City Tap House
Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Soonami:
4.43/5 rDev +10.5%
I talked to the general manager of the bar/restaurant yesterday when I returned and he was very nice about addressing the main problem that I had and expressed in this review.
The beer listings give the serving size, so you know exactly what to expect for what you pay for. I understand this is a huge new restaurant, with a lot of staff to train, but we still got the wrong pour of a beer my date order (10 oz tulip of <5% Left Hand Sawtooth ESB instead of a pint) I told the server about the mistake and it was instantly corrected. I hope that this is something that they can figure out and with 60-70 beers on tap, mistakes are bound to happen. The serving size/pricing issue was my main concern and it seems like that is being rectified.
Talking to the manager, he was very excited about upcoming events where they will invite brewers host themed nights and have other educational program, which I think is a fabulous use of the enormous space. Hopefully, the establishment will prosper as it hits its stride. There is a lot of potential with City Tap House.
This new West Philly bar has a lot going for it. Located just off Penn's campus it's an easy walk from class or work for the tens of thousands that find their way onto to campus everyday. You enter by either walking up the steps in front of the Radian Apartment complex or use the elevator accessible on the ground level next to Jimmy John's and Capo Giro.
When you first walk into the tap house, you will see an enormous bar, that could sit 50. The bar offers several beer flights, like locals, imports, hoppy, etc, which will be great for the uninitiated, but for the beer advocate, it is a pedestrian selection. The bar has about 60 beers on tap at any given time and will often have special events where they will give a brewery all the taps they want. For instance, during Philly Beer Week, Bell's had 31 beers on tap!
The food at this bar is quiet good and they offer a diverse selection of pizza, burgers, and casual dining options. The specials sound interesting too, like roast suckling pig on Thursday.
This bar is not perfect though, I have a few complaints. First of all, the beer is far too expensive. Most of the beer pours are 10 oz, but the glasses could fit at least 12 or 16 oz, so they often give you a glass of beer that looks half full, but you pay the same price or less for a full pint elsewhere. Case in point:
Yards Brawler, ESB and Pale Ale are all $5.50 for 10 oz! However, they will also pour you 10 oz of Avery Mephistopheles for $7 also...The food is also slightly more expensive than other beer bars, like a $12 burger or $13 individual sausage pizza. Although the bar has 60+ taps, a lot of the selection are just average beer, sure I had Bell's Batch 9000 and Expedition Stout, Pliny, and Mephistopheles, but most of the taps are nothing special.
I would go again for a special event, but normally, I think it's just a bit over priced and not worth my hard earned dollars. Given the choice, I think Local 44 is a better choice, the servers are more attentive and the tap list, though smaller, is better edited. The huge bar and dining room does make this a great place to take a large group and they take reservations
06-17-2010 04:32:41 | More by Soonami
More User Reviews:
3.55/5 rDev -11.5%
Beautiful summer day in Philly, breezy and relaxed. Perfect for a bike ride, and a little exploration of University City- a neighborhood I rarely explore. City Tap is located in a busy street deep in the colleges, and within a modern apartment building. You can access it via an elevator or climbing up a bunch of strangely-shaped concrete stairs/steps.
Once you get to the bar, it is surprisingly large and very modern, but it looks more like a nightclub than a bar. It's got none of that coziness you expect from a beer-centric bar. The wraparound bar is gigantic, there are flat-screen TV's all over broadcasting sports and the vibe is just "off".
I did enjoy the terrace, though. You can order a beer from the bar and sit outside overlooking the street and the college buildings. I bet it would be a good place to watch a sunset.
The selection is typical of this massive beers touting dozens of beers: huge but disappointing. The menu is divided by styles (wheat, fruit/wild, porter/stout, brown/barleywine) and there are between five and fifteen beers for each niche. There are a ton of some styles (IPA's) and there are none of other styles (barleywines).
Some highlights from the menu are RR Damnation, Allagash Tripel, Deschutes Hophenge, BFM Square Root 225. Nothing too crazy, though, and only two stouts (no imperials).
If you're going to flaunt 65 taps and that you're all about the beer, then you ought to do better. That is all.
08-14-2014 16:47:17 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.51/5 rDev +12.5%
Very good value for the price! The staff was phenomenal and the food was fantastic. The only downside was that a large group had been booked in that took over the bar and most of the outside for a private event during happy hour. The list was also not updated accordingly, however the bartender informed us upon arrival that Philly beer week was upon them and this was the reason for the low stock. This is understandable and we appreciated the heads up. Very interesting style of pizza! Both the goat cheese pizza and the BBQ pulled pork pizza were awesome. Definitely pay a visit to this place...worth the trip.
06-01-2014 04:49:18 | More by Budinetz
City Tap House in Philadelphia, PA
90 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.