Khyber Pass Pub

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Khyber Pass PubKhyber Pass Pub
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

66 Ratings
Ratings: 66
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: n/a
Taps: 22
Bottles: 71
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

56 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106-2810
United States
phone: (215) 238-5888

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Reviews by ithacabaron:
Photo of ithacabaron
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MtnSoup
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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 +21.1%

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4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of damndirtyape
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

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 +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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Photo of jjboesen
3.76/5  rDev -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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Khyber Pass Pub in Philadelphia, PA
92 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.