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Local 44

Not Rated.
Local 44Local 44
BA SCORE
96
world-class

53 Ratings
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.74%
Taps: 20
Bottles: 2
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

4333 Spruce St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104-4707
United States
phone: (215) 222-2337

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:
Every day: 11:30am-2:00am
Kitchen open until midnight.

(Place added by: Local44 on 12-19-2008)
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4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

*** A little re-reviewing ***

I went back to Local 44 after my first visit more than three years ago. Service is still great, beer selection is damn fine and the ambience is as cozy as ever. But I found the food (at least the sandwich I ordered) to be super delicious. The pastrami seitan sandwich with perfectly melt-y Swiss cheese is to die for. Must be one of the best vegan concoctions EVAH!

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My fifth and final stop of my Philly beer tour (after Monk's, Foodery, Yards and Kraftwork).

The wife and I were lucky enough to find parking near and a table at Local 44 on a Friday night. The place was packed (all tables taken, two-people deep at the bar), but still manageable. This is not one of those bars that, when crowded, makes you want to chop somebody in half with your pocket chainsaw before leaving.

Ambience is cozy and warm, like a mountain lodge full of inoffensive, friendly Philly hipsters, complete with beards, stevedore's caps and the whole uniform.

They offer 18 taps and 2 casks (Yards plus Fuller's London Porter when I visited). A good mix of American crafts and quality Belgian and German imports: Ommegang, Oskar Blues, Green Flash, Great Divide (Espresso Yeti), Southern Tier, Corsendonk, Schneider Weisse...

Food is very basic, menu limited. Edible and fairly priced, but that's about it. I got a spicy pastrami sandwich that tasted like some nondescript cardboard-y deli meat, while the wife's spicy mac was more like a forgettable Mexican pasta salad, utterly devoid of excitement. Fries were truly delicious and salty, though.

Prices are good, $9 for a big sandwich with fries and $5 for small snifters of Southern Tier 2XIPA and Great Divide Espresso Yeti. Wow!

But the best thing about Local 44 is not the beer, not the ambiance but the service. Truly top-notch. Every server complements and helps each other and they all help you, the guest, instead of fencing off questions with the classic "I'll call your server" or "order from the bar". I was stunned. Despite being packed, every server that walked by our table stopped to check on us. AND the bartender himself took the time to step outside the bar and come to our table to take our order. Amazing or what!

Next time I'm in Philly, I'll be coming to Local 44. You bet I will!

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vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 2.5

Kind of a pretentious divey place. It's got the smell of a wino bar but with zinc bar counters. Scrawled and uninformative beer list. The beers are not particularly worth a detour in this beer-rich town. Even as a tourist I found I had drunk most of them.

A vaguely interested bar maid did not add to the welcome. The clientele made me think of Bilbo Baggins in Alexandria on Ladies Night, but with the frat houses within crawling distance it must be a different crowd in the later evening. Food is greasy and also pretentious. Ridiculously hotly spice polenta (and so little of it!). On the plus side, you can take the interesting northside trolley lines and if you walk or ride further out you'll come to the actually worth the trip Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant. [transcribed from notes on May 30, 2012 visit]

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5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place was on my list of bottle shops to check out while in Philly and I must say it was well worth it! However the prices may be a little steep, drinking a beer on tap while shopping for beer made it worth it! Great customer service, great selection, decent prices make this an ultimate place to check out while in Philly! The one thing that is crazy about this place is that its in West Philly (which isn't the nicest of areas IMHO), but it somehow works for them! The bottle shop is separate from the restaurant, but if you have time do stop by the restaurant and grab a brew and some grub!

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4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Boston and Chicago are often described as cities "of neighborhoods." Philadelphia? Not so much, but Local 44 would make me consider it.

Tucked away on a quiet corner in West Philly, Local 44 offers just about everything you'd want in a local bar. The vibe manages to be both hip and inviting, homey and exciting. I've eaten and drank here twice now, and loved each visit. The draft list does a fine job balancing local breweries and beer geek favorites. Sly Fox, Yards and PBC are in good company alongside Great Divide, Lost Abbey, and Franziskaner. There are always one or two offerings on cask, and charmingly only Orval and a gluten-free option in bottles.

Go here with an appetite, though you won't need too much money - there are many options in the sub-$10 range here. On my last visit, I instantly regretted ordering my olive-oil poached, banana pepper-laden tuna melt as soon as I saw my friend's perfectly medium rare burger with a runny fried egg on top. I tend to avoid brunch like the plague, but the sweet potato latkes and maple-glazed hush puppies looked damn fine.

Every staff member is almost definitely cooler than I am. The bartenders and servers wouldn't look out of place in any number of bars in Cambridge or Fort Greene, and they're some of the friendliest beer bar employees I've ever come across. I've drank at the bar and eaten at tables, and the service has been helpful, courteous and incredibly efficient each time.

I'll be back to Local 44 for a PtY tapping or, more likely Sunday night Quizzo. A wonderful spot, one any neighborhood would be proud to call its own.

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4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Started a mini beer excursion here at Local 44. This place isn't that far from my work and has been on my list to check out for quite some time.

A small, clean, bar area and an area with tables separated by a half wall. Mostly wood interior, a very calm, inviting environment.

Their tap list was excellent, anchored by Russian River Damnation and Port Mongo. They also had a couple Allagash's, Ommegang's, a couple locals (Victory, Sly Fox) and some German beers (Ayinger and Franziskaner, I believe.) We were here for the Port Mongo. I had only had it once before and my friend had never had it.

This is a place I have to keep on my radar. They always have some great beers in the rotation and is definitely worth returning on a regular basis.

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Local 44 in Philadelphia, PA
96 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.