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Grace Tavern

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Grace TavernGrace Tavern
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

22 Ratings
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 7.65%
Taps: 10
Bottles: 53
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2229 Grays Ferry (23rd & South)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19102
United States
phone: (215) 893-9580

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Reviews by Soonami:
Photo of Soonami
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

This is exactly what you want in your regular bar. Tasty sessionable beers, cheap sandwiches and deep-fried goods, an interesting crowd, and cool bartenders. The taplist isn't the best in the city, but they have an interesting collection of mostly local beers served promptly and cold. The food comes out fast and hot as well.

The walls are filled with old photos, the bathroom is gross, dark wood everywhere and a big screen television. This is the perfect bar to unwind after work: an unpretentious place that serves tasty burgers and sausages and has the Phillies game on.

Soonami, Jun 30, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of RPH2327
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

RPH2327, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%

Nothing like moving to our new city to get you exploring and running around like a little kid, in awe of the new sights, places, folks. On this Sunday, the wife and I rode our bikes from our jawn in South Philly to Resurrection Ale House, then to the Art Museum and back home through Grace Tavern.

This place sits in a neat corner-square of Graduate Hospital. The area is a little too white and preppy for me, but I really enjoyed the location, so chill. The bar was packed with World Cup fans watching the 2014 final, but the tables outside were perfect. Grace is owned by the same folks as Resurrection and Local 44, but it doesn’t have the same hipster atmosphere. This is more of a local pub, dark and cozy and a tad Irish.

The draft list is not terribly impressive but it’ll do: Prism, Ommegang, Victory, Arcadia, Great Lakes, Chimay, Great Divide…

Service was excellent and cheerful, and we struck a conversation with some locals who invited to visit the bar/restaurant they work at. Philly is a friendly town indeed. I will revisit Grace, and will try the food (those famous green beans!)

DoubleSimcoe, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -1.2%

InspectorBob, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of brnmc922
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

brnmc922, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of Dennycurr
4.05/5  rDev 0%

What intrigued me most about this place was, it is a bar under the umbrella of the "Monks", people. That, the greatest Belgian bar in the city has a hand in Grace Tavern, is a draw in itself. Among other intriguing notes were that, Grace Tavern is an atypical, down to earth neighborhood bar---with some great beers. It has a little bit of that feel one gets when going into, "The Prohibition Tap Room", which I rated a while ago. Both, cozy neighborhood Philly bars that have a very NON-neighborhood beer selection.

At Grace Tavern,, the atmosphere was relaxed, (I went on a Sat. afternoon), with a nice solid separation from a small but cozy dining area. I was at the bar. The bar and the eating area had a handful of people. I'd wager it gets a bit crowded at night. Would be hard to put 100 people in there. That is always a drawback in a review. I rarely get to many of these places during prime time.
I met and talked with one of the owners, (James) and he seems as knowledgeable as it gets when it comes to Belg Beer. I'm sure that is a trademark of the owners of these bars with "Monk", ties. In fact---James was telling me about the trips he and other owners take to Belgium just to seek great beers and find out exactly how to get them to the US.

Finally---Grace Tavern has the most incredible appetizer I have ever had at a bar...or anywhere.
Don't get taken aback when I tell you about it, because it involves...String Beans!...haha.
They are marinated and flavored and cooked and served like fries. It then comes with some of the best kick ass, spicy Cajun, (or Spanish?), dip. They are addictive....but it's getting addicted to ...string beans! Takes any guilt away.
IN FACT---in the front window of the bar...they have the Best of Philly Magazine's, award for the , "Best alternative for vegetarians at a bar instead of fries"...
(Who knew THAT was a category?,,,heh).
They should patent them.
I had a Saison Dupont and a Chimay on tap and, as a suggestion from James, I had a pretty heady and delicious, micro brew. It was a Clown Shoes beer...but don't know what exact one. I had a very nice time there.
One more thing---
Also in the window was another Best of Philly award.
It was for one of, "The Best 50 Bars in Philly".
Grace Tavern was---#1.

The only complaint I may have is, their website isn't that updated. They have good beers there, that aren't on it and beers that are on that site, not there anymore.
That is not close to enough to let me down. They will always have some good beer.

I'll definitely go back.

Den

Dennycurr, May 19, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%

Stopped by here on a whim because it's Philly Beer Week and framboise De Amarosa was on tap but I came a day early for that, Oh well.

Grace Tavern is on the way to Ressurection Ale House, it's a hop skip and a jump away. i've been eyeing this place up for years because of all the craft neons in the window. Does not look like much from outside and once inside, it reminds me of a slew of other Philly bars. Inside, there is a parch for your drinks on the wall with some seats, to the left a full bar with seats and a very small dining type area, although i this is not the place to go for awesome food. Very dark with minimal swag on the wall. Booze, wine, beer and a small selection of bar food. about 10 or so taps in total, a nice selection of locals, some belgians and some american imports. A old style cooler full of bottles of varying styles. Since this is owned by the boys at monk's I was expecting s bit more. the selection is what it is, but not what it could be, and im thinking this bar is just not geared towards being the dopest, just your average neighborhood bar here. service was ok but also a bit standoffish. since this is monk's affiliated, this does not surprise me at all. I could see myself coming here if I was on a neighborhood bar crawl and this was one of the spots, but nothing beyond that.

BARFLYB, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%

Grace Tavern is a quaint neighborhood beer bar/restaurant in the Graduate Hospital/South Philly area that looks like a dump but is actually a great craft beer destination with really good food.

Teeny tiny with a small bar, a couple of high tops and three tables in the back of the restaurant. The crowd is consisted of mostly younger hipsters but the place has a dark laid back vibe that I really enjoyed.

The menu is small but they serve high quality gastro pub cuisine. Artisan sandwiches and apps as well as mussels and two or three entrees. Also, some vegan dishes for those who have dietary restrictions. The service isn't bad but the bartender serves everyone in the building including the bar and all of the tables. This mans you might have to wait a bit but they are always at least knowledgeable and friendly.

The draft list consist mostly of locals but they have a pretty extensive bottle list for such a small place representing lots of quality American craft breweries and tons of Belgians. This was the first place in the Philly area where I was able to find Rochefort 10.

This place is off of the beaten path but is worth seeking out.

corby112, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of bellabellebell
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Stopped in here on our between Resurrection and Monk's; beer selection was decent, but our bartender didn't seem to want to serve us. A group of six, who all ordered at least two beers each, along with a shared bomber should probably get at least a little conversation. There were 2 people sitting at the bar who were finished eating; other than that, the place was empty. We asked her opinion on a couple beers and she basically just told us the style of each beer. Either way, it was just a pit-stop on our way!

bellabellebell, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of sbw138
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Decided to stop by Grace Tavern after getting some good reviews from some friends. It's slightly off the beaten path, in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood in Philadelphia, but certainly not a far walk/cab ride from Center City.

It's a pretty small place. A bar to the left right when you walk in, with a small counter/shelf thing on the left to set a beer or some food down. There are a few tables in the back in a small dining area.

They rotate a decent selection of drafts, as well as some bottles. I was disappointed that they charged $5 for a half pint. The beer looked like it came in a small juice glass. I was thinking it would come in at least a goblet. They could lower the price some there.

The real reason I wanted to check out Grace Tavern was for the burgers. I heard they were great, and they most certainly were. It came on a real soft, tasty roll. The meat was tender, juicy and full of flavor. The cheese and bacon wasn't gooey, or greasy. Grace Tavern is owned by the same people the own Monk's. I've heard they use the same meat for the burger, but the soft bun was definitely better than the hard one that Monk's serves. The fries were also great, with Monk's style sauce on the side.

Service was pretty good. Although it is a small place, it was completely packed. Only 2 bartenders were working the bar, and waiting the 6 or 7 tables in the back, and no one really had to wait too long for a drink or to order food. Well done. I will most certainly be back for more!

sbw138, Dec 08, 2009
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Grace Tavern in Philadelphia, PA
91 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.