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Standard Tap

Standard TapStandard Tap

Taps: 23 / Bottles: 25
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

89 Ratings
Ratings: 89
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.16%
$$ - reasonable


[ 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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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

12-15-2009 19:23:21 | More by rfgetz
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Nezzy

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

10-02-2009 22:09:57 | More by Nezzy
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NolaViper

New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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

09-07-2009 07:05:36 | More by NolaViper
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UDbeernut

New York

4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

09-03-2009 12:26:19 | More by UDbeernut
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

06-22-2009 00:12:43 | More by mltobin
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treehugger02010

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

04-26-2009 05:31:58 | More by treehugger02010
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

04-07-2009 00:42:05 | More by ZimZamZoom
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

03-31-2009 20:36:46 | More by callmemickey
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iuhoosier336

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

03-30-2009 17:51:02 | More by iuhoosier336
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Yetiman420

Ohio

4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

03-24-2009 23:06:42 | More by Yetiman420
Standard Tap in Philadelphia, PA
92 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.