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Khyber Pass Pub

Not Rated.
Khyber Pass PubKhyber Pass Pub
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

38 Reviews
Reviews: 38
Visits: 70
Avg: 4.04
pDev: n/a
Taps: 22
Bottles: 71
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

56 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106-2810
United States
phone: (215) 238-5888 | map
www.thekhyber.com

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Reviews: 38 | Visits: 70
Reviews by PopeDX:
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4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

While scouting for locations for the Philly Pubcrawl '05 we initially walked right past the Khyber. We reconsidered on the advise of another local bartender. Best decision we made by far. Really a spectacular taplist, top notch. Two Vic'rees, two Yards, a Sly Fox, a DFH, a Legacy, Arrogant Bastard, and one or two more I'm forgetting. Plus we were told that as soon as the Jever Pils (which isn't selling now that they have Prima Pils) kicks, another local micro takes its place. Honestly, the best way I can describe this place is Standard Tap without the food. The "food" consists of 4 for $5 tacos until 7. But they could care less if you bring outside food in, so that's a plus. At 9 every night the place turns into a rock club...it's Philly's CBGB's. Haven't been here at night yet, but now I'm dying to go. The service was spectacular, we talked to the bartender for over an hour about beer and the local scene. I guess being the only people in the place for most of the time helped...but he really knew his stuff.

Side notes about the Khyber: It's the longest continually-operated bar in Philly, having stayed open as a speakeasy during Prohibition. The back of the bar (that is, the area behind the bar that all the bottles and shit sit on) dates from 1876...it was carved by German craftsmen for the World Fair of that year.

Pubcrawler: Brownie's two doors down has a few decent taps, Eulogy is right around the corner and Sugar Mom's is a block or so away. Walk down 2nd St. a bit and you hit Northern Liberties. Walk up Chestnut and you're in Center City. Both are about 10 blocks.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Bruce5
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Kyber was the first stop for what promised to be a full day leading up to the Eagles game. Kyber is a local institution having survived while many of their neighbors have come and gone. Has that dive bar feel which is great except they could add a little lighting and still retain the "feel".

Great beer selection with around 20 taps including Cigar city always one of my favorites! Extensive bottle selection however never get past the tap list.

Service was great, but the food was just mediocre and not up to standard, otherwise a must stop when in old city.

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Photo of barleywin
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Fatehunter
4/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Made a late night/early morning visit. Small place, but excellent selection. Two English cask ales plus ~20 more on tap with some tougher to find brews. Outstanding food. Good service.

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Photo of MtnSoup
4/5  rDev -1%

Love the vibe at this beer-focused bar. They had several Cantillon bottles available (Gueze and a few others), and lots of variety when it comes to draft.

Food is top-notch as well - don't be fooled by the divey-ness of this place - take a chance and eat here along with drinking - you won't be disappointed.

I'd rate it higher if the staff were better. If you're looking for a good help experience - walk around the corner to Eulogy. Our waiter didn't know Cantillon from Sierra Nevada, but was a nice guy all and all (when he was paying attention to us, anyway).

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of FightinIrish88
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of damndirtyape
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

A good hole in the wall place. Not very well lit, but certainly cozy and clean. Extensive beer selection on tap – never got a bottle menu but understood the bottle menu to be extensive as well. The place smelled just right of smoked BBQ, and for a place this far north, they hit southern style pulled pork perfectly – it needed no sauce. Just right smoke flavor, hint of spice, and not at all dry. Very good food. With happy hour – 2 beers and a full pulled pork platter - $23. Very good pricing.

Had a Wookey Jack Black IPA on draft and a Wells Bombardier from Cask.

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Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

Stopped here on a Saturday afternoon and the fisrt thing I noticed was the place was very dark. Big wooden bar seats about 20 and there are a bunch of tables in the room. Two large TVs showing college football games. Loads of Belgian beer flags and beer signs line the walls.

There were about 20 beers on draft that covered a nice mix of styles. Service was good and friendly depsite the large afternoon crowd. Defintely a cool place to stop in Old City.

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4.34/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of jjboesen
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

From the outside, Khyber Pass looks like an anonymous Old City dive bar, where tattoed grifters can hoist a few Yuenglings while waiting for the detox clinic to open.
Well, true; however, walk inside, into the narrow and dimly lit bar area, and cast your eyes upon a row of twenty-two tap handles that offer a thirsty patron a well-chosen selection of quality craft beers like Deschutes, Cigar City, Founders' and Goose Island - too name a few (along with a decent selection of Belgian beauties).

Add to this mix: correct glassware, efficient and knowledgable servers who keep your water glass filled along with a food menu heavy on meaty grub (In my case, a massive muffaleta sandwich) and you are in for a very great time at one of Philadelphia's classics.

If you are in the midst of a crawl, Eulogy is a few steps away. Enjoy.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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Khyber Pass Pub in Philadelphia, PA
90 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.