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 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 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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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 NeroFiddled
4.7/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

My favorite bar in Philadelphia. I really like the Khyber, but sometimes feel out of place there (I don't have any tattoos)! And Standard Tap is easier to get to and you can find FREE parking without trouble. But I guess what really makes it stand out is that they ONLY pour local beers. I really appreciate that commitment, and am glad to be able to find beers from far reaching breweries and brewpubs that I can't get out to on a regular basis. There are 8 to 9 beers on tap including 2 handpumps and the Yeungling Lord Chesterfield in "the fridge". The atmosphere and food are great as well. The rooms are painted with deep colors of burgundy, pine and yellow. There's a "retro" tile floor downstairs and wood upstairs. There's alot of dark wood and there's an actual gas lamp in the main dining room! There are tin ceilings in areas, a small fireplace upstairs, and unique art on almost all of the walls. The food and beer menus are written on chalk boards which are always changing - no need for menus. The food is excellent and I recommend heading in for brunch on Sunday. The brunch items should give you an idea of what the other food is like. Duck Salad $9, Chorizo Baked Eggs $10.50, Salmon Club $9, Steak & Eggs $14, BLT $6 and Peach French Toast $8.50. I don't really go in for the smelts during dinner, but everything else is exceptional. I always consider it as a bit of a learning experience! Not to be missed!

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

I well remember the first time that I visited, largely at the behest of Nancy Barton. I was a little reluctant, since I had not been to the Northern Liberties since the closing of Poor Henry's and I thought the neighborhood a bit dicey. Nancy had never steered me wrong before and this was no exception. I had a great time and have re-visited many times since, but this was my first with notebook in hand.

The front door had a series of interlocking pipes attached to it, configured in such a way as to be evocative of Rube Goldberg or the handiwork of some of the Utilitiesman (UTs) of NMCB-5, circa 1992 to 1994. Jeep, Grizz, Dewey, I still think of yunz guys. Back to the present.

Once inside, the bar was directly off to the left. There was a smattering of high tables and chairs in the front room but the majority of the seating on the first floor was booth seating in the back room. When I failed to secure a place to cop a squat, I continued upstairs to the second floor bar area. This was a raucous space that was simultaneously evocative of Victorian England, the American Jazz Age, and and any red-light district bawdy house worldwide (or so I would imagine, never having stepped foot inside one during my fifteen-plus years in the Navy).

Aft on the second floor was its own restaurant area. My doctor had recently advised me to eat more often as the result of an extremely low cholesterol count on my annual forty-plus physical. Who would I be not to follow doctor's orders? On this evening, it was the pulled pork sammich.

Beers: Somehow, I failed to get a number on the first floor, but up on the second floor, they had twelve (12) taps. The list was all micro and better yet, all local. That is absolutely admirable!

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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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 John_M
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Had not been to the Standard Tap in a few years, but had occasion to stop by again the other day. The neighborhood has changed quite a bit, but The Tap, seemingly not at all.

As one walks into the place, I'm always struck by how dark and cool it seems inside. There are several dining areas in the bar, with a good size wrap around bar in the back to the left as you walk in off the street. This place has a very comfortable vibe (always has), and is a great place to hang out and relax.

The service here has always been pretty good, with the staff knowledgable about the beers they carry. The selection could be better I suppose, being limited as it was the other day to 12 or 14 local beers. What I do like about the Standard Tap is their committment to serving local beers. Everything on draft the other day was brewed either in Philly or in the Philly area. I'm not sure I've ever seen that level of committment to the local brewing scene.

This is a very solid place in a very good area (Northern Liberties) for good beer. Always a must stop when I'm in Philly.

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Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A great neighborhood bar with excellent food.

The place has a great hip vibe, especially the upstairs bar. The servers and bartenders are very friendly and knowledgeable.

Standard Tap only serves local area craft brews. Fortunately we have a lot to fill out the tap list. Sly Fox, Weyerbacher, Flying Fish, Yards and Victory are nearly always pouring along with the occasional River Horse and Lancaster. There are fewer taps than we are used to around here (only about 12) but the Philly local twist is unique.

Standard Tap really excels in the kitchen. The chicken pot pie is amazing, the burgers and sandwiches terrific. The brunch is especially good.


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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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Yetiman420
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in for a couple of local pints after beer shopping at The Foodery next door. A beer-lovers one-two punch, especially if you're after local beers which Standard Tap specializes in.

I had the Flying Fish Exit 4, Victory Wild Devil, and Dock Street which are all within an hours drive of Philly.

The bartender provided excellent service - he was able to describe all the (local) beers they had on tap and was always on top of making sure I was set - even as it got more crowded. I had a slight problem with drinking the first beer off a new keg and he comp'd my beer for me.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of orangesol
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Stopped in here for the first time last week while we were in the area. I have always heard how great this place is, time to see if that is accurate.

Nice sized space with a good amount of seating area. Atmosphere is all over the place. From older people to beer geeks to hardcore hipsters. The smallish bar on the left has the drafts and menu listed above it. Service was pretty good as well. Our server seemed to know her stuff and she came to check on us a few times during our short visit. Selection was great. All but two of the drafts from PA. I got a Dock Street Berliner and it was decent. Only had time to get one beer but I saw a few others I would have liked to try. On a recent visit I stayed long enough to get some food, went with the Standard Burger which was really good and the fries were just as good.

Overall a place that I am sure I will stop at many times in the future.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

In the City of Brotherly Love for a Labor Day pub crawl, I ventured to the Northern Liberties neighborhood, which appears to be in the middle of much renovation (I bet the rents go up), for the specific purpose of visiting this much-lauded tavern.

The Tap stands sentry on the corner of Poplar and Second – in fact, coming up from the nearby Spring Garden subway station it is pretty hard to miss with its’ name blazing for all to see.

Upon entering is a small L-shaped bar that can seat about fifteen opposite several small tables. A few windows allow a minimum of natural lighting – but hey you’re not here to read. In the back is a warren of additional dining areas, much like the British pubs of yore.

The only menu is on the chalkboard above the bar. The food, primarily seafood, was excellent, eclectic and much more than pub grub – unless you consider Duck Salad “pub grub.” While, the beer selection was not large (13 taps, including two hand-pumps), it was fresh, properly and efficiently served and reasonably priced; the selection included:

Sly Fox Dry Stout
Troeg Brown Ale
Flying Fish
Stoudt’s APA
Victory Prima Pils
Stoudt’s ESB
Yard’s Pale Ale
Troeg Dreamweaver Wheat

On cask was Yards ESA and Victory Hop Devil. Oh, and the Yards Pale was $3.00 a pint! No wonder this place gets great reviews, including this one.

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

There's a tap sticking out of the antique refrigerator. Did you read that? A tap in the antique fridge!! I mean come on. If that doesn't define a bar right there, what the hell else would? Okay. Beyond that the place is nice and almost old world, but with a feeling like it is still living in the present. Quality of brews seems on the level. Service is good. All the people seem to be just right for the spot. Selection is good. Seems to focus a lot on regional and local brews, so that's a plus. It is their thing. They don't really want to worry about much else besides that and I respect it and dig it. I didn't try the food, but I would at future visits for sure. And seeing how I always hit up The Foodery for beer runs and this place is next door, it makes it easy.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.16/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

This place is pretty great - My brother is the one who brought me here the first time. The food is great and the selection is always pretty great too. I really like the vibe and It is one of the first beer-centric places I visited in Philly so it holds a sentimental type of memory, the service is always on point -definitely recommended.

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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 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 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 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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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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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