Khyber Pass Pub

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Khyber Pass PubKhyber Pass Pub
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

37 Reviews
Reviews: 37
Visits: 68
rAvg: 4.05
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

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Reviews: 37 | Visits: 68
Photo of AudioGilz
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Here is a great place to see some live music in a small intimate setting. Oh yeah, and they have a solid beer selection too, quite a bonus, but I wouldn't say it's focused on beer first. It's a close second though and that's a treat to be able to drink good beer while enjoying live music. It doesn't happen in any larger venues in the city. The taps are fresh, decent bottle selection, average prices, quick service. My only complaint is it gets DAMN HOT when it gets crowded in there. They need some serious air movement in there. Other than that, great joint. (562 characters)

Photo of PopeDX
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (1,600 characters)

Photo of slander
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Post Ludwig's Octoberfest finds us randomly hitting and missing around philly. Haven't really seen too of the neighborhood to date 'cept Eulogy so here we are...
A long narrow room with a dark wood "L" shaped bar seating a dozen. High ceiling with ancient chandeliers above, and large framed mirrors behind the bar. A center piece lined with Xmas strung lighting holds mirrored shelves with books, glasses and various pieces. Ceramic bar lights with colorful shades are spotted here and there along the length of the bar, TV, old beer signs, darts, and a good juke box. From the bar, you're looking into the side room where they have the stage for bands to set up.
Posted boards read "Bud free or die!!" and "No crap on tap", and so it is... 10 taps, a nice mix of regional micros and imports (DogfishHead Punkin, Victory Prima Pils, Yards George Washington Porter & Philadelphia Pale Ale, Yuengling Black & Tan, Brooklyn Brown, Anchor Steam, Beamish, Paulaner, Stella) and roughly 2 dozen bottles (Duchess, Chimay, Duvel, Hoegaarden, and it tapers down to macros and maltos). Kind of dark and somewhat divey overall, but pleasant enough for a Saturday afternoon... (1,168 characters)

Photo of dmarch
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Ok, as far as beer drinkers go, it's up to you because the focus isn't on beer here. They did have some micros and Young's Ramrod on tap which I was drinking all night. The bar is in a separate room from the music, which I like. This place is about the music though and in my opinion it rocked. This place gets packed too. Probably a big fire hazard, but you shouldn't expect a lot of room in a place like this. You'll have to fight your way out, but there is no way of avoiding that. Around 10 o'clock, the crowd starts pouring in. In other words, this isn't a beer bar. It's a grungy music bar that happens to serve good beer. (628 characters)

Photo of jreitman
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

A very interesting pub to say the least. Looks like it could be a biker bar, but has a real nice physical bar and some good beers on tap. This is the kind of place where when I went to the bathroom, I was expecting a good old fashioned trough. The taps selection was quite good and when we went in the afternoon it was pretty quite. Supposedly a really good place for live music, but I can't comment too much on that. (417 characters)

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Khyber Pub sits in the middel of 2nd street in olde city philly with about four bars on each side of it, and one Deli. I remember going here for alot for music shows. They have a decent bottle selection, and decent tap selection. There are really known for the good music bands they bring in, but they also have a very good beer selection as well. Khyber is always a good time, especially when they are having music shows... (428 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The Khyber, formerly known as the Khyber Pass Pub, is a Philadelphia landmark. One of Philly's first- and best -beer bars! This is one of the places that started the Yuengling craze by serving bottles of their porter. The only thing that the Khyber is better known for is it's music. With an enormous number of famous bands stopping here on their first or second tours of the states, the Khyber is Philly's version of C.B.G.B.'s. The bartenders are very cool, but it can be hard to get a beer sometimes when it's busy. They serve some really great Burritos and the juke box is loaded with great stuff. There's a wide range of bottled beers, including alot of Belgian's (Update March 2003- bottles removed; selection score dropped from 4.0 to 3.5 Update... bottles back, but not as good as they used to be.), and the taps are constantly changing. Additionally, they pour alot of local brands which is nice. So if you're in the mood for some good beers in a relaxed, grungy atmosphere, the Khyber's the place! (1,007 characters)

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Khyber Pass Pub in Philadelphia, PA
91 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.