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Type: Bar, Eatery

216 S 11th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107-5501
United States

(215) 873-0404 | map

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 30
Photo of ShanePB
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.25

Bar service was pretty bad; I felt bad for the bartender, she was the only person upstairs with a hoard of people. Eventually relief came, but that was when we were leaving. Will try the food next time, too.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Nice place, somewhere sterile quasi-post-modern atmosphere, replacing the odd, often-changing, and often police-raided Boilermaker (see also: Farmer's Cabinet). Small space, but they use it well. Buddy Holly glasses and neck beards everywhere. I've never had a problem with the service, and the beer selection is always at least somewhat decent, and they get some good events as well. I think I've only ever gotten snack-type food here, but it was all pretty good. Not a place I normally hang out, and not the most distinctive bar in Philly, but worth checking out.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.96/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

I was riding my bike around Center City and flew right by this place. It's only 11:45 in the morning, but it is not too early for a beer if the bar is open!

I was the only costumer inside, which always feels kind of weird. But the folks here are super nice. Sooner than you can say "Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier", we were all taking names and talking about Philly restaurants and bars and the South Philly 'hoods we live and play in. I love this town.

The 19 taps have a bit of everything, from RR Damnation to Cafe Racer 15, Founders Porter, Jolly Luciernaga, New Belgium, Left Hand, Sierra Ovila and a cask. There is also a small bottle menu with some rarities and big beers.

I did not have food this time but will definitely go back and try some. They have a 14-dollar lunch menu that looks great and offers a lot of veggie/vegan options.

Great first experience at Strangelove's, looking forward to many more!

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Photo of bonkers
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped by for lunch on a recent trip to Philly. The bar is large and has a modern motif. They had a half acre event over the weekend and had 5 of thee I brews on tap. I had a big hugs and my buddy got a sampler. We both had their lunch special, appetizer and a sandwich for 12 bucks. The food was great, the catfish po boy was outstanding. Our bartender was pleasant and knowledgable. IMO a great place.

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Photo of Gavage
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

This place has only been opened for a few months, and was on my must do list for my Philly trip. It has a modern bar feel - old brick wall meets shiny metals, wood floors, granite bar top, and grey tones throughout. The bar can seat 15. Only one TV here sitting between two large blackboards that list the draft beers.

There were 18 draft beers on this trip, with two cask ales. The beers had a nice variety - Port Shark Attack, Duck Rabbit Hoppy Bunny, Williamsburg Coffee Stout, Yards Brawler, De Ranke Saison, Founders Pale, and Victory Kolsch were some of the choices.

Service was good, a bit slower than expected but there was a good crowd here. Food wise I only had the pretzel bite appetizer which was good.

This place is a nice addition to the area and I will be stopping here in the future.

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Photo of mythaeus
4.71/5  rDev +18.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I've been to most bars and gastro pubs in Philly and this is one of my favorite "new" bars in Philly for beers simply because the selection is outstanding and they often have hard to find beers on tap. Currently, they are serving RR Pliny the Elder and Blind Pig. I had Firestone Walker 16 Anniversary ($8) first time I was there several weeks ago. This past weekend, I had a Lost Abbey Deliverance ($8) and a RR Damnation ($6). Their website is pretty up-to-date with what they are serving so I'm always keeping an eye out for rarer beers.

For the location, which is in Center City, these prices for these more difficult to find beers aren't bad at all even at 8oz. serving. Unless you're at some happy hour where drafts are 1/2 price and these beers are available, prices are actually comparable to most bars in Philly, particularly in Center City.

The first time my wife and I went, we had shrimps & grits. Wow! It was great! The wings were decent too. We only drank the 2nd time so we can't say too much about the food there, but the prices were on par with pretty much everywhere in Center City gastro pubs.

We had GREAT service both times we were there, both on a Saturday afternoon. The waiter knows his beers and had no issue with us sipping on 1 Deliverance for nearly 45 minutes at his table with no food order, then let us split a Damnation into 2 glasses. I spend a little time talking with the bartender later as well, who was very knowledgeable about their bottle beers (FW Parabola was available there).

We are going back there tonight for dinner and the Russian Rivers. It's worth noting that this place is very stroller friendly if you have an infant.


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Photo of rfgetz
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

The latest bar from the owners of Memphis, Resurrection and Local 44. If you have been to any of them, you know what to except here.

Fairly bland atmosphere. like the other bars in the family... lots of grey tones here, quite brightly lit and very warm inside. Attractive marble bar downstairs as its major design draw. Bars upstairs and downstairs against the right walls, seating lines the left wall.

Nice selection of hard to find, local , imported and seasonal brews. Some very stellar options. All draft beers served in an Italian style long-stem tulip glass. The glasses appear to hold 10oz, but 2/3rds of the glass filled with ridiculous amounts of foam. Bottle list is short but covers a few styles. Prices are quite high on the draft and bottles. One 22oz. bottle was priced $10 higher than other local bars that get a bad rap for their pricing. $8 a 10oz glass with over 3oz of foam hard to swallow.

Service was spotty. Only person who seemed to care was the owner - a truly nice guy who always has time to chat up his customers. Quite slow service... only 1 bartender serving a very crowded bar and pouring for all of the tables. Have yet to try the food.

Will i be back? Yes because of the great beer selection, but lack of atmosphere and pricing will prevent me from becoming a regular.

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Photo of EyePecan
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I went with my husband for drinks and dinner earlier tonight. The food was pretty good. We got the tater tots to share (not as crispy as I would like but pretty good), the duck and sausage gumbo, the smoked gouda grits, and the turkey sandwich. The food was quite good. Nothing amazing, but definitely solid and tasty.

I have several gripes about the beers, however. (a) Every single beer comes out with a huge head, regardless of style. We're talking about a 2.5 to 3 fingers' worth of head here. It may be due to these flute-snifter hybrid glasses they used. They also serve wine there, so I'm not sure if they chose these glasses because they can also stand-in for wine glasses. (b) The beer menu should specify the size of the pour. (c) My biggest complaint, though, is the fact that tastes are not allowed. I totally get it if it were a rare beer. Besides, I am not expecting a big taste -- just an oz will be just fine. The menus do not include any sort of description about the beers, just generic description of the style (e.g., Saison). Plenty of other craft beer places in Philly are happy to give tastes (e.g., Varga, Tria, etc.). In fact, the wait people often bring you an additional one so you can expand your horizon. Part of their philosophy is to educate people about the different beers. And on the practical side, if I try something and like it, I'm going to order it! If you don't want to offer tastes, then offer flights. And no, this is not a matter of cost; I simply do not want to order a beer that I may end up wasting.

On the plus side, the draft list is pretty good -- covers a good range of styles. And they have a "house brew" by Manayunk Brewery.

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Strangelove's in Philadelphia, PA
3.96 out of 5 based on 30 ratings.
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