Local 44

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

33 Reviews
Local 44Local 44
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

4333 Spruce St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104-4707
United States

(215) 222-2337 | map
www.local44beerbar.com

Notes:
Every day: 11:30am-2:00am
Kitchen open until midnight.

Added by Local44 on 12-19-2008

PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
64
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
7.09%
 
 
Taps:
20
Bottles/Cans:
2
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 64
Reviews by Keith238:
Photo of Keith238
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped in on January 10th.

Atmosphere was pleasant in the afternoon. Huge change from many moons ago when it was Murph's. Very clean and simply decorated.

Quality was very good. Food was fresh. Obviously the beer was as well, only open for a little more than a week.

Service was average at best. Only 2 tables were occupied and the second table wasn't even eating. Had to wait a while for our second round of drinks.

Food was very tasty. I had the mahi mahi taco's. While not quite what I thought I was getting, it was good and would order them again. My girlfriend had the Cuban sandwich... terrible. Also served to our table was the Greek salad, good compliments from my friend who had that as well as the burger, nice and fresh. Hand cut fries were terrific as were the plantain chips.

Prices were very reasonable considering the middle to upper middle class area and target customers.

Beer selection was good, not overdone. Sly Fox on cask was excellent. I would definitely go back. Good luck to the new owners!

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Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

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4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Sparger
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Great Place, great atmosphere, really cool staff

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3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Reds76
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Had my first Pliny the Elder here. Their beer selection is excellent!

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4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

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4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

*** A little re-reviewing ***

I went back to Local 44 after my first visit more than three years ago. Service is still great, beer selection is damn fine and the ambience is as cozy as ever. But I found the food (at least the sandwich I ordered) to be super delicious. The pastrami seitan sandwich with perfectly melt-y Swiss cheese is to die for. Must be one of the best vegan concoctions EVAH!

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My fifth and final stop of my Philly beer tour (after Monk's, Foodery, Yards and Kraftwork).

The wife and I were lucky enough to find parking near and a table at Local 44 on a Friday night. The place was packed (all tables taken, two-people deep at the bar), but still manageable. This is not one of those bars that, when crowded, makes you want to chop somebody in half with your pocket chainsaw before leaving.

Ambience is cozy and warm, like a mountain lodge full of inoffensive, friendly Philly hipsters, complete with beards, stevedore's caps and the whole uniform.

They offer 18 taps and 2 casks (Yards plus Fuller's London Porter when I visited). A good mix of American crafts and quality Belgian and German imports: Ommegang, Oskar Blues, Green Flash, Great Divide (Espresso Yeti), Southern Tier, Corsendonk, Schneider Weisse...

Food is very basic, menu limited. Edible and fairly priced, but that's about it. I got a spicy pastrami sandwich that tasted like some nondescript cardboard-y deli meat, while the wife's spicy mac was more like a forgettable Mexican pasta salad, utterly devoid of excitement. Fries were truly delicious and salty, though.

Prices are good, $9 for a big sandwich with fries and $5 for small snifters of Southern Tier 2XIPA and Great Divide Espresso Yeti. Wow!

But the best thing about Local 44 is not the beer, not the ambiance but the service. Truly top-notch. Every server complements and helps each other and they all help you, the guest, instead of fencing off questions with the classic "I'll call your server" or "order from the bar". I was stunned. Despite being packed, every server that walked by our table stopped to check on us. AND the bartender himself took the time to step outside the bar and come to our table to take our order. Amazing or what!

Next time I'm in Philly, I'll be coming to Local 44. You bet I will!

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Local 44 in Philadelphia, PA
93 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.
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