Taps: 23 / Bottles: 25
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 82 | Show All Ratings:
3.05/5 rDev -26.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Let me begin by clearly stating that i am a long time and infrequent patron of the standard tap. i have probably visited 'the tap' 30 to 40 times over the last three years of my life... not a monumental number, by any means, but for someone who lives in vermont, certainly more than a drop in.
My friends and i began visiting the tap as seniors and recent college graduates some five years ago. Wonderful environment. Good beer selection - local beer/local food. Upon returning to the city over the course of the coming half decade, we witnessed the development of a great many changes within the tap establishment as a whole. Many a night, we found ourselves closing down the bar at 3:30 am with shots of tequila thrown back to the jukebox tune of "get the fuck out, get the fuck out." We were welcomed and the beer selection was just barely provocative enough to lure my beer geek ass back night after night [heavyweight was the fishing lure here...with some decent cask ales from victory and yards...]
the food has been relatively great over the years - brisket sandwich, lamb sandwich, steaks, seafood, fries... served til 1am. nearly perfect structure: dim lighting, loud music, plenty of space to sit and commune with the posse... but, alas, we come to a fork:
the atmosphere and the personalities that define that which dwells within...
upon my last three visits and tonight's experience - i am hesitant that i shall ever return. as an advocate of the establishment, i have turned many a soul on to this business but am skeptical to do so in the future.
1. Very poor treatment at the door and at the bar.
At 1:55am, just moments after last call, the bouncer told my friend and i that it was time to finish up and leave... he then proceeded to stand next to me and eye me while i slowly nursed my pint of hopdevil.
2. beer selection: if you want local grog, this is the place. if you want something that is going to rotate and impress the adventurous spirit within you, this is not the place. the draft list has been virtually the same for the last year and a half: sly fox dry stout and helles, yards beers, cider, hopdevil cask, one troegs beer [hopback or doppel], a legacy beer, a stoudts beer, flying fish and blah blah blah. in a city that has perhaps the greatest diversity of beer bars in the united states - a city that is over run with hoegaarden, yards, troegs, victory, flying fish, and yuengling... one can do much better than to venture into a place that is changing with the neighborhood... blah. go the foodery and buy these beers in a bottle and go home to your ipod.
3. tonight's phone call:
tonight i called the bar to see if they had recently tapped any kegs and if the draft list had rotated. upon answering i asked the bartender the aforementioned directive and was told "what are you looking for, what do you want...?" in a rather harsh and abrasive tone. So i asked for tim, the bar manager who i had previously had kind interactions with - "this is tim." ok. "i hate stupid fucking questions and phone calls like this. what do you want." "well then, i guess you're not the place that i was looking for tonight."
advice: ditch the attitude. switch up the draft list once in a while. turn down the volume on the jukebox. maybe hire the employees that were working there four years ago...because they seemed to 'get it.' perhaps try a different beer on cask... mostly though, it's all about attitude.
remember: personality of employees may or may not promote future business...
standard tap will no longer receive my business. not for a while...
a long string of mediocre bar engagement and unfriendly service has left me wondering: why all of the hype?
i'll go to north 3rd instead...two blocks away. or the abbaye...
12-08-2006 05:14:20 | More by grassrootsVT
3.06/5 rDev -26.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
We were enjoying ourselves greatly at Eulogy and the bar tender started gushing about how great the Standard Tap is. Another patron jumped all over it as well. We left a great place to make the trek to The Standard Tap. Personally I found it a bit disappointing. Yes, there are 10 local Micro beers on tap but in the great beer city of Philadelphia you need to do better than that. It was not all I was told it would be. Still, It it worth a visit if you need another stop on your trip but I stayed for one beer and left. The best thing about Northern Liberties is The Foodery. The highlight was Yards Château Kenso which is not saying all that much. Orielys Stout from Sly Fox and a handful of others but nothing mind blowing either.
The bartender down stairs had a very rude disposition that she thought was cute but it was not appreciated at all. I went up stairs and the guy there was much more helpful and better service. After we all had a beer, we left.
Hope this is helpful.
02-04-2007 23:17:05 | More by Phatz
3.1/5 rDev -25.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5
I visited this place last week with some friends. For a Thursday, the crowds were very sparse. That's not a bad thing. A nice old building, kept historic in decor (or made to look that way) with a nifty collection of old beer taps welded together and put on the front door. Beers are listed clearly above the bar on a chalkboard, and I like that they only have local beer on tap. Sly Fox, Heavyweight, Yards, and Victory. Not a real impressive collection of styles. 2 beers on cask. We sat upstairs, which was cozy. They have another bar, with the same beers as downstairs. Though I didn't get food, my friends seemed to like their burgers. One complaint: the service was extremely poor. Not once did the server offer to get us beer or check to see how the meals were. We had to keep getting up and going to the bar for our drinks. If you're seated at a bar/restaurant, you should be waited on. We saw the server twice. Once to take meal orders, and again when they arrived. For being almost empty, there is no excuse for such poor service. This place was nice and the ambience was great, but I don't think I'll return only because of the pitiful service/staff. A shame really, but this is in a yuppie neighborhood, so I'm sure they'll get by on looks alone.
11-13-2004 21:58:45 | More by 99bottles
3.34/5 rDev -19.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I stopped here for a pint and had a Flying Fish summer ale seasonal.My buddy had the Flying fish APA.This place was a neat looking and feeling place.It had some nice dark wood and very clean.We drank our beer on the outside deck on the second floor.The selection pretty much the same as Johnny Brendas with all locals.Victory,Yards,Slyfox,Flying Fish.I enjoyed myself here and the waiters were cool and knowlegable about the beer and thanks for the pint glass.I would stop here again but I would like it if they had a more diverse tap selection.
04-29-2007 03:48:43 | More by MmmIPA
3.36/5 rDev -19%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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
3.44/5 rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
A strange experienc deep into a less than fanciful part of Philly. I think about a dozen taps, many local favorites, and some really interesting ones for us such as Victory's latest. Roomy inside and dark, though not as dark and cavelike as Monk's. The bartender was very stoned, and had to leave the scene altogether to get his head together. My beer was served in a soapy glass. The bar itself was small. The patrons were on the wierder/gangsta side. Entertaining stop on the pub crawl. Lots of free parking.
05-12-2005 23:42:45 | More by Sammy
3.5/5 rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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
3.63/5 rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Standard Tap is a pretty interesting place in the Northern Liberties neighborhood in Philadelphia. It is located in an older row home sort of place. There are multiple levels, and multiple rooms of different shapes and sizes. There is also some outdoor seating, and a roof deck to eat and drink. I look forward to checking it out when the weather is warmer.
You seat yourself all the time at Standard Tap, and you also order food from the bar tender, no matter where you are sitting. Needless to say, my gf and I spend a good while waiting like morons for someone to seat us or wait on us. I guess they waitstaff like to watch the customers embarass themselves, who knows.
The food is pretty good. They are supposed to have one of the best burgers in the cities supposedly. It was good, but not up there with Grace Tavern or Royal Tavern. They also refuse to serve bacon on their burger for some reason.
They have a good rotating selection of drafts and bottles. I got a nicely poured Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, very tasty.
Overall, the place is cool, the owners, and employees have sort of a snooty was to them, but I can deal with that. I plan on stopping by in the spring to check out the roof deck!
01-12-2010 16:46:13 | More by sbw138
3.66/5 rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in here on a Sunday afternoon with a friend celebrating his birthday.
Atmosphere is geared to the young crowd, not that there is anything wrong with that.
Tap lineup wasn't all that impressive to me at least. About 7 taps going, with Yards ESA and Troegs' Nugget Nectar on hand pump. Both of the casks tasted very fresh, so I was happy to limit myself to those. The Standard Tap has always been very supportive on local brewers, and you can always find some Victory, Sly Fox, Troegs, and of course Yards on tap.
Overall, I've been to the Standard Tap many times, but I must have caught them on a bad day, as the tap lineup left me wanting. Oh well, still a great local bar, and I'll be back for sure.
03-10-2008 16:17:41 | More by leftmindedrighty
3.7/5 rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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
Standard Tap in Philadelphia, PA
92 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.