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 grassrootsVT
3.05/5  rDev -26.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Let me begin by clearly stating that i am a long time and infrequent patron of the standard tap. i have probably visited 'the tap' 30 to 40 times over the last three years of my life... not a monumental number, by any means, but for someone who lives in vermont, certainly more than a drop in.

My friends and i began visiting the tap as seniors and recent college graduates some five years ago. Wonderful environment. Good beer selection - local beer/local food. Upon returning to the city over the course of the coming half decade, we witnessed the development of a great many changes within the tap establishment as a whole. Many a night, we found ourselves closing down the bar at 3:30 am with shots of tequila thrown back to the jukebox tune of "get the fuck out, get the fuck out." We were welcomed and the beer selection was just barely provocative enough to lure my beer geek ass back night after night [heavyweight was the fishing lure here...with some decent cask ales from victory and yards...]

the food has been relatively great over the years - brisket sandwich, lamb sandwich, steaks, seafood, fries... served til 1am. nearly perfect structure: dim lighting, loud music, plenty of space to sit and commune with the posse... but, alas, we come to a fork:
the atmosphere and the personalities that define that which dwells within...

upon my last three visits and tonight's experience - i am hesitant that i shall ever return. as an advocate of the establishment, i have turned many a soul on to this business but am skeptical to do so in the future.

1. Very poor treatment at the door and at the bar.
At 1:55am, just moments after last call, the bouncer told my friend and i that it was time to finish up and leave... he then proceeded to stand next to me and eye me while i slowly nursed my pint of hopdevil.

2. beer selection: if you want local grog, this is the place. if you want something that is going to rotate and impress the adventurous spirit within you, this is not the place. the draft list has been virtually the same for the last year and a half: sly fox dry stout and helles, yards beers, cider, hopdevil cask, one troegs beer [hopback or doppel], a legacy beer, a stoudts beer, flying fish and blah blah blah. in a city that has perhaps the greatest diversity of beer bars in the united states - a city that is over run with hoegaarden, yards, troegs, victory, flying fish, and yuengling... one can do much better than to venture into a place that is changing with the neighborhood... blah. go the foodery and buy these beers in a bottle and go home to your ipod.

3. tonight's phone call:
tonight i called the bar to see if they had recently tapped any kegs and if the draft list had rotated. upon answering i asked the bartender the aforementioned directive and was told "what are you looking for, what do you want...?" in a rather harsh and abrasive tone. So i asked for tim, the bar manager who i had previously had kind interactions with - "this is tim." ok. "i hate stupid fucking questions and phone calls like this. what do you want." "well then, i guess you're not the place that i was looking for tonight."

advice: ditch the attitude. switch up the draft list once in a while. turn down the volume on the jukebox. maybe hire the employees that were working there four years ago...because they seemed to 'get it.' perhaps try a different beer on cask... mostly though, it's all about attitude.
remember: personality of employees may or may not promote future business...
standard tap will no longer receive my business. not for a while...
a long string of mediocre bar engagement and unfriendly service has left me wondering: why all of the hype?
i'll go to north 3rd instead...two blocks away. or the abbaye...

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Photo of Phatz
3.06/5  rDev -26.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4

We were enjoying ourselves greatly at Eulogy and the bar tender started gushing about how great the Standard Tap is. Another patron jumped all over it as well. We left a great place to make the trek to The Standard Tap. Personally I found it a bit disappointing. Yes, there are 10 local Micro beers on tap but in the great beer city of Philadelphia you need to do better than that. It was not all I was told it would be. Still, It it worth a visit if you need another stop on your trip but I stayed for one beer and left. The best thing about Northern Liberties is The Foodery. The highlight was Yards Château Kenso which is not saying all that much. Orielys Stout from Sly Fox and a handful of others but nothing mind blowing either.

The bartender down stairs had a very rude disposition that she thought was cute but it was not appreciated at all. I went up stairs and the guy there was much more helpful and better service. After we all had a beer, we left.

Hope this is helpful.

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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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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of MmmIPA
3.34/5  rDev -19.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I stopped here for a pint and had a Flying Fish summer ale seasonal.My buddy had the Flying fish APA.This place was a neat looking and feeling place.It had some nice dark wood and very clean.We drank our beer on the outside deck on the second floor.The selection pretty much the same as Johnny Brendas with all locals.Victory,Yards,Slyfox,Flying Fish.I enjoyed myself here and the waiters were cool and knowlegable about the beer and thanks for the pint glass.I would stop here again but I would like it if they had a more diverse tap selection.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.36/5  rDev -19.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Well we walked down the block to Standard Tap after waiting a while at North Bowl. After hearing so many good thing's about this place I was excited.

When we walked in we just said damn this is a tight fit with more than a couple people in our party it was tight. My first intial thought was this is it? A very dark bar and what seemed to be kind of dirty. The waiters seemed to be a little overworked and agitated. Not very friendly. So we decided to walk upstairs. It was a little better. More room and a friendlier atmosphere. Must of us ended up getting the kilty pleasure which seemed to be free flowing.As for the tap selection I wasn't that impressed all PA beers and nothing else on the board.I love PA beers but I need a bit of a variety. All and all a decent placce but nothing worth going out of the way for a somewhat of a letdown.

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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 mltobin
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Located in northern liberties in Philadelphia is Standard Tap. They have two floors and is dark inside as mentioned in other reviews, chalkboards list what they have on tap. A lot of young people were here as well as some older locals, "hipster" seems to describe their typical clientele. The bar offers lots of local PA beers, Yards and others. It gets very crowded on weekend evenings, with a nice view on the second floor of 2nd street below you. Overall, a better than average bar, but I was a tad disappointed on the tap list when I went there. But, that has something to with my favorite beer style preferences not on that particular night. Anyways, check it out if you find yourself in northern liberties.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

I feel like Standard Tap is one of the few “top beer bars” in Philly I had not yet visited. So there I rode, a couple of fast miles from my jawn in South Philly.

The Standard is a cool, spacious bar, with lots of room to roam. Quiet on a Wednesday evening. The bartender, as usual in Philly, was aloof and distant, with that I-saw-you-but-I’m-going-to-ignore-you-for-a-while look. Good music, though, Radiohead style.

The food menu is pretty large but pricey, with nothing under ten bucks except for fries. The taps are largely local/regional (PA): Troegs Scratch 145, SlyFox, Bullfrog, Weyerbacher, Yards, Dogfish, Flying Fish… all low-ABV as well. Not bad, but not exciting (except for the amazing Troegs Scratch)

Dollar off Happy Hour is all I got as a special. Nice stop, but I wouldn’t rush to try it again. There are a lot of beer bars where the tap list and service are better.

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Photo of sbw138
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Standard Tap is a pretty interesting place in the Northern Liberties neighborhood in Philadelphia. It is located in an older row home sort of place. There are multiple levels, and multiple rooms of different shapes and sizes. There is also some outdoor seating, and a roof deck to eat and drink. I look forward to checking it out when the weather is warmer.

You seat yourself all the time at Standard Tap, and you also order food from the bar tender, no matter where you are sitting. Needless to say, my gf and I spend a good while waiting like morons for someone to seat us or wait on us. I guess they waitstaff like to watch the customers embarass themselves, who knows.

The food is pretty good. They are supposed to have one of the best burgers in the cities supposedly. It was good, but not up there with Grace Tavern or Royal Tavern. They also refuse to serve bacon on their burger for some reason.

They have a good rotating selection of drafts and bottles. I got a nicely poured Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, very tasty.

Overall, the place is cool, the owners, and employees have sort of a snooty was to them, but I can deal with that. I plan on stopping by in the spring to check out the roof deck!

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.66/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in here on a Sunday afternoon with a friend celebrating his birthday.

Atmosphere is geared to the young crowd, not that there is anything wrong with that.

Tap lineup wasn't all that impressive to me at least. About 7 taps going, with Yards ESA and Troegs' Nugget Nectar on hand pump. Both of the casks tasted very fresh, so I was happy to limit myself to those. The Standard Tap has always been very supportive on local brewers, and you can always find some Victory, Sly Fox, Troegs, and of course Yards on tap.

Overall, I've been to the Standard Tap many times, but I must have caught them on a bad day, as the tap lineup left me wanting. Oh well, still a great local bar, and I'll be back for sure.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Standard Tap has a very unique atmosphere for the area with an old timey, dimly lit, all dark wood and walls with minimal antiqueish breweriana speckled throughout the bar and dinning room.

The beers featured are predominately local, which can be a good thing as local taps get squeezed out for buzz generating micros at other bars. My guess is about 12 are on tap at a time, hard to tell with there only being 2 hard to read chalkboard menus in dimly lit spots. The prices have inched up recently with $3-$4 beers being replaced by $5-$6 brews.

The food is hit or miss. The menu is sometimes adventurous and the execution is in turn sometimes off. The standards, such as burgers and sandwiches are always done well, while some entrees are bland or overcooked.

Service is spotty, while some servers are snarky and immpolite, most just come off as doing there job without much personal interation, which isnt always bad.

Overall a good spot... the atmosphere, local brews and bar food shine while the shortcommings in service and execution prevent me from comming back too often.

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Photo of corby112
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

A nice neighbourhood bar in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia that focuses on local beers. They always have a good selection of beers from the Philadelphia area and surrounding counties. The biggest problem is that if you aren't sitting at one of the bars you have to troll around the place waiting for someone to get up to get a table. Once seated however, the service is very good and the food is excellent focusing on locally grown produce. The price is very reasonable, and although there a lot of pretentious hipsters that hang out here, the music is always awesome. Also, the Foodery II is across the street!

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Photo of ElGuapo
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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Photo of NolanGTI
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I was very impressed when walking into The Standard Tap for the first time, it lives up to my expectations of what a bar should look like. Not only is the decor spot on, the crowd seemed like an eclectic mix. Unfortunately, the beer list wasn't up to snuff, which really surprised me. It was all locals, which is fine, but there wasn't a stunner among the group. No Braumeister Pils? No Ichor? Not even a Pikeland and no Troegs to be found. The taplist was heavy with Yards and run of the mill offerings from Flying Fish. I have heard that as recently as a few years ago, the tap list was top notch, but clearly the bar in Philly has been raised and the Tap seems to be a bit lacking.

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Photo of kajerm
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

You can't miss this place, towering across the street from the Foodery. The bar/restaurant is huge, with two floors and a large second-floor deck. If the weather is nice, go for the deck.

Selection is an issue here, largely due to their decision not to stock any bottled beers. That said, they could really stand to have at least one or two ballsier beers on the menu (although their all-local taplist is admirable.) The benefit of this system is that the taps are pristine and the kegs are extremely fresh, so if you can find something you want, you're not likely to get a better pint of it on tap than you'll get here.

I ordered a Troeganator (which was forgettable, but I'm not blaming the bar for that) and probably the best 90-minute IPA I've ever had, owing to the freshness of the hops.

The food here kicks ass too-- I can vouch for the burgers, the salmon sandwich, and the fries. Their chocolate-chip bread pudding is also one of the finest dessert products on the face of the earth. Prices on everything are decent but not outstanding. Service is prompt, friendly, and attentive.

Definitely worth a stop if you're in the Northern Liberties (especially if you're hungry), but don't expect to go have an all-night tasting spree here.

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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 PhillyMonk
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Another great place (along with N. 3rd) in Northern Liberties to get a pint of local Philly ale and hang out with a cool beer-drinking, pub crowd.

This place really has some of the feel of a UK-style pub: old building, two floors, wood everywhere, dim lighting, lots of young people drinking good beer. Great jukebox with unusual selection on the ground floor. Very casual (sometimes I've seen people bring their dogs in). No menus - chalkboards display the menu and beer selection.

Food is excellent (you will be pleasantly surprised) from steaks and duck to some of the best burgers in the city. Beer selection changes fairly frequently and, as the name suggests, they serve no bottled beers. They feature one or two beers from many local breweries and brewpubs (Yards, Flying Fish, Triumph, Stoudts...) and have a different selection upstairs and down.

This may not be a place to go if you don't feel like waiting -- you're pretty much standing around waiting for someone to get up for the most part. They don't take reservations and there really is no host to seat you except for one back room upstairs (where they'll take your cell number and text you when your table is ready). It can get crowded and noisy, but at least there's no smoking inside anymore. If you don't mind waiting/standing, you can't go wrong with the Standard Tap.

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Photo of corew
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

For the love of God, PLEASE get menus that are not random chalkboards in dimly lit rooms.

Okay now that I got my one and only complaint out of the way.. Standard Tap has a wide selection of what seems to focus only on local beers, or mostly local beers, which is awesome, sometimes. The food is always changing and different, and often has many items that I would not choose, but you can never go wrong with their empanadas, burgers, or poutine. If you are looking for a first date, relaxed, cozy environment come here and go on the upstairs outdoor deck (you can thank me later). The service has always been quality, and like I said, the one downfall is you cannot get a physical menu to hold. At night this is one of the most dimly lit restaurants I have ever been in and their menus are only able to be seen on random chalkboards... annoying.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Standard Tap was the site for a rare brunch today so I figure I should review it after a good dozen visits. I like the "feel" of the place which is kid & local friendly. Brew is all PA specific plus two hand pumps but the selection is usally biased towards the tamer (lager/pils/pale ale) brews. Service has always been hit or miss IMO. The food is what usually has us coming back & it is my favorite brunch spot in the city. Prices are reasonable for Northern Liberties. Don't forget to hit the Foodery across the street.


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Photo of GJ40
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

A friend living in Philly suggested we check this place out while I was in town on a business trip. I'd seen the good reports on BA so I was sold.

They have a nice corner location with an inviting exterior. I found the atmosphere very relaxing and comfortable. It's well worn, simple and all about the beer.

The beer selection is very local. It all comes from PA & NJ in an 80 mile radius. That sounds a bit limiting but they do a good job with it by including a wide variety of styles. They even have two on cask. I had the cask Victory Hop Devil.

We didn't eat but the food menu was very interesting. It included basics like rib eye and burgers and some more unusual dishes as well.

I enjoyed the visit and would definitely recommend this place.

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Photo of saltydog
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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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 msubulldog25
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited 9/11/10, 5:30-7:00pm

My dinner destination was easy enough to find: a brick 4-story with a contrasting whitewashed facade and huge 'STANDARD' (smaller: 'TAP') painted on the side, anchoring the 2nd/Poplar corner. After a quick browse across the street at The Foodery and a few blocks of strolling in the Northern Liberties 'hood (er, 'NoLibs', which reminds me of Mad Libs, which makes me want to fill in some 'Verbs' or 'Adjective's or 'Persons' to complete my review...), my appetite caught up and I headed inside (through the door with a wriggling tangle of old pipes and fittings for security bars).

Wow, cool inside: I'm a sucker for the nooks and crannies that old buildings, pubs or otherwise, provide. This place looks and feels like a pub 'should': a maze of small rooms, covering two floors, some for dining, one a small bar upstairs with open windows, a cozy balcony for outdoor seating (in use, unfortunately, by a group on this pretty evening), friends chatting everywhere. I nosed around before settling in downstairs in the first room I passed through, grabbing a side table just inside the door and opposite the bar. Warm woods, dark floors, pressed tin ceiling. No TV - just a jukebox, ATM, and cig machine - all downgraded the feel just a little. From my perch on a perimeter bench, I could watch the crowds come and go (not terribly busy on an early Saturday) and the crew gathered around the 10 seat bartop. I'm sure on a busy night it could get dark and cramped, but the early evening vibe was comfortable, a waning sunlight warming most rooms. Good tunes, a rockin' mix of Hendrix, Chili Peppers, and the like.

About as local a taplist as I found at any point in my 3 day visit: 20 or so (2 hand pumps), and all from right there in the SEPA area. My first pick was a Kenzinger: it was $3, its logo was emblazoned on the pints, and it was local (of course). Not bad, either... Later, a Sly Fox Saison (with dinner) and a smaller Flying Fish Exit 6 joined in. Others seen but not tasted came from Stoudts, Yards, Victory, Troegs, Dock Street, etc. All I tried were fresh-tasting and served at the right temperature, poured to shaker pints or unmarked wine glasses.

I probably didn't choose the best item off the menu, but I'm still giving a '4' based on what I saw at other tables and what was displayed on the chalkboard above the bar. My dish, spicy mussels and sausage, had good flavor but the bivalves themselves were overdone, shriveled. There's a game-centric fare I wished I'd have explored, a menu boasting rabbit, duck and antelope!

Decent service, provided by Jason (separated at birth: Jack Black)... attentive and quick enough to refresh an empty glass. Otherwise, a bit more hip/aloof on the serving side.

A comfortable locale and a great neighborhood vibe. Not my favorite place, but certainly somewhere I'd return to again and again if I was a local.

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Photo of Cmack15
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in this bar after making a big beer haul across the street at The Foodery. Met a friend of mine from Phoenixville here because he knew of the spot. Really cool vibe here super friendly bartender who chatted with us about Philly bars. the bartender loved Memphis Taproom and some German bar that did really good food. Any bar that has Mos def playing is quality in my book, heard the whole album "Black on Both Sides." The draft selection was nothing too impressive and seemed to highlight a lot of local breweries, but they had good beers and you just enjoyed drinking them there. They have an upstairs and downstairs bar but we only saw the downstairs one. I would not make this a destination but if your nearby this a great bar.

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