Taps: 12 / Bottles: 127
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 47 | Show All Ratings:
4.2/5 rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
Weekend trip to Philadelphia, the wife wants some brunch. I scramble to find a place and BA takes me to Memphis Taproom. Unlikely neighborhood for such a great beer bar, very working class and outright ghetto around the edges.
The Memphis is a classic Philly corner bar repurposed into a slightly-hipster-but-very-welcoming craft establishment. Very chill all around, we sat at a table by the bar upfront but there is also a dining area on the back.
The bottled beer list is excellent and includes Sucaba, Fantome Saison, J.W. Lee’s vintages, lots of Belgian brews, Angel’s Share ’09… the taps (ten of them) are more limited: Dogfish 60 and Olde ’12, Lees Moon Raker, Sly Fox, Allagash White and two casks. I was expecting much more from one of the best beer bars in Philadelphia, but I wasn’t terribly unhappy. The brunch bloody mary’s were wow!
And so was the food. I had a vegan brunch to die for, including a tofu scramble and smoked coconut. Serious flavor. Brunch and brews for two came up to around fifty bucks, while single beers are priced at six or seven dollars. Probably my favorite part of Memphis was the service. So incredibly nice!!
This could be the best local hangout EVER.
03-19-2014 15:09:02 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.6/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited in July 2013:
We visited this place on a complete whim, as we were heading over to Tacconelli's Pizzeria (some of the best pizza ever), but needed to kill some time. Frankly, I think that this place is just about as good as you get. The location is quintessential Philly, tucked away in an unassuming neighborhood. The wait staff were excellent and more than happy to talk to you about beer (we visited mid-afternoon, so that may not be representative if you visit in the evening). The place had a wide range of people, locals as well as those making the pilgrimage...like myself and my wife. They only had about 8 beers on tap, but the variety was across the board. There is not really much to say, other than, get here. World class establishment.
09-07-2013 20:20:31 | More by PhillyStyle
4.28/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$
I liked this place a lot. We were visting from Chicago, and they had Half Acre (a local Chicago phenom) on draft. Apparently Philly is the only other city where it is available because the owner is originally from here. Memphis Taproom doesn’t have that many taps, but they are all very carefully selected. The second night we were there, there was a food truck in the beer garden. The location is a little out of the fray and lots of locals hang out here. I will definitely be back here multiple times every time I’m in Philly.
08-05-2013 03:49:00 | More by Fluffheady
4.5/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
09' older viscosity bottle? Yes please. Cool little outdoor seating area with a hot dog truck. The inside had a decent sized bar that JJ and I sat at. I dominated a burger (lots of good vegetarian offerings but I am a carnivore). The place is in a crappy part of town, so it's the only place we had to take a cab too from midtown Philly. I'd say it was worth it though. Lot's of good taps, bottles, and food. A Diggity Boosh.
07-03-2013 18:32:34 | More by DNICE555
4.17/5 rDev -5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Very chill place with cool people as I went during happy hour and I wonder if this place is the start of some gentrification for this area of Philly or is a spot like this in a 'hood like this b/c the rent (of the owners bought the land, hell if I know) is cheap. What I do know is that the bartender was extremely friendly and talkative to us since we were out-of-towners and that I had already ate before coming here and was pissed. People's dinners were brought out past me everytime and man was that some good lookin' and smellin' food. But I didn't come here to eat (next time) - I came for the beer. The selection is not the most eclectic nor is the most, quantity wise, that one can find but they have a pretty good bottle list that stays towards the American side but gets its feet in some foreign waters and there were a couple bottles that I have not been able to find at other places. The taps are too few for my liking, but the tap selection when I was there was great and they rotate all the time so what I had last week has probably already been rotated out. A must stop for anyone visiting from out of town.
04-09-2013 22:06:35 | More by clayrock81
4.4/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I don't live that far from the taproom. It has a comfortable and cozy feel to the bar for such a crappy neighborhood. The staff is highly knowledgeable about their beers, even if you are not. I was not in love with the food at all. Other people I know love their food I do not. Their pierogies were dry and over cooked. This place does have many good beers though.I had a Peche Mortel there and it was truly a great beer. The great part is that the Memphis Taproom has take-out at 20% off. Overall it is a good night out because the prices are reasonable.
12-29-2012 21:16:53 | More by doggydaddy
4.48/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped into Memphis Taproom for brunch for the first time last weekend. A little smaller than I was expecting it to be but no big deal. Vibe was pretty good. Lots of people sitting around having breakfast and enjoying themselves. I really wanted to check out the beer garden but it wasn't open yet, I will check it out next time for sure.
Once we were seated in the back dining room we promptly ordered some breakfast and a few beers. I got the Red Rooster, it is essentially the typical breakfast stepped up a notch, and it was awesome. I had two beers while I was there, a Ballast Point Bourbon Barrel Sea Monster on cask and a Round Guys Berliner Weiss. The Ballast point was awesome, the round guys....not so much. I took a look at the bottle list and it was pretty impressive, also pretty expensive. Service was really good. Our server came to check on us multiple times throughout the meal, offering refills and getting us new beers. She even offered to replace my beer when it wasn't up to par but I decided to suffer through it.
Overall a really awesome bar that I will definitely return to in the future.
07-01-2012 17:27:22 | More by orangesol
5/5 rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Awesome combination of quality beers and food. Their menu is fairly priced and well rounded. The smoked coconut club is great for a vegetarian or an omnivore looking to be adventurous and they have great appetizers that utilize beer. Personally my favorite meal is the Chicken Fried Chicken, however, that may change when I try the IPA Braised Chicken sandwich. And there is always something awesome on tap. The last time I was there they had Russian River Damnation and Blind Pig. One of the best spots in Philly. If I was recommending someone to try somewhere in Philly this would be the spot along with the Grey Lodge and Monk's Cafe.
04-25-2012 21:31:33 | More by JeffTheJuice
4.22/5 rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I went to the Memphis Taproom the other day for lunch and we were not disappointed. The neighborhood is working class and the building is nondescript. Inside the building is rather narrow, but the bar has plenty of seating. We had a table in the back for lunch. They have about 10 taps, I had the DFH black and red. The taps were organized to help the beer or nonbeer geek out with some descriptions. Our server was very informative about both the beer and the menu selections. Lunch was great. For an appetizer we shared fried pickes, the taste better than they sound. My lunch was a roasted pork sandwich which was incredible. The prices were fair for the area. It is a little out of the way but it is worth the drive.
01-17-2012 11:29:51 | More by bonkers
4.58/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place is my go to spot i love it here. And a review from me would not do it justice.
But i will try the staff is fantastic the food is very good never had a bad meal.The selection of beer is outstanding. The owner is very friendly and remembers you and will always makes it a point of saying hi how have you been. If you are in the area or heading down that way make it a point of stopping in i think you will enjoy it. They have cask beer also. In the spring and summer they have a beer garden that serves up can beers and hotdogs out of a hotdog truck parked right there.
12-13-2011 22:24:54 | More by mingo1968
Memphis Taproom in Philadelphia, PA
96 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.