Taps: 23 / Bottles: 25
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 82 | Display Reviews Only:
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
After three previous stops at McKenzies, Victory and then Sly Fox, it was time to head to the 4th stop on what was becoming a very lively Saturday Beer Tour during a recent trip to NYC.
A nap in the back of Davos BeerMobile had me refreshed by the time we arrived at the Standard Tap. It was now dark and the outside of the Tap was nicely lit and revealed the sign painted exterior of what looked to be a very attractive old style building.
I fondly remember the wooden interior and warm Olde Worlde feel that this place immediately imparts on the first time visitor. Davo immediately took me on a short tour of the place, even taking in the upstairs bar area, at times it felt like I was in someones turn of the Century house such is the cozy feel that this place exudes. Fantastic architectural interior really takes you back in time, dark pastel painted walls, lots of wood, old floor tiles and flickering lamps that barely emit enough light for reading but which create a terrific ambience.
Our posse of Davo, FeloniousPhil, Slander, djgonzalez, RokotGirl, non-BA Mike a.k.a. the Young Michael Jackson all decided that food was in order. And to a person we were pretty much silent as we troughed the fare that arrived. I fondly remember the spicy fries though, they kicked ass. Service was prompt and friendly.
This was really a reasonably quick stop but we managed a couple of brews here, and I managed one trip to take in the view in front of the superb bar, I just wanted to stand at the bar all night, but we had secured a Table for the food so I couldnt. The beer range at the Tap contained many brews that I knew and a few that I was unfamiliar with, a sure sign that its claim to serve only beers from local breweries is probably true. I even spotted a brace of Beer Engines but time has erased the identity of the dispensed contents. Superb range nonetheless.
The Standard Tap reminded me of many Pubs I drank at in the Victorian parts of the City of London at times. If I am back in the area, I am most certainly making time to partake in a proper drinking session in here, its the kind of place that will allow you to forget time completely, and surely make new friends.
Yet again, I find myself indebted to Davo for providing the transport & driving me and a few others here. Without the Evil ones help I would never have been able to ever get this Great Philadelphia Beer Bar.
Highly Recommended, if not at least for its superb and highly commendable commitment to the local beer scene, the selection marks reflects this.
Last Visit: Saturday 29th May, 2004.
08-16-2004 00:21:05 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.83/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Another place that atmosphere is such a BIG factor. rustic barroom feel. Old wood bar, hardwood floors, plastered wall, the the "local" feel in the art desing hanging, and feel. I like the idea of only serving local. I think it works well esp in a town like Philadelphia. However, (all current circumstances that prevent it aside) I would still like to see more. I mean more victory, slyfox, etc. Don't get me wrong, the variety they have is great, but it is limited to 2 per brewer, it seems. Food was great. Duck salad was delicious, and, the roast pork sandwhich, with it's gravy, and chips that look like they were just made, is something any joe off the street would approve of. Not as good as Jim's in Choshohocken, but few pork sandwhiches are. Biggest problem was the service. The bartender/server was kinnda snotty, and, didn't like the fact that we asked for change and leaft the tip on the table (when no one was around, and the table was right in front of the bar) PLus, was kinnda slow with the drink. But, still, I think this is a nice place that has alot fo charm to it.
06-28-2004 03:32:09 | More by PSUDREW
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Had a quiet dinner here with a mixed crowd, half of which being young and single, the other half being young parents with many babies in tow. Actually, I was surprised by how child friendly this place was, putting out blocks for the little ones to play with and installing diaper changing stations in the bathrooms. And on those, I was floored by how clean the bathrooms were isnt this Philly, arent I in a beer bar?
Low lit with fairly dark walls, the house lay-out of the property makes for an interesting feel. The tiny track lights, tin ceilings, and sparse wall-hangings give an air of consciously faded Victorian design. Stare at the paintings long enough and youll see that all the details are planned here, though immediate impressions point otherwise.
Selection was an array of light, summery beers, mostly wits, saisons, pales, and IPAs, no heavy tasting beers, and nothing cracking 6% abv. Fit the brutal weather perfectly. I saw 4 from Sly Fox, 3 from Victory, 2 from McKenzies, and 1 or 2 a piece from Yards, Weyerbacher, and Stoudts. I love how everything is local and thus fresh, fresh, fresh. For me and my lady, the Yards ESA on cask was tasty as ever, McKenzies Saison was extravagantly superb, and Victory Whirlwind Wit was way better than ever. Fresh, tart, fruity, and refreshing. All beers were super fresh thanks to high turnover of a small number of taps.
Food was indeed the bistro-ified beer bar fare so renowned. Their apple, bacon, goat cheese salad was stellar, Blue Point oysters were okay, while the Steak Frites was large and delicious, though a little too salty. Numerous other fresh and bistro-styled selections were on the board.
Amazing neighborhood for bars, each with their own personality and interpretation of beer selection and food. This is the steady old leader.
05-24-2004 16:00:55 | More by nomad
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
The last stop on the Friday the Firkinteenth tour. Actually, it was Saturday, the day after, which I guess would be the Fourkinteenth.
We somehow got misplaced en route (I ain't naming names) and had to pass through the PJ's to get there (Crack? Oh, no thank you, old sport, I'm saving my money for beer), but we got there.
It's a big old converted house and upon entry, you're at the bar. It's off to the left and there's a few tables dotted here and there, a jukebox and a back room with a bunch more tables. A comfortable room with a neat old tile floor.
Roughly 12 taps and a cask or two (one of them is being poured out of the middle of a refridgerator). The taps are local, local and local. The PA/NJ scene is showcased here (Sly Fox, Victory, Troegs, Stoudts, Heavyweight, Flying Fish). The casks were Yards ESB and Victory Hop Devil. Sweet!
Upstairs, a smaller bar in the front room, serving pretty much the same selection as downstairs. A bunch of tables throughout and a doorway that leads to small deck. Down the hallway there's another dining room kept to itself by large sliding wooden doors, certainly a great party room.
Back in the front room, we just hung at the bar and had a few. Hey, they've got spicy fries. Thems were some spicy damn fries. No!! I'm talking spicy damn fries!!! Food, for as little as we touched, was great. People at the bar were going through entrees and a chocolate bread pudding like it was nobody's business.
Just a great place to spend an afternoon. Great beers, clean and fresh. These taps, they're not so standard.
02-21-2004 19:24:39 | More by slander
4.2/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
You can't beat the atmosphere. The outside gives a hint of what lies in wait indoors, and sure enough, inside is a dark, eclectically designed taproom, with warmth and charm to spare. Sure, it's a bit smoky, but this is a bar, after all. And the real gas chandelier, flickering in an almost surreal fashion, is one of the many fine and interesting touches, as is the almost complete lack of right angles in the rooms. And take note of the pictures on the walls...each seems to be a mellow landscape, but a glaring modern structure is plastered prominently in each one. Kinda cool.
The beer comes cool, not cold, and of the five I tried, each was clean and crisp in flavor. The HopDevil on cask was nothing short of sublime, and there was not a disappointment among any of what my wife and I sampled.
The staff is busy, and they hustle, but at times you might feel lost in the shuffle. That's okay, have faith, they haven't forgotten about you. Any delay is well made-up by the friendliness and at least cursory knowledge of the beers on tap.
There were ten beers on tap on Valentine's Day evening, and two were cask. You know what you get going in: on-tap offerings of local breweries. They had Yeungling available to appease the more mundane palates, but there were multiple beers from Sly Fox, Victory, Flying Fish, and Yards, and several styles were represented. These rotate, so I'll be back soon to see what else is on tap.
According to my wife, this place is an absolute diamond in the rough when it comes to food. Her chicken liver pate had her practically writhing in her seat, making me a tad jealous, and her duck salad really was all that and a bag of chips. My Double Standard burger was big, juicy, and plenty flavorful, and the roll made it all the better. Deserts are even strong. Hell, who expects to find creme brulee or chocolate bread pudding in a bar, and have it be not only edible, but good? While maybe not gourmet, the value borders on unbeatable.
So, bottom line, the beers are damned good, the food is damned good, and the atmosphere is damned good. How much more than damned good do you really need out of a beer bar? Having two sons of 6 and 9 puts a demand on my time that makes frequenting such places impractical, but that doesn't mean I won't find a way to get back every chance I get.
02-17-2004 15:36:01 | More by Foxman
3.79/5 rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5
This place is one cool little bar. Very calm even on a Saturday night. Nice relaxing low light, and that wonderful low key simple decor that I have grown to love in some beer bars. The atmosphere is great especially for being in a pretty busy area of Philly. Service was good. They didn't really seem to be too excited about working, but maybe it was a bad day. They were very friendly and quick. The selection was pretty good. I liked how it was all local. I think they had around 10 taps. They had Yards, Victory, Dogfish Head, Flying Fish, Troegs, .... It was nice to see the local stuff in a bar in Philly. As far as that was concerned, they had the best selection I have seen. After getting my fill of Belgians at Eulogy, this place was a perfect place to make the transition to Philly area micros. Definitely stop here if you want to get your hands on some of the area's best brews
01-16-2004 18:32:53 | More by ElGuapo
4.15/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
I visited Standard Tap for a Sunday Brunch. They open on Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 AM for brunch. The rest of the week, they open at 4:00 PM. Standard Tap is a local Philadelphia taproom. Brunch, in particular, brings out the neighborhood for good beer, mimozas, bloody marys, and good food.
Standard has only draft beer, no bottles, and it is all local to the Philadelphia region. There are some exceptions to this that stretch the regional point a little, one being Troegs, which is located in Harrisburg. Philadelphian's like to claim it as a local brewery, however, so I guess it passes.
Standard has 12 to 14 beers on tap at all times, two on the hand pump. I tried the Troegs Hop Bock on the hand pump. It was truly excellent beer with the wonderful hoppiness of a pale ale and the maltiness of a bock. I also tried the RiverHorse Hop Hazard (NJ), which I didn't like as much. It was good just not as special as the Troegs. They also had beers from Sly Fox (Phoenixville, PA), Stoudt's (Adamstown, PA), Victory (Downingtown, PA), Flying Fish (NJ), Yard's (Philly), and Dogfish Head (DE) on tap.
The menu is handwritten every day. The only thing that is available every day (not for brunch, though) is the cheeseburger, which is superb. For brunch, there were some amazing omelettes, including a venizon and portobello omelet that killed. All the food was excellent. The french toast was extra thick, fresh baked bread; the omelettes were accompanied by biscuits and gravy or home fries. There were also steak and eggs and eggs benedict. Even the fruit and cheese plate was special. Nothing was ordinary.
The service is a little slow but very friendly. The slowness was probably due to the fact that it was standing room only, so get there before noon to get a seat at or in the bar. There is also a back room and an upstairs room, but you miss half the fun by being out of the barroom.
Standard is in a very old, working class neighborhood of Philadelphia, known as Northern Liberties. The area became more than a little rundown, but is receiving something of a rebirth with a number of beer bars, clubs, and restaurants in a twelve block radius. Standard is in a very old building with plenty of quirks to make it interesting, including a keg of Yard's Philadelphia Pale Ale on tap in a 1950s refrigerator with a tap coming out of the door. I definitely recommend a trip to Standard if you are in the Philly area. Brunch and dinner are both great, and the beer is always fresh and special.
10-26-2003 20:35:14 | More by rdrummer
3.86/5 rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
This is a converted house, over several floors, a very interesting layout. The concept is to stick to local beers only, which can limit the selection somewhat, but it means the beers are always in good shape. It is definitely recommended if your looking for good area beers. And, if you want to try some imports after that, The Abbaye is a short walk away.
10-19-2003 19:30:18 | More by saltydog
4.54/5 rDev +9.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5
I was referred to this establishment by a great friend and beer fellow beer advocate member. I was enticed when he mentioned the reviews by other members. I'm new to this site but not good beer. I was in Phila last Sept so the individual beer reviews won't be concise.
I found the atmosphere quaint. Nice, if you are there with a friend after work but not with 5-10 friends. I found the quarters a little cramped (for an early Thursday night) with only small areas to stand and enjoy a pint. The bartener ( I don't remember what her name was) was very helpful in matching my tastes to what they had to offer. I sampled Sly Fox, Flying Fish and Yuengling varieties. The beers, across the board were very good. I was especially pleased with a "spicey" beer from Sly Fox I believe. In all I had 5 different varieties. All worthy of an afternoon stop in the future.
I wasn't able to try any of the food or go upstairs. I wasn't really interested in the food, just the beer.
01-23-2003 20:19:37 | More by dudey
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Went here twice on my recent visit to Philly, once for brunch and once in the evening (8-ish). The pub itself feels like it's always been there. Definitely the kind of neighborhood place you could find yourself coming to way more often that you should. The beer list, while not huge, is quite nice with quality brews from the Philly area. Food was excellent. On one occassion I ordered the apple-cinnamon french toast and the portion size was huge. The second time I was boring and ordered a burger. Both times the food was quite good and came as ordered. Of all the places I have been in Philly, this rates as one of my favorites.
01-04-2003 17:52:16 | More by jreitman
Standard Tap in Philadelphia, PA
92 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.