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Khyber Pass Pub

Not Rated.
Khyber Pass PubKhyber Pass Pub
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

61 Ratings
Ratings: 61
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9%
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @khyberpasspub

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Lorianneb, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of jjboesen
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

jjboesen, Jun 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

cdaguanno, Jun 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

macesq, Jun 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Getalegup, Jun 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

scottbrew4u, Jun 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

soulcougher, Jun 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

orangesol, Jun 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

mfunk9786, Jun 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

boosterrocket, May 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

ColForbinBC, Apr 12, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

KXS, Apr 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

brewcifix, Feb 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

InspectorBob, Feb 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

JKWBMH, Feb 22, 2014
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4.17/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

DoubleSimcoe, Jan 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

oglmcdgl, Jan 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

hoppymcgee, Jan 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

seanchai, Dec 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, Dec 17, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -8%

I was in Philly on biz and found myself in Penn Landing neighborhood on a Tuesday night, intending to go to Trinity which I discovered was closed on that evening. [By way of commentary, that's mighty pricey real estate to allow to lie fallow but I suspect they have their reasons for doing so.] Going around the corner to 2nd St., I spotted the beer signs in Khyber Pass Pub's windows and headed over.

It has a small bar area with a adjacent separate dining room. I headed over to the dining room and checked out the beer list and menu. KPP has a very deep and well thought out beer list of about 25 offerings. I always try to have beers from the local area so I ordered a Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Easton which was very satisfying, along with a Philadelphia Brewing's "Kenzinger," finishing up with a Wells Bombardier ESB on cask, which though lacking local origins, I couldn't pass up.

The service was good & efficient; I also had a bowl of their Jambalaya which was generous and satisfying. The staff know their offerings and are well prepared to make recommendations to their patrons.

One thing I'd offer to management: both the dining room and the bar are too dark; I could hardly read the beer list and the menu. Also - a matter of personal preference - the music was too loud. It wasn't a big deal as I was by myself but if I was trying to carry on a conversation with somebody, it would have been challenged.

Overall, a solid establishment deserving your attention and I'll have to hit Trinity the next time.

SudsTerkel, Dec 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

GeoffreyM, Oct 21, 2013
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3.89/5  rDev -5.4%

A nice little spot located near Penn's Landing. A few seconds away from Eulogy and Triumph, this is a good place to stop into. Its kind of small and dimly lit, with plenty of beer paraphernalia all over the place. The bartender who served me was incredibly friendly and very attentive. They have a good selection of beers from local stuff to imports to weird brews. The food is also something to try as they have a nice handwritten chalkboard menu with mostly artisanal and original selections. I had pork fat Cajun seasoned popcorn and a shrimp/oyster po'boy with a side of gravy smothered cheese fries. They also take part in beer events. Check this bar out sometime.

BeerForMuscle, Sep 04, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev -12.9%

WOW...I have not been here in years. Last time was when they still had shows about 12 years ago. I really liked the old dumpy place with horrible bathrooms and good cheap beer. Oh well , things change. Still have the jukebox but not sure whats in it as I did not look. Music that I heard was good though.

A..A bit too loud to sit and hang out and a bit dark. Sat in the "band" room not at the bar. Cant comment on how the bar is but happy to say its the same bar that has been here for ever. This place needs to put some sound deadening material up.

Q..Pretty good quality on the food and the beer side. No complaints

S..Pretty poor. Our waitress could give a shit about us. Worst part was that there were only a few tables sitting. Cant imagine how poor it would be if it was busy. Maybe we get a better server next time.

S..Very nice beer selection. I counted 22 beers on the tap list. Did not notice if there was a bottle list. Back in the day the bottle list was great and well ahead of its time for back in the 1980's. Good selection of locals and out of state beers. I also like that the list gives you the price, glass size and ABV. I wish every bar would do this. I saw Clown shoes, Founders, Brooklyn( a few types), Yards, Philadelphia Brewing, Bruery, Boulder, Deschutes, Stoutds, Stillwater, Duclaw, Duvel, Petrus, and a few others.

F..food is mostly cajun and BBQ. LOTS of vegan and veggie options. We were all happy with our food, veggie and meat. $10 for a nice sandwich and side was much less than what I was expecting. There is a board with specials as well as the menu.

V..I would go back. Beers were $5.5-7 for tulips and pints. I think Kenzinger was $4.50 a pint. Food was priced well for what it was and where we were.

There are many other options in the area and even more if you want to walk a little bit. If you have never been here go check it out.

Giantspace, Aug 29, 2013
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3.91/5  rDev -4.9%

We have been to Khyber Pass 3 times now. Great atmosphere, lighting, friendly and attentive service, and great tap list. We stopped in on a tour of the city, and really enjoyed ourselves. On our first visit we did not have a meal here, we liked it enough to return on a future visit. The place felt very cozy and welcoming. We did order the duck fat popcorn, and the bacon fat popcorn to go with our beers, and it was sooo good. The tap list here was very good as well.

On our next visit we sat in the "dining room" area and ate dinner. The experience here was not as good. Our waitress didn't know the tap list, and told me the beer I wanted was not on. My husband got up and got me one from the bar.

The next day we returned for their Hop Scotch event, sat at the bar, and again had a great time. The gumbo is awesome. We will return, but probably not for the dining room.

rikatine, May 09, 2013
Khyber Pass Pub in Philadelphia, PA
92 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.