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Standard Tap

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

99 Ratings
Ratings: 99
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.4%
Taps: 23
Bottles: 25
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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

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Reviews by rdrummer:
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4.15/5  rDev 0%

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.

rdrummer, Oct 26, 2003
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stephenjmoore, Sep 30, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

DoubleSimcoe, Aug 01, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev +1%

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.

orangesol, Jul 03, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

Visited on day one of a 4 day northeastern pub crawl in June 2011. Really like the Colonial look of this place - not sure what it was like in previous live's but it's easy to imagine the founding father's dropping in for a pint. The focus of our trip was local beers and this was the best we found (out of NYC, Boston, Philly, & Baltimore) in meeting our goals.
Place was pretty packed on a Saturday night and we got seated in a smallish room upstairs shared with a dozen guys getting warmed up for a bachelor party. They were somewhat annoying (mostly BMC types) but finally left after a round of bro-hugs the likes of which I've never witnessed before (sure, City of Brotherly Love..., but every guy's gotta hug every other guy? - total of 132 hugs...). After that the service and atmosphere improved markedly. Philly is a great beer city and Standard Tap really showcases the great local offerings. Food was also quite good.

coldriver, Jul 30, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

It's been way to long since I've been to the Standard. This was a 3rd stop on a recent mini bar crawl.

Right across the street from The Foodery, Standard tap is the real deal when it comes to local beer. I've been to many local bars and this standard runs the standard on PA beer. 1st floor is the standard wooden bar with a nice chalkboard full of good eats and drinks, wine, liquor and 15 or so standard taps. I had some Yards IPA on Cask, it was quite good. Two handpumps by the way and the bartender knows how to pull a pint.

I like the look here, it reminds me of many city bars with the ceiling structure and the walls give off a General Lafayette kinda vibe, homey, rustic, paintings on the wall, you know all those old standards. Their is also an upstairs bar with the same selection and quite a bit more seating, similar to the downstairs. I believe there is also a small deck.

I knew I liked this place when I realized the workers/bartenders were actually seemingly having a good time doing their job. I've been to many a bar in the area with some dull service staff "here's your beer" gloomy outlook on life type of people. Standards people were upbeat without being wild.

This place has a great selection of eats. The fries are killer, well cooked and really fill you up after a small crawl. Large portions. My boy had an oyster po boy, he loved it.

I really like this place and will be coming back, hopefully during beer week.

BARFLYB, May 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Big fan of this place. Liked it better than Monk's Cafe really, although the selection is not nearly as great. Really killer vibe with a good crowd. Lots of good "talent" (i.e. attractive females), not that I care as I am getting married. There's also loads of space both downstairs and upstairs, and it's got a fun atmosphere. The tap list is long - maybe 20 beers or so - and very local-heavy. I think I counted one or two beers on the whole list that weren't from PA. However, you're likely to see some interesting local obscurities that you haven't yet ticked, and some of them will be tasty. I had a Flying Fish Exit 9 (good tick) and a Manayunk California Dreamin IPA (so-so tick). The food is pretty solid if you get a chance to try it. Service is pretty good, even when it's busy. I'll be back whenever I'm in town again.

nickd717, Apr 22, 2011
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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%

I went to the Standard Tap on a recent trip to Philadelphia. The atmosphere was very low-key with dim lighting, cool music, and friendly staff. The bartender was very nice and helpful discussing some good local spots for us to try out. I had two beers at the Standard Tap which were both decent beers-Troeg's Mad Elf (which I had had the previous day at the Troegs brewery in Harrisburg) and a Sly Fox Stout. The beer selection was decent, but not spectacular like some other spots I went to in Philly. I would recommend this place as a cool stop to sit back, relax, and enjoy a beer or two.

Chincino, Dec 31, 2010
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3.93/5  rDev -5.3%

Stopped in this bar after making a big beer haul across the street at The Foodery. Met a friend of mine from Phoenixville here because he knew of the spot. Really cool vibe here super friendly bartender who chatted with us about Philly bars. the bartender loved Memphis Taproom and some German bar that did really good food. Any bar that has Mos def playing is quality in my book, heard the whole album "Black on Both Sides." The draft selection was nothing too impressive and seemed to highlight a lot of local breweries, but they had good beers and you just enjoyed drinking them there. They have an upstairs and downstairs bar but we only saw the downstairs one. I would not make this a destination but if your nearby this a great bar.
Cheers

Cmack15, Dec 30, 2010
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3.93/5  rDev -5.3%

Visited 9/11/10, 5:30-7:00pm

My dinner destination was easy enough to find: a brick 4-story with a contrasting whitewashed facade and huge 'STANDARD' (smaller: 'TAP') painted on the side, anchoring the 2nd/Poplar corner. After a quick browse across the street at The Foodery and a few blocks of strolling in the Northern Liberties 'hood (er, 'NoLibs', which reminds me of Mad Libs, which makes me want to fill in some 'Verbs' or 'Adjective's or 'Persons' to complete my review...), my appetite caught up and I headed inside (through the door with a wriggling tangle of old pipes and fittings for security bars).

Wow, cool inside: I'm a sucker for the nooks and crannies that old buildings, pubs or otherwise, provide. This place looks and feels like a pub 'should': a maze of small rooms, covering two floors, some for dining, one a small bar upstairs with open windows, a cozy balcony for outdoor seating (in use, unfortunately, by a group on this pretty evening), friends chatting everywhere. I nosed around before settling in downstairs in the first room I passed through, grabbing a side table just inside the door and opposite the bar. Warm woods, dark floors, pressed tin ceiling. No TV - just a jukebox, ATM, and cig machine - all downgraded the feel just a little. From my perch on a perimeter bench, I could watch the crowds come and go (not terribly busy on an early Saturday) and the crew gathered around the 10 seat bartop. I'm sure on a busy night it could get dark and cramped, but the early evening vibe was comfortable, a waning sunlight warming most rooms. Good tunes, a rockin' mix of Hendrix, Chili Peppers, and the like.

About as local a taplist as I found at any point in my 3 day visit: 20 or so (2 hand pumps), and all from right there in the SEPA area. My first pick was a Kenzinger: it was $3, its logo was emblazoned on the pints, and it was local (of course). Not bad, either... Later, a Sly Fox Saison (with dinner) and a smaller Flying Fish Exit 6 joined in. Others seen but not tasted came from Stoudts, Yards, Victory, Troegs, Dock Street, etc. All I tried were fresh-tasting and served at the right temperature, poured to shaker pints or unmarked wine glasses.

I probably didn't choose the best item off the menu, but I'm still giving a '4' based on what I saw at other tables and what was displayed on the chalkboard above the bar. My dish, spicy mussels and sausage, had good flavor but the bivalves themselves were overdone, shriveled. There's a game-centric fare I wished I'd have explored, a menu boasting rabbit, duck and antelope!

Decent service, provided by Jason (separated at birth: Jack Black)... attentive and quick enough to refresh an empty glass. Otherwise, a bit more hip/aloof on the serving side.

A comfortable locale and a great neighborhood vibe. Not my favorite place, but certainly somewhere I'd return to again and again if I was a local.

msubulldog25, Sep 18, 2010
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Standard Tap in Philadelphia, PA
93 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.