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Memphis Taproom

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Memphis TaproomMemphis Taproom
BA SCORE
97
world-class

50 Reviews
Reviews: 50
Visits: 76
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: n/a
Taps: 20
Bottles: 127
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.95/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (1,556 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (1,122 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

HV (1,818 characters)

Photo of guzzle211
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (1,286 characters)

Photo of Cubed2ce
4.2/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 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. (943 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.2/5  rDev -5%
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. (1,212 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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. (1,517 characters)

Photo of BeerDetective
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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..:) (586 characters)

Photo of bonkers
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of edskirk3
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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. (924 characters)

Photo of acurtis
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (1,266 characters)

Photo of Fluffheady
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of Cmack15
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
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 (519 characters)

Photo of chcfan
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (830 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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!!! (1,968 characters)

Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of LunaChick
4.33/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I really like this place. We went late on a saturday night. As for atmosphere it was very nice. Not nearly as dark or noisy as some of the other places we frquent. It was very nice to have a normal conversation using my "inside voice" Quality, well the beer list is great, the food was yummy. One nice point is there are a few macros which helps keep a wide customer base. And its nice to see beer from all over, not just local places. I"m all for supporting local breweries but to really promote craft beer its important to have selections from all over. I think its important to cater to all tastes. Service was attenitive and fun though I think they thought I was there to scope them out. Its a small place so space is limited. That said they make very good use of it with the taps and bottles. Had the beef and oninon patsies. Yummy. Overall was much less expensive an outing than some of the other spots we like.
Its nice when a place gets everything right from the start. I'm sure this will be a very successful place. Its worth the trip if you come to philly. (1,067 characters)

Photo of bwd110
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Been meaning to get to this place for awhile... Heard many good things about the atmosphere, staff and, of course, the beer list.

Made it down as part of the no repeats week, their mantra for the week as part of Philly Beer Week.

Walked in on Saturday about 3:30 after a Flyers game, the bar area greats you as you walk in with tables lining the walls. Bar was pretty full, big chalkboard above the bar across the length. The chalkboard was a little confusing - as they listed all the beers for the week, not just the ones currently tapped. I'm guessing that was just for that week and normally if it is on the board, the beer is tapped.

Anywho, good selection of some West Coast beers not found around too often. This particular day seemed to be focused on regional brews, a pleasant surprise because in this area you can't throw a rock without hitting a bar that only carries Yards, Victory, PBC, etc... (not a bad thing, though)

We settled in and were greeted with printouts of all the beers currently tapped. The wait staff was very attentive, and even let us know when a keg was getting low so we could order it before it kicked.

Decided to have a bite, the dining area, while small, had a comfortable feel and another chalkboard to keep the diners updated on the beer selection. The food, while mainly bar fare was very good. Had an awesome ciabatta pork and broccoli sandwich. My wife had a burger and commented that it was also damn fine.

Overall, a great example of one of Philly's many unique and interesting neighborhood bars. Plus it is very close to Johnny Brendas and Standard Tap if you want to expand your selection of brews for the evening.

Will definitely be back. (1,690 characters)

Photo of fishtownhxc
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

great new bar with an amazing selection of $4 draughts (regardless of what beer it is), and excellent food. the bar itself was well designed and looks great. awesome selection of american craft beers, and a good amount of german, english, and belgian imports at really reasonable prices. the bartender seemed a bit snobby, but i'll let that slide for the time being. hopefully this place won't replace johnny brenda's as the bar of the month hipster hangout, but it probably will. not sure if they have enough bike racks outside. (529 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (1,046 characters)

Photo of Chincino
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
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! (848 characters)

Photo of doggydaddy
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

A relatively new addition to the Philly beerscape. With a nice beer list and veggie-friendly menu, it was a no-brainer stop during a recent two-day jaunt through the city of brotherly love. The atmosphere is colonial meets old-west. I dig the chalkboard beer menu, split equally between micros and imports, most of them from reputable, outstanding breweries. Lagunitas, Franziskaner, Chimay, Victory, Bavik, Dogfish Head, and many more. Not the hugest tap or bottle list, but it's definitely quality over quantity here. The biggest treat was Founders Pale Ale on cask, which was indeed delicious.

Service was attentive, although we went at an off-peak time, with the bartender being knowledgeable enough. The food was freaking incredible. My host and myself are both vegetarian, and their menu is not only veggie/vegan friendly, but the food itself is of an incredibly high standard. We had the chili and bbq "pork" sandwich, both absolutely mouthwateringly awesome. (ie. my mouth is watering just writing this, days later). The "suicide rings" were very good too, but didn't compare to the main events. Can't wait to return, more for the food than beer, and the beers ain't no slouches. (1,188 characters)

Photo of marcpal
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I had gotten takeout food from here before which I have liked but finally got to spend a good long afternoon there this weekend for Mystery Beer weekend.

It is in whats called 'fishtown' and was actually pretty close to the Philadelphia Brewing company so this would make a tremendous day of beer.

The atmosphere is pure Philly, the bar up front with the dining room in the back. We got a table in the dining room but close to the bar and it was laid back as you can get. It was fairly crowded (not sure if due to event) but it was still comfortable and friendly.

The quality of the beer was high, very high. Outside of the offerings on the mystery beers, which they did not chince on, the bottle list had good variety. The only complaint is that they were out of Pikeland. D'oh. The food was good too, especially for vegetarians. I particularly liked the hummus dip but am more of a meat eater from the other things- the salads we got were all good as were the fried pickles.
Only other complaint about the food is that it was a bit overfried, cant believe I would ever say that.

The selection, as noted, was very good from what was on the mystery package. But from walking in there in the past, they always had a great local assortment on tap and in bottles which is a great positive for a local bar like this to have.

The value for the price was phenomenal and the service was also perfect in that they didnt rush you as long as you kept getting brews at the table and they didnt ignore you either.

This place surely is worth a visit for good beer, good food, good people and a laid back day or night. Look forward to getting back- another gem in an underrated beer and food city. (1,689 characters)

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Memphis Taproom in Philadelphia, PA
97 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.