Jose Pistola's

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Jose Pistola'sJose Pistola's

43 Reviews
Reviews: 43
Visits: 61
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: n/a
Taps: 13
Bottles: 46
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Place added by: Jacobite on 11-19-2007

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Reviews: 43 | Visits: 61
Reviews by mltobin:
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4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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. (766 characters)

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Photo of millerbuffoon
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been here 3 times. Service is always good. Ate here once, and the food was small and pricey, but darn tasty. Always a decent taplist, and they host very solid events, especially during Philly Beer Week. Bathroom is 2 flights up stairs, just so you know! If you are travelling for beer in Philly, and going solely on what is on tap, there are typically better options. But it couldn't hurt to stop in and see what is on. (430 characters)

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3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

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4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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. (1,130 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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. (1,033 characters)

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5

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. (504 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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. (410 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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. (1,431 characters)

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Jose Pistola's in Philadelphia, PA
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