Local 44

BA SCORE
93
outstanding

64 Ratings
Local 44Local 44
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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
Score:
93
Ratings:
64
Reviews:
33
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
7.09%
 
 
Taps:
20
Bottles/Cans:
2
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of Phillyz
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of GrantBrennan
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of jojox
5/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I went here for their Russian River event, ides of March 2009.

My friend and I got there early, an hour before the bar was to open. The door was unlocked, so we opened it. The bartender/co-owner told us we were early, but if we were just going to wait outside, to come on in. The kegs weren't pouring yet.

Inside is a long bar, some two-top bar tables, and behind a half wall is a line of booths. Draft beer list is on two chaulkboards, I didn't see any bottles but who needs them with a list like this!
I was there for a special event, 7 Russian River beers on tap at the same time, but in addition to those there was a very impressive list of draft beers. Absolutely first rate selection, where else can you drink Pliny the Younger, Consecration, and FIVE other RR beers? Nowhere, to date, except in Santa Rosa CA!

Some words about the staff. I didn't get their names, but two women were working the bar, one of them apparently the co-owner. They were simply awesome. Not just fun to watch, but clearly beer appreciators and really hard workers. This event totally overran the bar, they were running out of glasses, kicking kegs, dealing with drunks and crowds. They kept their cool and rolled with the punches. I'm not trying to be a creep but honestly they were rather cute and really fit, too.

I would definately go back to Local 44 any chance I had. Unfortunately it's a bit far from me to be on my regular rotation but this experience was nothing short of awesome.

I didn't try any food.

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Photo of patm185
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of legend8706
5/5  rDev +18.2%
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 Child_Pugh
4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of BigIrishman
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
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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Photo of Stairsvictim
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Located on Spruce St near 44th, Local 44 is not to be missed.

The atmosphere is warm, inviting and casual. with a long bar and many pub style tables in one room. And another room with tables for larger parties.

The beer list was excellent, with at least 20 beers on draft. And all there to make a beer lovers eyes widen. The bartender was very knowledgeable of beer and pointed out some beers that were almost gone, to be sure I was able to enjoy them before it was too late.{Russian River]

Some beers I was happy to have on draft that night are:
Pliny the Elder, Rejection, and Redemption. all by Russian River. and also Stone 12th anniversary stout.

The food here is yummy. I had the Rueben Fritters and Buffalo Wings. The fritters were fantastic. and the wings were big, very tasty, and not too hot.

This bar was a super experience.
I live 1 1/2 hours away from Philly and plan on making another trip just to visit this bar again.

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Photo of John_M
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

My first visit to this excellent Philly beer bar. I know I keep on saying this, but what I wouldn't give to have this as my neighborhood bar.

Located at the corner of 44th and Spruce, I was surprised by the size of the place and how nicely appointed the place was. Everything was done up in dark green and dark wood, giving the place a nice, solid look. As you walk in the door, there is a long bar to your immediate left, with some tables and chairs to the right. There is sort of a seperate dining area, which while not huge, was good size I thought. I didn't have much of an opportunity to explore, as the overwhelming crowd for the Russian River event quickly made moving around problematic. In any event, this place has a very nice, very relaxed, low key vibe that I really liked. Quality of the beer selection on this particular day was off the chart exceptional. There were 7 RR beers on tap, along with two english ales on cask (Fuller's London Pride and the ESB), Ayinger Celebrator, and another 10 or so craft beer selections. There is no crap on tap or in bottles here - in fact the only bottled beer they have is the Orval.

As I was here for the RR event, there was very quickly a large, nearly overbearing crowd. At some places the service can really suck when this happens, with the staff becoming increasingly snarly, snarky and unpleasant. Not here. Depite a huge, aggressive and often testy crowd, the staff kept their cool and their sense of humor, handling the crowd very well. When lack of glassware became an issue, the bartender went out to the dining room, canvassing the tavern for glassware. In short, given the circumstances, I thought the service here was outstanding.

Didn't get any food, but ordering food on this day would have been next to impossible anyway, given the crowd. Prices were reasonable as well I thought, with the Younger and Consecration going for $7.70 a glass, and all the other RR beers going for $6.60. I think pints of everything else were around $5.

This is an absolutely outstanding place. Yet another in beer rich Philly...

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Photo of etannen
4.78/5  rDev +13%
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 Skemo
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

One of the few West Philadelphia bars actually worth a damn. The beer selection is very impressive, changes frequently, and has some genuine gems. In addition to the 20 or so tap lines, they have two cask lines as well. The cask selection isn't great, usually a local bitter or pale ale. Value is what sets this bar from the others, especially compared to the Center City haunts. Most of the beers are 5 dollars or less, and when coupled with the aforementioned selection, makes this an affordable bar well worth the trip.

Atmosphere is great, modern without being pretentious, also, its not infested with hipsters like many of the venerable Old City/Northern Liberties places. The food is definitely note worthy as well. The chef took your typical bar fare and put a nice contemporary spin on it. Some highlights include the Fish and Chips with cornbread hushpuppies, and the Steak Sandwich with a garlic pressed baguette with a side of plantations. Again, the food is a very good value as well.

A true West Philadelphia gem, if this was in Center City it would be one of the most popular beer bars in the city.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of astrasday
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

An old friend and I were ambling around West Philly upon my arrival a few hours before. I suggested we find a good beer spot. We started to wonder and serendipitously came upon this great little spot.

Atmosphere is just what I want from a bar. Lovely hardwood, big bar, nice lighting, homey feel without the pretense.

Quality is unquestioning. 21 taps (including 2 cask) and not one was wasted an macro swill despite its collegiate locale. I enjoyed 16 oz. pours of Hop Wallop, Racer 5 on cask and Sly Fox O'Reilly's Stout each beer hovering either a few cents below or above 5 bucks. Reasonable prices? Yes. Sweet? I think so.

Service was great. The bartender was friendly, knew his stuff and was up to talk about beer, the neighborhood or whatever. Liberal with tastings and willing to accommodate you in your search for the next beer to order was a nice touch.

If I ever make a home in West Philly, expect to see me here weekly.

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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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Photo of Jeremym27
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

my favorite place to visit in the city including places like monks and eulogy. They have a great and ever rotation selection with great local drafts and a variety of some imports and other American crafts.

Service has been good every time I have been there and the food is great, even though the menu is a little odd.

Being in college one of the best things about the 44 is the prices. Drafts are around $4.5 - $5 and every option on the menu is <$10

Great atmosphere and prices make this a must hit in west philly

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
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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Photo of Soonami
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

For the last day of Philly Beer Week, at the Russian River Event, my drinking buddy and I had PtE, Supplication, Consecretion, Registration, and Blind Pig
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On New Years Day, I had RR Temptation, LA Angel's Share Bourbon Barrel, Ommegang Adoration, and Allagash Interlude--so pretty epic. Get on the email list to hear about anything new kegs and exciting events!

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20 beers on tap, 2 on hand-pump cask, 1 bottle (Orval)

They always have a great selection of beer on tap that range from Belgian white to West Coast DIPA to English Bitter on cask. If you like beer you will be able to find several things to try and if all fails, Kenzinger for $3.30. The prices for most beer range from $4.40-5.50 with the occasional rarity going for around $7 for a 10-12oz. Although you will probably find more hyped beers at monk's, they always seem to have a few from Bell's, RR, Port, Lagunitas, Green Flash, or Founders here.

The food here is very good too. I especially like the mini-corndogs and the fries. They have a pretty good burgers and sandwiches and are also very Veg. friendly.

Highly recommended, the service is always quick and helpful, the food is good, they play local sports, and the crowd though sometimes a bit rowdy is fun. This is how a bar should be: dark, covered in wood, and crowded. Only thing is that since it's so close to Penn, earlier is better than later for this place

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Quickly becoming one of my favorite places to stop for a bite to eat and some decent beer, Local 44 has me finding a lot more reasons to get over to University City (the ICA, the Indian grocery store, the Bridge theater, etc.).

The beer selection never fails, and there's usually something interesting on cask (18 taps, 2 casks, 1 bottle - Orval, but you knew that, right?). So that said, let's forget about it and move on...

Spanky and Leigh really know how to put together a comfortable place. They did it with the Memphis Taproom, and they've done it again here (even better!). It's just so comfortable and relaxing. Stop in for a late lunch or early dinner and bask in the soft light that floats above you, and the warm glow coming through the orange glass of the doorway. Then there are all of the other interesting accompaniments, and whalla, there you have it.

But let's not forget the food. It's interesting, and slightly quirky, but not too much so. And the execution is perfect. Everything that I've had has been done without flaw. The prices are reasonable, and the portions are properly sized (don't expect BIG plates, or rip-off tapas).

Other than what I've mentioned above, what strikes me in a positive and endearing way is how integrated the clientele is. Now I'm not talking black and white here, that's too obvious for University City - but what I am referring to is the number of young families who pop in, the artists, the intelligentsia, the white-collar crowd, the blue-collar joes, and the older locals. And where you might expect to have the place over-run by lunk-head college kids that's not the case either (it is Penn & Drexel of course !!!) except later at night.

So, given everything, you'd have to be a fool not to stop by.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of broth223
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Overview: If you are looking to try the local flavor of Pennsylvania brews then look no further than the Local 44 brewpub. The beer selection showcased many very good beers from PA/DE area but also had nice beers from outside the area as well. During my visit Russian River's Blind Pig stands out in my mind. The bartender was very knowledgeable, quick, and friendly. I even asked her for a recommendation and she came through in spades.

Atmosphere: This pub has gone a long long way from when it was an Irish dive bar. It is pretty light, a big screen above the bar, hard wood all over the place very pleasant.

Quality: All the beer is of good - excellent quality.

Service: As I said in my overview the bartender was awesome. She was fast and knowledgeable and friendly.

Selection: 20 taps 2 casks and 1 bottle served. Needless to say they have a vast selection of beer. The beer list is on their website.
http://www.local44beerbar.com/index.htm

Food: I had the cheeseburger with french fries my standard wherever I go. I found it good and on par with bar food prices.

Value: Very reasonable prices on Monday - Friday 5pm to 7pm all local beers are $3.00 (those brewed in PA/DE). You can't beat that.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
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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