Taps: 12 / Bottles: 127
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 48 | Display Reviews Only:
3.95/5 rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I stopped by here to wish a Fishtown fiend well as he left to MN to follow his wife to the Mayo Clinic. I tried to reassure him that Rochester MN was a great place for beer, but he knew I was lying...
Located in a dense stack of row houses, the Memphis Taproom very much feels like a neighborhood bar. It's row house shaped; long and narrow. Up front is the bar with a few small tables. The bar hosted 11 taps and the hand-pump and a lovely selection of local delicacies. Spotted were Rowhouse Red, Sly Fox's O'Reilly Stout, a little something-something from Troegs and Victory along with some Southampton and Ommegang. Also making appearances were Green Flash's West Coast IPA and a selection from Sprecher. Not bad. Not bad at all. There was a bottle list about twice as large with other local brews (and not-so-locals) with only ONE BMC offering. Wow.
The back half of the building was for dining. We grabbed some seats back there. There was some confusion doing so as it wasn't too apparent as to how one should select a table. Do I just sit or ask a server? We flagged down a server and figured it out. I think they need a sign right before you walk into the back.
Food was just all right for me. We tried the ALT (Avocado, Lettuce and Tomato), the suicide rings and the hummus. All were average. I hear other menu selections are better, but my score stands until I get back, and I will be back.
The service was a bit bland but efficient. There was a little confusion, but never with the beer.
A local dream. If I were local, I'd be over-joyed.
06-04-2008 00:47:49 | More by DarkerTheBetter
4.14/5 rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
03-07-2009 02:13:41 | More by TurdFurgison
4.17/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Very chill place with cool people as I went during happy hour and I wonder if this place is the start of some gentrification for this area of Philly or is a spot like this in a 'hood like this b/c the rent (of the owners bought the land, hell if I know) is cheap. What I do know is that the bartender was extremely friendly and talkative to us since we were out-of-towners and that I had already ate before coming here and was pissed. People's dinners were brought out past me everytime and man was that some good lookin' and smellin' food. But I didn't come here to eat (next time) - I came for the beer. The selection is not the most eclectic nor is the most, quantity wise, that one can find but they have a pretty good bottle list that stays towards the American side but gets its feet in some foreign waters and there were a couple bottles that I have not been able to find at other places. The taps are too few for my liking, but the tap selection when I was there was great and they rotate all the time so what I had last week has probably already been rotated out. A must stop for anyone visiting from out of town.
04-09-2013 22:06:35 | More by clayrock81
4.18/5 rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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.
06-23-2008 18:51:44 | More by sholland119
4.18/5 rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
06-22-2008 23:51:35 | More by guzzle211
Memphis Taproom in Philadelphia, PA
97 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.