Memphis Taproom

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Memphis TaproomMemphis Taproom
BA SCORE
97
world-class

69 Ratings
Ratings: 69
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: 127
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2331 E Cumberland St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19125-2205
United States
phone: (215) 425-4460

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(Place added by: carlosd74 on 06-01-2008)
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of Fluffheady
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of DNICE555
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of doggydaddy
4.4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of orangesol
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of JeffTheJuice
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of bonkers
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of mingo1968
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I have been to the Memphis Taproom twice now. Once for dinner and a couple beers and the second time we just stopped by for a drink.

The entire building is narrow, making navigating the bar area difficult on busy days. The table area is a separate room and has a cozy feel to it. I had a burger and my buddy had a German dish. Both were very good. The fries were also spectacular.

They have about 10 taps, all of high quality. And their bottle list is to die for. They have varying vintages of some stouts and sours and pretty much everything you could be looking for. On my first visit, I was devoted to drinking the Hill Farmstead Abner on tap, for obvious reasons. Most recently, I had the Lost Abbey 10 Commandments.

They also have an outside seating area with a food truck and a large projection TV. I didn't get a chance to explore, but saw it when I was walking in/leaving.

This is a high value neighborhood bar. Very good food, excellent selection and friendly, knowledgeable service. This is a must visit if you are ever in the area.

Photo of jgasparine
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Atmosphere-
I visited this establishment during Philly Beer Week, 2011. It was completely packed upon arrival, which was fine, considering the circumstances. Definitely a good vibe; a laid-back neighborhood feel with the obvious specialty in beer.

Quality-
Appropriate glassware was used for every beer. Draughts were poured at a nice temperature. And, of course, the quality of beer was impeccable.

Service-
Despite the fact that this bar was packed, and the fact that there was only one bartender to 40-some-odd patrons, the service was fantastic. Once the crowd thinned-out into the night, the bartender even came out from behind the bar to pour bottles for us tableside.

Selection-
Not a great number of taps, but the selection available on those taps was incredible... and the bottle list, while also not very lengthy, was just PACKED with gems. Arguably the best selection in Philly.

Value-
A bit pricey, but the service and selection make it worth the while- most definitely.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

After the wife and I took a tour of PBC. We went down the block to this little place.

I must say I don't usually like the city type bars as they seem to be all the same but this just had an overall great feel about it. We were inspired to come here after after Guy Fieri's show Diners,drive ins and dives. This is a fantastic little bar with a great tap selection and tremendous food to match. The best yet I have been to in Philadelphia. Yes the service is a bit lacking even on a Saturday afternoon but it certainly makes up for the wait. I ended up having Cantillon Gueze,while the wife had a hairey eyeball.

A bit much in price I have seen certain bottles of beer half the price that I have bought here but still all and all a tremendous must visit bar when you are in the area.

Photo of chcfan
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Memphis Tap Room is a true standout in a city filled with great beer bars and restaurants.

The taplist isn't huge (10 regular taps, one cask - everything is always rotating), but there are always some interesting options. Bottle list includes some great vintage stuff as well as some current favorites. They lean towards Belgian beers with bottles and have a good mix of American craft and good imports for draft.

The reasonably priced food (most expensive entree was $15) is what makes it an overall destination. When done right, fried pickles can be amazing, and the fried pickles at Memphis are the best I've ever had. The pork sandwich, tofu club and fries were also extremely good.

The indoor space is not large, so you will likely wait a while on most nights, but the bar will hold you over and it is well worth the wait.

Photo of Chincino
4.4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I went to the Memphis Taproom last night during a visit to Philadelphia and honestly I wish I was back there now instead of writing this review. The atmosphere of the Memphis Taproom was very relaxed and suitable to hanging out with friends and enjoying the incredible beer selection. I was very pleasantly surprised to see that Pliny the Elder was on-tap so of course I had to order a couple of those. It was exciting to see Pliny the Elder which is one of my favorite beers on tap somewhere other than at the Brewery in CA and the surrounding area. We ordered a couple appetizers including the hummus platter and the fried pickles which were very good. The service was very good and the bartender was very friendly and knowledgable. The Memphis Taproom is a great place if you're looking for a chill relaxed atmosphere and a great beer selection!

Photo of Cmack15
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Checked this spot out on the last night of my recent Philly trip, and this place did not let us down. Really cool chill vibe and great selection of beers. the bottle list was pretty decent but since they had Pliny on tap it was hard not to keep ordering those. We ordered some apps and got the fried pickles and a shittake schnitzel and both were really good. The bartender was super nice and chatted us up about our hometown Boston. Make sure to visit this spot when your in Philly its a must for any beer geek.
Cheers

Photo of acurtis
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped here before Fistful of Mercy show. From the outside it looks unexpecting, the sign is dark and rusted. "Are you sure this is it?" said my companion. "Yes" I said, "Are you sure they are open?" as we walked in. Small cozy bar with about 10 seats. There are also a few small tables in the bar area. Towards the back is a dinning area that I did not enter. The tender was friendly and very cool. We chatted about the brews on tap and other breweries including RR as he had just been there. I was happy to see a lot of darker brews on tap. I ended up trying Great Divide Baltic Porter, Yards Love Stout and Stouterik. Each were quite good. Other taps included Walt Wit, Port Older Viscosity, Maduro Brown, Lagunitas IPA and others I can't recall. Their website is kept up to date as the taps change frequently. There was a large bottle selection behind the bar, it was nice to see that it wasn't all taken up with hard liquor. I also noticed an amazing glass selection behind the bar but most drinks went out in shakers, except my Stouterik, which was served in a tulip. This is my kind of place, quiet and full of friendly locals. All we had to eat was a cheeseburger and it was quite good. I'll be back in Philly next week and I'm planning on stopping back in.

Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped here with a few friends for brunch. The place is small but quaint. A small bar area opens up to a mid-sized dining room. The place is decorated in local advertising and breweriana. The service we had during this trip was awesome. We were quickly waited on questions were answered quick and friendly. The selection was good. Nothing rare or unique but a decent selection of regional craft and a few non-regional craft. Food was outstanding. I would go back here just to eat. I really reccomend this place. A great piece of the Philly beer scene puzzle.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Been here a few times since it opened, Memphis is a bit tricky to get to depending on your route, but once there, it's apparent this is a very chill bar. A nice array of flowers at the entrance. Inside is a nice dim area with wood all around and a tan color on the wall. Not alot of beer signs, just some various nostalgic pictures scattered here and there. The front room has a bar that seats ten or so with a few tables and a seperate back dining area. One television, a laid back feel, very easy to relax in here.

Never had a issue with off tasting beer here. In fact the Racer 5 that I had on cask on my last visit really hit the spot. Clean glassware and all that other jazz. A very clean place in general. A nice big chalkboard full of choices, easy for the eye to see, with prices for the draft selection. Service is nice as well, either busy or dead. On my last few trips it's been a bit quieter so I've had nice convo's with the bartenders there and they seem real chill and relaxed. Knowledgable about beer and passionate from what I can tell. I really felt at home.

About ten choices on tap plus a cask offering. They always seem to have one offering from Yards Brewing which is nice to see in support and very local and fresh beer. The tap choice is laid out nice with a wide variety of style. At least one Belgian on tap at one time plus some great west coast beers. Memphis gets in the goodies. I've heard of many tappings of some pretty marvelous stuff. I've had plenty, too long to list. A great bottle selection too with a bunch of sours, Cantillons, 3 fonteine(sp?) Vintage JW Lees, Thomas Hardy and a bunch of other stuff which is too long to type out. I've had the food here and I liked it.

Overall, this is a great bar nessled away in the cut. a very friendly staff, A well thought out draft/bottle list, and friendly patrons make this place a winner. Cant wait to see what this place does during beer week.

Edit 1-8-11--- I love this place!!!

Photo of corby112
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is a great little beer bar/restaurant in the Fishtown/Kensington/Port Richmond section of the city. A bit off of the beaten path but definitely worth seeking out. This is one of my top five place in Philly and is a must stop if you have the time while in town.

As soon as you walk in you are at the bar which is pretty large for a pretty small space. There is ample seating and always a cool crowd. Also, they play really good music which adds to the atmosphere. Behind the bar there are a couple of giant chalkboards listing what's on their excellent rotating draft list and what bottles are offered.

The main dining area is also pretty small but there is plenty of seating and there is never much of a wait to get a table. Plain decor with another small chalkboard of what beers are on draft.

The food and service here are excellent and the prices are very reasonable. The portions are huge and the most expensive thing on the menu was $16 the last time I went. They have some vegetarian dishes but mainly focus on traditional polish fare with an eclectic gastropub twist. The service is always excellent. Everyone who works there tends to be very friendly and knowledgeable and their bartenders are very attentive and great to strike up a conversation with. Also, the owner Brendan is often there and he is like a beer encyclopedia. Very approachable and loves talking about beer.

On to the beer. The selection at the place is truly impressive. They have a small bottle list which is very good but the rotating draft list s what keeps me coming back. They usually only have about ten beers on and one or two casks but they are all top quality. On one visit they had Pliny the Younger(yes Younger), Pliny the Elder, Consecration, Cantillon Kriek and Racer X! WOW! Highly recommended.

Photo of Finn
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Got to visit this place for the first time last night. I liked it quite a lot. It had a pretty basic pub feel, but I think it was a little less dark and drab than your average dark-wood paneled pub. it was clean, and had a separate dining area from the bar. It seemed mostly the younger crowd (25ish-35ish?) from around the neighborhood were the majority of the clientele. The service was great, partly because it wasn't very crowded, but the bartender was knowledgeable about what was on tap, and would let you try a small taste of something you weren't sure about. I also loved the fact that you can get half-pints here, so as to allow me to try more of the beers. Speaking of the beers, their selection was excellent, even though there were only about 10 taps and 1 cask. it was a well thought out list with something for most beer enthusiasts. They had, Elliot Ness, Chiswick Bitter, Sorachi Ace, Yards Cape of Good Hope, among them. A very good bottle list too.
The food was very solid, and left nothing to be desired. it wasn't the BEST I've had, but it was very good.
Prices were very fair, in my opinion. Alot of the top notch drafts were 4 bucks a pint. The food was also reasonable, but not cheap. Overall, Memphis Taproom is a bar I left feeling very good about, I think because of the atmosphere, well-thought out beer selection, knowledgable, friendly staff. I will definitely be coming back here. It;s a good example of a beer bar that can be excellent without having 30 beers on draft.

Photo of Slatetank
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I had the chance to visit Memphis Tap Room with my fiancee when we met one of her High School friends.

The vibe is cool, casual and mellow -could be the time of day we were there, but I felt a relaxed atmosphere pervades the place. We were able to sit right down and get down to the business at hand. The gold walls and dark wood is inviting. They have a simple stylish silver tap with black handles. The beer selection is prominently displayed behind and above the bar with two chalkboards - one for draft and one for the large bottle selection.
The dining area is spacious for the size of the place and the bar area didn't seem crowded but wasn't huge.

The selection is excellent - I was very pleased to be able to taste Russian River's Temptation on tap, but they have many solid choices like Maredsous, Troegs, Duck Rabbit, Southampton, Philadelphia Brewing, Yards, Fullers and Sly Fox for example.
The bottles are very plentiful if you aren't particularly into the drafts - They have a good selection of Belgians like De Dolle, De Ranke, Chimay, Abbaye Des Rocs, Cantillon, Bfm, Oude Beersel, Orval, Dupont and Duvel, English choices like Sam Smith, J.W.Lees, Gales, German choices such as Schneider, Franzikaner, Ayinger and a nice variety of American beers like Lost Abbey Red Barn, Allagash, Dogfish, Stone and Rogue. I was happy to see La Fin Du Monde and Sinebrychoff Porter two beers I really enjoyed when I was first getting into craft beer.

I didn't try any food as we were there for drinks only but we had very good service - Friendly, sociable, and knowledgable about the products to match. I hope to return to try some food the next time, but the quality and overall satisfaction is high in Memphis -Taproom that is.

Photo of lstokes
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

What a great bar. 10 constantly rotating and highly varied taps--lots of things you don't see often plus some standbys, a great variety of styles--plus a cask as well as a large selection of bottles.

The atmosphere was sort of fun and quirky--I liked the different maps on the back of the menu (I had "Radio Stations in Arkansas," my friend had a map of Toronto) and the comfortable vibe. We sat in the dining area, and the service was also superb. Both our server and the server we overheard at the next-to-us table really knew about the beer (and the food) and were friendly and prompt. I don't think I made the best choices from the menu--wasn't thrilled by the Fish and Chips, and the Beef Pasties were good but not great--but my friend loved his Chile Verde, and I was impressed by the vegan/gluten-free items. There's not many places I can take my gluten-allergic friends, but this is one!

The prices are also very fair, nothing more than $14 on the entree list and $4 for most drafts, going up to $6 for a few specialties. I just wish I lived next door.

Edited: I've been back several times since my first visit and just keep liking the place more, so I've bumped some numbers up. The burgers are great, the soups are great, the vegetarian sandwiches are great, the beers are consistently brilliantly chosen, my boyfriend and I like nothing better than their (AMAZING) vegan chocolate cake followed by whatever big gorgeous stout is on tap.

Memphis Taproom in Philadelphia, PA
97 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.