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Standard Tap

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

98 Ratings
Ratings: 98
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.4%
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @standardtap

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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TheNakedStiletto, Nov 26, 2013
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4.78/5  rDev +15.2%

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...

frank4sail, Jul 23, 2002
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

mvanaskie13, Jul 31, 2014
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4.7/5  rDev +13.3%

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!

NeroFiddled, Jul 28, 2002
Photo of jjboesen
4.65/5  rDev +12%

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.

jjboesen, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of iuhoosier336
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

iuhoosier336, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of jrancan
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

jrancan, Jun 29, 2002
Photo of paddyos
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

paddyos, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of rotsaruch
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

rotsaruch, Dec 30, 2002
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4.54/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

dudey, Jan 23, 2003
Photo of jreitman
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

jreitman, Jan 04, 2003
Photo of oxmasterscream
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

oxmasterscream, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

I've been to the Standard Tap quite a few times now, and recently finally got to try the food, so I thought I'd update my review. Then I saw I never reviewed it in the first place, so here we go. So let's start with the beer. Everyone knows the best thing about the Standard Tap is that all the beers on draught are local. One of the few places, probably anywhere, that serves nothing but the local scene, and as you are reading this, you probably appreciate that more than most, as those into craft beer usually are very much into supporting their local scene. If that's the case, you love what the Standard Tap is doing already. Things get better though. The beer selection is always pretty good, and there's always 2 casks on the hand pump, one which has been Yards ESA every time I have been in (as well it should be...all the time!). The remainder of the selection is always good and rotates pretty frequently, usually including some Troegs, Sly Fox, Flying Fish,Victory. My past trips have included Troegs Mad Elf and Victory Hop Wallop, and of course that cask ESA. Mmmm.

The atmosphere here is wonderful, among the best you will find in Philly. You'll find that the Tap is a place where many of the local neighborhood-folk come to enjoy a few pints, and the outsiders that do show up for the excellent food and beer are made to feel very welcome, both by the other patrons and the friendly waitstaff. The bar is a small area seating only a few people, but there are enough tables to accomodate throughout the remainder of this dimly lit dwelling.

On to the food. People hear about this place first for its beer. Please, do not overlook the food. I had always heard it was pretty good, but usually showing up later at night didn't allow for me to sample their fine selection. Scrawled above the bar on a chalkboard are their beer offerings on the left, their food choices on the right, with no detail other than what you're getting and the price. Make no mistake, you need no detail. It's all absolutely excellent. My hangar steak and fries was worth every bit of the $15 and then some. The steak had not a bit of fat on it and was near perfect, and the fries (we got even more, another huge bowl of them on the side for $3.50) were tantalizingly seasoned and crisp. My companion had the chicken pie, which she said was delicious. The portions are quite large, and next time I go in I plan on ordering up their cheese plate, which I have been told by a few now at $15 is a steal, especially for the amount of cheese brought out.

Let's summarize. The Standard Tap kicks ass. Great food, great local beer, great place. Now if only I could walk there...

IrishRedRock, Dec 06, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

I found myself here whilst walking from South and 23rd to Yards the other day (a quaint 8 mile stroll:-) Anyways the atmosphere is great. Very victorian and British in nature, with a nice, small little wooden bar an awesome jukebox and a bunch of tables in two ground floor rooms, with an upstairs that is nice as well. The quality of the beers is spot on, with my beer choice being served very fresh, as it should be. The service from the nice lady behind the bar was quick and friendly. I felt like I have been coming here for years. The selection is very good, and all local, with about 15 taps and 2 casks (with one ALWAYS seeming to be Yards ESA). The food is apparantly amazing, but a bit pricey for me, and there are not too many vegetarian options either. None-the-less, a great Philly beer bar. The best one i've been to probably. Kick-ass pizza place across the street as well. $1.50 a slice for the more budget conscious out there!

francisweizen, Dec 06, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

seanchai, Dec 31, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

Tbone, Jun 16, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

First off, this place is a gem and you should put it on your "places to visit when in Philadelphia list" right away! North Liberty neighborhood, classy multiple room, dual bar set up. Great comfortable athmosphere, friendly staff, high quality local micros only on tap. No bottles. Extensive tasty food menu, we went for brunch on a sunday morning and had one ot the tastiest breakfasts I've ever had. Beer, oysters and then baked eggs on sort of a chorizo chili bed, with some corn bread, wow, spicy, tasty and filling! This is a very worthwhile and and highly BA worthy beer stop.

Billolick, Jan 19, 2006
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

This was a really great place. Why the heck haven't I gone here before! Tap selection is very good and local. Cask HopDevil when we were there for LondonPorterFest. Man is HopDevil good on cask! The others were locals. Nothing spectacular, but very good. A few out of town beers would have been nice.

The atmosphere is great because it has a lot of nooks and crannies in an older building. An nice outside area upstairs. The service while I was there was quick and prompt. When we wanted something, we went to the bar.

The lamb sandwhich is absolutely incredible. Moist and succulent. The fries were pretty good and the potato chips were excellent. JerseyDevil liked the chicken pot pie a lot as well.

This bar is one of those places, like Monk's and the Grey Lodge, that is distinctly Philly and makes this city a great beer town.

GeoffFromSJ, Oct 05, 2004
Photo of bosco7
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

bosco7, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%

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…

WilliamPhilaPa, Dec 14, 2002
Photo of fishtownhxc
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

fishtownhxc, May 28, 2008
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4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

Whenever I am in philly for a social reason, whether baseball game, concert, errands, etc (this time it was to see Steely Dan in Camden on 8/19, great show) I stop in here (I always grab a slice of pie a few doors up too for some of the best pizza in town – a controversial statement for sure, but I stand behind it.)

Today’s drafts: Sly Fox Dry Stout, Yuengling Lager, Troegs brown ale, legacy hedonism, Lancaster franklinfest, woodchuck cider, stoudts apa, flying fish xpa, climax esb, yard’s ipa, yard’s philly pale ale, hand pump victory hop devil, hand pump yard’s esa.

The food here is always great, no matter what time of day. I have had great brunches here with serious bloody maries and great mamosas, as well as incredible soups and appetizers late evening (all the soups are good and a friend speaks highly of the seafood appetizers, I don’t do shellfish but he gave it two thumbs up. I can, however, vouch for the shredded wheat shrimp with an incredible side sauce.) I have never had any of the dinners but the kitchen is constantly busy and everything looks great.

Since this is the first of many stops today, the next being foodery next door, then Monk’s and the final stop being the concert, I only have 2 drafts: my hometown Lancaster Franklinfest and Climax ESB. Philly still allows smoking in bars, so I try not to review beers I have on tap because its hard to really hard for me to truly taste. Only comment I can make on the beer is it seemed a little over-carbonated and wild, but I am taking into consideration that its only 12 hours after what was probably a very busy Friday night, so freshly tapped kegs could be the culprit. Bartender is always friendly, I wish I knew her name to give her props (works sat & sun afternoons.) She’s the kind of lady who is quick with a smile, actually interacts with you, but I would never tangle with her – this is philly after all.

Its location is perfect; as I have mentioned, there is great pizza a few doors up, and the new foodery is right next door. It gets crowded, as expected, but this is one of those places I don’t mind waiting for a little or dealing with the smoke. I am nowhere near a philly native, and I only get here once a month, but Standard Tap keeps me coming back.

guzzle211, Aug 21, 2006
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4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

slander, Feb 21, 2004
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Standard Tap in Philadelphia, PA
93 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.