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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Photo of mactrail
3.21/5  rDev -24.1%
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 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 ithacabaron
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Solid, if not remarkable.

Beer outplays the food here -- there is a carefully constructed tap list, including several rarities (Cantillon vintages, etc.) and two hand pumps, most recently pouring the new Yards' Brawler, and eternal golden boy Victory Hop Wallop. A wide range of styles and countries are represented, and most beer is served in its "proper" glassware, always a nice touch; but it makes determining price-per-ounce value nearly impossible. Listing the serving size of each beer on the menu would be a nice touch. Even so, the prices seem reasonable. Additionally, printed copies of the beer list should be made available, as the two chalkboard lists -- right now the only way of telling what's on tap -- are not in the sight-lines of most patrons' seats.

Food is well-proportioned, but quite disappointing. The "asian" chicken wings, a large serving covered in a somewhat mushy, overly sweet glaze, end up somewhat cloying -- a good kick of vinegar, wasabi or Huy Fong chili-garlic sauce could really do wonders to create some balance in this dish. An extra minute in the fryer wouldn't hurt either. The hamburger, as well, is generously proportioned, but needs some sort of signature element (i.e. the famed Father's Office Onion Marmalade in Los Angeles) to really stand out.

All in all, most of the dishes I've sampled from the menu just need better seasoning and a good shot of butter. Additionally, most items on the menu are on the heavier side -- a nice chartucerie platter or cheese board would be appreciated for those that simply wish to snack.

Service is eager to please. Clearly, opening this bar has been a labor of love for these people, and it's nice to see such enthusiasm.

For all of the above complaints, in time, I imagine things will get honed in here, and a place like this is sorely needed in the Spruce Hill neighborhood. Goodness knows it's a vast improvement over the coked-out frat boy haven that it replaced.

For now, this place will win my regular business by default, although I'll still probably head over to Dock Street when given the choice between the two. Draw up a more educative beer menu, work on the food, and this could stand among the better of Philly's gastropubs.

A solid start.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Located in a bustling college section of West Philly in the UPENN district, this hole in the wall college institution boasts a fine selection of great beers...
Everything from Troegs, Victory, a few Belgians, Ommegang, Sixpoint...
Mostly a much younger, college-age crowd, with a decent sized space, not too cramped, dishing out pub fare...
Friendly staff
Slightly out of the way from Central Philadelphia, but definitely worth a stop-in if you're in the area...
Would try going here again if it were closer to downtown... Otherwise, probably the best place in the area...

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Photo of regspeir
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
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 jwhancher
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Came here for the first time tonight after hearing about this place after the Philly beer raids. Small but quaint bar. Nice oak wood character with your now standard craft beer hipster chalk board listing of available beers. Had a decent beer list but was only really interested in the Sierra Nevada beers they had specially on tap for Philly Beer Week. Service was about average. They were pretty busy at the time buy I wish the bartenders had checked up a little more often. Plus, the bartender didn't say thank you after picking up the check - a big no-no in my book. Food was attractively priced: $8 for a burger. It came out great and was pleasantly surprised. Only small pitfall was the final bill. Thought it would have come out a little cheaper. But still, I guess even the litlle guys have to pay the bills.

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Photo of amphion1065
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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 glid02
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
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 slk22
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
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 stingrayvr6
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Fantastic place. Modern, trendy and hip with a lot of college kids as it is right up the street from Penn. Unbeatable beer selection, truly world class. They have everything from Victory to Hop Rod Rye and Hop wallop and Trappist beer. Food was excellent with a good selection of pub food, though a little more trendy than your typical fare. My only complaint was that it took quite a while to get a seat, even though there were plenty of empty tables, and everything (except the beer) took forever to come out. As soon as we got the beer, none of that mattered, had the Hop Rod Rye for the first time and it was phenomenal. Definitely a place to visit, you will probably never find a better beer selection anywhere.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
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 VegasBill
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
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 sholland119
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The newest place from the owners of Memphis Taproom, one of our favorite new bars. We could not wait to check it out since it is much closer to home.

Like MT, Local 44 has the feel of a cool corner bar. A medium sized u-shaped bar just inside the door has about 20 stools to go with a few bar tables and a dining room to the right. Reminds us of the Blind Tiger in look and vibe.

There are about 20 taps of high quality beer, with a strong emphasis on local products from Yards, Victory, Philly Brewing, DFH and Sly Fox. Some other US crafts (Allagash, Ommegang, RR Blind Pig) and some English and Belgian taps make up the rest of the lineup. One, yeah, one bottle selection (Orval).

I really enjoyed the comfort food emphasis. We had frito pie, one of my favorites, mini corn dogs and spinach croquettes. Like MT, the menu includes a fair number of vegetarian and vegan choices.

Service was attentive and friendly.

Can't wait to go back.

HV

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Photo of Wolfhausen
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The local 44 has been a beer bar I keep coming back to again and again. The atmosphere is very low key where you can meet with friends for a coversation, food and most important good beer.

The selection here is always in constant motion. Just about every week I find new and exciting beers on tap. I do find that a significant portion of the brews are from the west coast, mainly California. They also have 2 casks on hand at all times.

The food is well made and tasty. Though the selection is small it's quality and taste will keep you satisfied.

Finally the atmosphere is a huge reason I love this place. Situated on the corner of 44th and Spruce this bar maintains a local neighborhood vibe mixed with pinch of modernernist style.
The Local 44 is a must visit to any one this side of the Schuylkill.

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

Now, having fed the meter at the first place I went to only to find it closed for renovations, I want my goddamn dollar back. And I'm going to take it out on the city someway, somehow. Was thinking of heading back into Philly proper to pick up Randy a few hours earlier and leaving town (and there goes his tourist dollar, that'll learn you), but I'd have to hear his crap about cutting short his day of "heritage exploration", as he says. Or, as I'm over the river west, I can be reasonable and seek out Local 44; Memphis Tap Room's hot younger sister, new in town...

Corner place, new and kind of prettied up on the outside. Shiny laminated rounded "L" shaped bar seating about 18. A pair of handpumps on the bar and a row of unmarked tap handles below. Barback counter holds a bit of tiered booze on one end and to both sides of a center cash register, and some wines on the end. Neat mirrored wood unit above. Large flat screen over center, tap selections written on a long vertical board on the end, and glassware stacked and shelved below.

Windows tall & narrow with cranky handle open things, mostly up front but also to the side, separated by the old wood corner door with yellowish patterned glass inlays. Alternating sized wood plank floorings, and surprise old pressed tin ceiling, gold with crown molding, discovered & uncovered above a drop ceiling during space renovation. Score! Mostly brick red walls with black trim windows & doorways, and an olivey far wall with a large shout through above the bar tables there. A jukebox sits just alongside and past there, another renovation find; the unexpected pulley door opening into the side room. Framed vintage beer ads & larger framed pilsner glass prints. Exposed ductables above amidst drop bare bulb lighting over the bar, tracks spots inside and some sunken about. 3 raised roundy tables along the wall adjacent to the bar, 2 up front in the windows, and seating in the side room; a dozen 2-seat tables, in pairs mostly, some sharing common benchage, plus a couple of booths & a single raised table. Red walls, and cracked beige pressed tin ceiling with drop glass ball lamps on center. Framed Ferris wheel amusement park prints, a pair of large framed mirrors, and a board listing the tap selections there.

18 taps, a good mix overall. About 2/3 of them American micros, local (Sly Fox O'Reilly's Stout, PBC Kenzinger, Yards Brawler, Victory Prima Pils), regional (DogFishHead Raison D'Etre, Allagash White, Ommegang Hennepin) and beyond (Atwater Voodoovator, Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale, Elysian Immortal IPA, Stone Smoked Porter), and the remaining 1/3 a mix of imports Belgian, German and English (St. B. Abt 12, Bluebird Bitter, Franziskaner Dunkel, De Ranke XX Bitter, Kostritzer Schwarz, Fullers ESB, Maredsous 6).

Both handpumps up (Sly Fox Pale Ale & Troegs Hop Back Amber), and they serve just a single bottle, lovely Orval ('cause that's pretty much all you need). Orval, she's lovely. And unforgiving. Like the sea. Jack had written something to the extent of "By the time you're reading this, you'll have missed the Cantillon Lou Pepe". He was right and I ain't happy 'bout it. Damnit! I thought about a Brawler and I thought about a Red Rocket and I thought about a cask Hop Back, and then I thought, "What the hell are you thinking?" De Ranke, please, yeah, that's me, I'll have that (did not suck), so I had another just to show there's no hard feelings.

Pub grubbings, I ordered up the sticky wings. A short while later, someone came from the back walking towards me with a plate of wings but put them down in front of the guy sitting 3 stools down off the corner. "Okay", I thought, "Mine will be up soon". They didn't. About 2/3 of the way through his plate of wings, guy looks up at me and says "Hey, I didn't even order these but they put 'em down in front of me so, hell yeah". (Grrr!) I said, "I think you got my wings", and he laughed saying "Just kidding, I ordered mine like a minute before you came in". Bad form, and I'm glad he cleared it up quickly as I nearly impulse stabbed him in the neck with a Pilot Precise rolling ball V5 extra fine green pen. That being said, where are my wings? Seriously. Took some remindin' but I got 'em, they were tasty; sweet & spicy, topped with scallions and peanut dusted. Small but tight food menu otherwise, about ½ of which are options for those who unconscionably murder vegetables.

Dig the tunes (Smiths, Kinks, Neil Young, Bowie), I hit the jukebox (kickin'), to find these artists there but the songs I'm hearing not on the discs in the jukebox. Scratched my head and asked why they're playing from a mirroring playlist instead of directly from the juke itself. Ash said "I'm going to be for a while, I don't want to discover its secrets all at once". Excellent.

Comfortable corner bar. Good house.

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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 ColForbinBC
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Edgecrusher
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Atmosphere: Very nice place. Cozy and warm inside-perfect for chatting over a few beers with friends.

Quality: Very good. Very clean place. Beer was very fresh. Food quality was great.

Service: Service was great-very friendly wait staff and timely delivery of beer and food.

Selection: Good-about 20 beers on tap and 2 on hand pumped casks. No bottle selection. Food menu was limited-but that is probably due to just opening full time on the 2nd.

Food: Good-me and my fiance had the fries and corndogs. Both were good with the fries being some of the best we've had.

Overall a great place. Would qualify as a neighborhood bar. Very impressed with the overall efficiency of the bar considering it just opened. Can't wait to go back!

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

Our first visit will most certainly not be our last!

A pleasant corner bar in the West Philly neighborhood at 44th and Spruce near Philly College of Pharmacy. The plain exterior hides the classy charm of warm wood and sleek metro style inside. A comfy space inside with the 15 ish seat bar greeting you inside the door and a cozy dining area off to the right partially hidden behind an open partition.

Arriving at the off time of 2:30 PM there were only a few other customers present so we had some nice conversation with Leigh who "just happens" to be the owner! Along with her husband Brendan they also own and run the Memphis Taproom in the east side hood of Fishtown.

Local 44 specializes in session beers and most of the 17 taps and 2 handpulls clock in at under 6.0%--with many being 5% or under. Half-pints are also offered....so one can get more beer without more alcohol! They offer but ONE bottled selection...that being Orval since it isn't available on tap.

Our service was outstanding with Leigh being a most congenial host that not only made us beer geeks feel welcomed but she also did a masterful job offering suggestions to folks that came in a bit confused with a bar that didn't have any BMC offerings.

Beers we enjoyed during our visit were:

* Yard's Brawler (a very light, tasty English Pub Ale clocking in at 4.1% ABV)
* Coniston Bluebird Bitter(Coming in at 4.2% ABV is one of the most outstanding representations of it's style and a beer that should be enjoyed on tap)
* Köstritzer Schwarzbier (at 4.8% ABV a tasty, awesome brew--the style benchmark)
* Elysian Immortal IPA (at 6.3% ABV a bit out of session range, but rather low for a west coast IPA)
* Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale (The indulgent selection from the list!)

Having eaten lunch earlier I skipped food but C enjoyed the tacos, which come in fish or tofu versions. C opted for plantain-encrusted mahi mahi with guacamole. A lovely app/small meal that was nicely presented and tasty.

The menu while small looked well thought out and mouthwatering.I am sure I will bring my appetite for the next visit.

Local 44 is a great addition to the West Philly bar scene. Prices were very reasonable for Philly....with most of the pints in the $4 to $5 range...with a few local offerings in the $3's!!

A nice place with good beer, good food and pleasant folks running the taps, what more could you ask for in "your" local?!

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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 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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4.55/5  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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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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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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