Local 44

Local 44Local 44
BA SCORE
4.33/5
64 Ratings
Local 44Local 44
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(215) 222-2337 | map
local44beerbar.com

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

Added by Local44 on 12-19-2008

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
64
pDev:
8.78%
 
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Photo of mactrail
3.21/5  rDev -25.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 2.5

Kind of a pretentious divey place. It's got the smell of a wino bar but with zinc bar counters. Scrawled and uninformative beer list. The beers are not particularly worth a detour in this beer-rich town. Even as a tourist I found I had drunk most of them.

A vaguely interested bar maid did not add to the welcome. The clientele made me think of Bilbo Baggins in Alexandria on Ladies Night, but with the frat houses within crawling distance it must be a different crowd in the later evening. Food is greasy and also pretentious. Ridiculously hotly spice polenta (and so little of it!). On the plus side, you can take the interesting northside trolley lines and if you walk or ride further out you'll come to the actually worth the trip Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant. [transcribed from notes on May 30, 2012 visit]

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Photo of Dawkins
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of legend8706
5/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place was on my list of bottle shops to check out while in Philly and I must say it was well worth it! However the prices may be a little steep, drinking a beer on tap while shopping for beer made it worth it! Great customer service, great selection, decent prices make this an ultimate place to check out while in Philly! The one thing that is crazy about this place is that its in West Philly (which isn't the nicest of areas IMHO), but it somehow works for them! The bottle shop is separate from the restaurant, but if you have time do stop by the restaurant and grab a brew and some grub!

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Photo of amphion1065
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Boston and Chicago are often described as cities "of neighborhoods." Philadelphia? Not so much, but Local 44 would make me consider it.

Tucked away on a quiet corner in West Philly, Local 44 offers just about everything you'd want in a local bar. The vibe manages to be both hip and inviting, homey and exciting. I've eaten and drank here twice now, and loved each visit. The draft list does a fine job balancing local breweries and beer geek favorites. Sly Fox, Yards and PBC are in good company alongside Great Divide, Lost Abbey, and Franziskaner. There are always one or two offerings on cask, and charmingly only Orval and a gluten-free option in bottles.

Go here with an appetite, though you won't need too much money - there are many options in the sub-$10 range here. On my last visit, I instantly regretted ordering my olive-oil poached, banana pepper-laden tuna melt as soon as I saw my friend's perfectly medium rare burger with a runny fried egg on top. I tend to avoid brunch like the plague, but the sweet potato latkes and maple-glazed hush puppies looked damn fine.

Every staff member is almost definitely cooler than I am. The bartenders and servers wouldn't look out of place in any number of bars in Cambridge or Fort Greene, and they're some of the friendliest beer bar employees I've ever come across. I've drank at the bar and eaten at tables, and the service has been helpful, courteous and incredibly efficient each time.

I'll be back to Local 44 for a PtY tapping or, more likely Sunday night Quizzo. A wonderful spot, one any neighborhood would be proud to call its own.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Started a mini beer excursion here at Local 44. This place isn't that far from my work and has been on my list to check out for quite some time.

A small, clean, bar area and an area with tables separated by a half wall. Mostly wood interior, a very calm, inviting environment.

Their tap list was excellent, anchored by Russian River Damnation and Port Mongo. They also had a couple Allagash's, Ommegang's, a couple locals (Victory, Sly Fox) and some German beers (Ayinger and Franziskaner, I believe.) We were here for the Port Mongo. I had only had it once before and my friend had never had it.

This is a place I have to keep on my radar. They always have some great beers in the rotation and is definitely worth returning on a regular basis.

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Photo of VegasBill
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Normally I would not travel this far from downtown,but with the promise from fellow BA'ers of so many of my beloved Russian River beers and with the great Philly bus system I went. This is a very small pub but I liked the atmosphere right away.As far as Russian River, one yes my friends one, Damnaton, which is one of the few I dont care for!!
But the bartender was very friendly and helpful and turned me on to the Williams Brothers 7 Giraffes, he explained everything about it and I like it so much and it is a complex beer, for me at least, I had two.
The bartender also said the most of the time they have two or three Russian River selections.

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Photo of pdeepak
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Another place near University City that I make it a point to go to every 2 weeks or so.

The first time I went, I was amazed to find a HEAVY Russian River selection on the chalkboard: Consecration, Damnation, Blind Pig and Pliny the Elder. Needless to say, me and my friends quaffed them all and the guy behind the bar was extremely helpful. They have a nice rotating selection and vibe of the place is cool and very neighborhoody. Was also there for the FIFA world cup and had a blast.

The food is good: stick with standard bar fare as the wings are amazing and the burger and fries was out of this world.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

For my 130th pub review (Applause), I have chosen this quaint little University City gem. During a recent three-day weekend in Philadelphia, Local 44 was my final stop and an invigorating hike to 30th Street Station for the train home. Located on a quiet and leafy residential area near Penn University, Local 44 retains a neighborly and inviting vibe. It is small; it consists of a dimly lit bar area and an additional, and larger, room opposite a wall. The bar itself can accommodate about twenty-five people. There is an interesting tiled ceiling that is worth a peek while downing your last pint.

As noted in previous reviews, Local 44 has a small, but well selected array of 19 taps with two casks (Fuller London Pride and ESB) written on the chalk board behind the bar. In addition to the aforementioned casks, my quaffs for that afternoon were Founders Pale Ale, Elysian Immortal IPA and the delicious Love Stout from Yard's Brewing. Oh yes, there is a single bottled beer: Orval. Why Orval? Don't know; didn't ask. I received very efficient service at the bar from Cass, who passed the "water test" with flying colors. (See my review for Race Street Café.)

My visit occurred during Weekend Brunch - which must be a Philly thing - so I can only comment on that menu. For brunch, I had the Pastrami Hash, which was actually a pastrami sandwich; it was enjoyed nevertheless. Good marks for the diversity and the freshness of it all.

As noted, Local 44 is somewhat away from your usual Center City haunts, but is well worth the 20-minute ride on Bus 42 to get here.

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Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Trekked over here from the suburbs during a recent stop in the city.

Atmosphere is good. It's got a very nice neighborhood feel to it. I felt as though half the people in the bar were regulars and the servers did their best to make you feel that way too. A long bar greets you upon entering on the left with a good deal of tables on the right. A large doorway on the right opens up into even more seating. The beer list is written on a chalkboard at the far end of the bar and a TV sits directly in the middle.

Quality is good. All glassware is appropriate and I especially appreciated their stubby glasses for half-pours. The temperature and head levels are also nice.

Service is also good. They seemed a bit understaffed while I was there and I had to wait longer than I'm used to a few times to put in my next order. That said, when the server was able to make it around she was very friendly.

Selection is very good. Around 15 taps with two beer engines. While I was there a good deal of locals were represented along with some of CA's finest.

Food was underwhelming. The burger I ordered was OK but with the recent burger revolution I was a bit disappointed. The fries were solid and the rest of their menu did look interesting.

Value is good. The half-pours are a good deal and even if you get a full pint it won't hit your wallet very hard.

Overall this place is a bit off the beaten path but that's what makes it more of a neighborhood bar. A nice selection with friendly service makes this place worth a stop if you're near the area.

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Photo of etannen
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I live in West Philadelphia right around the corner from Local 44 and it has been a place of solace and wonderment for me throughout my time living here. The selection is ample, 20 beers on tap, they cycle through numerous local brews and there are no macros. The french fires are well done, my friends and I ended up going through three orders this past Tuesday night. The crowd is a diverse one, given the nature of West Philly. I was fortunate enough to practice my French with an Algerian fellow last Friday. The bartender is very personable, and started to recognize my housemates and I after only our second visit. I highly recommend this bar to anyone coming through West Philly!

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Photo of slk22
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I visited Local 44 on a Saturday afternoon and it was pretty dead, which gave me ample time to talk with the bartender. The place is quite dark in lighting and decor as well. When I stepped out into the sun it was like coming out of a movie theater. Anyway, the decor is simple and attractive, mainly dark wood. There are two rooms, a bar area and a table area, although you can get food at either. The beer selection consists of 20 taps, 2 beers on cask, and 1 in bottle (Orval). The selection was quite interesting, featuring beers from all over the country with a few locals thrown in. Smuttynose, yards, southern tier, lagunitas, bear republic, sly fox, and PBC to name a few. No macro stuff. I had a Russian River Consecration, which was served in appropriate glassware (tulip). The bartender was very friendly and quite knowledgeable, giving a flavor profile of various beers on tap when asked as well as offering samples. Prices were around $5 per pint and up to $7 for some of the high ABV stuff such as the Consecration, pretty reasonable for the northeast. I wouldn't make a special trip there if I were coming from out of town, but if it were in my neighborhood I would definitely go back.

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Photo of regspeir
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have finally been to the place enough times to feel I can get a handle on reviewing it. My first time was not great and I wasn't sure i would ever come back. The place was new and seemed confused as to what kind of place it was trying to be - restuarant, neighborhood bar, trendy nightspot, whatever. It wasn't any of these. Now that I have been back a few times, I have come to enjoy this place. The bar area isn't large but has a very warm feel to it. All that wood, the darkness, etc. overcome even the multiple large TV's to tend it toward that cozy neighborhood feel. Nearly twenty taps and two hand-pumps are divided up into a great range of options, so beer selection is this place's strong point. The bartenders are very attentive. The "restaurant" half, on the other hand, is cramped, noisey and uncomfortable. The food is mixed. Try the hushpuppies, fritters or any of the breakfast "sandwiches." The burgers, fish and chips, wings and other barfood were meso-meso. There are nice set of vegetarian options. The only complaints I have are that they constantly seem to run out of glassware and, when they are busy, they want to hustle you out of the "dining" area. They basically kick you out, if you are finished eating, even if you are still ordering beers, etc. All-in-all though, this is a great addition to West Philadelphia and...especially earned points by offering me Younger and Registration Ale :)

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Photo of rfgetz
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A small, unasuming bar in the corner of a small, unassuming section of the city. The atmosphere is comfortable yet unspectacular, lots of wood and paint and not much else. The beer menu is really hit or miss with the selection, so check ahead - 2-3 of the taps can be something special during a slow week while for events, they can get 15 steallar things lined up. No fault of theirs, but with a ton of good beer spots in the city, just hard to travel to a spot that can be hot or cold. The services is very good even in a crowd the bar tender knows who has been waiting, and most know the product very well. Only been here for the beer, but will want to return to this place again.

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Photo of BigIrishman
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Had to make it down to Russian River day at the Local 44...

This has to be one of the top beer bars in all of philly (and that's saying someething). They had 6 taps of Russian River and the rest were an assortment of great stuff from locals as well as tough to find places in California. The place was packed for the day and the staff were amazing. I sat at the bar with a friend and although the place was hopping, I never waited between rounds. Everything was delicious and fresh and the prices were ridiculous. Not too many places you go to will have pints of PtE for under $7...The food is pretty good and the atmosphere is awesome, very easy to get a conversation started...Overall awesome experience.

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Local 44 in Philadelphia, PA
Place rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 64 ratings
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