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18 Reviews
City Tap HouseCity Tap House

Type: Bar, Eatery

3925 Walnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104-3624
United States

(215) 662-0105 | map

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Added by stingrayvr6 on 05-13-2010

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Reviews by Dennycurr:
Photo of Dennycurr
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I've only been there 3 or 4 times----in the afternoon, on weekdays, so, take this review for what that is worth.
I was one of a few customers there, every time I went. Naturally, the service was good.
I definitley like this place.
Plenty of selections. ALL draft. I basically only drink Belgian or German beers but I have branched out to experimenting with these up and coming good American beers, when I can find them. This place looks like the place to be able to fulfill those experiments and if I don't see any of those, I can sink myself into a DRAFT of a good Belgian, (of which they always have a few----but---only a few), or---one of their staples, Aventinus, also on draft
The next time I'm going is around the beginning of March. I was told by the very friendly bartender they are having a "BELLS", event going on that week. All kinds of beers from that brewery.
See?....that is the kind of thing that I would dabble with, when not drinking Belgians.
This is the place that will do things like that.

Not a big fan of all the space, in, around and up, surrounding the huge bar. It doesn't seem cozy. Seems more industrial. Especially, when it is empty like when I go in there.
The outdoor patio looks inviting, when it would be crowded. One would be looking down on Univ City.
That this place has 12 reviews in BA, already, since it has only been open for a short time-- speaks volumes.
This is a rare find in Univ City.


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More User Reviews:
Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of mltobin
3.61/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of stevehagy
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of FightinIrish88
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.01/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Overall good experience and excellent selection. Disappointed at the servers attentiveness.

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Photo of DuaneL
4/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Wonderful selection of drafts - good stopping spot for that area.

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Photo of Bill69
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of RutgersBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

I visited the City Tap House for the first this past Sunday for the Pliny the Younger tapping. Consequently, this review might not capture the "every day" experience of the the place.

The bar and restaurant itself is remarkably spacious. There's plenty of seating at the lovely copper-topped bar, along with bar tables and a large dining room. The aesthetic is modern, though not particularly distinct.

The selection of beers for the event was fantastic. In addition to the Younger, they had Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig, Supplication, and Damnation, along with plenty of other hoppy offerings from around the country. Prices were reasonable for the city. Beers were served in appropriate glassware and at an appropriate temperature.

The brunch menu was outstanding. I deliberated for close to a half-hour before settling on "The Big Chick." It was a large, flaky biscuit topped with a Southern-fried chicken breast, bacon, and a fried egg, all topped with a rich sausage gravy. It was all that you could ask for when you're drinking in the morning.

The service was very good. Water glasses were promptly refilled, and there were complimentary (amazing) doughnuts in honor of the event.

I'd love to revisit the place on a "normal" day, but if their ability to pull off this event is any indication, the place seems to be a real winner in University City.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of LehighAce06
4.05/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of baybum
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of roan22
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Been here many times, probably my favorite bar in the city. Familiar neighborhood to me. I like City Tap House because they frequently have Deschutes beer on tap or other west coast breweries that are hard to find on the east coast. Also I like the bar its very spacious and the service is good. The food also is great. On special brewery takeover nights or beer week brewery special events, its always a fun time. We love Andy the owner, one time he gave us beer glasses from New Belgium Brewery with bikes onthem that I just love. Tonight we had the Mezza plate, chicken and waffles and beer from Hardywood Brewery. Just an awesome place. They also have an outdoor area with firepits that you can sit around. Cheers!

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Beautiful summer day in Philly, breezy and relaxed. Perfect for a bike ride, and a little exploration of University City- a neighborhood I rarely explore. City Tap is located in a busy street deep in the colleges, and within a modern apartment building. You can access it via an elevator or climbing up a bunch of strangely-shaped concrete stairs/steps.

Once you get to the bar, it is surprisingly large and very modern, but it looks more like a nightclub than a bar. It's got none of that coziness you expect from a beer-centric bar. The wraparound bar is gigantic, there are flat-screen TV's all over broadcasting sports and the vibe is just "off".

I did enjoy the terrace, though. You can order a beer from the bar and sit outside overlooking the street and the college buildings. I bet it would be a good place to watch a sunset.

The selection is typical of this massive beers touting dozens of beers: huge but disappointing. The menu is divided by styles (wheat, fruit/wild, porter/stout, brown/barleywine) and there are between five and fifteen beers for each niche. There are a ton of some styles (IPA's) and there are none of other styles (barleywines).

Some highlights from the menu are RR Damnation, Allagash Tripel, Deschutes Hophenge, BFM Square Root 225. Nothing too crazy, though, and only two stouts (no imperials).

If you're going to flaunt 65 taps and that you're all about the beer, then you ought to do better. That is all.

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Photo of soulcougher
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Budinetz
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Very good value for the price! The staff was phenomenal and the food was fantastic. The only downside was that a large group had been booked in that took over the bar and most of the outside for a private event during happy hour. The list was also not updated accordingly, however the bartender informed us upon arrival that Philly beer week was upon them and this was the reason for the low stock. This is understandable and we appreciated the heads up. Very interesting style of pizza! Both the goat cheese pizza and the BBQ pulled pork pizza were awesome. Definitely pay a visit to this place...worth the trip.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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