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Local 44

Not Rated.
Local 44Local 44

33 Reviews
Reviews: 33
Visits: 61
Avg: 4.24
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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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
Photo of Keith238
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped in on January 10th.

Atmosphere was pleasant in the afternoon. Huge change from many moons ago when it was Murph's. Very clean and simply decorated.

Quality was very good. Food was fresh. Obviously the beer was as well, only open for a little more than a week.

Service was average at best. Only 2 tables were occupied and the second table wasn't even eating. Had to wait a while for our second round of drinks.

Food was very tasty. I had the mahi mahi taco's. While not quite what I thought I was getting, it was good and would order them again. My girlfriend had the Cuban sandwich... terrible. Also served to our table was the Greek salad, good compliments from my friend who had that as well as the burger, nice and fresh. Hand cut fries were terrific as were the plantain chips.

Prices were very reasonable considering the middle to upper middle class area and target customers.

Beer selection was good, not overdone. Sly Fox on cask was excellent. I would definitely go back. Good luck to the new owners!

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Photo of ithacabaron
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Solid, if not remarkable.

Beer outplays the food here -- there is a carefully constructed tap list, including several rarities (Cantillon vintages, etc.) and two hand pumps, most recently pouring the new Yards' Brawler, and eternal golden boy Victory Hop Wallop. A wide range of styles and countries are represented, and most beer is served in its "proper" glassware, always a nice touch; but it makes determining price-per-ounce value nearly impossible. Listing the serving size of each beer on the menu would be a nice touch. Even so, the prices seem reasonable. Additionally, printed copies of the beer list should be made available, as the two chalkboard lists -- right now the only way of telling what's on tap -- are not in the sight-lines of most patrons' seats.

Food is well-proportioned, but quite disappointing. The "asian" chicken wings, a large serving covered in a somewhat mushy, overly sweet glaze, end up somewhat cloying -- a good kick of vinegar, wasabi or Huy Fong chili-garlic sauce could really do wonders to create some balance in this dish. An extra minute in the fryer wouldn't hurt either. The hamburger, as well, is generously proportioned, but needs some sort of signature element (i.e. the famed Father's Office Onion Marmalade in Los Angeles) to really stand out.

All in all, most of the dishes I've sampled from the menu just need better seasoning and a good shot of butter. Additionally, most items on the menu are on the heavier side -- a nice chartucerie platter or cheese board would be appreciated for those that simply wish to snack.

Service is eager to please. Clearly, opening this bar has been a labor of love for these people, and it's nice to see such enthusiasm.

For all of the above complaints, in time, I imagine things will get honed in here, and a place like this is sorely needed in the Spruce Hill neighborhood. Goodness knows it's a vast improvement over the coked-out frat boy haven that it replaced.

For now, this place will win my regular business by default, although I'll still probably head over to Dock Street when given the choice between the two. Draw up a more educative beer menu, work on the food, and this could stand among the better of Philly's gastropubs.

A solid start.

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Photo of Edgecrusher
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Atmosphere: Very nice place. Cozy and warm inside-perfect for chatting over a few beers with friends.

Quality: Very good. Very clean place. Beer was very fresh. Food quality was great.

Service: Service was great-very friendly wait staff and timely delivery of beer and food.

Selection: Good-about 20 beers on tap and 2 on hand pumped casks. No bottle selection. Food menu was limited-but that is probably due to just opening full time on the 2nd.

Food: Good-me and my fiance had the fries and corndogs. Both were good with the fries being some of the best we've had.

Overall a great place. Would qualify as a neighborhood bar. Very impressed with the overall efficiency of the bar considering it just opened. Can't wait to go back!

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