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Memphis Taproom

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Memphis TaproomMemphis Taproom
BA SCORE
95
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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(Place added by: carlosd74 on 06-01-2008)
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3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

Thirsty2383, Nov 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

sebrennan, Dec 29, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev -10.2%

I stopped by here to wish a Fishtown fiend well as he left to MN to follow his wife to the Mayo Clinic. I tried to reassure him that Rochester MN was a great place for beer, but he knew I was lying...

Located in a dense stack of row houses, the Memphis Taproom very much feels like a neighborhood bar. It's row house shaped; long and narrow. Up front is the bar with a few small tables. The bar hosted 11 taps and the hand-pump and a lovely selection of local delicacies. Spotted were Rowhouse Red, Sly Fox's O'Reilly Stout, a little something-something from Troegs and Victory along with some Southampton and Ommegang. Also making appearances were Green Flash's West Coast IPA and a selection from Sprecher. Not bad. Not bad at all. There was a bottle list about twice as large with other local brews (and not-so-locals) with only ONE BMC offering. Wow.

The back half of the building was for dining. We grabbed some seats back there. There was some confusion doing so as it wasn't too apparent as to how one should select a table. Do I just sit or ask a server? We flagged down a server and figured it out. I think they need a sign right before you walk into the back.

Food was just all right for me. We tried the ALT (Avocado, Lettuce and Tomato), the suicide rings and the hummus. All were average. I hear other menu selections are better, but my score stands until I get back, and I will be back.

The service was a bit bland but efficient. There was a little confusion, but never with the beer.

A local dream. If I were local, I'd be over-joyed.

DarkerTheBetter, Jun 04, 2008
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

stakem, Jun 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

BeerForMuscle, Jul 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

cheah, May 12, 2014
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4.14/5  rDev -5.9%

An unassuming exterior leads into a top-shelf beer bar. About 15 taps including gems like Russian River Blind Pig and 1 cask (unfortunately serving a dry stout - Love Stout - while I was there). The bottle list was written in chalk and not too extensive (but all good). The front of the establishment contains the bar room, with maybe 8 seats along the bar and another 15 seats or so at tables. The rear room is laid out like a restaurant, all table seating as far as I could tell. Beers were cheap, between $4-5 per pint on tap.

TurdFurgison, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

clayrock81, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of sholland119
4.18/5  rDev -5%

Another fine local bar with a great vibe and friendly service (in a town that already has plenty).

Memphis Taproom is located in a section of town called "Port Fishington" on the website (intersection of Port Richmond, Fishtown and Kensington). The immediate area is up and coming, a little rougher than Northern Liberties, a lot more gentrified than the surrounding neighborhoods our GPS took us through on the way there.

There is about a 15 seat bar in the front, with a couple of hightops and a dining room in the back. Not a big place, probably holds about 60-75 tops. The bar has a great neighborhood vibe but is very welcoming to nonlocals as well. Also a good place to talk beer with some knowledgeable customers and spot BAs out on a day trip.

There are 11 drafts, including one cask beer, with a varied selection of local craft brews (among them Sly Fox Royal Weisse, Victory Prima Pils, PBC Fleur-de-Lehigh) and other fine domestic beers (Lagunitas IPA, Southampton Secret Ale, Founders Pale Ale on cask) along with Maredsous 8. There are about 25 or 30 bottles on the chalkboard with a nice selection of Port brews, a Cantillon Gueze and others. No BMC taps or bottles whatsoever. I don't know that I have ever seen this before.

Service was excellent. The bartender was knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. She was very patient, offering samples of appropriate alternatives to customers who were looking for Heineken or Yuengling.

The Sunday brunch menu was fairly broad and well executed, with several vegan and vegetarian options if you are into that sort of thing. We had the vegan stuffed french toast (with a side of kielbasa!) and the bbq pork (nice spicy bbq sauce).

In a city that is, thankfully, blessed with great beer bars, Memphis Taproom is right up there with our other favorites.

HV

sholland119, Jun 23, 2008
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4.18/5  rDev -5%

After missing a special tapping, I stopped by the Memphis Taproom on Thursday, May 8th for dinner and some brews. We got there around 7'ish, and were lucky to get a table in the bar area, as it was pretty busy. We were greeted right away, and the service was very attentive for the rest of the visit.

I started with an Ommegang Hennepin, one of my personal top-5 favorites. We chose the Kielbasa Platter as an appetizer (which is actually a generously portioned dinner) and it came with kielbasa, pierogies, and saurkraut.

For dinner I chose the Philadelphia Rowhouse Red (Nancy was actually sitting at the bar) to accompany my Chicken Fried Chicken dinner with macaroni salad and spinach. All of the food was great, we were both very impressed with the quality, presentation, and taste. I finished my visit with a Nodding Head offering on cask as we watched the NHL conference finals on the TV at the bar.

The menu also included several other good reasons to come back, as well as vegan and vegetarian options. At the time, other drafts included Penn Weizen, Sprecher Black, Founders Centennial, Sly Fox O'Reilly, and Monks Flemish Sour (there were several others as well.)

Memphis Taproom is yet another great addition to Philadelphia's beer scene, and the food is worthy as well.

guzzle211, Jun 23, 2008
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4.2/5  rDev -4.5%

The Taproom is located right in the middle of a neighborhood. Little to no parking. The entrance walks in to the bar are that has about 20 seats an 2 or 3 high-top tables. If you continue past the bar you will find about 10 tables. Small, but cozy place. The waitress was very helpful with detemining which draft to select. The list changes frequently. I had checked thier website to look at thier list and knew what I wanted to have. Unfortunately, the list had changed but not on the website. I noticed that they had Ommegang Abbey Ale on tap so I decide on that since I had never had it. Next was the food. The menu wasn't big but very good. I was told to have the Port Richmond Platter. Although it's an entree, it made a good sampler as an app for 3 of us. For an entree I had the Russian River Blind Pig and the Slow Roast pork sandwhich. Delicious!
Overall, great little place to go for some great food great beer and an low key night.

Cubed2ce, Nov 24, 2008
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4.2/5  rDev -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.

DoubleSimcoe, Mar 19, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -4.5%

Stopped by with some BA pals after the Firkenteenth festival over at Grey Lodge. What do you know, yet another excellent beer bar in Philly.

I don't know the Philly neighborhoods all that well, but was told this place is located in Fishtown (next to Northern Liberties). At least to my eye, this looks like another "iffy" Philly neighborhod that is undergoing some pretty impressive gentrification. The existence of this place is yet another example...

This is yet another unpretentious looking neighborhood bar in Philly, this one on Memphis Street. It's on the corner of Memphis (and some other street) and the bar area is pretty small upon walking in. I understand there's a large dining area in the back, which I didn't get a chance to check out on this Friday afternoon. The atmosphere in the bar area is low key, relaxed and informal. I think there's one TV over the bar, but otherwise it's a nice place to hang out and enjoy good beer. Seems to me there was between 12 and 15 beers on tap, with some pretty interesting, well thought out choices. There weren't a great many people in the taproom the afternoon we were there, but in any event, service was polite, pleasant and quick.

One of the cool things about this place, I thought, is the pricing of the beer here. Everything is $4 a glass, even the Belgiums. Yes, the Belgiums come in a smaller 10 ounce glass, but it still struck me that the pricing here is pretty gentle. $4 for a glasss of Maredsous 8? What's not to like? This is a very solid place.

John_M, Jun 15, 2008
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4.22/5  rDev -4.1%

Sholland, when were you there? I was visiting this past Sunday, on a short pub crawl and Foodery Run. The bar area was crowded surpisingly for a Sunday, but then I found out that most of the folks were there for the footy on the telly. Anyway, they had a very good draft lineup, espeically that Fleur-de-Lehigh from PBC, Yummy!! I also had their eggs/bacon/potatoes spread, since they were serving brunch, and it was very good, nice bacon,and it went well with the Founders Pale Ale that was on cask and expertly poured. All in all another nice local bar, that us BA's can enjoy too..:)

BeerDetective, Jun 24, 2008
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4.22/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

bonkers, Jan 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

RobertColianni, May 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

CuriousMonk, Nov 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

soulcougher, Jun 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

IdrinkGas, Oct 10, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev -2.7%

I finally had a chance to check out Memphis Taproom the other night.

It's on a small corner which I'd imagine would be difficult to find parking if you weren't early enough. When you walk in the bar is to the right and there's some tables and high chairs to the left. Ahead of you, beyond the bar, is the dining room. We sat at the bar and were given menus without having to ask. I noticed several clearly marked vegetarian and vegan options.

I ended up having a Yards ESA, Victory Storm King (on cask!) and Elysian Bifrost Winter Ale along with the Port Richmond Platter (kielbasa, pierogies, potato pancakes, sauerkraut and really good mustard). The beers were presented in appropriate glassware.

The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The prices are reasonable. I felt welcome in this bar that I was visiting for the first time.

I'll definitely visit again. It's not very close to my neighborhood but I'll be back.

edskirk3, Dec 01, 2008
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4.28/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

acurtis, Nov 24, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

Fluffheady, Aug 05, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev -2.7%

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

Cmack15, Dec 30, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev -2.3%

Memphis Tap Room is a true gem 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.

chcfan, Jan 24, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev -2.3%

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!!!

BARFLYB, May 16, 2010
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Memphis Taproom in Philadelphia, PA
95 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.