The Cambridge

The CambridgeThe Cambridge
12 Ratings
The CambridgeThe Cambridge

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1508 South St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19146-1636
United States

(267) 455-0647 | map

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Added by hhkal17 on 08-02-2012

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Trolling online for good beer in Philly, I found that The Cambridge had a rare keg of something I really enjoy. I had never heard of this bar, although I have biked and walked around the neighborhood often. So there I went.

They open at 4pm and there were already a bunch of costumers perched at the bar at around 4:30pm. The place looks cool, perhaps a little too cool like NeroFiddled points in his review. Maybe in a couple of years when the wood is worn and the lights are dusty this will feel like one of those Philly classic neighborhood bars.

You're here for the beer anyways, not the design or ambience, and they have lots of good brews. This is my kind of draft list, with rare kegs, high-gravity brews and all-around awe-inducing stuff.

Goose Island Gillian and more, Evil Twin Biscotti Break, Laurelwood Moose & Squirrel, Central Waters Bourbon Stout stood out right away. They also have stuff from Brooklyn, Atwater, Neshaminy... plus a small bottle list focused on sours and geuzes (Monk's, Cuvee Jacobins, Allagash Tiarna, Goose Island Juliet 2010)

All this goodness doesn't come cheap, though. Draft brews are served in 6/11/16 ounces, and while the 16-oz are around $6 and 1/2 price during happy hour, the better brews are around $7-$9 bucks. FOR SIX OUNCES. Oy.

Service is nice, the place is chill. You just have to be prepared to pay a kind of money for the better beers that can be shocking in Philadelphia.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

The Cambridge is a nice looking bar/restaurant on South Street just west of Broad. It's right across the street from Bob & Barbara's, and almost next to Rex 1516.

The decor is kind of slick, done at least in part in the currently hip reclaimed-wood, retro feel with lots of black, grey, and dark wood. Unfortunately it doesn't quite come across as authentic and, indeed, feels a bit pretentious. The main bar itself is the main culprit, with gaudy extra-large corbels and a red, middle eastern-style hanging lamp that just doesn't fit. There are, however, some nice highlights, and I don't think that it matters anyway as most people pay absolutely no attention to, or have any idea of what is going on with, the decor. It's a comfortable space though, no matter where you sit - I prefer the bar (because it's closer to the beer!). I should also point out that there's a kind of "beer garden" in the back - and outdoor spaces are almost always immune to criticism (as long as they're not right on the sidewalk of a busy street).

Moving forward, the food is pretty decent, but a little pricey:
Layered Nachos $12 - (Really? They're not much better than anywhere else!)
Three Beet Salad $13
Black Bean Burger $12
The Cambridge Hall (Aged Beef, Pancetta, Poached Pears, Brie) $15
Fish & Chips $17
Roasted Chicken $16

Beer? Finally we've got something good to talk about. 26 taps - all good stuff with a lot of interesting surprises (Iron Maiden Trooper Ale?). Ahh, I won't go into it, just rest assured that there's always a good selection, and that it's always changing. But that's not even the best part... the bottles kick it into stellar drive. Usually the bottle list is a back-up, but not here - they're all sours & geuze: Orval ($9), Jolly Pumpkin Baudelaire (25 oz./$22), Rodenbach ($7), Russian River Consecration ($18), Goose Island Lolita (25 oz./$38), etc. - - - L-O-V-E is a four letter word, just like B-E-E-R!

They also sell "to go", and if you're dining you can get 15% off of all single bottles. Happy Hour is 4-6 Monday through Friday with 1/2 price drafts!!!

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

The Cambridge in Philadelphia, PA
Place rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 12 ratings
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