Khyber Pass Pub
Taps: 22 / Bottles: 71
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 33 | Display Reviews Only:
5/5 rDev +21.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
HOLY MOLY - the Khyber Pass Pub is hands down my favorite beer bar in the city of Philadelphia. I used to frequent the old Khyber on a weekly basis, and there will always be a special place in my heart for that live music venue.
However, the new Khyber Pass Pub has blown me away. First, the draft beer selection is killer. I've consumed some heavy hitters there recently in the past few months: Pliny the Younger, Pliny the Elder, Ballast Point Sculpin on cask - dry hopped with Amarillo/Citra hops, Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, etc. Been to a few events here and they were all really awesome and impressive (i.e. Tsarpower - all taps were Russian Imperial Stouts, Philly Beer Week events with Ballast Point, etc).
The food is southern style, New Orleans based. All I can say is - BACON GREASE POPCORN. And the gumbo is the real deal. Same with the pulled pork sandwich. I could go on and on about the food, it's top notch.
As much as I miss the old Khyber, I can say without a doubt, this is the best craft beer bar in town.
07-08-2011 15:59:43 | More by reymic
4.72/5 rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
I kind of felt silly because I went too early to get my day load on. I'm going to have to go again and drink beer. Alot of it. I have my work cut out for me... there is a dizzying array of brew.
What I did experience was some amazing bar-b-cue. The vinegary Carolina pulled pork was mouth-watering. Made me want beer. The staff was friendly and efficient. Much more approachable then at the last show I attended at the Khyber.
I'll definitely go back soon (next week) to drink cause it's all about the beer after all.
11-14-2010 17:43:22 | More by shylady
4.45/5 rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Wow, what a remake! The city's "grittiest" rock club cleaned up (but not too much) and with usable bathrooms. Who'd a thunk it?
I had not been to the old Khyber in probably 20 years, but as best I knew it was still a scary dump, albeit with good beer. The initial concept for the remake was as an izikaya; I am happy to say they ditched that and went for cajun food and great craft beer.
We grabbed a couple of seats at the bar early on a Saturday afternoon. Great welcoming vibe. The Khyber has had a few layers of grit scraped off but has not been scrubbed to a shiny white. A few layers of grime remain.
The beer lineup was heavy on RIS as that was the theme for the day (with cool "Tsar Power" t-shirts for only $7; awesome). All great choices from locals like Dock Street Prince Myshkin's to the first 2011 tapping of KBS. We could have stayed all day, but for the need to make it home without passing out.
Food was quite delicious. Bacon grease popcorn with cajun spices made for a delicious appetizer (served in a brown bag so you could see the grease spots develop), followed by a chicken poboy which was also quite tasty (grilled chicken is not, of course, the recommended protein for a poboy; will check back in 40 pounds for a proper poboy with debris, just like they serve in Nola).
Service was prompt and friendly. We loved this place and will visit again soon.
03-31-2011 18:04:12 | More by sholland119
4.45/5 rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
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
4.44/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
Khyber Pass Pub in Philadelphia, PA
92 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.