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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.
12-30-2010 21:28:13 | More by Cmack15
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.
09-18-2010 15:05:20 | More by msubulldog25
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.
06-28-2010 23:10:32 | More by Soonami
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.
02-27-2010 17:09:11 | More by TheFightfan1
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!
01-12-2010 16:46:13 | More by sbw138
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.
12-15-2009 19:23:21 | More by rfgetz
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.
10-02-2009 22:09:57 | More by Nezzy
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-
09-07-2009 07:05:36 | More by NolaViper
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.
09-03-2009 12:26:19 | More by UDbeernut
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.
06-22-2009 00:12:43 | More by mltobin
Standard Tap in Philadelphia, PA
92 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.