Standard Tap

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Standard TapStandard Tap

Type: Bar, Eatery

901 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19123-2301
United States

(215) 238-0630 | map

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Photo of guzzle211
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Whenever I am in philly for a social reason, whether baseball game, concert, errands, etc (this time it was to see Steely Dan in Camden on 8/19, great show) I stop in here (I always grab a slice of pie a few doors up too for some of the best pizza in town – a controversial statement for sure, but I stand behind it.)

Today’s drafts: Sly Fox Dry Stout, Yuengling Lager, Troegs brown ale, legacy hedonism, Lancaster franklinfest, woodchuck cider, stoudts apa, flying fish xpa, climax esb, yard’s ipa, yard’s philly pale ale, hand pump victory hop devil, hand pump yard’s esa.

The food here is always great, no matter what time of day. I have had great brunches here with serious bloody maries and great mamosas, as well as incredible soups and appetizers late evening (all the soups are good and a friend speaks highly of the seafood appetizers, I don’t do shellfish but he gave it two thumbs up. I can, however, vouch for the shredded wheat shrimp with an incredible side sauce.) I have never had any of the dinners but the kitchen is constantly busy and everything looks great.

Since this is the first of many stops today, the next being foodery next door, then Monk’s and the final stop being the concert, I only have 2 drafts: my hometown Lancaster Franklinfest and Climax ESB. Philly still allows smoking in bars, so I try not to review beers I have on tap because its hard to really hard for me to truly taste. Only comment I can make on the beer is it seemed a little over-carbonated and wild, but I am taking into consideration that its only 12 hours after what was probably a very busy Friday night, so freshly tapped kegs could be the culprit. Bartender is always friendly, I wish I knew her name to give her props (works sat & sun afternoons.) She’s the kind of lady who is quick with a smile, actually interacts with you, but I would never tangle with her – this is philly after all.

Its location is perfect; as I have mentioned, there is great pizza a few doors up, and the new foodery is right next door. It gets crowded, as expected, but this is one of those places I don’t mind waiting for a little or dealing with the smoke. I am nowhere near a philly native, and I only get here once a month, but Standard Tap keeps me coming back.

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Photo of Abita45
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

In my opinion, the flagship bar of a revitalized Northern Liberties. A couple years back, this building at the north end of the block was about all there was to be had on N. 2nd, but a couple years later, it leads off a pretty solid collection of beer bars, coupled with the Foodery opening up next door.

The atmosphere is rated average, but that's mostly due to the fact I'm not a fan of too much smoke, which can accumulate, but otherwise, it is a cool set up, though the downstairs bar could stand to be a little larger, but that's more than made up for with plenty of tables, an upstairs, and deck.

Service was very good, mostly due to a good bartender who was friendly enough to talk beer, ask my name, and leave me with a good impression of the people working there.

Selection is based mostly on local breweries: Yards, Stoudt's, Sly Fox, and Victory. They had two cask conditioned/hand pumps downstairs with Victory Celebrator and Yards ESA. There is no bottle selection (you can always go to the Foodery for an expesive six-pack), but if you're at the Standard Tap, you're likely very happy with the draft selection. Some might consider it a limited selection of drafts, but if you can't find something you'll enjoy, there are plenty of places down the street to provide you with the typicals.

Finally, the value was pretty good. I had four beers, and was joined by a friend who had two. A total cost of $18.00. It was around 6 on a Friday afternoon, and I think they knock a $1.00 off their beers, but regardless of how it happened, I know I left feeling good, having had some great beer in a great bar.

If you're in Old City, it is worth the walk/cab to Northern Liberties. And if you're visiting, you could spend an entire afternoon or evening just hitting the bars there, and not need to go anywhere else in town.

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Photo of AudioGilz
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Brunch on a Saturday afternoon around 1pm was quite an enjoyable experience. Not much of a crowd to speak of, so there wasn't much hecticness to deal with, rather a very laid back atmosphere was prevalent. A chalkboard list full of high quality microbrews was easily visible from the first floor rear seating area with average prices of $4 to $5 per pint. Two cask ales were available. I went with the Victory Mild Bitter to much satisfaction. Temperature and mouthfeel were dead on with solid hop character pleasing my palate.
The food was also quite enjoyable, as well as the service to accompany it. Quite a friendly waitress who was very on top of things without being around too much. I had the tuna melt from the brunch menu and it was a treat with a hefty serving of melted swiiss cheese atop albacore tuna. Also as a side note, the fries are something to look forward to when eating at this establishment; thin, crispy, and seasoned just right.

Overall, quite an enjoyable experience, negatives are nonexistant.

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Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

First off, this place is a gem and you should put it on your "places to visit when in Philadelphia list" right away! North Liberty neighborhood, classy multiple room, dual bar set up. Great comfortable athmosphere, friendly staff, high quality local micros only on tap. No bottles. Extensive tasty food menu, we went for brunch on a sunday morning and had one ot the tastiest breakfasts I've ever had. Beer, oysters and then baked eggs on sort of a chorizo chili bed, with some corn bread, wow, spicy, tasty and filling! This is a very worthwhile and highly BA worthy beer stop.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I have been going to the Standard Tap for a few years but never took the time to review but I went last night and now I am finally reviewing. They are well known for their selection of local beers on tap and although this list in limited, it is very good, current and fresh. It was great to see Victory Hop Wallop on tap since it had just been released. They also had Flying Fish Dubbel, a couple of fest beers and a few others I can't remember now.

Although the beer is very good at the Standard Tap and the decor of the place is great, I think the food keeps me coming back time after time. The menu changes so often they write it down on chalk boards throughout the place. I had a plate of ray oysters to start which were very good with their own hotsauce mixture. I also had chicpea sandwich which was good but not as good as some of the other meals I have had here. The chick potpie is great and so are their desserts. It is fun to keep coming back to see what they have on the menu that is new from last time.

A few years back the fun part about going to the Standard Tap was trying to poach a table from someone as they get very busy and don't take reservations but they expanded the size of the place upstairs over a year ago and I find that it is not hard to get a table these days since they have so much room.

Standard Tap is definitely a reason to venture down to Northern Liberties...check it out.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Happened upon this place while attending a company function half a block away and was excited to see and check it out. Check out the door as you enter, a hodge-podge of taps all welded together greets you. Inside this obviously old building you'll find it dimly lit with dark wood abounding. Some tall round tables and lots of spacious wooden booths. The upstairs seems to be a bit more spacious, but my party and I were quite comfortable downstairs. The service was attentive as we dined on raw oysters and killer "real" fries, well-done. Had fresh pints of cask Hop Devil, Yards ESA as well as regular tap Sly Fox Dry Stout (excellent)! All in all it was hard to leave at the end of the night. A recommended stop.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

frankford-market subway towards frankfort to spring garden, walk north on 2nd approx 4 blocks and you can't miss it. exterior is a beautiful beacon in an up-and-coming trendy neighborhood full of art spaces and boutique shops. building is an 18th century structure covered in fading white paint and local brewery logo murals. when you walk inside, you're immediately struck by the gnome-friendly extreme darkness. the place keeps that house vibe, with dining tables scattered around different rooms which maintain the colonial feel to them.

the bar is the room you first see, and its got a feel all to itself. even darker than dark.. difficult to read the horizontal chalkboard that lists all the local specialties. 10 drafts, 2 casks, all local things none of which i can get in connecticut, all fresh and tasty.... no bottles though. when i was there, i had yards esa cask, victory hopdevil cask, weyerbacher autumnfest, sly fox dark lager, river horse hop hazard and yards philadelphia pale. talk about value, the yards PPA for $3 a pint was the best beer value in philly. they make up for it with insanely overpriced food (which i didnt have).. probably because this place seems to attract alot of dining tourists.

the jukebox is maybe the most eccentric indie/metal/rap mix ive seen. selections from lord sutch to kool keith wrapping back to early devo and ice-T. the crowd was fun and seemed to be hipster locals, not beer freaks. people complain about service in previous reviews, but i saw none of that problem. our server was attentive, maybe even too much so (took my next order as i was taking my last sip).

overall, a good neighborhood bar with great beer. despite the prices, the food selection was high-end and showed a good variety. if i was hungry, brats and kraut would have hit the spot for sure.. or tuna tartare!!

something i cant put my finger on regarding my overall ambivalence. maybe its just for locals and tourists and there wasn't a social friendly vibe. probably better if you bring a group..

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Photo of GnomeKing
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Standard Tap's interior looks like a taproom or country house from a bygone error: dark, rich color scheme; wood on the floors and some walls; extensive use of wall lamps to create moody lighting; an old fridge with a keg inside that serves as one of the beer taps; decorations that appear bought in a rural antique store. There are multiple rooms, letting you choose from several slightly different atmosphers, and there is now a beautiful second-floor deck, which provides an entirely different atmosphere.

The Tap's beer mission is clear: serve local micros, only on tap or hand pump (there are two pumps downstairs). Victory, Dogfish Head, Sly Fox, Yard's, and Troeg's are regulars here. The closest they come to a macro is Yuengling, which is local and therefore an understandable part of their line up.

The absence of bottles and the focus on local beer limits the breadth of the beer selection, but I admire the place's dedication to the local scene and they carry some beers, such as those from Sly Fox, which aren't tapped in many other places. I would like to see the Tap carry a wider variety from the breweries whose beers it regularly carries. Dogfish Head and Victory have especially deep rosters of beers, and I would like the Tap to more frequently offer the seasonals and lesser-well-known beers from these great breweries.

I think that some other reviewers are overly harsh about the selection because of the modest amount of beers offered. Selection is more than quantity; having a focused selection with a strong theme and purpose is admirable. For locals, this is a chance to revel in the quality of the region's beers; for out-of-towners, Standard Tap is a great place to take a crash course in the Philly-area's brewing scene.

The food is amazing, and I've had almost everything. Their locally-famous burgers (big, possibly seasoned, and with a great roll) are the centerpiece of the menu, but the offerings go well beyond ordinary pub grub: squid with a delicate, seasoned breading; a generous cheese plate that includes bread and sausage; a nice assortment of salads (the duck salad is one of my favorites); a few steak options; an interesting chick pea sandwich; mussels and sausage with bread that are a generous helping for the price ($8 for the small order is a meal itself; the large order for $14 is appropriate for two people or one very hungry one). There are other choices as well.

The service is responsive and professional, although for a beer bar some servers don't know enough about the beers.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Even though their website blows scrod chunxxx because they do not update it so that you are enticed to go in person, ya can't help but really appreciate the Standard Tap's dedication to beer. Located off in the Northern Liberties corner secion, of Philadelphia, it is well worth the trek.

There is no mistaking the place from the exterior glimpse of plumbing cacophony on the front door beset by Victory and Flying Fish painted logos on the wall. Step in and relax. Play a few tunes on the eccelctic Greenich Village CBGB inspired juke box. An old Victorian house-turned-bar environment awaits replete with worn wood, tin ceilings ,a few separate rooms and CLEAN bathrooms on the bottom floor and the second floor has its own bar, bathrooms and out door deck upstairs. Sometimes the second floor beer selection is a couple limited less than the first floor.

Speaking of beer selection, the best aspect of the Standard Tap is that you will ONLY find local, fresh beer on tap with the likes of Sly Fox, Vic'ry, Flying Fish, Weyerbacher, Yards, Legacy, Stoudt's, DFH, and the usual other suspects within an hour or so of the Philadelphia area.

Price wise, most beers are $4 for most and $5 for goblets of Vic'ry Golden Monkey. Also they will rook ya for $4 for a Yuengling Lager so pass on that rip off and go big. Two cask conditioned brews that usually consist of Yards ESA and something like Lancaster Hop Hog.

All of the attentive, beer knowledgeable waitstaff is excellent. They rock! You will not be without a full glass every second that you are there.

As far as being "reasonable" or "a bit pricey" I am going to say reasonable even though the cheapest beers are $4 to $5 and most menu items are $8 to $10. I had the white fish bagel for $9 which was huge. The food is killer! They also have a veal sandwich which weighs a ton!

Last swigs: You can't go wrong with a Standard Tap trip. If this place were near me I would be jobless and bankrupt! Local fresh beer is the ultimate. Also, great Bloody Marys and mixed drinks too. Try a Sunday brunch if you can.

Finally, could you bring your Mother here? Yes, The Standard Tap passes the Mom test with flying colors. I'd bring Mommy here anyday.

Beer is good. Happy 07/25/2005 beering.

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Photo of Sammy
3.44/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

A strange experienc deep into a less than fanciful part of Philly. I think about a dozen taps, many local favorites, and some really interesting ones for us such as Victory's latest. Roomy inside and dark, though not as dark and cavelike as Monk's. The bartender was very stoned, and had to leave the scene altogether to get his head together. My beer was served in a soapy glass. The bar itself was small. The patrons were on the wierder/gangsta side. Entertaining stop on the pub crawl. Lots of free parking.

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Photo of PopeDX
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

The Standard Tap makes a logical cornerstone to any good Northern Liberties pubcrawl. There's about 10 beers on tap and 2 on cask, with no bottles. All the beers are local (Yards, Victory, Stoudt's, Sly Fox, DFH, Flying Fish, Tröegs, Heavyweight, Weyerbacher, River Horse, Lancaster...and I'm probably missing one or two), and all are rotated frequently and are very fresh. My only complaint is that they tend to be the more vanilla offerings from the local breweries...lagers, brown ales, etc. Last time I was there, however, they had Mad Elf and Hop Wallop, so maybe they're starting to have some more "exciting" beers as well. The service at times is a bit, well...slow, and isn't always the friendliest, but they know their stuff. The atmosphere is always nice, though I've heard horror stories of tablestalkers during Sunday brunch from multiple sources. It's right near Center City, a 5 minute drive, a 20 minute walk or a short El (blue subway line that goes up and down Market Street) ride, and the best parking! And there's at least 3 other good beer bars nearby.
Oh, and I haven't even mentioned the food yet. Sooo good. If you eat meat and don't try the lamb sandwich you'll hate yourself forever. It's a very eclectic menu (er...chalkboard), but everything is very tasty at reasonable prices. And save room for dessert!

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I found myself here whilst walking from South and 23rd to Yards the other day (a quaint 8 mile stroll:-) Anyways the atmosphere is great. Very victorian and British in nature, with a nice, small little wooden bar an awesome jukebox and a bunch of tables in two ground floor rooms, with an upstairs that is nice as well. The quality of the beers is spot on, with my beer choice being served very fresh, as it should be. The service from the nice lady behind the bar was quick and friendly. I felt like I have been coming here for years. The selection is very good, and all local, with about 15 taps and 2 casks (with one ALWAYS seeming to be Yards ESA). The food is apparantly amazing, but a bit pricey for me, and there are not too many vegetarian options either. None-the-less, a great Philly beer bar. The best one i've been to probably. Kick-ass pizza place across the street as well. $1.50 a slice for the more budget conscious out there!

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I've been to the Standard Tap quite a few times now, and recently finally got to try the food, so I thought I'd update my review. Then I saw I never reviewed it in the first place, so here we go. So let's start with the beer. Everyone knows the best thing about the Standard Tap is that all the beers on draught are local. One of the few places, probably anywhere, that serves nothing but the local scene, and as you are reading this, you probably appreciate that more than most, as those into craft beer usually are very much into supporting their local scene. If that's the case, you love what the Standard Tap is doing already. Things get better though. The beer selection is always pretty good, and there's always 2 casks on the hand pump, one which has been Yards ESA every time I have been in (as well it should be...all the time!). The remainder of the selection is always good and rotates pretty frequently, usually including some Troegs, Sly Fox, Flying Fish,Victory. My past trips have included Troegs Mad Elf and Victory Hop Wallop, and of course that cask ESA. Mmmm.

The atmosphere here is wonderful, among the best you will find in Philly. You'll find that the Tap is a place where many of the local neighborhood-folk come to enjoy a few pints, and the outsiders that do show up for the excellent food and beer are made to feel very welcome, both by the other patrons and the friendly waitstaff. The bar is a small area seating only a few people, but there are enough tables to accomodate throughout the remainder of this dimly lit dwelling.

On to the food. People hear about this place first for its beer. Please, do not overlook the food. I had always heard it was pretty good, but usually showing up later at night didn't allow for me to sample their fine selection. Scrawled above the bar on a chalkboard are their beer offerings on the left, their food choices on the right, with no detail other than what you're getting and the price. Make no mistake, you need no detail. It's all absolutely excellent. My hangar steak and fries was worth every bit of the $15 and then some. The steak had not a bit of fat on it and was near perfect, and the fries (we got even more, another huge bowl of them on the side for $3.50) were tantalizingly seasoned and crisp. My companion had the chicken pie, which she said was delicious. The portions are quite large, and next time I go in I plan on ordering up their cheese plate, which I have been told by a few now at $15 is a steal, especially for the amount of cheese brought out.

Let's summarize. The Standard Tap kicks ass. Great food, great local beer, great place. Now if only I could walk there...

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Photo of 99bottles
3.1/5  rDev -25.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5

I visited this place last week with some friends. For a Thursday, the crowds were very sparse. That's not a bad thing. A nice old building, kept historic in decor (or made to look that way) with a nifty collection of old beer taps welded together and put on the front door. Beers are listed clearly above the bar on a chalkboard, and I like that they only have local beer on tap. Sly Fox, Heavyweight, Yards, and Victory. Not a real impressive collection of styles. 2 beers on cask. We sat upstairs, which was cozy. They have another bar, with the same beers as downstairs. Though I didn't get food, my friends seemed to like their burgers. One complaint: the service was extremely poor. Not once did the server offer to get us beer or check to see how the meals were. We had to keep getting up and going to the bar for our drinks. If you're seated at a bar/restaurant, you should be waited on. We saw the server twice. Once to take meal orders, and again when they arrived. For being almost empty, there is no excuse for such poor service. This place was nice and the ambience was great, but I don't think I'll return only because of the pitiful service/staff. A shame really, but this is in a yuppie neighborhood, so I'm sure they'll get by on looks alone.

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Photo of oxmasterscream
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place is great. First, the amazing local beer selection... most recently, it was Victory Hop Wallop, Hop Devil, DFH 60 Minute IPA, Heavyweight Lunacy, Sly Fox Dry Stout and more. They've always got a great selection of whatever the local breweries are cranking out. The atmosphere is that of a dark, candle-lit colonial tavern; my favorite type of place to enjoy a beer. The food is amazingly good... eclectic menu with dishes ranging from venison to rabbit to a wicked burger and one of the best chicken pot pies you'll ever have. Putting the beer aside, it's also a great, great place to eat so you can bring the non-beer lover along with you as well and they should be happy. This is a don't miss place if you're visiting our fair city.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This was a really great place. Why the heck haven't I gone here before! Tap selection is very good and local. Cask HopDevil when we were there for LondonPorterFest. Man is HopDevil good on cask! The others were locals. Nothing spectacular, but very good. A few out of town beers would have been nice.

The atmosphere is great because it has a lot of nooks and crannies in an older building. An nice outside area upstairs. The service while I was there was quick and prompt. When we wanted something, we went to the bar.

The lamb sandwhich is absolutely incredible. Moist and succulent. The fries were pretty good and the potato chips were excellent. JerseyDevil liked the chicken pot pie a lot as well.

This bar is one of those places, like Monk's and the Grey Lodge, that is distinctly Philly and makes this city a great beer town.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

After three previous stops at McKenzie’s, Victory and then Sly Fox, it was time to head to the 4th stop on what was becoming a very lively Saturday Beer Tour during a recent trip to NYC.

A nap in the back of Davo’s BeerMobile had me refreshed by the time we arrived at the Standard Tap. It was now dark and the outside of the Tap was nicely lit and revealed the sign painted exterior of what looked to be a very attractive old style building.

I fondly remember the wooden interior and warm Olde Worlde feel that this place immediately imparts on the first time visitor. Davo immediately took me on a short tour of the place, even taking in the upstairs bar area, at times it felt like I was in someone’s turn of the Century house such is the cozy feel that this place exudes. Fantastic architectural interior really takes you back in time, dark pastel painted walls, lots of wood, old floor tiles and flickering lamps that barely emit enough light for reading but which create a terrific ambience.

Our posse of Davo, FeloniousPhil, Slander, djgonzalez, RokotGirl, non-BA “Mike a.k.a. the Young Michael Jackson” all decided that food was in order. And to a person we were pretty much silent as we troughed the fare that arrived. I fondly remember the spicy fries though, they kicked ass. Service was prompt and friendly.

This was really a reasonably quick stop but we managed a couple of brews here, and I managed one trip to take in the view in front of the superb bar, I just wanted to stand at the bar all night, but we had secured a Table for the food so I couldn’t. The beer range at the Tap contained many brews that I knew and a few that I was unfamiliar with, a sure sign that its claim to serve only beers from local breweries is probably true. I even spotted a brace of Beer Engines but time has erased the identity of the dispensed contents. Superb range nonetheless.

The Standard Tap reminded me of many Pubs I drank at in the Victorian parts of the City of London at times. If I am back in the area, I am most certainly making time to partake in a proper drinking session in here, it’s the kind of place that will allow you to forget time completely, and surely make new friends.

Yet again, I find myself indebted to Davo for providing the transport & driving me and a few others here. Without the Evil ones help I would never have been able to ever get this Great Philadelphia Beer Bar.

Highly Recommended, if not at least for its superb and highly commendable commitment to the local beer scene, the selection marks reflects this.

Last Visit: Saturday 29th May, 2004.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Another place that atmosphere is such a BIG factor. rustic barroom feel. Old wood bar, hardwood floors, plastered wall, the the "local" feel in the art desing hanging, and feel. I like the idea of only serving local. I think it works well esp in a town like Philadelphia. However, (all current circumstances that prevent it aside) I would still like to see more. I mean more victory, slyfox, etc. Don't get me wrong, the variety they have is great, but it is limited to 2 per brewer, it seems. Food was great. Duck salad was delicious, and, the roast pork sandwhich, with it's gravy, and chips that look like they were just made, is something any joe off the street would approve of. Not as good as Jim's in Choshohocken, but few pork sandwhiches are. Biggest problem was the service. The bartender/server was kinnda snotty, and, didn't like the fact that we asked for change and leaft the tip on the table (when no one was around, and the table was right in front of the bar) PLus, was kinnda slow with the drink. But, still, I think this is a nice place that has alot fo charm to it.

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Photo of nomad
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Had a quiet dinner here with a mixed crowd, half of which being young and single, the other half being young parents with many babies in tow. Actually, I was surprised by how child friendly this place was, putting out blocks for the little ones to play with and installing diaper changing stations in the bathrooms. And on those, I was floored by how clean the bathrooms were – isn’t this Philly, aren’t I in a beer bar?

Low lit with fairly dark walls, the house lay-out of the property makes for an interesting feel. The tiny track lights, tin ceilings, and sparse wall-hangings give an air of consciously faded Victorian design. Stare at the paintings long enough and you’ll see that all the details are planned here, though immediate impressions point otherwise.

Selection was an array of light, summery beers, mostly wits, saisons, pales, and IPAs, no heavy tasting beers, and nothing cracking 6% abv. Fit the brutal weather perfectly. I saw 4 from Sly Fox, 3 from Victory, 2 from McKenzie’s, and 1 or 2 a piece from Yards, Weyerbacher, and Stoudt’s. I love how everything is local and thus fresh, fresh, fresh. For me and my lady, the Yards ESA on cask was tasty as ever, McKenzie’s Saison was extravagantly superb, and Victory Whirlwind Wit was way better than ever. Fresh, tart, fruity, and refreshing. All beers were super fresh thanks to high turnover of a small number of taps.

Food was indeed the bistro-ified beer bar fare so renowned. Their apple, bacon, goat cheese salad was stellar, Blue Point oysters were okay, while the Steak Frites was large and delicious, though a little too salty. Numerous other fresh and bistro-styled selections were on the board.

Amazing neighborhood for bars, each with their own personality and interpretation of beer selection and food. This is the steady old leader.

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Photo of slander
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The last stop on the Friday the Firkinteenth tour. Actually, it was Saturday, the day after, which I guess would be the Fourkinteenth.
We somehow got misplaced en route (I ain't naming names) and had to pass through the PJ's to get there (Crack? Oh, no thank you, old sport, I'm saving my money for beer), but we got there.
It's a big old converted house and upon entry, you're at the bar. It's off to the left and there's a few tables dotted here and there, a jukebox and a back room with a bunch more tables. A comfortable room with a neat old tile floor.
Roughly 12 taps and a cask or two (one of them is being poured out of the middle of a refridgerator). The taps are local, local and local. The PA/NJ scene is showcased here (Sly Fox, Victory, Troegs, Stoudts, Heavyweight, Flying Fish). The casks were Yards ESB and Victory Hop Devil. Sweet!
Upstairs, a smaller bar in the front room, serving pretty much the same selection as downstairs. A bunch of tables throughout and a doorway that leads to small deck. Down the hallway there's another dining room kept to itself by large sliding wooden doors, certainly a great party room.
Back in the front room, we just hung at the bar and had a few. Hey, they've got spicy fries. Thems were some spicy damn fries. No!! I'm talking spicy damn fries!!! Food, for as little as we touched, was great. People at the bar were going through entrees and a chocolate bread pudding like it was nobody's business.
Just a great place to spend an afternoon. Great beers, clean and fresh. These taps, they're not so standard.

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4.2/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

You can't beat the atmosphere. The outside gives a hint of what lies in wait indoors, and sure enough, inside is a dark, eclectically designed taproom, with warmth and charm to spare. Sure, it's a bit smoky, but this is a bar, after all. And the real gas chandelier, flickering in an almost surreal fashion, is one of the many fine and interesting touches, as is the almost complete lack of right angles in the rooms. And take note of the pictures on the walls...each seems to be a mellow landscape, but a glaring modern structure is plastered prominently in each one. Kinda cool.

The beer comes cool, not cold, and of the five I tried, each was clean and crisp in flavor. The HopDevil on cask was nothing short of sublime, and there was not a disappointment among any of what my wife and I sampled.

The staff is busy, and they hustle, but at times you might feel lost in the shuffle. That's okay, have faith, they haven't forgotten about you. Any delay is well made-up by the friendliness and at least cursory knowledge of the beers on tap.

There were ten beers on tap on Valentine's Day evening, and two were cask. You know what you get going in: on-tap offerings of local breweries. They had Yeungling available to appease the more mundane palates, but there were multiple beers from Sly Fox, Victory, Flying Fish, and Yards, and several styles were represented. These rotate, so I'll be back soon to see what else is on tap.

According to my wife, this place is an absolute diamond in the rough when it comes to food. Her chicken liver pate had her practically writhing in her seat, making me a tad jealous, and her duck salad really was all that and a bag of chips. My Double Standard burger was big, juicy, and plenty flavorful, and the roll made it all the better. Deserts are even strong. Hell, who expects to find creme brulee or chocolate bread pudding in a bar, and have it be not only edible, but good? While maybe not gourmet, the value borders on unbeatable.
So, bottom line, the beers are damned good, the food is damned good, and the atmosphere is damned good. How much more than damned good do you really need out of a beer bar? Having two sons of 6 and 9 puts a demand on my time that makes frequenting such places impractical, but that doesn't mean I won't find a way to get back every chance I get.

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3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

This place is one cool little bar. Very calm even on a Saturday night. Nice relaxing low light, and that wonderful low key simple decor that I have grown to love in some beer bars. The atmosphere is great especially for being in a pretty busy area of Philly. Service was good. They didn't really seem to be too excited about working, but maybe it was a bad day. They were very friendly and quick. The selection was pretty good. I liked how it was all local. I think they had around 10 taps. They had Yards, Victory, Dogfish Head, Flying Fish, Troegs, .... It was nice to see the local stuff in a bar in Philly. As far as that was concerned, they had the best selection I have seen. After getting my fill of Belgians at Eulogy, this place was a perfect place to make the transition to Philly area micros. Definitely stop here if you want to get your hands on some of the area's best brews

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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I visited Standard Tap for a Sunday Brunch. They open on Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 AM for brunch. The rest of the week, they open at 4:00 PM. Standard Tap is a local Philadelphia taproom. Brunch, in particular, brings out the neighborhood for good beer, mimozas, bloody marys, and good food.

Standard has only draft beer, no bottles, and it is all local to the Philadelphia region. There are some exceptions to this that stretch the regional point a little, one being Troegs, which is located in Harrisburg. Philadelphian's like to claim it as a local brewery, however, so I guess it passes.

Standard has 12 to 14 beers on tap at all times, two on the hand pump. I tried the Troegs Hop Bock on the hand pump. It was truly excellent beer with the wonderful hoppiness of a pale ale and the maltiness of a bock. I also tried the RiverHorse Hop Hazard (NJ), which I didn't like as much. It was good just not as special as the Troegs. They also had beers from Sly Fox (Phoenixville, PA), Stoudt's (Adamstown, PA), Victory (Downingtown, PA), Flying Fish (NJ), Yard's (Philly), and Dogfish Head (DE) on tap.

The menu is handwritten every day. The only thing that is available every day (not for brunch, though) is the cheeseburger, which is superb. For brunch, there were some amazing omelettes, including a venizon and portobello omelet that killed. All the food was excellent. The french toast was extra thick, fresh baked bread; the omelettes were accompanied by biscuits and gravy or home fries. There were also steak and eggs and eggs benedict. Even the fruit and cheese plate was special. Nothing was ordinary.

The service is a little slow but very friendly. The slowness was probably due to the fact that it was standing room only, so get there before noon to get a seat at or in the bar. There is also a back room and an upstairs room, but you miss half the fun by being out of the barroom.

Standard is in a very old, working class neighborhood of Philadelphia, known as Northern Liberties. The area became more than a little rundown, but is receiving something of a rebirth with a number of beer bars, clubs, and restaurants in a twelve block radius. Standard is in a very old building with plenty of quirks to make it interesting, including a keg of Yard's Philadelphia Pale Ale on tap in a 1950s refrigerator with a tap coming out of the door. I definitely recommend a trip to Standard if you are in the Philly area. Brunch and dinner are both great, and the beer is always fresh and special.

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3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This is a converted house, over several floors, a very interesting layout. The concept is to stick to local beers only, which can limit the selection somewhat, but it means the beers are always in good shape. It is definitely recommended if your looking for good area beers. And, if you want to try some imports after that, The Abbaye is a short walk away.

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4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I was referred to this establishment by a great friend and beer fellow beer advocate member. I was enticed when he mentioned the reviews by other members. I'm new to this site but not good beer. I was in Phila last Sept so the individual beer reviews won't be concise.

I found the atmosphere quaint. Nice, if you are there with a friend after work but not with 5-10 friends. I found the quarters a little cramped (for an early Thursday night) with only small areas to stand and enjoy a pint. The bartener ( I don't remember what her name was) was very helpful in matching my tastes to what they had to offer. I sampled Sly Fox, Flying Fish and Yuengling varieties. The beers, across the board were very good. I was especially pleased with a "spicey" beer from Sly Fox I believe. In all I had 5 different varieties. All worthy of an afternoon stop in the future.
I wasn't able to try any of the food or go upstairs. I wasn't really interested in the food, just the beer.

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Standard Tap in Philadelphia, PA
Place rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 111 ratings