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Standard Tap

Standard TapStandard Tap

Taps: 23 / Bottles: 25
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

89 Ratings
Ratings: 89
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.16%
$$ - reasonable


[ 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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frank4sail

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
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...

07-23-2002 08:39:26 | More by frank4sail
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

07-28-2002 16:43:15 | More by NeroFiddled
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jjboesen

Maryland

4.65/5  rDev +12%
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.

09-10-2007 21:41:07 | More by jjboesen
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iuhoosier336

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

03-30-2009 17:51:02 | More by iuhoosier336
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jrancan

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

06-29-2002 14:04:57 | More by jrancan
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rotsaruch

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

12-30-2002 06:55:19 | More by rotsaruch
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paddyos

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$

In the Northern Liberties section of Philly. Huge, corner location that seems to take up half the block. Very dimly lit, but it adds to the ambiance. There is a bar on the first floor with bar tables spaced about and some booths up against the walls. There is another little area that is up a couple of steps that has more tables. The second floor has another room that looks like it could be reserved for private parties - it wasn't open when we arrived, but was packed by the time we left. A second bar is in the front room of the upsatirs and again has tables along the walls and a few other tables. There is also an outdoor deck, but it wasn't opened as the visit was in late November. Enough seating options for you?
Draft lists are written on chalkboards both up and downstairs as is the food menu. There were about a dozen PA beers on tap - Troegs -Mad Elf & Nut brown, Sly Fox - Helles & Stout, Weyerbacher XMas, Stoudts APA, Yards Philly Pale, Lager and a few more that I can't remeber. A few kicked during my stay and were immediately replaced or changed with something different. The bartender was very attentive and knew his beer and was quick with a new beer all the while serving the whole room beer and food.
The food absolutely blew me away - maybe because I was expecting run of the mill pub grub, but nonetheless both the burger and flounder and the fries were exceptional. I will definitely be making this a regular stop not only for the beer, but the food too.

12-06-2006 19:54:21 | More by paddyos
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dudey

Minnesota

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
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jreitman

California

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
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oxmasterscream

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place is great. First, the amazing local beer selection... most recently, it was Victory Hop Wallop, Hop Devil, DFH 60 Minute IPA, Heavyweight Lunacy, Sly Fox Dry Stout and more. They've always got a great selection of whatever the local breweries are cranking out. The atmosphere is that of a dark, candle-lit colonial tavern; my favorite type of place to enjoy a beer. The food is amazingly good... eclectic menu with dishes ranging from venison to rabbit to a wicked burger and one of the best chicken pot pies you'll ever have. Putting the beer aside, it's also a great, great place to eat so you can bring the non-beer lover along with you as well and they should be happy. This is a don't miss place if you're visiting our fair city.

11-08-2004 12:18:51 | More by oxmasterscream
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Standard Tap in Philadelphia, PA
92 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.