Khyber Pass Pub
Taps: 22 / Bottles: 71
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 33 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ithacabaron:
4.06/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
A great, dirty, nasty rock club -- with excellent beer.
The Khyber is dank and dark, with graffiti tagged walls, one of the best jukes in the city, and ear-splitting speakers for live concerts -- and that's just the first floor. In the middle of this is a beautiful, ornate carved-wood bar-backing, a remnant from a World's Fair gone by.
Quality is decent -- everything's served in a pint glass, but that's probably a good thing, as anything else would undoubtledly get lost or stolen. Pints were fresh, and served at the right temps. No complaints.
Selection is always good, with an all local tap-line (even the swill selection, Lionshead, is a local, and not a bad one at all: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/150/5412/?ba=ithacabaron ). Yards runs daily specials during happy hour. Bottles range from Chimay, to Aventinus, to Bud. Finding something to drink won't be hard, and the markups are reasonable.
Service is solid, but for obvious reasons, when you're there for a show, getting another fill can take a few more minutes than usual.
Food is reportedly good, but I can't imagine eating here.
So there's all that -- and the upstairs is a smoke-filled, smog-laden chill festival galore, with exposed brink, rickety tables, live (and good) DJs, and, yes, the dirtiest bathroom in all of the land.
In short, don't show up without a pack of cigarettes, be prepared to lose a little hearing, and enjoy yourself.
Why to make the scene: Because it's Friday night, and your friend is playing three bands down on a four band card. Put on some jeans and let your hair down.
06-26-2006 20:39:19 | More by ithacabaron
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3.76/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
06-25-2014 21:26:25 | More by jjboesen
Khyber Pass Pub in Philadelphia, PA
91 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.