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City Tap House

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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 Soonami:
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4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

6/28/10 Update:

I talked to the general manager of the bar/restaurant yesterday when I returned and he was very nice about addressing the main problem that I had and expressed in this review.

The beer listings give the serving size, so you know exactly what to expect for what you pay for. I understand this is a huge new restaurant, with a lot of staff to train, but we still got the wrong pour of a beer my date order (10 oz tulip of <5% Left Hand Sawtooth ESB instead of a pint) I told the server about the mistake and it was instantly corrected. I hope that this is something that they can figure out and with 60-70 beers on tap, mistakes are bound to happen. The serving size/pricing issue was my main concern and it seems like that is being rectified.

Talking to the manager, he was very excited about upcoming events where they will invite brewers host themed nights and have other educational program, which I think is a fabulous use of the enormous space. Hopefully, the establishment will prosper as it hits its stride. There is a lot of potential with City Tap House.
This new West Philly bar has a lot going for it. Located just off Penn's campus it's an easy walk from class or work for the tens of thousands that find their way onto to campus everyday. You enter by either walking up the steps in front of the Radian Apartment complex or use the elevator accessible on the ground level next to Jimmy John's and Capo Giro.

When you first walk into the tap house, you will see an enormous bar, that could sit 50. The bar offers several beer flights, like locals, imports, hoppy, etc, which will be great for the uninitiated, but for the beer advocate, it is a pedestrian selection. The bar has about 60 beers on tap at any given time and will often have special events where they will give a brewery all the taps they want. For instance, during Philly Beer Week, Bell's had 31 beers on tap!

The food at this bar is quiet good and they offer a diverse selection of pizza, burgers, and casual dining options. The specials sound interesting too, like roast suckling pig on Thursday.

This bar is not perfect though, I have a few complaints. First of all, the beer is far too expensive. Most of the beer pours are 10 oz, but the glasses could fit at least 12 or 16 oz, so they often give you a glass of beer that looks half full, but you pay the same price or less for a full pint elsewhere. Case in point:
Yards Brawler, ESB and Pale Ale are all $5.50 for 10 oz! However, they will also pour you 10 oz of Avery Mephistopheles for $7 also...The food is also slightly more expensive than other beer bars, like a $12 burger or $13 individual sausage pizza. Although the bar has 60+ taps, a lot of the selection are just average beer, sure I had Bell's Batch 9000 and Expedition Stout, Pliny, and Mephistopheles, but most of the taps are nothing special.

I would go again for a special event, but normally, I think it's just a bit over priced and not worth my hard earned dollars. Given the choice, I think Local 44 is a better choice, the servers are more attentive and the tap list, though smaller, is better edited. The huge bar and dining room does make this a great place to take a large group and they take reservations

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Photo of Jlabs
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Went on a slow sunday and the service was above and beyond as our server couldn't be more attentive and friendly with helping us choose different beers...and the beer selection here is outstanding!!..many varieties to satisfy even the most hardcore beer nerds...food was amazing too..the sausage and muahroom pizza was dynamite..we will definitely make sure that when we are back in philly that we will be returning

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Very cool and dark atmosphere. Hip people are here. They have a very extensive beer selection but they were out of both beer that we selected. They still have a big selection. Service seems to be good.wow I got some pork taco's. Awesome

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of mltobin
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of stevehagy
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of FightinIrish88
4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -1%
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 +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of RutgersBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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 -6.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of LehighAce06
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of roan22
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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 -13.4%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.88/5  rDev -4%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
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 -13.4%

Photo of Budinetz
4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
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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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of baconfromwalmart
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of JohnParadee
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -1%

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