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3.85 w/ 3 ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1801 Lombard St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19146
United States

(215) 732-5006

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Added by DarkerTheBetter on 01-29-2006

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by Soonami:
Photo of Soonami
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I went to Tangier with a friend late on a Saturday night but it was very much unlike the bar scene in the area. Though not empty, we were able to find a table in the back of the bar for our group of 6. The bar was decorated like a typical Philly local dive. The liquors were well stock and about 10 local beers on draft and 50 beers in bottles stocked int he fridge. The lighting was dim and music just loud enough to add atmosphere wihout drowning out conversation.

The beers were pretty good, featuring a lot of cool locals like Troegs Sunshine Pils, Stoudts Karnival Kolsch, DFH 60, PBC Walt Wit, etc. not A+ beers, but much better than I would've expected and not to bad at $5 for pints. They have $3 "mystery beer" and "beer of the month" in 12 oz bottles, which is a pretty good deal at the bar. The choice this time was Otter Creek Summer Ale, which was a cheap not not too tasty choice.

The bartender was quick to get me a drink and after overhearing a conversation we were having about how terrible Nickelback was and how they got booed off stage--played, "You Remind Me," or some Nickelback song and gave a thumbs up to the table. It's the little things.

I really like this place and would totally go back. As a bonus, they have board games for you to play, of which we played Apples to Apples among others.

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Photo of yuengling
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Went with the wife last week armed with an Entertainment coupon for buy one entree get one free. The place was small but homey in a good neighborhood across the street from Graduate Hospital and not crowded for a Saturday night. Has a vague North Africa theme but they don't push it that hard.

The beer selection is the draw here. I remember seven beers on tap with all quality, brews like Troegs Trogenator, Victory Hop Devil, Paulaner Oktoberfest. A huge diverse fridge with mostly great beers you don't see in a meat and potatos bar like Unibroue. Prices were reasonable for beers of this stature.

Service was good and courteous. We did not wait too long for foord or drinks and they were not obtrusive.

I really dug their mystery beer special where you get a bottle of beer of their choosing served in a paper bag for $2.75. With the great beers in their fridge, you really couldn't go wrong. I got an Anchor Porter.

Their food is fair. Their appetizers are better than the entrees my wife and I had. Their "signature" dish, "Irish Whiskey Steak", did not have much flavor. And whatever happened to the African lamb stew? The fish and chips were somewhat soggy. The appetizer, potato skins was enjoyable. Prices were in the $8 to $12 range.

All and all a positive, easygoing beer drinking experience.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

The first thing you’ll notice about this establishment when you walk through the door is a giant fish tank full of fish staring at you. I grabbed the booth behind it for a few pints while watching fish do what they do. The bar is set up with a bar along one long wall and booths across from it with a table or two in the back. Not too big, but big enough. The rest of the bar has some rather odd decorations, most notable are the mannequin heads with odd hats and hairdos up on a shelf behind the bar and a big butterfly on the high ceiling. Towards the back, before the stairs down to the rest rooms are a few shelves containing several dozen hot sauces. I just stopped by for drinks, but I’m sure they’re available upon request to accent a meal.

The selection of beer identified itself immediately as that of a beer bar, with twelve taps, one of which is marked “cheap.” I asked the owner what exactly is “cheap” beer, and he answered, “What ever I can get the cheapest.” That was helpful. Later he revealed that it was most often Ice House or Schmidt‘s. The other beers on tap were a good selection of locals, including Victory, Yuengling, Stoudt‘s, Sly Fox, Troeges, Flying Fish, Yards and Dogfish Head. There was also Rolling Rock, Hoegaarden and Guinness. Very nice. A cooler behind the bar contained 55 (mostly) quality brews that represented a vast spectrum of styles, origins, and prices. There was a little something for everyone in this fridge. Also, there were bottles of “mystery beer.” This came in an ambiguous brown paper bag. My friend tossed the dice and came up with a bottle of Schmidt’s. Not bad for $1.50 on a Saturday night! As a side note, the liquor selection seemed to have a high density of quality as well.

The service was a bit off. The owner was behind the counter and he was on the ball. The server, however, seemed to be new. It was getting late in my day and I wanted a 60 minute IPA from DFH to finish off the night. When it came, I didn’t remember it being so sweet and creamy. At the same time, my buddy was trying to figure out why his Troegs nut brown was so hoppy. Well, we figured that out soon enough and switched off. I also overheard the bar tender apologizing for the mistake the waitress made at another table. I’m guessing that she’s new.

I didn’t try the food this time around, but I saw on the menu on the wall that they offer both turkey burgers and ostrich burgers. Interesting indeed.

I was really surprised at the selection, the prices and the small number of people there. This isn’t the biggest of bars, but it clearly caters to those who enjoy beer. Also, a seven block walk will take you past Ten Stone and the Grace Tavern. You can easily make a night out of south west Center City and include Tangier as one of your stops. You won’t be disappointed.

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Tangier in Philadelphia, PA
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