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Memphis Taproom

Not Rated.
Memphis TaproomMemphis Taproom
BA SCORE
97
world-class

69 Ratings
Ratings: 69
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 6.14%
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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Notes:
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(Place added by: carlosd74 on 06-01-2008)
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

cdaguanno, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of JeffTheJuice
5/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

JeffTheJuice, Apr 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

boosterrocket, May 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

sammyt728, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of Betterbeer
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Sometimes a tight list of 11 draughts is better than a list of 60. The selection here is well thought out. No two beers from the same brewery and a real effort to vary the styles offered. One thing they all have in common - quality.

The food is just the type of food you like to eat when drinking beer. The kielbasa hoagie, wings and fries are standouts. A couple of specials lit me up (A multiple cheese and ham macaroni; and a polenta pie with sausage and pepperoni - yowza).

I have only sat at the bar area beacuse that is how I roll. But the dining area looks cool. Service at the bar is excellent. If your glass is empty for more than a minute, I would be surprised. Great, cozy atmosphere - suave but not hoity toity by any means.

I hope the previous reviewer is wrong about the hipsters. Seems like some pretty down-to-earth folks hanging there to me.

The only negative is that it is just too damn convenient for me to stop there on my way home from work. "Honey, don't bother with dinner tonight."

A must visit if in the Philly area.

Betterbeer, Jun 10, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

razorsdescent, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of corby112
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

corby112, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%

The Memphis is my local, and as such I'd guess that perhaps my review should be taken with a bit of skepticism, or at least a grain of salt. I'll assure you, however, that if anything, I'm probably being a little harder on them than I normally would be.

First off, I love what they've done for the neighborhood. How one bar can make such a positive change, I don't know, but I certainly see it in the way that outsiders view the neighborhood now. Additionally, they've given us a much needed place for socialization.

The outside of the bar looks great, and it completely fits in architecturally. It has a little bit of a retro feel to it, which works perfectly. It has class. And they take care of it and the sidewalks around it. Very well run. Oh, I forgot to mention that I know Brendan, one of the owners. More skepticism. I wouldn't give him credit if it wasn't warranted.

Entering from the corner it can be kind of tight between the door and the first high top table. It's a kind of small bar. But that's the way corner bars used to be. And, that happens to be just about the right size for keeping it comfortable. Except for when they're busy, which seems to be the norm.

The decor is kind of retro. Not "real" retro, but retro-ish. Nice details. The dining room in back is just a little more modern, and just a little bit brighter. The art on the walls helps with that, and it's surprisingly good (changes monthly). It's a nice change, and it helps to separate the two areas. Nice bathrooms too.

Moving onto the things everyone wants to hear about... the beer list is fantastic. Always changing. Always something good, and always something that you wouldn't expect. Cask ales on Saturday afternoon. A great bottle selection.

The bartenders are top notch. I only know Brendan, but there are two other bartenders that I've seen several times who are great. And service in the dining room has been top notch as well, which, honestly, is a little surprising. Wait service these days has decreased to the point that if you don't have food spilled on you and you're not entirely ignored you've done pretty well. Not the case here at all. In fact, I'd consider it right up there with some very expensive, fancy restaurants that I've been to. (Cross my fingers, I hope that continues).

The food is kind of hipster-hippy-healthy. I don't know if that makes any sense. They have gluten-free items. They have vegetarian AND vegan items. They do standard kinds of things, but they put a twist on it. The BBQ Seitan sandwich ($8) is my favorite. It's comfort food, but it's also healthy. How bizarre!!! Ham on Rye harkens back to that corner bar thing. And they do unusual stuff like Grilled Marlin, and seasonal things as well. So maybe I don't mean hipster, as much as just hip. BONUS: All of the prices are reasonable! Entrees top out at around $15, which is $3 to $5 less than most places. Hmmm, maybe that has something to do with their popularity!

Alright, I think I've covered it. They have my definite seal of approval.

NeroFiddled, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of gdfan47
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%

one of my favorite places to go in the city

the service is so great

im so bad with directions, I always have to plug it into my gps to get there

10 min from center city, 5 min from no libs

the place is a pretty good size with a big bar towards your right with at least one tv, im drawing a blank
the service is so friendly, they have a big chalk board with the drafts and an even bigger one with bottles...

they always have realy cool stuff on draft, and its very reasonable.... actually on the cheap side

the drafts change quite a bit, and they have a great webpage which seems to be updated with drafts and other vital info very frequently

the food is very awesome and ecclectic
i eat meat, but their menu is very veggie/vegan friendly
they do a spicy meatball sub which is incredible , they also have a sandwich with an omlet, bacon and oysters... which is amazing!

if im not mistakem, the most exspensive dinner is $14, very reasonable

I cant say enough great things about this place, one of my faves

update on dec 6th
the food menu had changed a little, still awesome... just some new items

gdfan47, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of BeerMeDuffMan
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%

If I had to sum up a review of this establishment to only a few things it would be this:
1) Fried. F'ing. Pickles. If you go home hungry, it's your own fault.
2) Outdoor hot dog cart and beer garden. First and only time I've seen Heady sold at a venue. It is rare to find it on a shelf in the city, and even rarer to find it at a hot dog cart.
3) Outstanding beer selection of both bottle and draft varieties.

BeerMeDuffMan, May 14, 2014
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4.63/5  rDev +5.2%

Tucked away in the residential Fishtown area of Philly, Memphis Taproom looks unassuming from the outside. So much so that I went right past it upon arrival. The exterior almost blends right in with the surrounding apartments. Street parking was easy and I had a few minutes to kill before it opened, so I took an enjoyable walk around the neighborhood.

Inside, I was greeted by the bartender who was very social with me and the other people at the bar. The front area where I sat is a nice bar with a single tv behind it. There is a back area with tables, as well as small beer garden area outside that was not open yet. There were about 20 drafts including 2 cask offerings, mostly American craft with some quality imports mixed in, all reasonably priced.

I ordered my first beer, Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel, and the smoked coconut club sandwich. The beer was served in a wine glass and was better than I remembered. I've had it before, but to enjoy it on tap is a rare experience. My day could not have started off any better. The sandwich came next and was served with a very generous portion of fries. Both were great. When I was finished, I cooled down with a Victory Braumeister Pilsner. I was actually deciding between this and another beer but once the bartender said, "Victory crushes pilsners,"after asking for his recommendation there was no turning back. And he was right. As good or possibly better than Prima Pils, an outstanding pilsner in its ownright.

I only left the bar because I had other places on my itinerary for the day. Honestly, I could have spent all day here making my way through the creative food and well-thought out tap list. The quality and service of both the beer and food combined with the laid back vibe made my visit here an excellent one. Looking forward to returning in the future.

Jacobob10, Monday at 07:43 PM
Photo of lstokes
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

lstokes, May 24, 2009
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.6/5  rDev +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.

PhillyStyle, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of mingo1968
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

mingo1968, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of sirdeloin
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%

This place has become my go-to spot. A bit out of the way, but worth it. The polish inspired food is tasty always seems to hit the spot. they also offer a variety of veg and vegan foods. not surprised as it is in Fishtown.

There is a reason this has become my favorite place. The beer selection is exceptional and priced much lower than the popular beer spots in Philly. The tap selection is always changing with a new firkin every Saturday. On my last trip, I was delighted to discover they had tap offerings of Ommegang Rouge(one of my favorites, but of course can never find) and St. Bernardus 12 on tap, among others I rarely see.

They always seem to have fun, unique events going on too. Not surprised, the bartenders there are great, and the atmosphere is really comfortable. It's not a huge place, and it can get packed some nights, but hey, that'll happen. Mostly friendly locals. All-in-all, worth the visit.

sirdeloin, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of callmemickey
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%

A/Q: Out in Port Richmond/Kensington... nice neighborhood bar feel.

S: Solid service. No frills. But certainly helpful when you need something.

Sel: Excellent. Was in here for beer week. The no repeat beer week was one of the greatest displays of variety/quality of beer. Only downside is the limited number of taps on a regular basis.

F: Suicide Rings and a Burger. Top notch display of an ideal/classic bar meal. Haven't had anything else, but others I have been with have enjoyed their meals as well.

callmemickey, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of Deuane
4.53/5  rDev +3%

I have been to MT a handful of times now and with each visit my desire to have this place as "my local" grows greater and greater.

A "typical" small corner bar in a residencial neighborhood. Inside a fairly nice sized bar greats you with tables along the wall. In the back is a proper dining area with a mix of tables and booths. All in all the place feels larger than it looks.

Service gets better and better with each visit. Here is an example from the past weekend. Brandon, the owner, knew my name before I told him...due to our interactions with his wife Leigh of Local 44...how cool is that! Then...a hole opens up on the taps, he asks US if we would like to have the Double Dorado that we inquired about earlier to go on?! Hell Yeah we would, thanks for asking! The servers and tenders have been quick and friendly too.

Eleven taps with constant rotation...all good to great and NO crap, plus a hand-pull. Pretty damn solid if you ask me.

The food we have ordered has been good. Last time we had apps that included empenadas and fried okra. Both were done proper and were very tasty.

Prices are what one would expect for Philly...maybe even a bit on the "cheap" side for some things.

All in all I really love MT. Along with Local 44 Brandon and Leigh are building a mighty duo of local, friendly and desirable neighborhood hangouts. I know they work hard for what they are providing, I wish them the best of luck

Deuane, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of jgasparine
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

jgasparine, Jun 07, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

stephenjmoore, Sep 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

InspectorBob, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of BeerZombie
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

I remember when I first heard of this place and thought to check it out ASAP. well I never really got around to checking it out on my own accord, until I ended up moving down the street. so now it's my local go-to bar, and I love it. what a perfect neighborhood to live in when the Memphis Taproom is your local bar. I couldn't have worked this out more perfectly for myself.

I remember the first time I went looking for it, without really knowing the exact intersection, I couldn't find it. the steel sign hanging in front of the bar doesn't really stick out, and they don't have any of those obnoxious neon beer signs in the windows. and that is fine. for as long as the beer is good, I'm happy. and that it is.

inside the bar is small and comfy, with a few hightops off to the side. honestly, I still have not even so much as walked into the dining room. the decor is nice, nothing obnoxious. just enough to let you know that you're in a beer bar. there's a chalkboard on either side of the backbar, one telling you of all the drafts (including upcoming drafts) and the other side telling you about all the bottles that they have. prices are clearly marked, including whether it comes in a pint (by default) or a tulip glass.

all the bartenders are extremely knowledgeable, and I've had 4 different bartenders serve me in the many times I've been there. they are always willing to ask any beer geek question that I may throw in their direction. they seem genuinely happy to talk beer with their customers.

the beer selection is great. I love how they always try to have at least one beer of each style on tap, and no more than one of the same style. drafts are moderately priced, usually $4-5 a pint, sometimes more if it's a specialty beer that is served in a tulip glass. the bottled list is superb, and changes with the seasons (I'm excited to check out their new winter seasonals).

as a vegetarian, I couldn't be more pleased with the food. I've had all their vegetarian sandwiches, now I'm ready to move on to the entrees. what makes me really happy is that ALL of the sandwiches are $8, and entrees run between $12-14 or so. very reasonable.

I'm so glad that the Memphis Taproom is my local bar. there's a LOT of bars in this neighborhood, but most are dive bars with really bad beer selections.

BeerZombie, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of carlosd74
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

I finally got down here as part of the English Premier League Season 2008 kick-off weekend promotion. This review is long overdue seeing as I requested The Alstrom Bros. add them to the site.

The place is easy to get to from Exit 25 off I-95. It is in Kensington but straddles the border with Fishtown. Don't let the fact it is in Kenso keep you away. This side of Kenso never was that bad and if you want proof that the place is on the ascent...just look at the rent/mortgages on Realtor.com for the 19125 zip code. The website has directions and maps. Speaking of websites, it is a very detailed site. Whoever runs it does a great job because it is visually pleasing and it is just organized. The drafts and bottles are listed.

The place has 11 taps including 1 handpump that featured Hop Wallop. The Bottle list is on the rightside of the bar; the Draft is to the left. Of course it has a full bar and a solid wine list. no its not Tria but it is beats out the likes of Monk's. Some of the drafts were: Walt Wit, Original Sin Cider, London's Pride, SN Anniversary Ale(but Southern Hemi was just behind it),Sly Fox Pikeland Pils, Ommegang Rare Vos, Stone Smoked Porter, Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale and Sly Fox Saison. Bottles were around 50 - 60 strong..running the gamet from Lionshead Light to Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen (smells like smoked bacon!). The only stinkers for the nonadventurous would be the High Life and Amstel Light. Drafts were all $4.

The service from Jessica was outstanding. Every thing I want out of a server. You can't miss her. She is a ginger and has many tattoos on her arms. Very attentive and knows her beers. She inspected each glass before using them. I mean she was holding them up to the light to ensure they didn't have a speck of hardwater stain! Plus she picked only good music off the bar's iPod. I never had to wait for her to ask me if I wanted another drink. She found time to chat. She even poured me an ounce of the aforementioned Rachbier from the wee bit that was lingering in an opened bottle. I think she knew the other punter rather well so it wasn't like she was just stiffing him on the last ounce.

The cost was descent. I got thre at 11:00 AM and didn't leave until 2:30. My Girlfriend and I ate and drank our faces off and the bill only came to $69.55! That's less than $20 an hour for pure utopia ($19.87 to be exact). Too bad my Manchester City (not UNITED!!!) club blew the match or else it would have been a perfect day.

Ohand the brunch menu rocked. It doesn't hurt to have a genuine Chef in your kitchen. What other Philly bar do you know that features Polish & Welsh cooking? My beef & onion pasties were great. Nothing frozen here folks. That pastry crust was light and flakey. My Girlfriend's eggs and hash were very good according to her....I have never eaten corned beef hash in my life. The coffee was solid and kept in a carafe as not to render the product ass-like from the heat and oxygen. Hey it was Sudnay at 11 AM and I needed to counter the beer. LOL. Shit even the water must have been filtered because I know Philly tap water's fine aroma all too well. Hey the little things do matter. Oh and the wings were done wel. The oil was peanut and it didn't taste like it was old oil. Plus the scallions were a nice addition as was the real blue cheese that seemed to have an added ingredient (Old bay?)...not sure but it was great. they were not greasy nor were they dripping in a hot sauce. Nice and crisp. Oh and I forgot the wasabi mayo that was under my Pasties was banging!
All I know is that Brendan is busting his ass to make this place awesome!!! That neighborhood deserve something this excellent. Kudos to Fishtown native Ken Correll and Nodding Head's Paula Decker for there $$$ in getting this place off to a great start. I have never seen a place get it so right out of the gate.

carlosd74, Aug 18, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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