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Standard Tap

Not Rated.
Standard TapStandard Tap
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

97 Ratings
Ratings: 97
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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Photo of orangesol
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
Photo of coldriver
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
Photo of BARFLYB
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
Photo of nickd717
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
Photo of Chincino
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
Photo of Cmack15
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
Photo of msubulldog25
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
Photo of Soonami
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

I've been to Standard Tap probably close to ten times now. I've sat at the bar, upstairs, outside; I've been there when it's busy, quiet, early and late. Because of this I feel like I can give a fair assessment of what the general experience one should expect.

The bar offers a great selection of local beers that highlights the best of what is going on in the region. They have both regular beers and special releases from Troegs, Flying Fish, DFH, Sly Fox, Weyerbacher, etc. This is great, but sometimes I wish they would have a beer or two from Belgium or the West Coast instead of the same local beers you can get at countless other bars. That said, with a currently expanded keg set-up, they now offer 20 beers on draught, which improves on selection.

The food is always great, from the classic Standard burger to the veggie sandwiches, and salads. Brunch is good too, I always seem to go back to the burger. It's hand formed, fresh, flavorful beef, that is well-seasoned, with great toppings, and prepared to the desired temperature--if only they could put it on a sturdier roll! A brioche bun is far too soft and timid for such a meaty patty(s). The food is well prepared and the portions are more than adequate.

The atmosphere is very relaxed and cool, with several rooms where you and a small group can take over or busy bars to mingle with new people. The decor is inspired by vintage plumbing parts, with a heavy dosing of dark wood and burnished metals. It's a very inviting place.

My main quibble has been the service. There have been times where I go when it's empty and the bartenders are attentive and nice; there are times when the restaurant is busy and the waitstaff is on-top of things: refilling water, bringing out food and beer, and checking in without being obtrusive. But there have also been times when I went for brunch a little after opening and been told to sit wherever I wanted by the bartender, only to be ignored for 5-10 minutes before getting menus.

The worst offense was on a recent cool summer night, when I ordered a beer and a Coke and did not receive the soda despite reminding the waitress 3 more times. And then I ask for the check and only then did she give me the soda with the check and say, "sorry I forgot, I was really busy tonight." It was pretty obvious to me that she only remembered when she printed out the check that I had ordered the Coke, which I had taken off the bill. Service was particularly slow that night, even for a Saturday and the waitress was clearly not capable.

I would definitely go back again and often bring out of town guests because I think it's just one of those Philly places that people should experience, but usually just for drinks or a meal during quieter hours.

Soonami, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.36/5  rDev -19%

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.

TheFightfan1, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of sbw138
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%

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!

sbw138, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

rfgetz, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of Nezzy
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

Nezzy, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of NolaViper
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

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

NolaViper, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of UDbeernut
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

UDbeernut, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of mltobin
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

mltobin, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of treehugger02010
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

treehugger02010, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

ZimZamZoom, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of callmemickey
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

callmemickey, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of iuhoosier336
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

iuhoosier336, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

Yetiman420, Mar 24, 2009
Standard Tap in Philadelphia, PA
92 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.