The Irish Pol

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The Irish PolThe Irish Pol

Type: Bar, Eatery

114 Market St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106
United States

(267) 761-9532 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-12-2008

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Reviews by mltobin:
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3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Located in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia is The Irish Pol which attracted me with their blackboard on the sidewalk stating : "40 taps , largest selection in Philly".
Well, I had a small amount of time to kill before hopping on the ferry to go across the river, so whey not have a beer ?
Walking in at about 6, the bar was nearly full with a diverse clientele. Some carrying on animated discussions, which is always good to see. As mentioned by other BAs, they have a nice happy hour special with $3 beers that applies to nearly everything they have on tap. Quality of the tap lines was questionable, I feel some of their barrels may have not been fresh. They had Big Eye IPA, DFH 90 minute, Victory golden monkey, Odd Notion, Dales Pale Ale, Dead Guy, Scrimshaw, and others on tap when I was there. The staff was friendly and helpful with any questions.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by for a couple of beers after dinner at the Eulogy. I had been told that there is something of divish vibe to the place, but in truth, that's not the impression I had about this place.

The Irish Pol is undeniably small, with a long bar running along the left side as you walk in from 3rd St. There are also a couple of tables and chairs strewn around the interior, but I doubt this place can hold more than 20 or 30 folks at any one time. The place is laid back and informal, with a large disco ball by the front door and lots of exposed brick on the right side of the bar. While the decor is unpretentious and even somewhat funky, everything looks pretty clean and well kept. In any event....

The draft selection was pretty impressive, and I think I counted something like 35 tap handles on this afternoon (they also have 4 beers in cans and bottles, but it's nothing to get excited about). Qaulity was pretty high, as I saw Palm, St. Bernardus 12, tramp stamp, torpedo IPA, Dales deviant, islander IPA, etc. They also had Labatts Blue and PBR for anyone wanting to drink cheap macro swill, but otherwise the tap list was devoted to craft and imports.

Service was pretty good I thought. The bartenders were very quick and knowledgeable, and were likewise pretty friendly. Prices were fairly reasonable (a glass of tramp stamp, islander ipa and St. Bernardus came to $17), and the bar requires cash payment for any tab less than $20 (which I had no problem with).

All in all, I thought this was a pretty solid spot, and a great place to relax and unwind after a day or week of work (or a meal over at the Eulogy). I'd certainly come back any time I was in the area.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I liked this place a lot. My wife and I paid a visit to The Irish Pol on our second night in Philly, and if we had spent a little more time in the city, we certainly would have come back.

It's a small little bar on 3rd St. Very modest looking on the outside, probably wouldn't have found it if we hadn't been looking for it. It's practically JUST a bar. Some small tables, but now that I think of it, I don't even remember seeing chairs next to them. Dark, but not too dark, looks like a nice little Irish goto after work bar. It happened to be Pearl Jam Monday, so there was only Pearl Jam playing for music, but a good enough band to sit and listen to for a few hours. Some small liquor and beer paraphernalia around the place as well as the local Philadelphia sports teams. There were 2 big posters that have "Malt Madness" on them. The bartender explained that each month during march madness they set up a bracket with all their tap beers. Each beer is paired up against another beer for an extended amount of time, whatever beer sells the most gets knocked down to a cheaper price. A pretty innovative idea, at least I thought it was clever anyway. There was also a big flatscreen TV at the back wall, I think primarily for sports games. There was a Phillies game on when we went in.

Service was good. Bartender was pretty much by himself, and wasn't that warm at first, but I think it was because he was by himself. About 15 people or so there but after a few people left and he was down to like 7 he was very attentive. He had a laptop that he spent a fair amount of time at, but I think he was controlling the music at the bar. We ordered some food, and he would disappear to the back a couple of times before it was ready, so there was possibly someone there in the kitchen, but I don't know. He was a nice guy, pretty attentive and would let the customers sample something before committing to ordering it.

Selection is very good, especially considering how freaking small the place is. 33/40 taps were functioning that night. A lot of love to local Pennsylvania and bordering states with Yards, Treogs, Stoudts, Victory, Ithaca, Flying Fish, Great Lakes, and a few more. There was still plenty of love for the rest of the country with good stuff from Long Trail, Dark Horse, Ballast Point, Anchor, Magic Hat and Rogue. Victory, Yards and Rogue together probably take up about 12 or 15 taps. Most of the tap list was dedicated to craft, I only remember Leinenkugel, Foster's and Guinness being pretty standard stuff on there. I didn't see a bottle list but I saw a guy in there drinking a bottle of Bud, so I guess that's how they get their BMC products out there. Overall I was pretty impressed with the list.

Food was pretty darn good for the size of the place. Don't expect to have a full meal going in, pub grub is still too much of an adjective here. Talking pretty much just standard appetizers with the exception of a hot dog and kielbasa or pulled pork sandwich. Fries (with or without cheese), onion rings, tater tots, pierogies, wings, fried ravioli, mozzarella sticks, and other platters are the majority of this menu. We ended up getting an order of "Old Bay" fries, which were fries with crab meat seasoning. Pretty tasty actually. So I liked the food, but you gotta take it for what it is.

Value was pretty good, you're not gonna hurt you're wallet much here and you can get quite a bit. I HIGHLY recommend stopping into this place for a beer if you ever visit Philly. My favorite beer stop during my visit I think, it was a very pleasant surprise.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

One of my favorite little underated gems in the city. Hidden in plain site on the slower moving 3rd street block in old city, this place has been a roatating dive bar for as long as i've been on the scene.

As you walk in, you are greated with a dark room with a mix-and-match approach to decorating - black chipping paint in the dominant item, hints of past "themes" adorn the walls (Jager bottle light covers, Jager lables) and touches of dive bar hang through out (beads dangling from hooks, neon lighting, names carved into wood, grafiti from floor to ceiling in the rest rooms). A few HD TV's, juke box and iPods provide the entertainment. A lot of cool musicaly themed events take place regularly here.

The most notable feature is the 40 tap system which has the handles protruding from the wall behind the bar which streteches the length of about half of the room. With so many taps, they tend to grab a handful from featured brweweries and throw 4-5 rotating taps from each of Victory, Yards, Rogue, Great Lakes etc. Of the 40 taps, 5 or so are moderately rare and/or high gravity brews served in 10oz glasses, with the rest being served in 16oz pints. The selection has enough variety to satisfy a beer geek, localvore, newbie or macro fan. Nice to see about 5+ different lager styles represented as well. This place has a great $3 happy hour and some good events throught the year and during Beer Week.

Service is top notch. All the bar tenders are friendly, attentive and you get the feeling they are there hanging out with you, even when busy. Have not sampled the food but think your standard deep fried bar food - none of that "gastropub" stuff here.

Overall, I've always just felt comfortable here... an old school dive with great service and great brews.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 1.5

The Irish Pōl in Olde City is just a short walk from Eulogy/Triumph, on 3rd between Market & Chestnut. I've been a few times, and I'm not too impressed. The beer list was actually quite impressive, and more impressive was the amount of beers on tap (around 40-50). Why I'll probably never go back: the food menu was weak (simple little bar snacks mostly), and the atmosphere was weaker. Happy Hour prices are sweet considering the beer list. But considering Eulogy and Triumph are only a block away, if you're in the area, you might as well just hit up one of those.

Basically, what the Irish Pōl is, is a dive that just happens to serve a lot of really good beer. But judging by friends' opinions, I may have misjudged the place, simply because of the hour that I went. I'll probably visit again some day soon.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Wanted to come here after hearing so much about their great happy hour special and their 40 taps on draft. Even their website touts some great looking beers so I figured I couldn't miss. Well, I went in last week on a Wednesday. It seemed like about half their taps were down. Strike one. Did I go in on an off day or towards the end of their inventory week? Who knows.

The other thing that stuck out is that half the taps offered weren't at happy hour prices.
Strike two. What the heck?!?!

At least when I first ordered a Ten Fidy, when the keg went out halfway through the pour the bartender comped me what was left in the glass. Overall, my service was very good.

Didn't care for the decor of the place, nor the bum sitting at the end of the bar.

Overall, I didn't really dig the place, but I can see why some might tolerate it during the happy hour special. Needless to say, I probably won't be coming back unless it's happy hour.

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Photo of ghunte02
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Visited the Irish Pol for a Saturday Happy Hour. Cant beat $3 pints and a friendly, knowledgeable bartender.

Bar is small and narrow but not atypical for Philly rowhome bars. Still has plenty of Jager paraphenelia around from a previous life. Only real complaint was the fryer. Yes, the fryer. all food on the menu is deep fried and said deep fryer is right next to the bar, so the entire bar and your clothing smells like deep fried chiken after 5 minutes. This did not work for my date.

Selection was very good. Enjoyed a Rogue Sigs and Ballast Point IPA.

Bartender offered good suggestions and was engaging.

Overall, a good spot, just lose the grease scent.

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Photo of danz2323
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

My group and I went there at 5 on Saturday after visiting some other local bars in Olde City. They run an everyday happy hour from 5-7 which is everyday including weekends. $3 drafts on most of their selection, and you can't go wrong. The bar itself is just a bar, and we went there to drink beer, not enjoy the atmosphere. The bartender was knowledgeable and we had great service. Their selection was top notch, as they had 40 beers on tap so everyone should be able to find something they like, and for $3 a pint, you can't go wrong. This is a great spot that I will be coming to a lot during the hours of 5-7.

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Photo of sbw138
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Basic bar bones bar in the trendy Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia. You some friendly, knowledgable barkeeps, serving pints of good beer. I think they have 40+ on tap. The prices are reasonable for the neighborhood. There really isn't much too the bar, which is actually refreshing for Old City. Nice place on weeknights, or earlier on the weekends. Late on the weekends, it overflows with the goobers and guidos who flood Old City at night. Overall, if you are looking for a place to throw down some good beers, maybe relax and play a couple games of photo hunt, this is a solid place to check out.

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Photo of drpimento
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Heavy smell of bleach but otherwise an old tavern type place with a great selection of draft beer, friendly, knowledgeable, helpful bartenders and patrons. The draft beer selection (about 40) was much larger and better than the bottle selection and included great micros and Belgians. First time I've seen an internet jukebox. Specials every night including Monday's bingo boobies night. Sunday they had a hot dog for a buck that was tasty. On the other end the toilet had a nasty smell. Went twice and watched the Phillies in playoff - good fun! Great pub atmosphere including remanents of it's former ID as a Jaegermeister bar.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Ok, this place is basically some kind of weird paradox or something. It's got all the qualities of a dive bar, weird almost open bathrooms and isn't the cleanest place I've seen. It's also got forty taps decorating the walls and only about five are dedicated to macro beer, and none of them start with bud or Miller.

Happy hour 5-7 appears to apply to all beers except one or two. I was not told which one or two it was, but everything we ordered was on special. Even after that they have an all night special on a few of the pints. OK so PBR is one of them but they also had 2 crafts on special.

Pints are not real pints, and the fill is not the fullest, but we are talking $3 crafts here folks...THREE DOLLARS!!!

Initial less-than-friendly service changed dramatically when we were able to get a seat at the bar. Nice chatty bartender and she seemed to know a bit about some of the beers but quickly ran down another employee when the questions got hard.

Too many beers to list, but The whole country seemed well represented. Stop in here to have a few inexpensive pints on your Philly tour, or to do some serious drinking for late night. Crowd was fun and clean cut for the most part. Felt right at home.

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Photo of Gavage
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

While walking down the street I noticed the sign stating most taps in Philly, so I needed to stop in to check it out. The bar is on the left hand side with about 10 stools and on the wall there is a nice tap selection that I did not expect. The floor area is big, and some stools line the right wall with some table tops. The men's bathroom has an awful layout so beware.

But I was here for a pint or two and luckily I had a great selection to choose from. I am not sure how they can maintain a constant rotation, but the beers I had were fresh, including a Nugget Nectar and Stoudts Smooth Hoperator.

The beers selection included several versions of beers from Stone, Troegs, Voodoo, Victory, Magic Hat, Stoudts, Sierra Nevada, DFH, Lagunitas, and Bells. PBR and a few other macros were available too, but the micros carried 90% of the taps.

Service was quick and pints were reasonably priced. I did not try any food.

This place is definitely worth a try if in this section of the city, and I will visit it again next trip to Philly.

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Photo of memory
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Basically the same when it was called St Jack's.
Had a DFH90 minute that was not very good, and another brew that was off. These must of been near the end of the keg. Had a Big Eye IPA that was fantastic though.
The beer selections have gotten much better, and although I haven't the inclination to try the food there seems to be a few offerings relatively cheap to go down with the brew.
There's music on certain nights. The bathroom as mentioned before is different. But it's the beer that matters. Looking at the website they say they have the most taps in the city at 40. I didn't count but they got a lot.
This is a place to stop in for a couple brews, $3 pints for happy hour ain't bad in Old City.

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Photo of happybear
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Hole in the wall/neighborhood joint that is growing and developing. Staff is decent, could use some work on pouring. Selection is about 30 craft beers and varies. Features local favorites of Victory, Flying Fish, Dogfish, Philadelphia Brewing Company, Troegs. Had Stone, Ballast Point and other favorites. Some majors are on tap. Didn't see many bottle drinkers besides the trendy "High Life" crowd (Cannot figure that trend out). Still has PBR on tap for the retro-posers. Affordable as hell and friendly environment. Be warned of the men's bathroom, it is an experience and "divey". Good spot.

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The Irish Pol in Philadelphia, PA
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