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Local 44

Not Rated.
Local 44Local 44
BA SCORE
95
world-class

33 Reviews
Reviews: 33
Visits: 61
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: n/a
Taps: 20
Bottles: 2
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Notes:
Place added by: Local44 on 12-19-2008

Every day: 11:30am-2:00am
Kitchen open until midnight.
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Reviews: 33 | Visits: 61
Reviews by glid02:
Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Trekked over here from the suburbs during a recent stop in the city.

Atmosphere is good. It's got a very nice neighborhood feel to it. I felt as though half the people in the bar were regulars and the servers did their best to make you feel that way too. A long bar greets you upon entering on the left with a good deal of tables on the right. A large doorway on the right opens up into even more seating. The beer list is written on a chalkboard at the far end of the bar and a TV sits directly in the middle.

Quality is good. All glassware is appropriate and I especially appreciated their stubby glasses for half-pours. The temperature and head levels are also nice.

Service is also good. They seemed a bit understaffed while I was there and I had to wait longer than I'm used to a few times to put in my next order. That said, when the server was able to make it around she was very friendly.

Selection is very good. Around 15 taps with two beer engines. While I was there a good deal of locals were represented along with some of CA's finest.

Food was underwhelming. The burger I ordered was OK but with the recent burger revolution I was a bit disappointed. The fries were solid and the rest of their menu did look interesting.

Value is good. The half-pours are a good deal and even if you get a full pint it won't hit your wallet very hard.

Overall this place is a bit off the beaten path but that's what makes it more of a neighborhood bar. A nice selection with friendly service makes this place worth a stop if you're near the area. (1,549 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sparger
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Great Place, great atmosphere, really cool staff (48 characters)

Photo of jophish17
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Reds76
4.59/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Had my first Pliny the Elder here. Their beer selection is excellent! (70 characters)

Photo of WS_Transplant
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Child_Pugh
4.93/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Seer_One
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of millerbuffoon
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of orangesol
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Phillyz
5/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
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! (2,280 characters)

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Local 44 in Philadelphia, PA
95 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.