Taps: 23 / Bottles: 25
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by rdrummer:
4.15/5 rDev 0%
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.
10-26-2003 20:35:14 | More by rdrummer
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4.19/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
Stopped in here for the first time last week while we were in the area. I have always heard how great this place is, time to see if that is accurate.
Nice sized space with a good amount of seating area. Atmosphere is all over the place. From older people to beer geeks to hardcore hipsters. The smallish bar on the left has the drafts and menu listed above it. Service was pretty good as well. Our server seemed to know her stuff and she came to check on us a few times during our short visit. Selection was great. All but two of the drafts from PA. I got a Dock Street Berliner and it was decent. Only had time to get one beer but I saw a few others I would have liked to try. On a recent visit I stayed long enough to get some food, went with the Standard Burger which was really good and the fries were just as good.
Overall a place that I am sure I will stop at many times in the future.
07-03-2012 00:18:18 | More by orangesol
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
07-30-2011 16:15:07 | More by coldriver
Standard Tap in Philadelphia, PA
92 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.