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Type: Bar, Eatery

261 South 21st Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103
United States

(215) 546-4232 | map

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by ithacabaron:
Photo of ithacabaron
3.46/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

Spent the other evening up at Tank's bar (the second floor). Didn't really spend much time downstairs, so this review really only applies to the top.

Atmosphere is a little lizard lounge-y, with dark corners, a ginormous fish tank, and those bendable ropes of lights. It's a little tacky, and I would give this a lower score...but I think it's tacky on purpose, so I'll bump it back up to a 3. The bar is very very very small, so you and your friends will probably fill the joint out. The good news is, the rest of the place is sort of partitioned off, and people tend to stay in the restaurant, so you shouldn't have too much problem finding a seat.

Quality is good, with beers served at the right temperature, etc. My friend had a Maredsous 8, served on tap and in the correct glassware, no less. She was very pleased with it. It should be noted that another friend simply had orange juice, and it had gone bad. After about 4 minutes of trying to get it replaced (more on that in a second), the tender cracked open a new bottle and gave him a fresh glass.

Service, as I just noted, is a bit shoddy. With the entire bar only having 8 seats, and it only being two planks, five and six feet long each, you would think the bartender would be practically on her toes from boredom, waiting to get fill orders. Unfortunately, she seemed much more interested in chatting with her one friend who was sitting at the end of the bar. There were often times where it would take 4 or 5 minutes, and holding out of glasses in her general direction, until she would notice, wander over, and fill one order before heading back to talk.

Selection is good, a small but strong list. Bottles are the strength here, but check out the taps -- the Maredsous was a nice surprise.

Food wasn't tried, sorry.

Finally, I do have to say that prices were a bit high, but hey, it is Center City. In terms of cocktails, the prices are up there again, with my friend's Tullamore Dew clocking in at 9 dollars a glass. That being said, it was a very generous pour.

All in all, this was a pretty disappointing joint, but it's only about a block from where some of my rehearsals are, and everyone likes to pack in afterwards for a little tipple. No harm, no foul.

Next time, I'll spend more time downstairs, or suggest that we head over to the better Ten Stone or excellent Grace Tavern (where we actually ended up finishing our night), both of which are within a three or four block radius.

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Photo of soulcougher
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of roan22
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 5

I have been here recently for the first time, with my mom and sister, to celebrate their birthdays. I didnt realize FSS was on BA. Well my ratings should reflect the strengths...
1. Atmosphere....old school 70's, bohemian, go-to-be-seen Rittenhouse Square. Priceless. Philadelphians of all ages should come here at least once for dinner. Make a reservation because its small. Im not going to spoil it because you need to see it for yourselves!! An institution in this neighborhood. Very unique dining experience in the way that Rose Tattoo Cafe is (near Logan Circle across from Whole Foods, off Callowhill).

2. Both FSS and RTC lack a great tap selection. In fact FSS has made its name on offering bottles of rare wine for the cheapest prices in the city. Oh well, its hard to really fault them, they've tried a little. The taps they did have were high end trappist belgians, and IPAs, sigh.

The food is incredible, rotating entrees maybe 6 per night. based on fresh, seasonal local ingrediants. The relaxed, funky atmosphere at FSS is fun enough to make up for the schizy selection of beers. This is the kind of place where there is one, maybe two waiters, and they are wearing whatever clothes they want.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I've been here a couple of times. Don't be scared to go in after looking at the web site, it looks like they only serve wine, but it's a nice place to take your wife or fiance or whatever.
I recently went here and had a grilled portabello wrap and more importantly got the run down on the beer list which is really good, considering there's only wine on the website. They have about 6 taps or so. The bottle selection was really good with around a selection of 20, stuff like Paulaner Hefe-Weizen and Duvel just to name a few. A good place to take the wife, check out Tank's bar right above...they have a 150 gallon fish tank...

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Friday Saturday Sunday in Philadelphia, PA
3.72 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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