Cherry Street Tavern
Taps: 13 / Bottles: 30
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 3
3.08/5 rDev -4.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $
The Cherry Street Tavern is one of my favorite little spots in Center City. It's a dive. It's dark, dingy and a little dirty. The beer selection is mediocre. It's mostly local (PBC, Yards, Stoudts). And yes, the servers are fairly standoffish.
But, the Cherry Street Tavern pours the tastiest pint of Yuengling Lager in town and the roast beef sandwich with some sharp provolone and a big spoonful of horseradish is hard to beat. Go for the lager and the roast beef and forget about everything else.
09-24-2011 15:59:19 | More by pburland23
3.05/5 rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $
Quite a few years ago, this was a nice, friendly neighborhood place to grab some decent brews and a nice meals. In its present day, not much on the inside decor wise had evolved, the menu and service has devolved and the beer listing has stayed conservitavely local.
Bar is all dark wood with huge framed mirror backing it the entire length, very traditional and old school. The remainder of the building however a booring blend of minimal decor, wobbly mismatched tables and chairs and some grimy age. There is a back room which removes any sense of old schoolness and resembles a college dive bar.
The beers are pretty much a blend of a few local craft drafts, your standard BMC lite selections and your not so fancy imports (Guiness, Stella). The bottle list might as well be non existant b/c it usually mirrors the tap list in brands and style.
The food has devolded into a few sandwiches and a hunk of prime rib sitting out and exposed on the counter next to the bar. Sandwiches come with no fries or chips and they occasionally offer some non menu items, but good luck being informed about them. What food exists does taste pretty good though.
The servers and a few bartenders are uninterested, unhelpful and unfriendly. Not to say they are mean and difficult to deal with, they just lack personality. A few old school bartenders can be seen on most occasions but again offer no pleasentries.
Overall, i recently returned in hopes of reliving some good times previously had, but the place instead has done nothing to adapt to any advancements in craft beer, bar food or service, even taking a few steps back.
03-29-2010 14:44:11 | More by rfgetz
3.55/5 rDev +9.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
The Cherry is my office local so I've spent some time there. The bar is your typical local spot that has been making a real attempt at keeping a good beer selection ratating on the taps. The usual suspects on the handle are Stout's, Dogfish Head, Flying Fish, Sierra Nevada and Guinness as usual. They also do a good job of mixing in the seasonals as they are released. One of my complaints is that while they do a good job on the taps, they drop the ball on the bottle selection. The one great beer they had in the case was Victory Hop Devil and they dropped that from the menu. Do yourself a favor Cherry and get a bottle selection. They chew is pretty good there. Bar food only. I love the chili w/ cheese and onions. They also make a tasty roast beef sando and the meatballs are great when the belly needs something other than beer. The staff is as friendly and a neighborhood bar should be but don't expect them to remember you name for the first three years of going there on a regular basis.
01-14-2004 13:55:49 | More by BCMan
Cherry Street Tavern in Philadelphia, PA
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.