Khyber Pass Pub

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68 Ratings
Ratings: 68
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.12
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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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 37
Photo of reymic
5/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Photo of shylady
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of sholland119
4.45/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of longdivision
4.45/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of paddyos
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of dmarch
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of PopeDX
4.41/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of damndirtyape
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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 danman0125
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Very nice place.

I was in Philly for 2 nights staying at Comfort Inn in Penns Landing / Old City area.... this place was just a 10 to 15 minute walk from my hotel.... went here on way to go to Eulogy belgian tavern and then get some Indian Food at Karma in old city.

Had 3 beers (forget which). Extensive selection of beers on draft.... probably about 20 or so.... it seems like the bartenders print up a new menu as soon as something new is tapped and then pass out a few copies along the bar.

Seems like there is also a rather extensive selection of bourbons, whiskeys, scotches, even bitters for people to select from.... I hear one of the regular bartenders makes a wicked 'Old Fashioned' cocktail.

food smelled good. Service was excellent (at bar at least... which is where I sat).

Prices are average to reasonable (for eating in a big city).... most drafts were in $5.50 area.

Nice atmosphere. long bar seating 20 to 30 and then a dine-in area as well. Happy hour also offered I think (I forget what the happy hour specials were... I wasn't there during that time period).

Make sure you stop in if you are ever in the old city / Penns Landing / Second Street area of Philadelphia.... have a beer or two... maybe a whiskey... get a little bit of food and relax.... you won't regret it I assure you.

Photo of rfgetz
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Atmosphere retains a slight amount of the grittiness of its past. Dimly lit, well aged dark hand crafted wood bar is the centerpiece of the room with a mish-mash of beer logo adorned signs and flags on the beat up walls. Beers available on draught hang above the bar on individual pieces of slate with the name written in white chalk. Dinning room ajacent to the main bar in a sparsely decotrated, again dark room.

Nice selection of 25+ drafts, solid mix of local and domestic craft and Belgian beers, could use some solid non-Belgian imports thrown in. Bottle list is available, with a focus on Belgians and domestic craft. Nice list of events, with something fun going on on almost a twice a month basis.

Food menu is outstanding. Southern fare with a good mix of cajun, creole and BBQ. The Po Boys and Muffaletta were some of the best outside of New Orleans, the BBQ was fantastically juicy and flavorful without being overly charred or smoked. Fantastic rotation of specials for sandwiches and sides.

Fantastic reinvention of a bar which maintains character but expands on the beer and takes it to a whole new level with the food.

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

How I have somewhow managed to NOT review the Khyber is beyond me. The Khyber has two floors, but for beer, you'll want to stay downstairs. Upstairs has PBR on tap and that's it! Downstairs has 10 taps and almost ALL are local. Ambiance wise, the Khyber wins me over with a rustic old feel that says Serious Beer bar. Worn wood, cluttered back bar and BONUS! The back bar is a mirrored tryptich from an actual World's Fair. It's stunning and worn! The bar on the left seats about 20, across from a killer juke box.

Beers selection is always locally focused. Troegs Trogenator, Clipper City Category 5, Yards Saison, Yards Pale, Sly Fox Weisse, Lion Lionshead, Anchor Celebration, Flying Fish Porter, Youngs Double Chocolate Stout and in the On deck Circle is Brooklyn Chocolate, Heavyweight Perkunos Hammer and Vic'ry Prima Pils.

Foodwise, I know that they do sell some, but if you want food, go elsewhere!!! If you want to drink good local beer in a speakeasy historical bar, go to the Khyber.

Last swigs: Can get smoky and they charge a cover on band nights but kudos for their killer Sunday event called "Punish Your Liver" $15 all you can drink, $10 after midnight with a live DJ.

Could you take your Mother here? Heck no!!! The worst bathrooms in the city belong to the Khyber and it gets loud and smoky. But the Khyber is a local fave of mine. p.s. Brownies is next door and Eulogy is across the corner.

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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...

Photo of woodychandler
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

It's been a real long time since I've been here and realize it's within walking distance from Eulogy. This was for their grand reopening event recently. I met the owner at Monk's and he's good people.

Old City, Khyber is split between a bar area and a seating area, left and right. The bar area is large but it was crowded as hell in there. Either way the bar seats about 15 people or so and wraps around. Alot of beer signs on the wall and a nice Rodenbach banner. I likes it. Kinda dark, not to trendy, not the cleanest spot but faar from dirty. The eating area was nice though and a bit brighter. Very nice bathroom, dark, clean.

Quality is up there, about 20 taps or so plus two pumps. Some nice proper glassware and even Rodenbach glasses, these people must love their roadies down there. Clean glasses, even on a insanely busy night. I had no problem getting drinks although there were like 5 bartenders on, no time to chit chat.

They had a great selection on, I was double fisting sculpin and pliny like nobodys buisness. Also had some curieux and Yards Bourbon Barrel porter, in a Weyerbacher tulip glass. The rest of the list was superb to and the prices were not so bad considering it's old city here. (im talking about the regular menu prices here, not the grand opening party prices, which was a knockout) I think this place has something like 70 or so bottles to choose from. Food was also served but I'll grab it next time. I heard this place changed alot over the years and I like it where it is at now.

Photo of slander
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
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...

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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 they’re 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, Yard’s Saison (which I nabbed), Brooklyn Lager, Tröegs Dopplebock and Pils, De Koenig, Yuengling’s Lager, Stoudt’s Gold, #9 and O’Reilly’s 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. That’s 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 don’t 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. I’ll be back for sure.

Photo of jsanto
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev -1%
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!

Photo of Foxman
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of ithacabaron
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of chcfan
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I never went to the old Khyber, so I can't compare the two. I can say that it is another in a long line of great Philadelphia beer bars. I say the more the merrier.

They have an extensive list of around 30 beers on tap. The list was heavy on American craft with a few good imports. I had a Flanders Red that I had never heard of before. The bartenders were very attentive.

Their NC pulled pork sandwich is very good and my friend said his Po Boy was also very strong.

The only real knock I have on this place (I took it out of the atmosphere score - I may will probably go back in winter to see if they have the opposite problem and possibly write a separate review) is that it was hot as balls in there. Granted, we were there in July, but it was a pretty temperate evening and felt hotter inside than out. It seems as if they either don't have AC, or what they have doesn't work really well. We actually left to go somewhere else for more beers because of this. I couldn't imagine seeing a show in those conditions.

Photo of Fatehunter
4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Made a late night/early morning visit. Small place, but excellent selection. Two English cask ales plus ~20 more on tap with some tougher to find brews. Outstanding food. Good service.

Photo of MtnSoup
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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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Khyber Pass Pub in Philadelphia, PA
92 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.