Khyber Pass Pub
Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 33 | Display Reviews Only:
4.72/5 rDev +14.6%
I kind of felt silly because I went too early to get my day load on. I'm going to have to go again and drink beer. Alot of it. I have my work cut out for me... there is a dizzying array of brew.
What I did experience was some amazing bar-b-cue. The vinegary Carolina pulled pork was mouth-watering. Made me want beer. The staff was friendly and efficient. Much more approachable then at the last show I attended at the Khyber.
I'll definitely go back soon (next week) to drink cause it's all about the beer after all.
11-14-2010 17:43:22 | More by shylady
3.49/5 rDev -15.3%
This one of my favorite places to drink in the douchey section of Olde City. Usually the bars here are rope off with jocks waiting in line for half a block to get in. On one hand this place is cool because it's laid back, they serve a very good variety of local craft, and awesome indie music, especially live acts but on the other hand it's often filled with pretentious asshole hipsters who only drink PBR.
The service is the same as any other small bar/club that has live acts. This means that there is no interaction, just them serving the next person waving a bill in front of them. They are usually quick to fill your glass but not over friendly, talkative or knowledgeable.
The selection isn't really that great either. They have PBR for the hipsters as well as a decent selection of regional craft that you can get anywhere else.
This is a really cool place to see shows and probably the best place in Old City for beer, except Eulogy. Go for the music and enjoy some decent craft while there.
10-16-2009 07:52:32 | More by corby112
4.45/5 rDev +8%
Tucked in the heart of Olde City, The Khyber is a beacon for Philly of what a good beer bar should be.
Cozy, worn, and dimly lit, the typical popped-collar crowds that monopolize weekends in Olde City are are often diverted from entering. The draft line-up changes weekly if not more often. Speaking of drafts, The Khyber showcases and favors a lot of PA breweries along with NJ and DE. Yet, they also have no problem offering other beers from other great breweries.
The Bartenders know their beer! Very knowledgeable, friendly, and aim to help you find a new beer that fits your tastes and preferences.
The recently added food menu is tasty and affordable. You wouldn't expect the food to be as good as it is.
Happy Hour is great and allows you to try new, or your favorite, beers for a great price ($2 off all drafts).
Great jukebox selection, on a Friday night I can expect to hear a good variety consisting of NWA and the Smiths.
Some great bands come through too, so check the calendars! There are also beer events from time to time that are creative and worth checking out.
One of my favorite bars in the area.
10-15-2009 00:23:37 | More by longdivision
3.78/5 rDev -8.3%
Located conveniently close to the River Link ferry and Penn`s Landing is the Khyber Pub. This is a dive bar with a great happy hour special and a good range of beers. You will see a crowd with bike messengers, music fans, the young and the old. They carry beer From bottles of Yuengling to a couple nice belgian bottles and some local PA craft beers on tap from Yards and others. Service is very good, bartenders manage to keep up well with a loud and thirsty crowd. A great spot to have a couple inexpensive pints/bottles of American beer.
06-21-2009 14:31:00 | More by mltobin
4.13/5 rDev +0.2%
a - like a gringhy old beer bar. nothing special, but ok.
q - very good, if not better than average selection.
s - it was there. but it was not crowded on a friday afternoon.
s - from good quality, to a few i never heard of for a better than expected selection. i will take it. and go back for sure.
f - now this was good. i had the berger, that i thought was better than the last one i had at a place that i spendt twice as much for.
v - this was not happy hour, but i will go back again. it was better than average.
03-06-2009 21:44:55 | More by jsanto
3.41/5 rDev -17.2%
go to this place if you really wanna see a band there
located in olde city parking is rough....
it is also half a block from eulogy and triumph... so ... there are other places to go
the bartenders are usually friendly, they have an older hipster door guy who is flat out rude
the beer selection is pretty good, have some really cool domestics on draft , stuff like allagash, dfh, yards.. the draft list changes alot and they have a small bottle list
the grimiest batrhoom will you will find in the city
the rest of the bar feels like it hasnt been swept or cleaned since Rico Suave was tearing up the charts..
its one of the cheaper places to drink ,you can get pbr for dirt cheap
but its just really hard to go here with such other great beer bars less than a block away
12-07-2008 23:28:04 | More by gdfan47
4.06/5 rDev -1.5%
To call the Khyber an icon in the Philly music scene would be a gross understatement. From Jeffrey Gaines to The Butthole Surfers to The Dead Milkmen to 70,000 Tools, somebodies and nobodies have been playing here for decades. And way back when into the 80's, this place was known for its extensive and ecclectic beer selection, though at that time it was mostly imports. As American beer has blossomed, so has the selection here. But I get ahead of myself.
Step from the street into the glass-fronted building and you've come hip deep into the Philadelphia version of a grunge/punk/ska/hipster hangout. It's dark, it's gritty, and the edge in the air is punctuated and honed by the high-decibel music clamoring in from the stage to the right of the bar room. Most nights, since all bands have fans, it's elbow-to-elbow, but when the bands are playing, the area by the bar thins a a bit. But the bottom line is, for what it wants to be, the Khyber is spot-on, and if you don't feel comfortable here, chances are you wandered into the wrong place. The bar is crafted wood and mirror, a classic in its own right, and the restrooms are as clean as you could expect from an establishment that caters to such a wide ranging cast of crazies. The back bar is a treat to behold, with its history intact, and the jukebox is dense and far-reaching. And with the smoke gone, it's more fun than ever.
The beer is cold, and sure, sometimes too cold, but the glasses are clean, and nobody could care less whether you drink from the bottle or the glass. It's all good, and refreshing considering too many music venues are dedicated to pushing macros.
Service is strong. Bartenders have always been friendly, at least, and they make you feel like your order matters to them. The only issue I've ever run into is they're not always so patient when the music is loud and they can't get your order from you as timely as they would like. But with the crowd hovering at the bar, you realize soon that you need to make yourself heard.
The selection is damned good as well. Many, many imports, from England to Germany to Belgium, line the coolers behind the bar, and they were the mainstay for years. Now, though, domestic, and especially local, craft brew is the strength. Yards is ubiquitous, but also coming through you could find Victory, Weyerbacher, Stoudts, Troegs, Brooklyn, Dogfish Head, and Sly Fox. There are 7 or 8 taps, which I never counted, but that's my impression, and plenty of bottled selections as well. Simply, finding something to enjoyable wet your whistle is an effortless task here.
Food? Yes, they have it, but I've never tried it. In the old days I never seemed to have an appetite here, and now, I eat before I go.
Prices are right in line with about any place in the city that offers this much. You won't go broke.
I actually played here in the 80's and remember drinking Chimay for the first time after our set. So sure, it has a pretty fond place in my heart, but it's not sentimentality that has me giving such a strong review. Rather, it's the fact that this place is dedicated to damned good beer while establishing as strong an identity as any bar in the city. The Earth slipped a bit on its axis when this place closed for a short spell several years ago, but all is again right with the world.
02-14-2007 17:28:10 | More by Foxman
4.2/5 rDev +1.9%
The entryway was at a slight angle to the street, so as I went in the door, I had to make a left-oblique and the "U"-shaped wooden bar was right there. There were three lamps spaced out over the length of the bar, plus a few chandeliers, but the lighting was dim, at best. The bar ran along the left-hand side with the back bar against the left wall. The back bar was especially notable for its ornate woodwork and lengthy mirrors. Just past the end of the bar was the Men's washroom, which was an experience all its own. Through a couple of doorways to the right was the stage all of the way forward; a couple of tables and chairs in the center; and the engineer's board, all of the way aft. I wanted to give this place the same marks for "Atmosphere" that I gave Delilah's in CHI, but it wasn't quite the same.
Regarding their beer selection, the bottles were not neccesarily focused on craft beer, but every one of the taps were special. It is also especially notable that they were one of Yards' first three accounts.
02-04-2007 14:44:48 | More by woodychandler
4.44/5 rDev +7.8%
I need to start reviewing more and I figured what better way to start than with the Khyber. The old stand by. Yes, it can be crowded for shows as well as loud and yes, it's smokey, but it's meant to be those things. That's part of the Khyber experience. They have a very good bottle selection and an excellent, local tap lineup. Yards, Weyerbacher, Troegs, Stoudts plus a slew of others rotate in and out of the rotation. The tenders are always very attentative and are full of knowledge when it comes to the offerings.
Still can't beat their happy hour of $2 pints of Yards and $1 macros.
09-15-2006 18:33:43 | More by paddyos
4.14/5 rDev +0.5%
The Khyber is clearly some sort of awesome music venue/ beer bar hybrid. The building is essentially two narrow lots, typical of center city, except theyre joined in the middle. On the right you have a dark graffitied place to get your rock on, on the left you can find a fantastic selection of local brews.
On first inspection, this place just looked like your typical dirty dive bar, but upon further review, this place is actually quite attractive. What really got my attention was the woodwork in the shelves behind the bar. There were little griffins or something with red LEDs or Christmas lights for eyes, coats of arms of sorts and what are those, ducks? It was really sharp. Adding to this are decorative lights raised off the bar on narrow poles that gave a very quaint and classy feel. That, topped of with some ornate chandeliers and high ceilings made me reconsider my dirty dive first impression. None-the less, as ornate, comforting and elaborate the artistry of this place is, it still has a enveloping darkness to it.
On tap for the day was Hoegaarden, Hop Devil, Yards Saison (which I nabbed), Brooklyn Lager, Tröegs Dopplebock and Pils, De Koenig, Yuenglings Lager, Stoudts Gold, #9 and OReillys Irish Stout. That pretty much does it for the region. Good job. The bottles included some imports, but mostly the bigger named ones.
The bartender was attentive and friendly without being over assertive or annoying. In fact, he seemed like a really cool guy. Thats a rare find. He was quick with the drinks and with keeping the waters full. I realized that I liked the guy and The Khyber when some guy walked in off the street and ordered a Bud Light. The tender replied we dont serve anything with the name light on-tap. He had to repeat this a few times to get his message across. The tone of his voice made me chuckle.
I like this place. They seem to have a really good focus on beer and hire the right people to really advocate the local beer scene. Ill be back for sure.
08-28-2006 22:47:31 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Khyber Pass Pub in Philadelphia, PA
92 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.