Standard Tap

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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 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)

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

Had not been to the Standard Tap in a few years, but had occasion to stop by again the other day. The neighborhood has changed quite a bit, but The Tap, seemingly not at all.

As one walks into the place, I'm always struck by how dark and cool it seems inside. There are several dining areas in the bar, with a good size wrap around bar in the back to the left as you walk in off the street. This place has a very comfortable vibe (always has), and is a great place to hang out and relax.

The service here has always been pretty good, with the staff knowledgable about the beers they carry. The selection could be better I suppose, being limited as it was the other day to 12 or 14 local beers. What I do like about the Standard Tap is their committment to serving local beers. Everything on draft the other day was brewed either in Philly or in the Philly area. I'm not sure I've ever seen that level of committment to the local brewing scene.

This is a very solid place in a very good area (Northern Liberties) for good beer. Always a must stop when I'm in Philly. (1,068 characters)

Photo of BWH3
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is a classic American Bar. Wood every where. Simple Bar without any fluff. Jukebox on the main floor. If you want to drink, you're better off stepping up to the bar. Large groups of frequent flyers huddled together rehashing the days events. NO menus, no games, no gimicks. I love this place. The upstairs has a second bar and additional seating for those having dinner. The draught beer selection is largely Pennsylvania/East Coast American Micros. The taps rotate frequently. The selection is broad enough in variety of beer and breweries to keep most satisfied. The ales are served at the perfect temperature (cellar temp) while the lagers are a bit colder (but may be a touch too warm). The staff is pretty knowledgable and outgoing for the most part. The food is great. I largely have sampled the traditional fair here. The Burger is arguably the best in Philly. The BBQ brisket is awesome in size and flavor. If you are here for the beer, it is advisable to split a meal so you don't overload yourself (more room for brew). Honestly, I find this to be one of the best bars in Philly to enjoy regional brews on draught. (1,129 characters)

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

I well remember the first time that I visited, largely at the behest of Nancy Barton. I was a little reluctant, since I had not been to the Northern Liberties since the closing of Poor Henry's and I thought the neighborhood a bit dicey. Nancy had never steered me wrong before and this was no exception. I had a great time and have re-visited many times since, but this was my first with notebook in hand.

The front door had a series of interlocking pipes attached to it, configured in such a way as to be evocative of Rube Goldberg or the handiwork of some of the Utilitiesman (UTs) of NMCB-5, circa 1992 to 1994. Jeep, Grizz, Dewey, I still think of yunz guys. Back to the present.

Once inside, the bar was directly off to the left. There was a smattering of high tables and chairs in the front room but the majority of the seating on the first floor was booth seating in the back room. When I failed to secure a place to cop a squat, I continued upstairs to the second floor bar area. This was a raucous space that was simultaneously evocative of Victorian England, the American Jazz Age, and and any red-light district bawdy house worldwide (or so I would imagine, never having stepped foot inside one during my fifteen-plus years in the Navy).

Aft on the second floor was its own restaurant area. My doctor had recently advised me to eat more often as the result of an extremely low cholesterol count on my annual forty-plus physical. Who would I be not to follow doctor's orders? On this evening, it was the pulled pork sammich.

Beers: Somehow, I failed to get a number on the first floor, but up on the second floor, they had twelve (12) taps. The list was all micro and better yet, all local. That is absolutely admirable! (1,735 characters)

Photo of bosco7
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The best aspect this place has going for it is the atmosphere. Comfy, friendly, clean, and without pretense. Good music too.

There are about 15-20 beers on tap all of which are local. The majority are pale ales, IPAs, and pilsners but all are top quality. Stoudts, Victory, and Sly Fox, and Yards were the most represented.

Service was very friendly and speedy no complaints.

The food was "upscale" pub food. I had a flounder sandwich and it was delicious. The calamari was also very tasty.

This is not a beer geek bar by any means, but a place to get a couple rounds of good local craft beer. I would come here for a pint of craft beer, a good time, and all for a very reasonable price.

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Update 12-2008

Since my initial visit I have come to love this place more and more. The food is absolutely amazing. Fresh beer. No frills. My kind of place. (858 characters)

Photo of jjboesen
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

In the City of Brotherly Love for a Labor Day pub crawl, I ventured to the Northern Liberties neighborhood, which appears to be in the middle of much renovation (I bet the rents go up), for the specific purpose of visiting this much-lauded tavern.

The Tap stands sentry on the corner of Poplar and Second – in fact, coming up from the nearby Spring Garden subway station it is pretty hard to miss with its’ name blazing for all to see.

Upon entering is a small L-shaped bar that can seat about fifteen opposite several small tables. A few windows allow a minimum of natural lighting – but hey you’re not here to read. In the back is a warren of additional dining areas, much like the British pubs of yore.

The only menu is on the chalkboard above the bar. The food, primarily seafood, was excellent, eclectic and much more than pub grub – unless you consider Duck Salad “pub grub.” While, the beer selection was not large (13 taps, including two hand-pumps), it was fresh, properly and efficiently served and reasonably priced; the selection included:

Sly Fox Dry Stout
Troeg Brown Ale
Flying Fish
Stoudt’s APA
Victory Prima Pils
Stoudt’s ESB
Yard’s Pale Ale
Troeg Dreamweaver Wheat

On cask was Yards ESA and Victory Hop Devil. Oh, and the Yards Pale was $3.00 a pint! No wonder this place gets great reviews, including this one. (1,353 characters)

Photo of NolanGTI
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I was very impressed when walking into The Standard Tap for the first time, it lives up to my expectations of what a bar should look like. Not only is the decor spot on, the crowd seemed like an eclectic mix. Unfortunately, the beer list wasn't up to snuff, which really surprised me. It was all locals, which is fine, but there wasn't a stunner among the group. No Braumeister Pils? No Ichor? Not even a Pikeland and no Troegs to be found. The taplist was heavy with Yards and run of the mill offerings from Flying Fish. I have heard that as recently as a few years ago, the tap list was top notch, but clearly the bar in Philly has been raised and the Tap seems to be a bit lacking. (684 characters)

Photo of kajerm
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

You can't miss this place, towering across the street from the Foodery. The bar/restaurant is huge, with two floors and a large second-floor deck. If the weather is nice, go for the deck.

Selection is an issue here, largely due to their decision not to stock any bottled beers. That said, they could really stand to have at least one or two ballsier beers on the menu (although their all-local taplist is admirable.) The benefit of this system is that the taps are pristine and the kegs are extremely fresh, so if you can find something you want, you're not likely to get a better pint of it on tap than you'll get here.

I ordered a Troeganator (which was forgettable, but I'm not blaming the bar for that) and probably the best 90-minute IPA I've ever had, owing to the freshness of the hops.

The food here kicks ass too-- I can vouch for the burgers, the salmon sandwich, and the fries. Their chocolate-chip bread pudding is also one of the finest dessert products on the face of the earth. Prices on everything are decent but not outstanding. Service is prompt, friendly, and attentive.

Definitely worth a stop if you're in the Northern Liberties (especially if you're hungry), but don't expect to go have an all-night tasting spree here. (1,255 characters)

Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Standard Tap was the site for a rare brunch today so I figure I should review it after a good dozen visits. I like the "feel" of the place which is kid & local friendly. Brew is all PA specific plus two hand pumps but the selection is usally biased towards the tamer (lager/pils/pale ale) brews. Service has always been hit or miss IMO. The food is what usually has us coming back & it is my favorite brunch spot in the city. Prices are reasonable for Northern Liberties. Don't forget to hit the Foodery across the street.

Cheers. (533 characters)

Photo of MmmIPA
3.34/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I stopped here for a pint and had a Flying Fish summer ale seasonal.My buddy had the Flying fish APA.This place was a neat looking and feeling place.It had some nice dark wood and very clean.We drank our beer on the outside deck on the second floor.The selection pretty much the same as Johnny Brendas with all locals.Victory,Yards,Slyfox,Flying Fish.I enjoyed myself here and the waiters were cool and knowlegable about the beer and thanks for the pint glass.I would stop here again but I would like it if they had a more diverse tap selection. (545 characters)

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

Made Standard Tap the stop of choice after the Philly Craft Brewfest. Not the first time there but thought I should finally put up a review.
Pretty normal pub. Saw patrons of all ages, even some kids having dinner with the family. The smoking ban makes it better than I remembered. A bit loud but we were still able to converse amongst our group.
Service was above average, our bartender filled us up when we were empty, dealt with the crowd well.
With all the local taps, including 2 on handpump (one being Nugget Nectar!!!) you can't go wrong. Good variety, at my visit they had Legacy, Sly Fox, Yards, Stouts, and Troegs featured.
Food is good, and reasonable. Had the Pulled pork sandwich, yumm!
Overall, for a night out with a group of beer-centric friends the Tap proved to be a great chioce. (803 characters)

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