1601 Cafe

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Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1601 S 10th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19148-1101
United States

(215) 218-3840

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-16-2008

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Reviews by woodychandler:
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2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 2

Transcribed from notes dated T, 16 June 2009.

As the photo suggests, it is located right on the NE corner of 10th and Tasker Streets and the best bet for local transit is to take the Orange Line to Tasker-Morris Satation and then walk east on Tasker.

A padded bench sat just inside the door, followed by the short dark-wood topped bar fronted with white marble. The vintage carved-wood back bar held liquor bottles and glassware. Along the left wall were three round tables with high chairs, followed by a back room with a red-felt pool table and a smattering of standard restaurant tables and chairs. Not a whole lot to see in a relatively small space.

Beer: Eight (8) tap lines, although only six (6) were being used when I visited. They had Boulder Mojo, DFH Festina Lente, PHLBC Walt Wit, Steamworks Kolsch, Sixpoint IPA and Riverhorse Double White. Ten (10) bottles, including Miller Lite, Miller High Life, Red Stripe, Yuengling Lager, Corona, DFH 90", Duvel, Chimay (Rouge), Franziskaner and Lindeman's Framboise. Five (5) CANs - Beamish Draught, Young's Double Chocolate Stout, Wittekerke, Sly Fox Pikeland Pils and PBR.

Overall Impression: Ho hum. They had lured me in with the promise of some unusual beers only to have a sixtel of one (1) (!) beer and that kicked quickly. Bah! I would not have made the trip on a weeknight if I had known that was going to be the case. I'd call it bait & switch except that it was all bait. I also overheard the server respond to the overused and overworn question, "What is your darkest beer?" with "An amber." What?!? There are many more places in South PHL that have their act much more solidly wired together. I will not be spending more time and $ here without sufficient motivation.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I've only been to 1601 twice, but I enjoyed it both times; once just to have a beer and check it out, and once for dinner. (And not to step on Woody's feet with a correction, but it's actually on the SE corner of 10th & Tasker).

It's a small corner bar / cafe but it's got an open, comfortable feel. I sat with three friends in the back room and had dinner while another table of eight had appetizers and drinks. There was still room for another two couples. Throughout the evening customers from the bar area wandered back to take a look at the local art hanging on the walls.

The tap selection was good, and I was able to try two beers that I'd never tasted on my last trip. There were 8 taps but one had kicked and not been replace. They included:
Hometown Lager ($3)
Copper Crow Winter Hop
Dark Horse Too-Cream Stout
Sixpoint IPA
Abbey Of Christ In The Desert (aka Abbey Beverage Company, Pecos Benedictine Monastery, and/or Abiquiu Monastery) Monk's Ale
It was dark and I couldn't really see the bottles (no list was offered and they weren't on a board anywhere that I noticed), but I did spot some offerings from Voodoo Brewing.

The food was surprisingly good, and well plated. Everyone enjoyed their meal, and the prices were certainly reasonable. That would probably be my biggest reason to go back. You can find good beers almost everywhere now (not always at reasonable prices), but you can rarely find very good food (and never at good prices)!

The service was quick and efficient, which was impressive given that one bartender was running the whole show on a Friday night.

I'll certainly go back, and I'd recommend you at least give it a try.

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Photo of roan22
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I did a South Philly beer bar mini crawl tonight, and this was the last bar on the list. However, I liked it the most. I felt the most comfortable here. The atmosphere is so kick ass, especially on Monday nights, which we happened to walk into unknowingly. 1601 has a DJ on Monday nights playing chill downtempo beats set to black and white archive footage of the weirdest, artiest and creepiest Czech and German movies I have ever seen. Actually I have never seen anything like this in a bar at all, and I was seriously sucked in. I am a little biased because this is one of the styles of music I like to produce, so naturally I was drawn to it, but man the videos just added incredible atmosphere points. The crowd was not all 20 year olds so I felt very relaxed (Im 31).

The bar was beautiful, old dark wood, glassware kept in cubby holes among the hand carved wood, with a pleasant orange color of paint on the walls, and psychedelic prints on the wall. There were about 8 taps and 20 bottles. In the direct words of the cute quirky bartender, "we are currently working on overhauling the beer, so the beer menus are outdated." However, there was Boulder Mojo IPA, Bear Republic, Maudite, Stouts Scarlet Lady, Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale, Wyders Pear Cider, Philadelphia Brewing Company Walt Wit plus more. You'll find no BMC, Yuengling, Sam Adams....not even any Victory. If you are into an arty 30s crowd and/or electronic music, and good beer, this is your spot! Prices are fairly reasonable too, however not as cheap as POPE down the street.

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