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The Irish Pol

The Irish PolThe Irish Pol

Taps: 35 / Bottles: 2
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
88
very good

17 Ratings
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.66%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

45 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106-2814
United States
phone: (267) 761-9532

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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Stopped by for a couple of beers after dinner at the Eulogy. I had been told that there is something of divish vibe to the place, but in truth, that's not the impression I had about this place.

The Irish Pol is undeniably small, with a long bar running along the left side as you walk in from 3rd St. There are also a couple of tables and chairs strewn around the interior, but I doubt this place can hold more than 20 or 30 folks at any one time. The place is laid back and informal, with a large disco ball by the front door and lots of exposed brick on the right side of the bar. While the decor is unpretentious and even somewhat funky, everything looks pretty clean and well kept. In any event....

The draft selection was pretty impressive, and I think I counted something like 35 tap handles on this afternoon (they also have 4 beers in cans and bottles, but it's nothing to get excited about). Qaulity was pretty high, as I saw Palm, St. Bernardus 12, tramp stamp, torpedo IPA, Dales deviant, islander IPA, etc. They also had Labatts Blue and PBR for anyone wanting to drink cheap macro swill, but otherwise the tap list was devoted to craft and imports.

Service was pretty good I thought. The bartenders were very quick and knowledgeable, and were likewise pretty friendly. Prices were fairly reasonable (a glass of tramp stamp, islander ipa and St. Bernardus came to $17), and the bar requires cash payment for any tab less than $20 (which I had no problem with).

All in all, I thought this was a pretty solid spot, and a great place to relax and unwind after a day or week of work (or a meal over at the Eulogy). I'd certainly come back any time I was in the area.

05-26-2012 13:03:50 | More by johnmichaelsen
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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hoppymcgee

Pennsylvania

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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-08-2014 21:16:01 | More by JohneHoodlum
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

I liked this place a lot. My wife and I paid a visit to The Irish Pol on our second night in Philly, and if we had spent a little more time in the city, we certainly would have come back.

It's a small little bar on 3rd St. Very modest looking on the outside, probably wouldn't have found it if we hadn't been looking for it. It's practically JUST a bar. Some small tables, but now that I think of it, I don't even remember seeing chairs next to them. Dark, but not too dark, looks like a nice little Irish goto after work bar. It happened to be Pearl Jam Monday, so there was only Pearl Jam playing for music, but a good enough band to sit and listen to for a few hours. Some small liquor and beer paraphernalia around the place as well as the local Philadelphia sports teams. There were 2 big posters that have "Malt Madness" on them. The bartender explained that each month during march madness they set up a bracket with all their tap beers. Each beer is paired up against another beer for an extended amount of time, whatever beer sells the most gets knocked down to a cheaper price. A pretty innovative idea, at least I thought it was clever anyway. There was also a big flatscreen TV at the back wall, I think primarily for sports games. There was a Phillies game on when we went in.

Service was good. Bartender was pretty much by himself, and wasn't that warm at first, but I think it was because he was by himself. About 15 people or so there but after a few people left and he was down to like 7 he was very attentive. He had a laptop that he spent a fair amount of time at, but I think he was controlling the music at the bar. We ordered some food, and he would disappear to the back a couple of times before it was ready, so there was possibly someone there in the kitchen, but I don't know. He was a nice guy, pretty attentive and would let the customers sample something before committing to ordering it.

Selection is very good, especially considering how freaking small the place is. 33/40 taps were functioning that night. A lot of love to local Pennsylvania and bordering states with Yards, Treogs, Stoudts, Victory, Ithaca, Flying Fish, Great Lakes, and a few more. There was still plenty of love for the rest of the country with good stuff from Long Trail, Dark Horse, Ballast Point, Anchor, Magic Hat and Rogue. Victory, Yards and Rogue together probably take up about 12 or 15 taps. Most of the tap list was dedicated to craft, I only remember Leinenkugel, Foster's and Guinness being pretty standard stuff on there. I didn't see a bottle list but I saw a guy in there drinking a bottle of Bud, so I guess that's how they get their BMC products out there. Overall I was pretty impressed with the list.

Food was pretty darn good for the size of the place. Don't expect to have a full meal going in, pub grub is still too much of an adjective here. Talking pretty much just standard appetizers with the exception of a hot dog and kielbasa or pulled pork sandwich. Fries (with or without cheese), onion rings, tater tots, pierogies, wings, fried ravioli, mozzarella sticks, and other platters are the majority of this menu. We ended up getting an order of "Old Bay" fries, which were fries with crab meat seasoning. Pretty tasty actually. So I liked the food, but you gotta take it for what it is.

Value was pretty good, you're not gonna hurt you're wallet much here and you can get quite a bit. I HIGHLY recommend stopping into this place for a beer if you ever visit Philly. My favorite beer stop during my visit I think, it was a very pleasant surprise.

07-25-2011 01:21:53 | More by AndyAvalanche
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

One of my favorite little underated gems in the city. Hidden in plain site on the slower moving 3rd street block in old city, this place has been a roatating dive bar for as long as i've been on the scene.

As you walk in, you are greated with a dark room with a mix-and-match approach to decorating - black chipping paint in the dominant item, hints of past "themes" adorn the walls (Jager bottle light covers, Jager lables) and touches of dive bar hang through out (beads dangling from hooks, neon lighting, names carved into wood, grafiti from floor to ceiling in the rest rooms). A few HD TV's, juke box and iPods provide the entertainment. A lot of cool musicaly themed events take place regularly here.

The most notable feature is the 40 tap system which has the handles protruding from the wall behind the bar which streteches the length of about half of the room. With so many taps, they tend to grab a handful from featured brweweries and throw 4-5 rotating taps from each of Victory, Yards, Rogue, Great Lakes etc. Of the 40 taps, 5 or so are moderately rare and/or high gravity brews served in 10oz glasses, with the rest being served in 16oz pints. The selection has enough variety to satisfy a beer geek, localvore, newbie or macro fan. Nice to see about 5+ different lager styles represented as well. This place has a great $3 happy hour and some good events throught the year and during Beer Week.

Service is top notch. All the bar tenders are friendly, attentive and you get the feeling they are there hanging out with you, even when busy. Have not sampled the food but think your standard deep fried bar food - none of that "gastropub" stuff here.

Overall, I've always just felt comfortable here... an old school dive with great service and great brews.

07-18-2011 15:28:09 | More by rfgetz
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 1.5 | $$

The Irish Pōl in Olde City is just a short walk from Eulogy/Triumph, on 3rd between Market & Chestnut. I've been a few times, and I'm not too impressed. The beer list was actually quite impressive, and more impressive was the amount of beers on tap (around 40-50). Why I'll probably never go back: the food menu was weak (simple little bar snacks mostly), and the atmosphere was weaker. Happy Hour prices are sweet considering the beer list. But considering Eulogy and Triumph are only a block away, if you're in the area, you might as well just hit up one of those.

Basically, what the Irish Pōl is, is a dive that just happens to serve a lot of really good beer. But judging by friends' opinions, I may have misjudged the place, simply because of the hour that I went. I'll probably visit again some day soon.

04-29-2011 19:37:20 | More by Rifugium
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$

Wanted to come here after hearing so much about their great happy hour special and their 40 taps on draft. Even their website touts some great looking beers so I figured I couldn't miss. Well, I went in last week on a Wednesday. It seemed like about half their taps were down. Strike one. Did I go in on an off day or towards the end of their inventory week? Who knows.

The other thing that stuck out is that half the taps offered weren't at happy hour prices.
Strike two. What the heck?!?!

At least when I first ordered a Ten Fidy, when the keg went out halfway through the pour the bartender comped me what was left in the glass. Overall, my service was very good.

Didn't care for the decor of the place, nor the bum sitting at the end of the bar.

Overall, I didn't really dig the place, but I can see why some might tolerate it during the happy hour special. Needless to say, I probably won't be coming back unless it's happy hour.

07-16-2010 02:29:11 | More by jwhancher
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ghunte02

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$

Visited the Irish Pol for a Saturday Happy Hour. Cant beat $3 pints and a friendly, knowledgeable bartender.

Bar is small and narrow but not atypical for Philly rowhome bars. Still has plenty of Jager paraphenelia around from a previous life. Only real complaint was the fryer. Yes, the fryer. all food on the menu is deep fried and said deep fryer is right next to the bar, so the entire bar and your clothing smells like deep fried chiken after 5 minutes. This did not work for my date.

Selection was very good. Enjoyed a Rogue Sigs and Ballast Point IPA.

Bartender offered good suggestions and was engaging.

Overall, a good spot, just lose the grease scent.

02-22-2010 04:20:51 | More by ghunte02
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danz2323

New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $

My group and I went there at 5 on Saturday after visiting some other local bars in Olde City. They run an everyday happy hour from 5-7 which is everyday including weekends. $3 drafts on most of their selection, and you can't go wrong. The bar itself is just a bar, and we went there to drink beer, not enjoy the atmosphere. The bartender was knowledgeable and we had great service. Their selection was top notch, as they had 40 beers on tap so everyone should be able to find something they like, and for $3 a pint, you can't go wrong. This is a great spot that I will be coming to a lot during the hours of 5-7.

02-15-2010 18:15:32 | More by danz2323
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The Irish Pol in Philadelphia, PA
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