this place is, time to see if that is accurate.

Nice sized space with a good amount of seating area. Atmosphere is all over the place. From older people to beer geeks to hardcore hipsters. The smallish bar on the left has the drafts and menu listed above it. Service was pretty good as well. Our server seemed to know her stuff and she came to check on us a few times during our short visit. Selection was great. All but two of the drafts from PA. I got a Dock Street Berliner and it was decent. Only had time to get one beer but I saw a few others I would have liked to try. On a recent visit I stayed long enough to get some food, went with the Standard Burger which was really good and the fries were just as good.

Overall a place that I am sure I will stop at many times in the future. (893 characters)

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Standard Tap in Philadelphia, PA
92 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.