Memphis Taproom

BA SCORE
96
world-class

86 Ratings
Memphis TaproomMemphis Taproom
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

2331 E Cumberland St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19125-2205
United States

(215) 425-4460 | map
memphistaproom.com

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Added by carlosd74 on 06-01-2008

PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Ratings:
86
Reviews:
52
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
3.18%
 
 
Taps:
20
Bottles/Cans:
127
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of cdaguanno
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of JeffTheJuice
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Awesome combination of quality beers and food. Their menu is fairly priced and well rounded. The smoked coconut club is great for a vegetarian or an omnivore looking to be adventurous and they have great appetizers that utilize beer. Personally my favorite meal is the Chicken Fried Chicken, however, that may change when I try the IPA Braised Chicken sandwich. And there is always something awesome on tap. The last time I was there they had Russian River Damnation and Blind Pig. One of the best spots in Philly. If I was recommending someone to try somewhere in Philly this would be the spot along with the Grey Lodge and Monk's Cafe.

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Photo of boosterrocket
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of sammyt728
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of CanConPhilly
4.81/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Betterbeer
4.75/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Sometimes a tight list of 11 draughts is better than a list of 60. The selection here is well thought out. No two beers from the same brewery and a real effort to vary the styles offered. One thing they all have in common - quality.

The food is just the type of food you like to eat when drinking beer. The kielbasa hoagie, wings and fries are standouts. A couple of specials lit me up (A multiple cheese and ham macaroni; and a polenta pie with sausage and pepperoni - yowza).

I have only sat at the bar area beacuse that is how I roll. But the dining area looks cool. Service at the bar is excellent. If your glass is empty for more than a minute, I would be surprised. Great, cozy atmosphere - suave but not hoity toity by any means.

I hope the previous reviewer is wrong about the hipsters. Seems like some pretty down-to-earth folks hanging there to me.

The only negative is that it is just too damn convenient for me to stop there on my way home from work. "Honey, don't bother with dinner tonight."

A must visit if in the Philly area.

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of MarkStewart
4.75/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great little bar, a little cramped but good food and an ever changing selection of good and unique brews.

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Photo of cp45
4.75/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of corby112
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is a great little beer bar/restaurant in the Fishtown/Kensington/Port Richmond section of the city. A bit off of the beaten path but definitely worth seeking out. This is one of my top five place in Philly and is a must stop if you have the time while in town.

As soon as you walk in you are at the bar which is pretty large for a pretty small space. There is ample seating and always a cool crowd. Also, they play really good music which adds to the atmosphere. Behind the bar there are a couple of giant chalkboards listing what's on their excellent rotating draft list and what bottles are offered.

The main dining area is also pretty small but there is plenty of seating and there is never much of a wait to get a table. Plain decor with another small chalkboard of what beers are on draft.

The food and service here are excellent and the prices are very reasonable. The portions are huge and the most expensive thing on the menu was $16 the last time I went. They have some vegetarian dishes but mainly focus on traditional polish fare with an eclectic gastropub twist. The service is always excellent. Everyone who works there tends to be very friendly and knowledgeable and their bartenders are very attentive and great to strike up a conversation with. Also, the owner Brendan is often there and he is like a beer encyclopedia. Very approachable and loves talking about beer.

On to the beer. The selection at the place is truly impressive. They have a small bottle list which is very good but the rotating draft list s what keeps me coming back. They usually only have about ten beers on and one or two casks but they are all top quality. On one visit they had Pliny the Younger(yes Younger), Pliny the Elder, Consecration, Cantillon Kriek and Racer X! WOW! Highly recommended.

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Photo of DLSheidy
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The Memphis is my local, and as such I'd guess that perhaps my review should be taken with a bit of skepticism, or at least a grain of salt. I'll assure you, however, that if anything, I'm probably being a little harder on them than I normally would be.

First off, I love what they've done for the neighborhood. How one bar can make such a positive change, I don't know, but I certainly see it in the way that outsiders view the neighborhood now. Additionally, they've given us a much needed place for socialization.

The outside of the bar looks great, and it completely fits in architecturally. It has a little bit of a retro feel to it, which works perfectly. It has class. And they take care of it and the sidewalks around it. Very well run. Oh, I forgot to mention that I know Brendan, one of the owners. More skepticism. I wouldn't give him credit if it wasn't warranted.

Entering from the corner it can be kind of tight between the door and the first high top table. It's a kind of small bar. But that's the way corner bars used to be. And, that happens to be just about the right size for keeping it comfortable. Except for when they're busy, which seems to be the norm.

The decor is kind of retro. Not "real" retro, but retro-ish. Nice details. The dining room in back is just a little more modern, and just a little bit brighter. The art on the walls helps with that, and it's surprisingly good (changes monthly). It's a nice change, and it helps to separate the two areas. Nice bathrooms too.

Moving onto the things everyone wants to hear about... the beer list is fantastic. Always changing. Always something good, and always something that you wouldn't expect. Cask ales on Saturday afternoon. A great bottle selection.

The bartenders are top notch. I only know Brendan, but there are two other bartenders that I've seen several times who are great. And service in the dining room has been top notch as well, which, honestly, is a little surprising. Wait service these days has decreased to the point that if you don't have food spilled on you and you're not entirely ignored you've done pretty well. Not the case here at all. In fact, I'd consider it right up there with some very expensive, fancy restaurants that I've been to. (Cross my fingers, I hope that continues).

The food is kind of hipster-hippy-healthy. I don't know if that makes any sense. They have gluten-free items. They have vegetarian AND vegan items. They do standard kinds of things, but they put a twist on it. The BBQ Seitan sandwich ($8) is my favorite. It's comfort food, but it's also healthy. How bizarre!!! Ham on Rye harkens back to that corner bar thing. And they do unusual stuff like Grilled Marlin, and seasonal things as well. So maybe I don't mean hipster, as much as just hip. BONUS: All of the prices are reasonable! Entrees top out at around $15, which is $3 to $5 less than most places. Hmmm, maybe that has something to do with their popularity!

Alright, I think I've covered it. They have my definite seal of approval.

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Photo of tomasher
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of gdfan47
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

one of my favorite places to go in the city

the service is so great

im so bad with directions, I always have to plug it into my gps to get there

10 min from center city, 5 min from no libs

the place is a pretty good size with a big bar towards your right with at least one tv, im drawing a blank
the service is so friendly, they have a big chalk board with the drafts and an even bigger one with bottles...

they always have realy cool stuff on draft, and its very reasonable.... actually on the cheap side

the drafts change quite a bit, and they have a great webpage which seems to be updated with drafts and other vital info very frequently

the food is very awesome and ecclectic
i eat meat, but their menu is very veggie/vegan friendly
they do a spicy meatball sub which is incredible , they also have a sandwich with an omlet, bacon and oysters... which is amazing!

if im not mistakem, the most exspensive dinner is $14, very reasonable

I cant say enough great things about this place, one of my faves

update on dec 6th
the food menu had changed a little, still awesome... just some new items

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Photo of BeerMeDuffMan
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

If I had to sum up a review of this establishment to only a few things it would be this:
1) Fried. F'ing. Pickles. If you go home hungry, it's your own fault.
2) Outdoor hot dog cart and beer garden. First and only time I've seen Heady sold at a venue. It is rare to find it on a shelf in the city, and even rarer to find it at a hot dog cart.
3) Outstanding beer selection of both bottle and draft varieties.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%

Tucked away in the residential Fishtown area of Philly, Memphis Taproom looks unassuming from the outside. So much so that I went right past it upon arrival. The exterior almost blends right in with the surrounding apartments. Street parking was easy and I had a few minutes to kill before it opened, so I took an enjoyable walk around the neighborhood.

Inside, I was greeted by the bartender who was very social with me and the other people at the bar. The front area where I sat is a nice bar with a single tv behind it. There is a back area with tables, as well as small beer garden area outside that was not open yet. There were about 20 drafts including 2 cask offerings, mostly American craft with some quality imports mixed in, all reasonably priced.

I ordered my first beer, Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel, and the smoked coconut club sandwich. The beer was served in a wine glass and was better than I remembered. I've had it before, but to enjoy it on tap is a rare experience. My day could not have started off any better. The sandwich came next and was served with a very generous portion of fries. Both were great. When I was finished, I cooled down with a Victory Braumeister Pilsner. I was actually deciding between this and another beer but once the bartender said, "Victory crushes pilsners,"after asking for his recommendation there was no turning back. And he was right. As good or possibly better than Prima Pils, an outstanding pilsner in its ownright.

I only left the bar because I had other places on my itinerary for the day. Honestly, I could have spent all day here making my way through the creative food and well-thought out tap list. The quality and service of both the beer and food combined with the laid back vibe made my visit here an excellent one. Looking forward to returning in the future.

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Photo of lstokes
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

What a great bar. 10 constantly rotating and highly varied taps--lots of things you don't see often plus some standbys, a great variety of styles--plus a cask as well as a large selection of bottles.

The atmosphere was sort of fun and quirky--I liked the different maps on the back of the menu (I had "Radio Stations in Arkansas," my friend had a map of Toronto) and the comfortable vibe. We sat in the dining area, and the service was also superb. Both our server and the server we overheard at the next-to-us table really knew about the beer (and the food) and were friendly and prompt. I don't think I made the best choices from the menu--wasn't thrilled by the Fish and Chips, and the Beef Pasties were good but not great--but my friend loved his Chile Verde, and I was impressed by the vegan/gluten-free items. There's not many places I can take my gluten-allergic friends, but this is one!

The prices are also very fair, nothing more than $14 on the entree list and $4 for most drafts, going up to $6 for a few specialties. I just wish I lived next door.

Edited: I've been back several times since my first visit and just keep liking the place more, so I've bumped some numbers up. The burgers are great, the soups are great, the vegetarian sandwiches are great, the beers are consistently brilliantly chosen, my boyfriend and I like nothing better than their (AMAZING) vegan chocolate cake followed by whatever big gorgeous stout is on tap.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Visited in July 2013:

We visited this place on a complete whim, as we were heading over to Tacconelli's Pizzeria (some of the best pizza ever), but needed to kill some time. Frankly, I think that this place is just about as good as you get. The location is quintessential Philly, tucked away in an unassuming neighborhood. The wait staff were excellent and more than happy to talk to you about beer (we visited mid-afternoon, so that may not be representative if you visit in the evening). The place had a wide range of people, locals as well as those making the pilgrimage...like myself and my wife. They only had about 8 beers on tap, but the variety was across the board. There is not really much to say, other than, get here. World class establishment.

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Photo of mingo1968
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place is my go to spot i love it here. And a review from me would not do it justice.

But i will try the staff is fantastic the food is very good never had a bad meal.The selection of beer is outstanding. The owner is very friendly and remembers you and will always makes it a point of saying hi how have you been. If you are in the area or heading down that way make it a point of stopping in i think you will enjoy it. They have cask beer also. In the spring and summer they have a beer garden that serves up can beers and hotdogs out of a hotdog truck parked right there.

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Photo of blassor
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of sirdeloin
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place has become my go-to spot. A bit out of the way, but worth it. The polish inspired food is tasty always seems to hit the spot. they also offer a variety of veg and vegan foods. not surprised as it is in Fishtown.

There is a reason this has become my favorite place. The beer selection is exceptional and priced much lower than the popular beer spots in Philly. The tap selection is always changing with a new firkin every Saturday. On my last trip, I was delighted to discover they had tap offerings of Ommegang Rouge(one of my favorites, but of course can never find) and St. Bernardus 12 on tap, among others I rarely see.

They always seem to have fun, unique events going on too. Not surprised, the bartenders there are great, and the atmosphere is really comfortable. It's not a huge place, and it can get packed some nights, but hey, that'll happen. Mostly friendly locals. All-in-all, worth the visit.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

A/Q: Out in Port Richmond/Kensington... nice neighborhood bar feel.

S: Solid service. No frills. But certainly helpful when you need something.

Sel: Excellent. Was in here for beer week. The no repeat beer week was one of the greatest displays of variety/quality of beer. Only downside is the limited number of taps on a regular basis.

F: Suicide Rings and a Burger. Top notch display of an ideal/classic bar meal. Haven't had anything else, but others I have been with have enjoyed their meals as well.

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Photo of RLM15
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Devman171
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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