Taps: 24 / Bottles: 20
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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4.04/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75 | $$$
The Cambridge is a nice looking bar/restaurant on South Street just west of Broad. It's right across the street from Bob & Barbara's, and almost next to Rex 1516.
The decor is kind of slick, done at least in part in the currently hip reclaimed-wood, retro feel with lots of black, grey, and dark wood. Unfortunately it doesn't quite come across as authentic and, indeed, feels a bit pretentious. The main bar itself is the main culprit, with gaudy extra-large corbels and a red, middle eastern-style hanging lamp that just doesn't fit. There are, however, some nice highlights, and I don't think that it matters anyway as most people pay absolutely no attention to, or have any idea of what is going on with, the decor. It's a comfortable space though, no matter where you sit - I prefer the bar (because it's closer to the beer!). I should also point out that there's a kind of "beer garden" in the back - and outdoor spaces are almost always immune to criticism (as long as they're not right on the sidewalk of a busy street).
Moving forward, the food is pretty decent, but a little pricey:
Layered Nachos $12 - (Really? They're not much better than anywhere else!)
Three Beet Salad $13
BURGERS / SANDWICHES
Black Bean Burger $12
The Cambridge Hall (Aged Beef, Pancetta, Poached Pears, Brie) $15
Fish & Chips $17
Roasted Chicken $16
Beer? Finally we've got something good to talk about. 26 taps - all good stuff with a lot of interesting surprises (Iron Maiden Trooper Ale?). Ahh, I won't go into it, just rest assured that there's always a good selection, and that it's always changing. But that's not even the best part... the bottles kick it into stellar drive. Usually the bottle list is a back-up, but not here - they're all sours & geuze: Orval ($9), Jolly Pumpkin Baudelaire (25 oz./$22), Rodenbach ($7), Russian River Consecration ($18), Goose Island Lolita (25 oz./$38), etc. - - - L-O-V-E is a four letter word, just like B-E-E-R!
They also sell "to go", and if you're dining you can get 15% off of all single bottles. Happy Hour is 4-6 Monday through Friday with 1/2 price drafts!!!
04-25-2014 21:42:55 | More by NeroFiddled
The Cambridge in Philadelphia, PA
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.