City Tap House
Taps: 60 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 14 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Soonami:
4.43/5 rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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:
3.64/5 rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5 | $$
City tap house typically has about 30-40 beers on tap. The only problem: the last 4 times I went in the first THREE beers I requested were out. And after that point I requested several other beers that were out!
Besides that I really enjoy this place.
02-09-2014 05:31:22 | More by msimone372
4.13/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Located on the second floor of a commercial complex, this place is large. A huge bar that houses 60+ taps and easily that many seats with glass along one side that overlooks a patio area with fire pits. Beyond the bar area is a good sized dining room and open kitchen.
Top to bottom, everything I have had here has been really good. I've had a couple of the pizzas, a handful of the apps, and s few entrees. All have been satisfying and portion size is perfect.
With over 60 taps, they have a wide range of each style on tap. The beer menu groups everything by style and usually offers a mix of harder to find stuff and common examples. I've stumbled upon many a rarity here.
A great place to watch a game too. They have many TV's in the bar area making it easy for you to follow along wherever you are sitting.
This place is in my regular rotation.
08-21-2013 17:42:59 | More by ColForbinBC
City Tap House in Philadelphia, PA
90 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.