South Philadelphia Tap Room

South Philadelphia Tap RoomSouth Philadelphia Tap Room
BA SCORE
4.33/5
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 woodychandler:
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4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

For you public transit types, take the Broad Street (Orange) line to Snyder Avenue, then head North on Broad, keeping Center City in your sights, two blocks to Mifflin, left two blocks to the corner of Hicks Street.

It is truly a corner bar, with awnings over the windows overlooking both Mifflin and Hicks Streets. The doorway was a recessed right angle on the NE corner that opened directly onto the grey, brushed steel-like Formica topped bar to the left. A Stella Euro-tap sat at the front end of the bar. The truly industrial brushed-aluminum ten-tap system sat in the middle of the bar and at the end of the bar was a cooler with some outstanding stuff, including Port Brewing, Sly Fox cans, Belgian imports and Casco Bay, plus Founders, just to name a few. The back bar was a beautiful lightly-stained wood and mirror construct. Theirs was the cheapest shot of Johnnie Walker (Blue) that I have ever encountered. Believe me, I ain't a liquor guy, but I like rye whiskey and I can appreciate a novelty. Continuing aft, past the cooler, was a set of steps leading to their back room/restaurant area. Further aft, still in the bar area, were a couple of standard restaurant tables, but with chairs upholstered with a neon lime-green, not encountered since MKE. The long, exposed brick wall along Hicks was fronted by, from fore to aft, a round table with swiveling chairs; a few standard tables with more garish chairs; and finally, several high tables and chairs. On the wall was their gorgeous wood and color chalk blackboard, listing their "On Draught" selections. A huge TV, as well as a satellite jukebox sat in the back right corner. The front of the restaurant area had a series of windows overlooking Mifflin with booths along the left wall, followed by standard tables and chairs, and finally, the kitchen. The kitchen was especially important to me, since I not only had the Greek Omelet, but their head chef splits his time here with Bridgewaters. A small world...

Beers: My visit - 2 Stoudt's; 2 Troegs; 2 Blue Point and one each of Old Rasputin, Sly Fox; River Horse; Smutty; plus the cask of Blue Point.

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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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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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4.52/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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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%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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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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