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Standard Tap

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103 Ratings
Ratings: 103
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: n/a
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

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Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 83
Photo of nomad
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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 – isn’t this Philly, aren’t 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 you’ll 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 McKenzie’s, and 1 or 2 a piece from Yards, Weyerbacher, and Stoudt’s. 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, McKenzie’s 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.

Photo of slander
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of Foxman
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of ElGuapo
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
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

Photo of rdrummer
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of saltydog
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of dudey
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of jreitman
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of rotsaruch
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Located in the Northern Liberties section of Philly, the Standard Tap is a remarkable and unique establishment. Its what I would call a "renaissance neighborhood tavern." The neighborhood is experiencing a rebirth and revitialization and The Standard Tap is "setting the bar" high for future competitors. Although the interior is small, somewhat dark and undistinquished, the staff are warm and friendly. Its obvious the owners have made a committment to serve a variety of locally brewed craft beers and offer some of the most appealing and appetizing foods I have had a tavern in a long time. The serving are also generous. On the weekends, they serve great bunch. So, if you find yourself in Philly some weekend and want to sample some local brews (Victory, Yards, Flying Fish, Stouds, SlyFox or others on draft or cask) and enjoy a great meal with no TVs, take a little trip to Standard Tap. You won't be disappointed.

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Only local brewskis here. It’s very dim when you walk in, with a juke box, dark wood everywhere, and a real gas lamp in the dining room past the ground level bar. They have about 10 beers on tap with 2 hand pumps, and the Lord Chesterfield in the fridge. The upstairs bar area was not open…
The atmosphere is great in this place… we were there for a couple of rounds then off to N3rd bar around the block…

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.7/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

My favorite bar in Philadelphia. I really like the Khyber, but sometimes feel out of place there (I don't have any tattoos)! And Standard Tap is easier to get to and you can find FREE parking without trouble. But I guess what really makes it stand out is that they ONLY pour local beers. I really appreciate that commitment, and am glad to be able to find beers from far reaching breweries and brewpubs that I can't get out to on a regular basis. There are 8 to 9 beers on tap including 2 handpumps and the Yeungling Lord Chesterfield in "the fridge". The atmosphere and food are great as well. The rooms are painted with deep colors of burgundy, pine and yellow. There's a "retro" tile floor downstairs and wood upstairs. There's alot of dark wood and there's an actual gas lamp in the main dining room! There are tin ceilings in areas, a small fireplace upstairs, and unique art on almost all of the walls. The food and beer menus are written on chalk boards which are always changing - no need for menus. The food is excellent and I recommend heading in for brunch on Sunday. The brunch items should give you an idea of what the other food is like. Duck Salad $9, Chorizo Baked Eggs $10.50, Salmon Club $9, Steak & Eggs $14, BLT $6 and Peach French Toast $8.50. I don't really go in for the smelts during dinner, but everything else is exceptional. I always consider it as a bit of a learning experience! Not to be missed!

Photo of frank4sail
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

As stated this is one of the best bars in Phila. and the good part is you can actually park close with no problem. There is a rustic feel to the place and it is quite dark inside. The jukebox will play tunes and the food is good. Get the duck salad. It is reasonable on the wallet. The beer selection is great and you will always have a fresh Victory product on tap along with several other high quality draft selections. Overall a very good bar for you to go to before a Flyers/Sixers/Eagles/Phillies game...

Photo of jrancan
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is one of the best bars in Philadelphia. Located in the up and coming Northern Liberties area, this place has pretty much everything you ask for when looking for a great pub. The atmosphere is great, the 2 story interior is covered in dark wood and brass fixtures and both the beer and food menus are written on chalkboards placed throughout the restaurant. As the previous reviewer pointed out, they don't serve bottles, only local drafts (hard stuff and wine as well) that are always fresh. The menu is small, but very good. I usually get the chicken pot pie but there are also a few sandwich and exotic entrees (buffalo, chilean sea bass) available. Also, great jukebox and goodlooking crowd. Highly recommended.
Update: Standard Tap is dog friendly, if your dog is friendly that is. As long as they're quite and stay in the front bar area, dogs are welcome.

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