Taps: 22 / Bottles: 61
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
2.65/5 rDev -35.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$$
A new beer bar in the Washington Sqaure West neighborhood of Center City Philadelphia. Not too large of a place. As other advocates have said, some nice large windows that open up. Great for a nice day. The sidewalk tables are OK. Horribly unbalanced, and it is just plain dirty and smelly out there.
They do have a pretty good beer selection, although, throughout some visits, I have found it to be somewhat repetitive. But, overall they do a pretty good job. Nice competitor to Tria just up the block.
The bartenders are good. Very knowledgable, and pretty friendly for the most part. They do tend to rush a selection, even if the place is not busy. The waitstaff, however, is awful. I can ignore rude, and unfriendly, but they have to be able to do their job. The waitstaff has almost no knowledge of the beers they are selling, or beer in general. Seriously, why work at this type of place if you can't somewhat describe a beer? Hey Owner, you should think about that when you hire these people!
They do have an OK food selection, although very over priced for the quality. But, when you have had a few too many beers, you really can't be too picky about what you are eating.
10-02-2009 18:10:46 | More by sbw138
2.8/5 rDev -32.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
I didn't get a very good impression from this place. Atmosphere was pretty weak. They have somewhat of a pin-up theme going on. The bar is kind of small, with a few tables strewn about. It looks like they're trying to pull off an old 50's diner look, but it's just not happening.
On the plus side, they do have a fair selection of good beer on tap, and growler fills. Staff is pretty inattentive, choosing attending regulars over general service and friendliness. The first time we went here, it took a few minutes of waiting at the bar for the staff to tell us that they weren't open. I don't try to figure that out. The second time, I sat there waiting for quite a while before the bartender left his conversation with an annoying regular group and took my drink order. And this was on an extremely light day. The food looks tasty, but honestly I've never desired to stay in this bar long enough to sample it.
05-04-2011 17:05:46 | More by Rifugium
3.7/5 rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Stopped in during my stay in Philly. Cool place with a pin up girl type motif. Pretty contemporary in feel with a nice selection of beers on draft. They have nothing really earth shattering to offer but they hit most popular, with a quality beer to offer.
The service was good but I was the only person in the place as they had just opened for the day.
I had no food, though the menu looked as though they had some quality offerings. Not your standard pub fare here.
The price is a bit high overall, but in line with the prices you will find in Philly.
12-03-2009 00:39:40 | More by tpd975
3.8/5 rDev -8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in at Varga's with my wife and a friend while hitting up Philly for a concert. The weather was perfect, and all of the windows and doors were opened up to let in some fresh air (well, fresh for Philly) and give you the impression you were relaxing outside drinking a beer. While my personal preference is for dingy, hole in the wall style bars, this wasn't bad. I would have to say this bar's best feature was the multitude of pin-up girls lining the inside of the bar.
The tap selection was decent. They had a nice selection of some tasty and popular offerings from breweries like Left Hand, Stone, Terrapin, Bells, and Lagunitas.
The service was good. They were quick to take our order and made sure to ask when we were running low, but that's pretty much where it stopped. The place was getting rather busy, so I suppose their attention was better placed elsewhere.
Overall, a decent place to stop. I would probably stop in here again if I were in the area, but I don't think I would make a special trip just for it.
04-04-2010 14:08:07 | More by krisandajt
3.94/5 rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped in here during the early dinner rush.
I've been passing by Varga for a while. My stay was short so I'll keep this short. Since the weather was nice Varga was kinda opened up so depending on where your sitting, you can be inside, while being outside, if you understand. Varga is not the biggest spot, so it is quite congested. The bar area seats around 12 or so with seating area's surrounding it toward one side. I kinda get a 50's era thing going in my head based on surroundings. The main colors are black and white, the floor reminds me of a barbershop and I see alot of half naked ladies on the walls and ceilings. About 20 taps and, one cask I believe. A very small selection of bottles which is the new thing with alot of newer bars coming up and I think it's smart. Why have a bunch of expensive bottles that will just go out of date, costing the bar money, best to keep them taps moving. I had Brandy Angel Share which was barely carbed, but it beats a $20 bottle of it. My friend had two Brandy Angel Shares, he was drunk afterwards. Hey it's what we do in Philly, Don't knock it. I think the Philly 10% tax is built into the actual price of the pour, so that's always nice. Im coming back here and getting that char board ASAP. Im going to keep my eye out on this place during beer week, they had some specials last year. Tomme pointed out to me at Monk's that Varga had something 'special' on tap by him, I went, but I could not find Varga at that time. I was a bit sauced on 3 glasses of DDG and V007. Oh yeah, parking sucks in this neighborhood, so don't expect much.
05-15-2011 12:19:12 | More by BARFLYB
4/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
I stopped here very late at night after a recent pub crawl. The place is very well lit with a clean/industrial like environment. Varga has a very large draft selection of about 25 or so taps. 99% of which were of the craft kind. Everything was served in it's appropriate glassware. Service was quick and attentive. I noticed the server reccomending selections to the two women sitting at the end of the bar.
This place fits right in with the Philadelphia craft scene. Stop by if you are in the area.
01-20-2010 16:03:15 | More by mymrnngjckt
Varga Bar in Philadelphia, PA
92 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.