The Bishop's Collar
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 17
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by rdrummer:
4.25/5 rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
I stumbled into the Bishop's Collar for a late Saturday lunch, because Bridgid's up the street doesn't do weekend lunch. My disappointment turned to joy when I saw the blackboard above the bar with its 10 to 12 beers on tap and its handwritten menu. The Collar has some great beer on tap, including on my visit La Chouffe, Stella, Hoegaarden, Yard's Porter, Guiness, Harp, Bass, Yuengling, and others. The bottle list is not huge but has some real gems. The place was jumping, partly due to a great college basketball game. The crowd was friendly, the bartender was efficient and friendly. While waiting for a table, we sampled some taps and talked with the tender. The waitress kept us informed about the wait time, and seated us quickly. Their menus are pasted in the front and back of children's books, novels, and even some textbooks. It was a good conversation starter. The food here is a real step above most bar food. The ingredients are fresh, there are plenty of meat lovers food, but also a good selection of veggie fair. Prices are reasonable and the quality was good. I will be making a return trip to the Collar.
02-17-2004 23:51:36 | More by rdrummer
More User Reviews:
3.81/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
Located in the general Museum area, Bishop's Collar is in a good place for craft-beer-bar-hopping outside of Center City, with Brigid's and Belgian Cafe not too far away. But it can stand alone for a good night out as well. The place is not that big, with a bar that holds maybe 10-12 people, and some standing and sitting room, which can get cramped during busy hours. Pretty basic layout, nothing extravagant going on here.
Beer selection is generally pretty good, with a decent line up of local and micro standards. They tend to get some good events that generally fly under the radar. I popped later in the day after a Pliny the Younger event to find Hopslam and Sculpin still flowing easily.
Service is generally fine, though I tend to notice that some of the bartenders may spend a little too much time chatting with their buddies and regulars rather than tending the whole bar. It's to be expected in a place like this.
Food is basic pub grub, but everything I've had has been decent. Prices are about the average overall.
I wouldn't exactly call this a must-visit bar, but if you find yourself in the area looking for something to do, Bishop's Collar is a solid option.
03-20-2014 02:31:12 | More by Rifugium
The Bishop's Collar in Philadelphia, PA
90 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.