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City Tap House

Not Rated.
City Tap HouseCity Tap House

18 Reviews
Reviews: 18
Visits: 38
Avg: 4.01
pDev: n/a
Taps: 60
Bottles: --
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

3925 Walnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104-3624
United States
phone: (215) 662-0105

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @taphousephilly

Place added by: stingrayvr6 on 05-13-2010

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Reviews: 18 | Visits: 38
Reviews by stingrayvr6:
Photo of stingrayvr6
3.93/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

As a beer bar, this place has few rivals. The selection is typically excellent with great diversity and quality. However, many of the beers are fairly commonplace, with only a few great ones worked in. I first visited the week they opened last spring and the food was incredible. Returning this fall, the menu did not live up to what I had remembered. Food was mediocre, generally overpriced and service was nothing to write home about. As well, many of the bartenders are not as knowledgeable about beer as I would like at a place with such an extensive tap list, though they are very quick to offer samples. The ambiance is great, but definitely along the lines of a restaurant and not a beer bar. Great place to take a beer inclined date? Trendier/more hip feel than, say, Monks or Eulogy, not as hipster as Local 44, (also not really on par with the first two in any respect, be it food or drink) but definitely the place to go if you want to put on a button down and sport coat. Only reason that this will be a regular stop of mine is that it is walking distance, but only if Local 44 hasn't changed their menu recently. Very good, but more of a restaurant than beer bar.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of FightinIrish88
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.01/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Overall good experience and excellent selection. Disappointed at the servers attentiveness.

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Photo of DuaneL
4/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Wonderful selection of drafts - good stopping spot for that area.

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Photo of Bill69
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of RutgersBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

I visited the City Tap House for the first this past Sunday for the Pliny the Younger tapping. Consequently, this review might not capture the "every day" experience of the the place.

The bar and restaurant itself is remarkably spacious. There's plenty of seating at the lovely copper-topped bar, along with bar tables and a large dining room. The aesthetic is modern, though not particularly distinct.

The selection of beers for the event was fantastic. In addition to the Younger, they had Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig, Supplication, and Damnation, along with plenty of other hoppy offerings from around the country. Prices were reasonable for the city. Beers were served in appropriate glassware and at an appropriate temperature.

The brunch menu was outstanding. I deliberated for close to a half-hour before settling on "The Big Chick." It was a large, flaky biscuit topped with a Southern-fried chicken breast, bacon, and a fried egg, all topped with a rich sausage gravy. It was all that you could ask for when you're drinking in the morning.

The service was very good. Water glasses were promptly refilled, and there were complimentary (amazing) doughnuts in honor of the event.

I'd love to revisit the place on a "normal" day, but if their ability to pull off this event is any indication, the place seems to be a real winner in University City.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of LehighAce06
4.05/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of baybum
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of roan22
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Been here many times, probably my favorite bar in the city. Familiar neighborhood to me. I like City Tap House because they frequently have Deschutes beer on tap or other west coast breweries that are hard to find on the east coast. Also I like the bar its very spacious and the service is good. The food also is great. On special brewery takeover nights or beer week brewery special events, its always a fun time. We love Andy the owner, one time he gave us beer glasses from New Belgium Brewery with bikes onthem that I just love. Tonight we had the Mezza plate, chicken and waffles and beer from Hardywood Brewery. Just an awesome place. They also have an outdoor area with firepits that you can sit around. Cheers!

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Budinetz
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

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.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of baconfromwalmart
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of msimone372
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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City Tap House in Philadelphia, PA
90 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.