Khyber Pass Pub
Taps: 22 / Bottles: 71
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 32 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by PopeDX:
4.41/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
03-17-2005 14:56:10 | More by PopeDX
More User Reviews:
3.8/5 rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75 | $$
Staff made the difference. Plus a fried green tomato blt that was truly exceptional. Loved it. Nice range of options for beer - I tend to be picky but found plenty of options, including a pricey Norwegian snifter that was twice as expensive as all other beers - but surprisingly worth it for the experience. Funky area of Philly. One of few I found recommended here on Advocate.com worth a repeat visit.
04-06-2014 23:57:48 | More by KXS
4.17/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This place is the bomb. The wife and I bar-hopped around Old City on a Saturday evening and this was our favorite joint. So different, and far removed from the suburban-white-kid-and-fratty-drunkenness crowded atmosphere of other bars in the area.
This is more of a South Philly corner bar, cool and quiet. 20 taps and 2 casks, with some stunning stuff from Goose Island (I assume they had a Goose event): Bourbon County, Bourbon County Barleywine, Matilda, Pere Jacques, Illinois... plus Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball, Philadelphia Brewing Company, Sly Fox...
Funny music (80's Hall & Oates-style tunes), nice bartenders and bouncer, perfect table by the window looking on 2nd street and all the action. I dig this place. j
Prices weren't so cheap for the Bourbon County stouts... $10 each. But the regular brews are fine at around $6. Definitely a gem in Old City I will return to often.
01-28-2014 20:31:07 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Khyber Pass Pub in Philadelphia, PA
91 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.