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3.78/5 rDev -8.3%
On 15th street- Center City, surrounded by a ton of restaurants and bars. Unassuming from the outside, but it’s got two levels of drinking and eating. I skipped the street-level bar because it was busy with suit-and-tie types and went up to the second floor, which was empty.
The food menu has some cool food (pork belly bahn mi taco, fluke tiradito) but there is nothing really affordable. My tiradito was nice but really small at eleven dollars, and I found two bones on the fish.
I was there for the mezcal and it didn’t disappoint- good selection, but expensive. Beer-wise, they’ve got a couple of good beers but nothing crazy: Weyerbacher Verboten, Allagash White, Yards Pale Ale, Upright #4, Boon Framboise, Duck Rabbit, Left Hand, St Feuillien Tripel.
I loved the music, a selection of classics ranging from Bob Dylan to the Stones. Cool, tried-and-true shit. Service was very good, but of course I was the only customer. Nice girl behind the bar, she bought me a beer.
I would come back here for the mezcal, but not necessarily for the beer or the food. Nothing wrong with Pistolas, though! It's a fun joint.
08-01-2014 02:02:33 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.64/5 rDev -11.7%
I've only been in this place once and I wasn't a huge fan. It's a two story bar, with a basic layout and atmosphere. The bathrooms are on the third floor, which is actually like 5 flights of stairs up, so it's hot as hell up there, plus if you have a few drinks in you, stumbling up and/or down that stairway isn't too fun...wait as long as possible to break the seal, I guess is the take-home message there.
Anyway, the beer list is decent. Mostly local stuff, micro standards, some Belgians. They seem to get good events here once in a while, and there was some leftover Everett on when I visited, so that was a no-brainer. I think most fans of this bar like it because they used to get Cantillon once in a while before the ungodly craze started.
Service was fine. I didn't sample the food, but it seemed like your basic Mexican-style fare. Prices were on the steeper side, though not ridiculous.
Overall, I don't see myself going here often or ever again,considering there are so many other better bars within walking distance.
06-09-2014 04:18:03 | More by Rifugium
Jose Pistola's in Philadelphia, PA
92 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.