Taps: 23 / Bottles: 25
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 82 | Display Reviews Only:
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
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
I well remember the first time that I visited, largely at the behest of Nancy Barton. I was a little reluctant, since I had not been to the Northern Liberties since the closing of Poor Henry's and I thought the neighborhood a bit dicey. Nancy had never steered me wrong before and this was no exception. I had a great time and have re-visited many times since, but this was my first with notebook in hand.
The front door had a series of interlocking pipes attached to it, configured in such a way as to be evocative of Rube Goldberg or the handiwork of some of the Utilitiesman (UTs) of NMCB-5, circa 1992 to 1994. Jeep, Grizz, Dewey, I still think of yunz guys. Back to the present.
Once inside, the bar was directly off to the left. There was a smattering of high tables and chairs in the front room but the majority of the seating on the first floor was booth seating in the back room. When I failed to secure a place to cop a squat, I continued upstairs to the second floor bar area. This was a raucous space that was simultaneously evocative of Victorian England, the American Jazz Age, and and any red-light district bawdy house worldwide (or so I would imagine, never having stepped foot inside one during my fifteen-plus years in the Navy).
Aft on the second floor was its own restaurant area. My doctor had recently advised me to eat more often as the result of an extremely low cholesterol count on my annual forty-plus physical. Who would I be not to follow doctor's orders? On this evening, it was the pulled pork sammich.
Beers: Somehow, I failed to get a number on the first floor, but up on the second floor, they had twelve (12) taps. The list was all micro and better yet, all local. That is absolutely admirable!
10-31-2007 22:51:51 | More by woodychandler
4.43/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
01-19-2006 17:04:12 | More by Billolick
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
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
3.44/5 rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
A strange experienc deep into a less than fanciful part of Philly. I think about a dozen taps, many local favorites, and some really interesting ones for us such as Victory's latest. Roomy inside and dark, though not as dark and cavelike as Monk's. The bartender was very stoned, and had to leave the scene altogether to get his head together. My beer was served in a soapy glass. The bar itself was small. The patrons were on the wierder/gangsta side. Entertaining stop on the pub crawl. Lots of free parking.
05-12-2005 23:42:45 | More by Sammy
4.3/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Had not been to the Standard Tap in a few years, but had occasion to stop by again the other day. The neighborhood has changed quite a bit, but The Tap, seemingly not at all.
As one walks into the place, I'm always struck by how dark and cool it seems inside. There are several dining areas in the bar, with a good size wrap around bar in the back to the left as you walk in off the street. This place has a very comfortable vibe (always has), and is a great place to hang out and relax.
The service here has always been pretty good, with the staff knowledgable about the beers they carry. The selection could be better I suppose, being limited as it was the other day to 12 or 14 local beers. What I do like about the Standard Tap is their committment to serving local beers. Everything on draft the other day was brewed either in Philly or in the Philly area. I'm not sure I've ever seen that level of committment to the local brewing scene.
This is a very solid place in a very good area (Northern Liberties) for good beer. Always a must stop when I'm in Philly.
02-11-2008 18:26:31 | More by John_M
3.86/5 rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
A friend living in Philly suggested we check this place out while I was in town on a business trip. I'd seen the good reports on BA so I was sold.
They have a nice corner location with an inviting exterior. I found the atmosphere very relaxing and comfortable. It's well worn, simple and all about the beer.
The beer selection is very local. It all comes from PA & NJ in an 80 mile radius. That sounds a bit limiting but they do a good job with it by including a wide variety of styles. They even have two on cask. I had the cask Victory Hop Devil.
We didn't eat but the food menu was very interesting. It included basics like rib eye and burgers and some more unusual dishes as well.
I enjoyed the visit and would definitely recommend this place.
05-28-2008 11:24:41 | More by GJ40
4.1/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
A great neighborhood bar with excellent food.
The place has a great hip vibe, especially the upstairs bar. The servers and bartenders are very friendly and knowledgeable.
Standard Tap only serves local area craft brews. Fortunately we have a lot to fill out the tap list. Sly Fox, Weyerbacher, Flying Fish, Yards and Victory are nearly always pouring along with the occasional River Horse and Lancaster. There are fewer taps than we are used to around here (only about 12) but the Philly local twist is unique.
Standard Tap really excels in the kitchen. The chicken pot pie is amazing, the burgers and sandwiches terrific. The brunch is especially good.
02-26-2008 01:22:23 | More by sholland119
4.36/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in for a couple of local pints after beer shopping at The Foodery next door. A beer-lovers one-two punch, especially if you're after local beers which Standard Tap specializes in.
I had the Flying Fish Exit 4, Victory Wild Devil, and Dock Street which are all within an hours drive of Philly.
The bartender provided excellent service - he was able to describe all the (local) beers they had on tap and was always on top of making sure I was set - even as it got more crowded. I had a slight problem with drinking the first beer off a new keg and he comp'd my beer for me.
03-24-2009 23:06:42 | More by Yetiman420
Standard Tap in Philadelphia, PA
92 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.