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South Philadelphia Tap Room

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South Philadelphia Tap RoomSouth Philadelphia Tap Room
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4.33/5
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60 Ratings
South Philadelphia Tap RoomSouth Philadelphia Tap Room
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1509 Mifflin St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19145-2231
United States

(215) 271-7787 | map
southphiladelphiataproom.com

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2005

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
60
pDev:
8.55%
 
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Reviews by ShadesOfGray:
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4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in with my wife after we had dinner at Triumph Brewery, also in Philadelphia. We picked SPTR for after-dinner drinks. I've heard of it for a while, just never venture into South Philly. SPTR is on a small corner...surrounded by rowhouses...no other business' that I noticed. So I guess you could say, if it wasn't for the reputation they already have, a great hidden gem!

Not a real big place...kind of like a split level. Initially when you walk in, theres the bar right in your face...and some tables as you make your way torwards the back where the restrooms are. Then theres a small set of stairs that leads to a slightly elevaded upper level with more tables that leads back to the front of the building.

We arrived about 7:45pm on a Saturday evening and there was 2 tables open, along with a couple random seats at the bar. So we sat right away and decided to have dessert too. On tap, there was about 10 beers that I can remember, and about another 50 bottled maybe. Then again, the bottle and tap lists were all beers you wouldn't just expect to be on a beer list...so I'm sure there are a few more, considering the everyday normal beers you'd expect to see.

Prices for bottled beer was a bit high for some beers, others very high...but some were very rare, especially for the Philadelphia area...like the Bruery Papier, falling in at $30 for the 750ml bottle. If I didn't have one at home, I probably would have bought it considering it may not be found around me any time soon again. Regardless, very cool atmosphere. The service was very efficient and nice. I would definitely come back. O, and the food seemed to be enjoyed by all...our dessert was very tasty!
Cheers!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Interesting selection of 14 beers on tap. Also, a selection of bottles and cans that includes a couple of Russian River brews and other rarities. Did not try the food. but looks like a comfortable place for a meal.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Corner bar with gritty charm, one of those places that's been around for a while and hasn't needed to change. Good tap selection, with a nitro line and a hand pump cask. Some bottles and cans. Service is fine, and prices are decent. As people have noted, get there for the 4-6 happy hours: 1/2 price draughts and apps. The food menu is limited, but they have some good items. I've only had the burger, and it was good, though maybe not $15 good.

It's a cool place worth checking out if you find yourself outside of the main bustle of Center City. You can make a pub crawl out of it if you feel like walking off some calories...POPE, Taproom on 19th, Bottle Shop, ARS, Second District, all within reasonable walking distance. And Brew is right across the street, for your take-home bottle/growler and coffee needs.

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Photo of heddar33
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mltobin
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Bruce5
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

SPTR is a great neighborhood bar, cozy but not crowded. Very well rounded selection of beer all of which are top choices. Only negative is a relatively small food selection, however the choices are all excellent.

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Photo of Shandycan
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Crab_gang
5/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Seer_One
2.85/5  rDev -34.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

This place was a a little to pretentious for me. Maybe I wasn't wearing the right outfit or something, but waited forever for service at the bar. The food was average at best.

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Photo of Mind4Mud
5/5  rDev +15.5%

This is my go to place. The atmosphere is laid back & welcoming, the food is OUTSTANDING. The tap list is always eclectic & well rounded. The staff is very helpful & friendly. A very cozy place with not the biggest bar but has plentiful mix of high top & low tables throughout the space. Great place to sit outside on a warm night & sample the tap list. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Photo of FatRatPhilly
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of tkdchampxi
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Lorianneb
4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of DNICE555
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of boosterrocket
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.86/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

The South Philly Tap Room is a nice cozy corner bar deep in the heart of, huh, South Philly. In the middle of a residential area, not far from East Passyunk but removed from all the brouhaha.

This is truly a neighborhood tavern, cozy and inviting. Not too busy on a Friday night, quiet enough. We sat across from the bar on a low-lying table and enjoyed the view.

12 taps plus a nitro (Old Chubb) and a cask (PBC Newbold): Union Jack, Hairy Eyeball, Allagash White, Dogfish Noble Rot, Dieu du Ciel... nothing outrageous, but good enough (I had a Fernet Branca).

Brews go for $6-$8 a glass. Bottles: Abbaye des Rocs, Bruery Bois, Deschutes Conflux #1, Mikkeller Walk on Water. Pretty nice... and some good food as well- I just had a Wild Goose oyster with blood orange and ginger mignonette ($2) and a head-cheese taco ($1). This ain't your average chicken-wing joint! Lots of vegan and vegetarian options as well.

I was a little underwhelmed by the draft selection, but loved the place and the food and the atmosphere and would totally come back.

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Photo of JD_Lombardi
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of seanchai
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Dawkins
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Fluffheady
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

This is a really cool place to hang out. It a bit out of the downtown district, so you get much more of a local crowd. The tap handles are all mini chalk boards which is fun and innovative. They have a beer cooler for bottles next to the bar. We went two nights in a row when visiting town.

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South Philadelphia Tap Room in Philadelphia, PA
Place rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 60 ratings
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