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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

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Reviews: 84 | Visits: 105
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.36/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Well we walked down the block to Standard Tap after waiting a while at North Bowl. After hearing so many good thing's about this place I was excited.

When we walked in we just said damn this is a tight fit with more than a couple people in our party it was tight. My first intial thought was this is it? A very dark bar and what seemed to be kind of dirty. The waiters seemed to be a little overworked and agitated. Not very friendly. So we decided to walk upstairs. It was a little better. More room and a friendlier atmosphere. Must of us ended up getting the kilty pleasure which seemed to be free flowing.As for the tap selection I wasn't that impressed all PA beers and nothing else on the board.I love PA beers but I need a bit of a variety. All and all a decent placce but nothing worth going out of the way for a somewhat of a letdown. (845 characters)

Photo of sbw138
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Standard Tap is a pretty interesting place in the Northern Liberties neighborhood in Philadelphia. It is located in an older row home sort of place. There are multiple levels, and multiple rooms of different shapes and sizes. There is also some outdoor seating, and a roof deck to eat and drink. I look forward to checking it out when the weather is warmer.

You seat yourself all the time at Standard Tap, and you also order food from the bar tender, no matter where you are sitting. Needless to say, my gf and I spend a good while waiting like morons for someone to seat us or wait on us. I guess they waitstaff like to watch the customers embarass themselves, who knows.

The food is pretty good. They are supposed to have one of the best burgers in the cities supposedly. It was good, but not up there with Grace Tavern or Royal Tavern. They also refuse to serve bacon on their burger for some reason.

They have a good rotating selection of drafts and bottles. I got a nicely poured Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, very tasty.

Overall, the place is cool, the owners, and employees have sort of a snooty was to them, but I can deal with that. I plan on stopping by in the spring to check out the roof deck! (1,206 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Standard Tap has a very unique atmosphere for the area with an old timey, dimly lit, all dark wood and walls with minimal antiqueish breweriana speckled throughout the bar and dinning room.

The beers featured are predominately local, which can be a good thing as local taps get squeezed out for buzz generating micros at other bars. My guess is about 12 are on tap at a time, hard to tell with there only being 2 hard to read chalkboard menus in dimly lit spots. The prices have inched up recently with $3-$4 beers being replaced by $5-$6 brews.

The food is hit or miss. The menu is sometimes adventurous and the execution is in turn sometimes off. The standards, such as burgers and sandwiches are always done well, while some entrees are bland or overcooked.

Service is spotty, while some servers are snarky and immpolite, most just come off as doing there job without much personal interation, which isnt always bad.

Overall a good spot... the atmosphere, local brews and bar food shine while the shortcommings in service and execution prevent me from comming back too often. (1,082 characters)

Photo of Nezzy
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Considering Northern Liberties has tons of bars, standard tap stands out for it's selection of local beers and food.

Atmosphere: Sort of typical in Northern Liberties it has a lot of younger people and can sometimes seem like a hipster crowd. However its very nice, multi leveled and only issue is it can get pretty dark. Also never liked that the menus are on chalk boards, just gets a bit annoying.

Quality: It's overall really good quality especially in the beers which are all local and micro breweries.

Service: It's pretty good and again the staff know their knowledge. I've seen people go in saying what kind of beer they like and get the perfect recommendation for which beer to try.

Selection: It's limited but there is something for everyone.

Food: As I'm sure its been said but I'll say it again: the burgers. I go to the standard tap for their burgers. They are fantastic and any of the other food I've had has been great.

Value: Considering what you get, it's beyond reasonable. It's not to bad and you can get a decent meal and beers for around 20 bucks which for the area is great. (1,102 characters)

Photo of NolaViper
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

standard tap is a very friendly, cool neighborhood vibe bar-
beers are exclusively philly regional only which is very cool by me-drank only from taps and didnt inquire on a bottle list-DF Barton baton, stoudts Kolsch, sly fox stout, victory mad something weiss,great beers ontap all fresh and kickin-came in planning on having one or two and stayed for 3 hours-

great fried oysters/fresh oysters-didnt eat anything else but the menu looked interesting (lamb sandwich) and healthy many different salads/soups-would eat there again without hesitation-

i read the place was multi floored but i stayed in the bar area on the ground floor entranceway and was quite happy-did hear that there were a couple of different beers at the upstairs bar-there was a decent indypunk rock jukebox but the bartenders ipod shuffle was rocking enough for me-the strokes last night revved me up just fine-

located in philly's northern liberties neighborhood, i visited during this labor day saturday early evening and found the parking atrocious but better than center city- area seems newly gentrified, lots of restaurants, art galleries cafes etc- a truly great philadelphia beer beer and food experience-
nv (1,193 characters)

Photo of UDbeernut
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visited the standard tap on my last visit back home to Philadelphia. Located in Northern Liberties, it is a hop skip and a jump from I-95 and center city. Plenty of free on street parking are with in 2 or blocks.

Upon entering the building, you are greeted with a small bar and tables surrounding. The next room is a dinning room with a fair amount of booths. Upstairs there is more bars and dinning rooms and a patio.

All the beers on tap were locally produced in the Philadelphia metro from the likes of Flying Fish, Slyfox, Yards, Lancaster Brewing. Had two cask conditioned ales including Troegs Hop Back which was especially delisous. I never looked at the bottle selection.

Service was good, bartenders and waitresses were attentive and more than capable. Beer was served in clean and correct glasswear.

I did not order any food, but others in my party did. The food looked and smelled appetizing.

Prices were reasonable, will definatly visit again on a future trip home. (984 characters)

Photo of mltobin
3.5/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Located in northern liberties in Philadelphia is Standard Tap. They have two floors and is dark inside as mentioned in other reviews, chalkboards list what they have on tap. A lot of young people were here as well as some older locals, "hipster" seems to describe their typical clientele. The bar offers lots of local PA beers, Yards and others. It gets very crowded on weekend evenings, with a nice view on the second floor of 2nd street below you. Overall, a better than average bar, but I was a tad disappointed on the tap list when I went there. But, that has something to with my favorite beer style preferences not on that particular night. Anyways, check it out if you find yourself in northern liberties. (712 characters)

Photo of treehugger02010
4.08/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have been here a few times now, and have enjoyed myself each visit.
Atmosphere: The vibe has always been friendly. None of the patrons are standoffish. The place is dark and hard to see in. It creates a feeling that seems to be necessary when drinking from firkins.
Quality: Everything is fresh and everything is clean (for a bar).
Service: The service is a bit spotty. The food service is especially poor. This is not a reflection of the quality of the wait-staff, but rather the setup of the bar.
Selection: The selection is great, but not super vast. Maybe I'm just a bit spoiled ; ).
Food: All the food I have had here is wonderful.
Value: I feel that the price range is very reasonable.
Don't drink and review. (717 characters)

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is about the coolest place in town. Great little neighborhood pub atmosphere, bar regulars abound, and the folks behind the bar are friendly.

Great beers on tap including several Sly Fox, some Flying Fish, PBC, Victory, DFH, Yards, etc. Cool that they do beers within 90 mile radius or something like that.

I give the food high marks but did not eat there...how is this possible? Well it looks pretty damn fantastic. Breakfast served all day apparently, with some sandwiches to boot. The pancakes were as big as my head, stacked 8 inches high in a plate and covers with a field of strawberries... I will be eating next time I'm lucky enough to hit this place.

Chalkboard menu over the bar and an eclectic mix of music. Just a cool place to hang out.

Check it out...you'll be glad you did. (797 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

A/Q: Nice corner bar in northern liberties. Dark. Wins on the premise of local. Local food ingredients. Local beer.

Ser: A bit spotty. Everyone tends to be nice here... but a bit inattentive at times... Sometimes they are just running around and fail to realize that you've been sitting there for a few minutes.

Sel: Good and Bad. Good because its all local, and is constantly turning over. Bad because its all local, and when the 10 or so beers they currently have don't meet your current desires you are a bit out of luck... If you are looking for a hoppy brew you better hope Nugget Nectar is in season or HopDevil of DogFishHead 60/90 happens to be on, because those are usually your only shot at a good IPA.

F: Excellent. One hell of a farm fresh burger. Great fries. This is all I ever have. There other stuff ain't shabby either... so people say. (856 characters)

Photo of iuhoosier336
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

The Standard Tap is great, one of the best bars in Philly. The atmosphere is awesome, dark and cool, large booths in the back and a great bar right as you walk in. The service is great, everyone is very knowledgeable about their beer and about their food.

The food alone makes this place great. The menu changes from day to day and is always very reasonably priced. The beer selection is also very unique. They only serve beer in a 100 mile radius of the bar so the selection is very specific but also very good. They have two casks that rotate and always have something good. All in all this is a must for anyone in Philly looking for a good bar to try a few local brews you may not be able to get anywhere else. Plus the Foodery is right across the street so anything you can't get at The Standard Tap is probably over there. (829 characters)

Photo of Yetiman420
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in for a couple of local pints after beer shopping at The Foodery next door. A beer-lovers one-two punch, especially if you're after local beers which Standard Tap specializes in.

I had the Flying Fish Exit 4, Victory Wild Devil, and Dock Street which are all within an hours drive of Philly.

The bartender provided excellent service - he was able to describe all the (local) beers they had on tap and was always on top of making sure I was set - even as it got more crowded. I had a slight problem with drinking the first beer off a new keg and he comp'd my beer for me. (583 characters)

Photo of gdfan47
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

a great little place in nolibs. The ambiance is great, no tvs. This works for me tho, they always have good music playing. They have no hard menu's , just chalkboards.. I love this

im pretty sure its all draft and no bottles, the hippy in me loves this. They serve food till 1 am every day, all of their beer is local to sepa, although they usually have woodchuck (the amber, altough most people seem to agree that they should have the dark and dry) They have 2 handpumps, and always have something good on there

beers are fairly priced, I think kenzinger's are always $3

they have a really cool upstairs too, when its warm you can eat outside and its really nice up there.

The food is very reasonably priced and is some of the best for the money I have ever had. They change the menu alot , but they always have burgers which are amazing

I love northern liberties, parking is so much easier here than other parts of the city, alot of hipsters but a friendlier vibe then olde city.. and no parking meters (1,010 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.75/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

A nice neighbourhood bar in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia that focuses on local beers. They always have a good selection of beers from the Philadelphia area and surrounding counties. The biggest problem is that if you aren't sitting at one of the bars you have to troll around the place waiting for someone to get up to get a table. Once seated however, the service is very good and the food is excellent focusing on locally grown produce. The price is very reasonable, and although there a lot of pretentious hipsters that hang out here, the music is always awesome. Also, the Foodery II is across the street! (627 characters)

Photo of VegasBill
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This pub was actually not that far from my hotel. I have not been here before so my first impression was a very comfortable UK pub atmosphere.
They do not have a large tap selection but they do feature and support local micros, so for a west coast guy this is cool.
The food is mostly seafood and burgers and salads. I had two seafood selections, the fried oysters and the mussels and sausage. Both were very tasty and high quality. The bartender told me that they brag that their burger is one of the best in Philly.
So a really cool place with a good local micro selection and great food. (590 characters)

Photo of Tbone
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

The atmosphere is great with both a cozy dark wood bar area and a very nice rooftop outdoor eating area.

The food and fantastic and a good deal. The grilled octopus app. is the best version of octopus I've ever had. We also have tried the scallops, the fried oysters, and soft-shell crabs and all were first rate. They had other tasty sounding dishes like lamb sandwich. I think they are in the same league as Monks when it comes to quality, off-the severly beaten path food among the better beer bars in Philly or elsewhere.

The beer selection is American-craft focussed and mostly local, which I think is great given all the more hip and trendy Belgian bistroish places cropping up with largely redundant beer lists. (720 characters)

Photo of GJ40
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

A friend living in Philly suggested we check this place out while I was in town on a business trip. I'd seen the good reports on BA so I was sold.

They have a nice corner location with an inviting exterior. I found the atmosphere very relaxing and comfortable. It's well worn, simple and all about the beer.

The beer selection is very local. It all comes from PA & NJ in an 80 mile radius. That sounds a bit limiting but they do a good job with it by including a wide variety of styles. They even have two on cask. I had the cask Victory Hop Devil.

We didn't eat but the food menu was very interesting. It included basics like rib eye and burgers and some more unusual dishes as well.

I enjoyed the visit and would definitely recommend this place. (752 characters)

Photo of fishtownhxc
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

best pub in town. the food is great, with a healthy selection of seasonal dishes as well. i love getting the venison steak in the fall with sweet mashed potatoes. they also had antelope steak this past january when i stopped in with a friend for dinner and some drinks. the beer is always local or regional (minus the random bottle of pbr and bud), and you can usually find an open table upstairs on a weekend night. always packed thursday through sunday, so expect to wait if you go for dinner on the weekends. (511 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

There's a tap sticking out of the antique refrigerator. Did you read that? A tap in the antique fridge!! I mean come on. If that doesn't define a bar right there, what the hell else would? Okay. Beyond that the place is nice and almost old world, but with a feeling like it is still living in the present. Quality of brews seems on the level. Service is good. All the people seem to be just right for the spot. Selection is good. Seems to focus a lot on regional and local brews, so that's a plus. It is their thing. They don't really want to worry about much else besides that and I respect it and dig it. I didn't try the food, but I would at future visits for sure. And seeing how I always hit up The Foodery for beer runs and this place is next door, it makes it easy. (772 characters)

Photo of countmeoutt
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is one of my favorite spots to come to in philly, and it doesn't hurt that i live 10 minutes away. I'd say it has one of the best atmospheres in philly. it isn't cramped and the lighting is dim. Upstairs there are a few more rooms and also an outside deck. The downstairs bar is small but if you can get a seat there its really nice. Parking in Northern Liberties can be a bit of a pain but you'll eventually find a spot.
The thing about this place is they are becoming known more as a "gastropub", a term that just doesn't do it for me. They really deliver on the quality of their food though and their beer selection is always great. Last night I had a few Sunshine Pils along with the Mako Shark Skewers, which were fantastic. Then I finished up with 2 pints of Sly Fox ESB from the firkin and a Hangar Steak. My fiance went with the Lamb Shank and cask hop wallop. They always feature a nice
local tap selection too..last night they also had hopdevil on cask, pbc walt wit, riverhorse hop hazard, reading lager, sly fox dry stout, sly fox phoenix pale ale and more.

Standard Tap is really a must visit not only for the taps but the delicious food. You will get hooked on this place fast. (1,199 characters)

Photo of rgb2807
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I really love this place, probably my favorite spot in Philly. The selection is pretty solid, two cask selections usually and in my opinion the best burger in Philadelphia. The people are chill and into beer. The jukebox is good too.

I love the layout. It's quite spacious, not cramped at all like an NYC type bar. You really can move around. The atmosphere is very classic, lots of dark wood. When I'm drinking good beer, I love a classic atmosphere.

There is a dart board, though it'd be pretty awesome if they had a pool table. Overall, not necessary though. The food is definitely reason for coming, it's excellent, the Beer is worth staying for.

The Northern Liberties area is pretty chilled out, and there are some other good spots in the area as well. (762 characters)

Photo of mfhlucky13
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Ahhh! The Tap. I should have reviewed this place long ago. I used to spend many Sunday afternoons enjoying cold beer and great fare there. But in all fairness I hadn't been there in almost a year so it wouldn't have been a real review, just fond memories. That being said, I finished out Philly Beer Week by visiting an old haunt. I started out with a Stoudt's Smooth Hoperator with an order of squid. The best squid in Philly in my opinion. After another Stoudt's I enjoyed a Standard Burger. The burgers are always a good choice, but they have some real standouts on their menu. The Mussels and Sausage is awesome as well as the Hanger Steak & Fries. Check out the Tap, you won't be disappointed. (698 characters)

Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in here on a Sunday afternoon with a friend celebrating his birthday.

Atmosphere is geared to the young crowd, not that there is anything wrong with that.

Tap lineup wasn't all that impressive to me at least. About 7 taps going, with Yards ESA and Troegs' Nugget Nectar on hand pump. Both of the casks tasted very fresh, so I was happy to limit myself to those. The Standard Tap has always been very supportive on local brewers, and you can always find some Victory, Sly Fox, Troegs, and of course Yards on tap.

Overall, I've been to the Standard Tap many times, but I must have caught them on a bad day, as the tap lineup left me wanting. Oh well, still a great local bar, and I'll be back for sure. (711 characters)

Photo of ajr24
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in for lunch last weekend or so, and man, was I impressed. Reminds me of a pub you'd find in England or other various locations in the UK; i.e. relatively small bar space, more table and such out in the open. All taps are underneath the bar maximizing space atop the counter. Well, there are two cask handpumps (awesome!). The guy behind the bar was very friendly, offering samples to whatever you wanted to try. I stuck with Victory Hopdevil on cask, and snuck in a Yards ESA on cask. Lots of Sly Fox on tap, Legacy, Stoudts, mostly locals from PA, and NJ. The food here was very good, I had the salmon BLT... and when I say salmon, I mean about a full filet! Nice, thick and hearty sandwhich on pumpernickel bread. Also, conveniently located across from the Foodery. 1-2 punch when you get out that way. (813 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A great neighborhood bar with excellent food.

The place has a great hip vibe, especially the upstairs bar. The servers and bartenders are very friendly and knowledgeable.

Standard Tap only serves local area craft brews. Fortunately we have a lot to fill out the tap list. Sly Fox, Weyerbacher, Flying Fish, Yards and Victory are nearly always pouring along with the occasional River Horse and Lancaster. There are fewer taps than we are used to around here (only about 12) but the Philly local twist is unique.

Standard Tap really excels in the kitchen. The chicken pot pie is amazing, the burgers and sandwiches terrific. The brunch is especially good.

HV (661 characters)

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