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Khyber Pass Pub

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

39 Reviews
Khyber Pass PubKhyber Pass Pub
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

56 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106-2810
United States

(215) 238-5888 | map
thekhyber.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
75
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
6.91%
 
 
Taps:
22
Bottles/Cans:
71
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 75
Reviews by ithacabaron:
Photo of ithacabaron
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A great, dirty, nasty rock club -- with excellent beer.

The Khyber is dank and dark, with graffiti tagged walls, one of the best jukes in the city, and ear-splitting speakers for live concerts -- and that's just the first floor. In the middle of this is a beautiful, ornate carved-wood bar-backing, a remnant from a World's Fair gone by.

Quality is decent -- everything's served in a pint glass, but that's probably a good thing, as anything else would undoubtledly get lost or stolen. Pints were fresh, and served at the right temps. No complaints.

Selection is always good, with an all local tap-line (even the swill selection, Lionshead, is a local, and not a bad one at all: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/150/5412/?ba=ithacabaron ). Yards runs daily specials during happy hour. Bottles range from Chimay, to Aventinus, to Bud. Finding something to drink won't be hard, and the markups are reasonable.

Service is solid, but for obvious reasons, when you're there for a show, getting another fill can take a few more minutes than usual.

Food is reportedly good, but I can't imagine eating here.

So there's all that -- and the upstairs is a smoke-filled, smog-laden chill festival galore, with exposed brink, rickety tables, live (and good) DJs, and, yes, the dirtiest bathroom in all of the land.

In short, don't show up without a pack of cigarettes, be prepared to lose a little hearing, and enjoy yourself.

Why to make the scene: Because it's Friday night, and your friend is playing three bands down on a four band card. Put on some jeans and let your hair down.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Vibe: A bit dark for my tastes, but I got used to it after a bit. Lots of beeriana about, very welcoming.

Selection: Nice, well thought out selection of local/regional/national brands and various styles.

Service: Female bartender very attentive and sweet. Knew a lot about beer too. Manager stopped by too, was cool, offered free samples of various beer.

Food: Southern smoked BBQ. Had the brisket Sammy which was very tasty. Hand cut fries undercooked first try, had to send back. 2nd try were fine.

Enjoyed my visit here, would definitely prioritize on a return visit to Philly.

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Photo of bmf5581
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of tmac
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Bruce5
4.13/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Kyber was the first stop for what promised to be a full day leading up to the Eagles game. Kyber is a local institution having survived while many of their neighbors have come and gone. Has that dive bar feel which is great except they could add a little lighting and still retain the "feel".

Great beer selection with around 20 taps including Cigar city always one of my favorites! Extensive bottle selection however never get past the tap list.

Service was great, but the food was just mediocre and not up to standard, otherwise a must stop when in old city.

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Photo of barleywin
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Fatehunter
4/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Made a late night/early morning visit. Small place, but excellent selection. Two English cask ales plus ~20 more on tap with some tougher to find brews. Outstanding food. Good service.

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Photo of MtnSoup
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Love the vibe at this beer-focused bar. They had several Cantillon bottles available (Gueze and a few others), and lots of variety when it comes to draft.

Food is top-notch as well - don't be fooled by the divey-ness of this place - take a chance and eat here along with drinking - you won't be disappointed.

I'd rate it higher if the staff were better. If you're looking for a good help experience - walk around the corner to Eulogy. Our waiter didn't know Cantillon from Sierra Nevada, but was a nice guy all and all (when he was paying attention to us, anyway).

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Photo of Dietrich
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of FightinIrish88
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of damndirtyape
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

A good hole in the wall place. Not very well lit, but certainly cozy and clean. Extensive beer selection on tap – never got a bottle menu but understood the bottle menu to be extensive as well. The place smelled just right of smoked BBQ, and for a place this far north, they hit southern style pulled pork perfectly – it needed no sauce. Just right smoke flavor, hint of spice, and not at all dry. Very good food. With happy hour – 2 beers and a full pulled pork platter - $23. Very good pricing.

Had a Wookey Jack Black IPA on draft and a Wells Bombardier from Cask.

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Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

Stopped here on a Saturday afternoon and the fisrt thing I noticed was the place was very dark. Big wooden bar seats about 20 and there are a bunch of tables in the room. Two large TVs showing college football games. Loads of Belgian beer flags and beer signs line the walls.

There were about 20 beers on draft that covered a nice mix of styles. Service was good and friendly depsite the large afternoon crowd. Defintely a cool place to stop in Old City.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Robjvoorhees
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of SlightlyGrey
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of imhoudinibitch
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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Khyber Pass Pub in Philadelphia, PA
4.05 out of 5 based on 75 ratings.
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