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Local 44

Not Rated.
Local 44Local 44

Taps: 20 / Bottles: 2
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
95
world-class

49 Ratings
Ratings: 49
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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

(Place added by: Local44 on 12-19-2008)
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GrantBrennan

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +15.2%

03-17-2014 01:10:36 | More by GrantBrennan
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jojox

Illinois

5/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

I went here for their Russian River event, ides of March 2009.

My friend and I got there early, an hour before the bar was to open. The door was unlocked, so we opened it. The bartender/co-owner told us we were early, but if we were just going to wait outside, to come on in. The kegs weren't pouring yet.

Inside is a long bar, some two-top bar tables, and behind a half wall is a line of booths. Draft beer list is on two chaulkboards, I didn't see any bottles but who needs them with a list like this!
I was there for a special event, 7 Russian River beers on tap at the same time, but in addition to those there was a very impressive list of draft beers. Absolutely first rate selection, where else can you drink Pliny the Younger, Consecration, and FIVE other RR beers? Nowhere, to date, except in Santa Rosa CA!

Some words about the staff. I didn't get their names, but two women were working the bar, one of them apparently the co-owner. They were simply awesome. Not just fun to watch, but clearly beer appreciators and really hard workers. This event totally overran the bar, they were running out of glasses, kicking kegs, dealing with drunks and crowds. They kept their cool and rolled with the punches. I'm not trying to be a creep but honestly they were rather cute and really fit, too.

I would definately go back to Local 44 any chance I had. Unfortunately it's a bit far from me to be on my regular rotation but this experience was nothing short of awesome.

I didn't try any food.

03-16-2009 13:29:11 | More by jojox
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patm185

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +15.2%

11-19-2013 01:14:35 | More by patm185
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legend8706

Virginia

5/5  rDev +15.2%
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!

01-02-2013 12:52:02 | More by legend8706
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BigIrishman

New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $

Had to make it down to Russian River day at the Local 44...

This has to be one of the top beer bars in all of philly (and that's saying someething). They had 6 taps of Russian River and the rest were an assortment of great stuff from locals as well as tough to find places in California. The place was packed for the day and the staff were amazing. I sat at the bar with a friend and although the place was hopping, I never waited between rounds. Everything was delicious and fresh and the prices were ridiculous. Not too many places you go to will have pints of PtE for under $7...The food is pretty good and the atmosphere is awesome, very easy to get a conversation started...Overall awesome experience.

06-14-2010 11:53:19 | More by BigIrishman
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Stairsvictim

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

Located on Spruce St near 44th, Local 44 is not to be missed.

The atmosphere is warm, inviting and casual. with a long bar and many pub style tables in one room. And another room with tables for larger parties.

The beer list was excellent, with at least 20 beers on draft. And all there to make a beer lovers eyes widen. The bartender was very knowledgeable of beer and pointed out some beers that were almost gone, to be sure I was able to enjoy them before it was too late.{Russian River]

Some beers I was happy to have on draft that night are:
Pliny the Elder, Rejection, and Redemption. all by Russian River. and also Stone 12th anniversary stout.

The food here is yummy. I had the Rueben Fritters and Buffalo Wings. The fritters were fantastic. and the wings were big, very tasty, and not too hot.

This bar was a super experience.
I live 1 1/2 hours away from Philly and plan on making another trip just to visit this bar again.

03-19-2009 01:43:23 | More by Stairsvictim
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John_M

Oregon

4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

My first visit to this excellent Philly beer bar. I know I keep on saying this, but what I wouldn't give to have this as my neighborhood bar.

Located at the corner of 44th and Spruce, I was surprised by the size of the place and how nicely appointed the place was. Everything was done up in dark green and dark wood, giving the place a nice, solid look. As you walk in the door, there is a long bar to your immediate left, with some tables and chairs to the right. There is sort of a seperate dining area, which while not huge, was good size I thought. I didn't have much of an opportunity to explore, as the overwhelming crowd for the Russian River event quickly made moving around problematic. In any event, this place has a very nice, very relaxed, low key vibe that I really liked. Quality of the beer selection on this particular day was off the chart exceptional. There were 7 RR beers on tap, along with two english ales on cask (Fuller's London Pride and the ESB), Ayinger Celebrator, and another 10 or so craft beer selections. There is no crap on tap or in bottles here - in fact the only bottled beer they have is the Orval.

As I was here for the RR event, there was very quickly a large, nearly overbearing crowd. At some places the service can really suck when this happens, with the staff becoming increasingly snarly, snarky and unpleasant. Not here. Depite a huge, aggressive and often testy crowd, the staff kept their cool and their sense of humor, handling the crowd very well. When lack of glassware became an issue, the bartender went out to the dining room, canvassing the tavern for glassware. In short, given the circumstances, I thought the service here was outstanding.

Didn't get any food, but ordering food on this day would have been next to impossible anyway, given the crowd. Prices were reasonable as well I thought, with the Younger and Consecration going for $7.70 a glass, and all the other RR beers going for $6.60. I think pints of everything else were around $5.

This is an absolutely outstanding place. Yet another in beer rich Philly...

03-16-2009 14:10:07 | More by John_M
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etannen

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

I live in West Philadelphia right around the corner from Local 44 and it has been a place of solace and wonderment for me throughout my time living here. The selection is ample, 20 beers on tap, they cycle through numerous local brews and there are no macros. The french fires are well done, my friends and I ended up going through three orders this past Tuesday night. The crowd is a diverse one, given the nature of West Philly. I was fortunate enough to practice my French with an Algerian fellow last Friday. The bartender is very personable, and started to recognize my housemates and I after only our second visit. I highly recommend this bar to anyone coming through West Philly!

09-19-2010 02:07:20 | More by etannen
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Skemo

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

One of the few West Philadelphia bars actually worth a damn. The beer selection is very impressive, changes frequently, and has some genuine gems. In addition to the 20 or so tap lines, they have two cask lines as well. The cask selection isn't great, usually a local bitter or pale ale. Value is what sets this bar from the others, especially compared to the Center City haunts. Most of the beers are 5 dollars or less, and when coupled with the aforementioned selection, makes this an affordable bar well worth the trip.

Atmosphere is great, modern without being pretentious, also, its not infested with hipsters like many of the venerable Old City/Northern Liberties places. The food is definitely note worthy as well. The chef took your typical bar fare and put a nice contemporary spin on it. Some highlights include the Fish and Chips with cornbread hushpuppies, and the Steak Sandwich with a garlic pressed baguette with a side of plantations. Again, the food is a very good value as well.

A true West Philadelphia gem, if this was in Center City it would be one of the most popular beer bars in the city.

12-06-2009 22:37:41 | More by Skemo
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astrasday

Massachusetts

4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

An old friend and I were ambling around West Philly upon my arrival a few hours before. I suggested we find a good beer spot. We started to wonder and serendipitously came upon this great little spot.

Atmosphere is just what I want from a bar. Lovely hardwood, big bar, nice lighting, homey feel without the pretense.

Quality is unquestioning. 21 taps (including 2 cask) and not one was wasted an macro swill despite its collegiate locale. I enjoyed 16 oz. pours of Hop Wallop, Racer 5 on cask and Sly Fox O'Reilly's Stout each beer hovering either a few cents below or above 5 bucks. Reasonable prices? Yes. Sweet? I think so.

Service was great. The bartender was friendly, knew his stuff and was up to talk about beer, the neighborhood or whatever. Liberal with tastings and willing to accommodate you in your search for the next beer to order was a nice touch.

If I ever make a home in West Philly, expect to see me here weekly.

03-27-2009 23:28:27 | More by astrasday
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Local 44 in Philadelphia, PA
95 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.