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Jose Pistola's

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Jose Pistola'sJose Pistola's
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

55 Ratings
Ratings: 55
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 6.85%
Taps: 13
Bottles: 46
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

263 S 15th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19102-5034
United States
phone: (215) 545-4101

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @josepistolas

Notes:
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(Place added by: Jacobite on 11-19-2007)
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Reviews by mltobin:
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4.06/5  rDev -0.7%

Located in the center city area of Philly is Jose Pistolas.

After attending a 76ers game recently, I stopped in to check the place out. The first floor was fairly boisterous on a Saturday night shortly after midnight, so I made my way upstairs where it was still crowded, but some space was available at the bar. There was an exposed brick wall along with a good height to the ceiling and the music of The Pharcyde filled the air, which is fine by me.
The beer selection was solid, with a handful of PA area beers represented along with a couple nice selections from abroad. I had the Les Bons Voeux poured by a friendly bartender. I did not sample any food, as mentioned in earlier posts it is mexican, looked good. All in all, a solid thumbs up for Jose Pistolas.

mltobin, Jan 21, 2010
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wilmerkatie, Aug 22, 2014
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3.78/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

DoubleSimcoe, Aug 01, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -11%

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.

Rifugium, Jun 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Dawkins, Oct 10, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev -2.4%

We stopped by here for some beers and late night burritos. We sat at the tables in the back of the first floor. Upstairs on the second floor there was a second bar and a live band playing.

Beer selection was pretty solid, with a diverse selection of American craft beer plus a Belgian or two. Server was friendly and managed to memorize our group's entire order.

Burritos were simply amazing, I had the spicy pork and to date it's the best burrito I've ever had. Definitely will be heading back here.

jmdrpi, Sep 24, 2013
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4.11/5  rDev +0.5%

Nice to see a Mexican restaurant with a solid tap and bottle list. Around 15 taps and lots of nice bottle options including Russian river sours and a 3F option when I went. Menu made note of cantillion options too, but they were out when I was there. Wife and I went on a Saturday night and it was not crowded, so that was a nice plus. Food was very good and the beer options made this visit a nice experience.

stephenjmoore, Aug 04, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev +2.4%

Stopped in here last weekend for some lunch while the Deschutes event was going on. My first time here, I have heard such great things about the place I was really looking forward to checking it out.

Bar itself is all split up with tables and chairs and stairs all over the place. Plenty of people milling around enjoying beers. TV's hanging on the walls offer some distraction from all of the loud tables around us. Service was pretty good. The bartender came to service our table since the server was nowhere to be found. Once he took all of our orders the server turned up and they combined to keep a close eye on us the rest of our stay.

Quality seemed to be high. All of our food was top notch and all of our beers were served in the proper glassware. Selection was pretty good. Taps were a wide verity of offerings from all over the place. They were offering 5 Deschutes beers on-tap but you had to order their brunch, which was kinda dumb considering they were just the standard offerings and nothing rare. I went with an Oxbow they had on tap but we also shared a Black Butte XXIV. For food we shared a plate of excellent nacho's and I went with the short rib taco's which were very tasty. Prices on the food were quite reasonable and they drafts weren't too bad either, the bottles were pretty steep tho.

Overall an awesome little beer bar in the heart of the city. I would return just to eat, the beer is just a bonus.

orangesol, Jun 06, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

My first stop in Philly, we went in for lunch since it was close to where we were staying. And we were craving Mexican food.

Dark, with a small bar up front, good music playing, and a bigger seating area towards the back.

Quality was good, nothing but excellent beers were on draft here. I had a Centennial IPA from Founders which was tasty, and seemed fresh and cared for.

Service was good, the guy tending bar was friendly and speedy.

Selection was good, I believe 15 taps, lots of variety, the cask looked like it was off. I don't recall what the bottle list was like.

Food was surprisingly good. I tend to have lower expectations when I eat Mexican food so far from California, but this was pretty solid.

Prices were good for food, a bit high for beers though.

Overall a good place for food and beers in Philly.

flexabull, Sep 28, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -8.8%

Friday night, beat the crowds for an early dinner. Ksak in tow, along with Bill, Pat, and the Sarahs.

Atmosphere: Dark, and the early evenings don't help much. Downstairs is a bar and seating area, up the long staircase another bar. Heads are up even higher.

Quality: I went in search of Sucks and missed it by just a few. Too bad. Service was acceptable and I liked my dinner.

Service: Stopped by regularly, scoffed a bit at rearranging tables but we made everything work out. Must be a small kitchen, dinner took a while.

Selection: A good tap selection. I was intrigued by Mean Old Tom and Yards Love Stout. In addition, Allagash, Founders and Left Hand were featured, along with a cider. Good to better listwise.

Food: This is where I was sold. The sunrise burrito, spicy with chorizo and buffeted by light eggs was an inspired choice.

A good place, not as crowded earlier in the evening, that I wouldn't mind coming back to.

akorsak, Dec 17, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +7.1%

Visited Jose's for the first time Friday evening 11/11.

A: Good overall atmosphere. Understandably a bit crowded on a Friday night around dinner time. On a normal night I'd imagine the upstairs is a bit less crowded.

Q: I'd say quality is pretty high across the board. Fresh food and beer, building seemed well maintained.

Ser: The service was good. I wouldn't say it was exceptional. It was a busy night and certain things are expected in those circumstances. The waiter did mis-hear a friend's order, but he took it off the bill and everything was fine.

Sel: The taps are usually very good, even in comparison to other bars in the area. I tend to keep up with phillytapfinder, so without having been to Jose's previously I know they tend to have good rotating tap selection. The food menu was appropriately sized. It wasn't difficult to see what their specialties are and that's Mexican and BBQ style food.

F: The food we ordered was very good. We had pork tacos and a burrito. Both were a value for the price (approx. $10). We ordered the chips/guac/salsa for an appetizer. The salsa was very fresh, but not particularly spicy, the guac was pretty standard, but it was also fresh so that's always appreciated. We noticed a few things were particularly sweet, but their Verde sauce was a nice compliment to counteract that.

V: I'd say everything was a good value for the price. The only mistake we made was switching over to margheritas. The price wasn't listed, and that turned out to be about $20+ for a pitcher. We'll stick to beer next time.

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I'd definitely return to Jose Pistola's. Really good mexican food and beer at a convenient location. I'd just steer clear of the margheritas if you're on a budget.

Manboy21182, Nov 14, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

Enjoyed the Wipeout IPA . Sad that neither the Pliney or Blind Pig
were available . Grouper fish tacos were very good . Nachos were better than very good . Monks is always way too crowded so this restaurant was a fantastic alternative . On the way home to the septa stop we had an experience with a supposedly Good Dog .
He was bad . A musical show was about to start , but never materialized . We had to say goodbye to Jose for now.. The air conditioning was top notch .We will return to say hello to Jose.

forpetes8, Aug 20, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -1%

Went here after a stop at Monk's cafe, been meaning to stop here for a bit.

Jose's is smack dab in the center of the city, not really but it's in there. Walking in im greeted by a bar to the left, some seating towards the back, a flight of steps leading to another bar with more seating than the downstairs one, leading to more steps that go to the bathrooms. The tender said that the sobriety test is if you make it to the bathrooms and back, you get another drink, I passed. A nice place that's homey and hip at the same time. Some beer signs on the wall, mini kegs of Oberon behind the bar and some nice glassware. They even have the new Duvel glasses that i really need to snag with the quickness. Service was there when I needed it, which was on a monday afternoon, so it was dead, but Im sold, good service. The beer tasted nice off the tap. I had a Weyerbacher Mike and some Blind Pig. The fish Tacos were top notch as well as some other type taco's that I forget what they included. Great tasting food. A very nice bottle list with some nice offerings on tap. Im coming back for the fish taco's and i'm staying for the beer, in the future.

BARFLYB, Nov 02, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

Stopped in here during a recent visit to Philly.

Atmosphere is very old school. Exposed brick lines the walls and a long bar takes up half the width of the bar. A jukebox sits along the right side and tables are in the back. Upstairs there is a good deal of room with additional tables, and even one more floor up are the bathrooms. A good deal of glassware and old bottles sit behind the bar.

Quality is good. All beer is served in proper glassware and some beers even have specific glassware, such as Yard's Love Stout. The temperature is appropriate and head levels are just right.

Service is very good. The bartender and I discussed a couple of beers and it was evident he had a good deal of knowledge about what he was doing. I never had to wait long to order a drink and the food came out quickly.

Selection is also very good. There's a good cross-section of styles on-tap, mixing up locals, the west coast's finest, and a few imports from the continent.

Food is solid. I ordered chicken tacos and was surprised at how robust they were. They weren't exceptional but they're good enough that I'd consider coming back just for the food.

Value is good. I had lunch and a few drinks for a reasonable price, nothing more and nothing less than elsewhere in the city.

Overall this was my first stop in Center City and it didn't disappoint. It wasn't quite my favorite place in town (Monk's followed closely by Varga) but it's somewhere I'd certainly consider visiting again. Worth a stop.

glid02, Oct 27, 2010
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Jose Pistola's in Philadelphia, PA
91 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.