Latimer Delicatessen

Latimer DelicatessenLatimer Delicatessen
Latimer DelicatessenLatimer Delicatessen
Eatery, Beer-to-go

255 S 15th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19102-5034
United States

(215) 545-9244 | map

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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +7%

Judging from the rather harsh reviews, I was expecting to find some shitty store when I decided to visit Latimer... I must have biked down 15th a million times and never noticed this place, a storefront among the busyness of Center City/Rittenhouse.

So it's just a deli, sure. Kind of like The Foodery but with more food and less beer. The selection here ain't bad at all! Pleasantly surprised... mostly bombers, and mostly all chilled. But no prices, of course. Philly fail.

Hebrew 18, Port Santa's, Rogue, Southern Choklat, Avery, Rogue, Russian River, Hoppin Frog, Dogfish... they have six packs too. Two guys buying beer told me the prices are better than Foodery's so I decided to go for a brew. Dogfish 120 was "only" 13 bucks, compared to $15 most anywhere else in Philadelphia.

Friendly service at checkout and that's about it. Why not stop and browse some brews when in the area?

Dec 01, 2014
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mltobin from Connecticut

3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3.5

Alright, this place is a bodega/deli, certainly not a restaurant. Just make sure you don`t come here expecting a restaurant. That being noted, this place is very close to Good Dog and Jose Pistolas and is open late. For selection, you will find some fairly typical Belgian 750mLs, Unibroue 750mLs, some U.S. 22oz. bottles. For the U.S. beers, there is beer from Yards, Lancaster, Sly Fox, Victory to represent the greater Philly area breweries. And then there are some good beers from other parts of the country such as Bells, New Holland, some more.
The prices are a bit steep, but it is in a popular neighborhood, not too far from Rittenhouse and they are open late. As can be the case with spots like this, you may see something a bit odd, such as the very young looking college kids in front of me, using their Korean passport as their ID to purchase alcohol.

Sep 06, 2013
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

My second swing through Latimer, located on 15th very close to Jose Pistola's. Worth a stop if you are in the vicinity.

Atmosphere: The big awning, a grocer beacon. Inside, the beer coolers (two sides of one aisle) are well-stocked. The farthest to the right has singles, Belgians and such. The abutting cooler has both singles and six packs. The other aisles contain sundry items. A deli area, complete with seating, is off to the back on the left side.

Quality/Service: I've never eaten here, so I can't comment on that service angle; I've never been approached in the beer aisle, come to think of it. Don't expect bells and whistles, just a small store with a better than average selection.

Selection: Surprisingly nice, enough to warrant a meaningful stroll through the beer aisle. Belgian singles are a focus, with a deep selection of the usual suspects (Bernardus, Chimay) but with some nice twists (first time I'd seen the Unibroue grand reserve 17). The domestic side doesn't skimp either with a focus on local beers. Hell, I even saw Peeper there last week. The depth of selection (if not the quantity, it is a small locale) rivals larger, more well-known stores.

Food: A full deli is in the rear of the store but I didn't eat there.

Jun 12, 2012
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Soonami from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Latimer Deli is a place I walk by pretty often because I'll visit restaurants in the are fairly regularly. It's right next door to Jose Pistola's. The place is set up like any other deli or convenience store with a couple aisles of snacks and soft drinks, just with beers in cold cases on the right. There are mostly 6-packs and a few singles. The selection is pretty good and current. Usually you have the choice of some Bell's, Founders, and locals. This isn't the kind of place where you're going to stock up on tons of stuff, but for a corner store the selection is pretty solid (read: average for Philly). However, as is the trend for the city, there are no prices on anything the staff is more than willing to scan stuff at the register for you, but it's embarrassing to have to ask and then put stuff away when you find it's much more than you want to spend. I think this is something that puts me off more than high prices. I can swallow the high prices if I've taken into consideration how much the beer will be as I decide whether or not I want to buy it. The prices are on the high side, but reasonable for the city and neighborhood. I wouldn't trek here on a beer hunt, but if you live close it's not a bad option.

Mar 15, 2011
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BARFLYB from Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -5.2%

Stopped by here after visiting Jose pistolas.

Latimer is a clean looking deli with some cold cuts and such as well as some more food options. They also have beer and a pretty good selection at that. The problem is (and this is rampant in Philly) the bottles dont have prices on them. Im assuming they are expensive though. Well that's all I have to say about this place because I am not bringing bottles up to the counter to see what the price is. Just put some damn stickers on the bottles you unknowledgable single beer supplier nazi's, quit it, it's getting old. End rant. This place is clean though!

Nov 21, 2010
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papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.5/5  rDev +7%

Visited Oct. 10, 2010.

Looks like a deli/restaurant on the inside and almost all beer here is refrigerated (as with most place in PA). Lots of bombers & six-packs with some cases piled on the top of the refrigerators. They allow singles so that's cool. The guy i spoke to didn't seem to know too much about the beer. Not bad overall though i did see some old stuff including some Red's Rye from 2009! Cleaner than Foodery and the selection is about the same, maybe a bit less. Check it out but don't go out of your way though.

Oct 12, 2010
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +26.9%

Almost next door to McGlinchy's, this has been my "find" for years. I know the arguments. Foodery has a better selection; they only take cash, the freshness of the beer is sometimes suspect. Bah! It's almost just around the corner from Nodding Head, which is usually my HQ when I roll into town and it's not as much of a hike as it is to Pine & 10th. I found it, it's mine, and if you don't like it, you can go elsewhere.

As you enter, the attraction is the bank of coolers running the length of the right wall. I hate to go in any more because I always see at least one thing that I want and I'm swimming in beer at home. Opposite the wall of coolers is a shorter bank of coolers for their overflow and macros. The back wall was the working deli. The rest of the space was shelves of various goods. The checkout was to the right of the door, facing the street. Street? Ah yes, I was just window shopping and now must be going.

Dec 02, 2009
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -8.3%

Small deli/ bottle shop in Center City with a very large selection of quality American craft and Belgian beers. From the outside this place just looks like a corner hole in the wall but they actually have a good 12-15 coolers of quality six packs and 750s. Of course the have the standard 40s and BMC stuff but also carry St. Bernardus, Triple Kameliet, Petrus, Kasteel, Unibroue, etc. The service is pretty substandard by any means. It's run by an Asian family who are very unpleasant and actually watch you unitl you come to the register with money. They are a bit more pleasant hen you pay but are overall unfriednly and not knowledgeable of what they carry. The prices are very, very high. Expect to pay close to $15+ for a 750 of anything good. On a positive note, thy are open until 3 a.m.

Oct 16, 2009
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deapokid from Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Stopped in after work today to grab a few special picks for New Year's Eve.

Storefront seems a bit cluttered, but selection is quite good for a small deli in the middle of Center City Philadelphia. All the popular American micros are well-represented and, I must say, they have the best selection of Belgian beers of any corner deli on Planet Earth. This is not to say that they're better than The Foodery, but for a place that specializes in cold cuts instead of brew selection, this is still quite impressive.

For my six-pack (mix and match), I got a Delirium Noel, Tripel Abdijbier Dendermonde, Corsendonk Christmas, St. Bernardus Christmas Ale, Young's Old Nick and North Coast Old Rasputin. They don't give a six-pack discount, but I felt like $38 wasn't the worst price I'd ever heard for three tall boys and three regular bottles all of a high quality. Although they don't take plastic, they have an ATM near the register.

I guess the only real downer was the lack of help from the staff. Although I really didn't expect the already busy employees to come and deal with my beer needs, pricing on the bottles would have been nice, especially since some were over the $10 mark.

Also, one of my beers had expired in April 2007 (the Old Nick, which is now retired), but it's a barleywine, so let's hope it held up well.

Dec 31, 2008
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DaveHS from California

2.9/5  rDev -11.3%

This is one of those unusual beer spots in Philly you would never know about unless you stopped in on your way out of McGlincheys, or Jose Pistoles.
The staff will not help you. I get the impression that they know next to nothing about beer. They seem to order things arbitrarily, which can sometimes result in good finds. If you llok carefully, it is possible to find 1 or 2 year old releases of winter seasonals/strong ales, or one-offs from Avery.
If you like crack, all you have to do is hang out in front of Latimer deli for a few minutes, and you will be approached by every dealer in the city. Don't linger, just buy and be on your way.

Sep 23, 2008
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soupyman10 from District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +7%

Next door to my apartment, so my standard beer can/bottle joint. A surprisingly good selection of beer, with a very good variety of cans and bottles, in six pack and single-bottle form (some of which get a little expensive). For the most part the beer I've purchased has been high quality, although I got a whole bottle of skunked Sam Adams that really pissed me off. Overall, though, a good selection for a deli, if you can handle the employees oggling your girl (mine doesn't shop there anymore). They've got 24s of Sierra Nevade Pale Ale, which is okay by me.

Feb 02, 2007
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Gavage from Nevada

3.15/5  rDev -3.7%

Stopped in before hitting the PATCO train station around the corner to see what kind of selection they had. Several refridgerators on the right, containing a decent selection of local brews. I was specifically looking for some Russion River but they did not have any. But while looking through the glass I noticed several beers had significant dust sitting on them. I saw some older Avery 12th anniversary bottles sitting there too.

While looking the selection over 2 other people came barreling in to pick up some Colt 45s. Looks like those beers really move here. Plenty of warm micro sixpacks were also sitting on top of the refridgerator.

This was a one time stop to check it out, I'll be heading over to the Foodery for my singles I can't get in NJ. I won't be hitting this place again.

Nov 01, 2006
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trinitone from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +8.6%

Everyone seems to always be comparing every deli that sells beer to the Foodery. Face it, The Foodery is a beer store that sells food to stay legal under PA liquor laws. Most other places, like Latimer's, are delis that sell beer.

Latimer's is right around the corner from my office, so it is very convenient. I sometimes pop in there and pick up a single on my way home. They have an above average selection of macro, micro and import beers. They have cheap (decent) food to go with the pricey beer. Pricing is actually close to that of The Foodery, but no mix-a-six deal here.

As noted, "beer" service is non-existent, but this can be attributed to the point above. You wouldn't go into a 7-11 (in those states where one can buy beer at 7-11) and expect good "beer" service. Keep this in mind and you shouldn't be disappointed.

If you want to do some serious beer shopping, this is probably not the place to go. If you want to pop in somewhere to grab some decent beer, Latimer's is just fine.

Oct 11, 2006
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nlmartin from Ohio

2.1/5  rDev -35.8%

I am not impressed with the Latimer Deli upon entering the establishment. Horror of Horrors I saw bombers of Ommegang and related products in milk crates sitting in the window. This was not a very good omen at all. If this is how they treat the beer you can see. What do they do that you dont see?

The beers available included many nice bombers Russian Rivers, Rogue, Heavy Weight and Sly Fox. A nice collection of six packs was in the coolers. Extra beer stock was kept ontop of the beer coolers. The prices are as noted a bit pricey. The staff seemed to care less about beer customers. They dont take credit cards. The Foodery blows this place away.

Jun 16, 2006
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dogfooddog from Panama

2.9/5  rDev -11.3%

Visited here March2006, had already gone to the Foodery a few times and can compare that as well, this place has primarily domestic micro's and macros as well as a few english, german and a few more belgian beers (no lambics besides LIndemann's). Beer is kept in flourescent-lit cooler, though domestic sixes are also kept on top of the coolers warm. Selection is very decent for a food-place, but about half of foodery I believe. Prices seem very high, but I cannot do a specific comparison.

Service is essentially non-existent with regard to beer, but if you know what you want it may not matter.

I would say perhaps 20% of what they had in micros and imports was not available at the foodery in the same time period.

Mar 13, 2006
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eldondre from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +17.7%

Quite a good beer selection here. they have specialty singles (mostly larger bottles) and six packs of both micro and import beers. The prices are rather expensive but they are they sell until 2 am. PA's beer laws yield six pack shops rare and the 24% tax means beer is always expensive here. Service is like any other convenience store.This place isn't the best in town but it's pretty good. Best place to find Midas touch at 1 am (or any time really). Pick up a cheese blintz while you're at it.

Apr 08, 2005
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nomad from Kansas

3.05/5  rDev -6.7%

Like it says, in a deli where the food is the focus. Because of this the prices are high, much higher than at the Foodery which is only 8 total blocks away (and a nice scenic walk, i'd add). Carries the same merchandise as Foodery with an occassional exception, but in terms of total number of beers carried Latimer is about half of the Foodery's total. The prices are also definitely higher at this place. This I'll state as fact for I live literally across the street from the Foodery, and have stared at their price book for hours. Furthermore, there's no discount for mix-a-six and nobody around to answer a question or shoot-the-bull about beer with. Selection includes Yards, Anderson Valley, Brooklyn, Anchor, Flying Dog, DFH, Victory, Rogue and many macros, especially forties.

To go on, the Latimer is on a dirty and trafficked stretch of the business area of Center City, and definitely suffers from being too close to Rittenhouse Square, of which the repercussions are many, mostly price oriented. If you don't feel like crossing Broad, by all means shop here - its definitely worth a mention for any Center City brewshopper. If you don't mind a little further walk into a picturesque area of Washington Square West, go to this place's competitor for non-case beer selling in Philly.

Aug 29, 2003
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jrancan from New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +13.1%

I must admit, they are very close to having as big a selection as The Foodery. Where they lack is the service. A few of the guys at The Foodery are very knowledgable and have had most of what's available. This place, I'm not sure the guy behind the counter even knew what a beer was. Like WillPA said, prices are high, so I would suck it up and walk 5 blocks down and 3 blocks over to hit The Foodery.

Mar 09, 2003
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WilliamPhilaPa from Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -9.8%

This is another Deli like the Foodery & Philly Nosheri Deli's. Small deli, but a good selection of singles and sixers are to be had at this place, I did a approx. count of around 175-250 different kinds of beers. Just to name a few products, all Victory products like the V-10, Unibrou, Rogue, Trubble De Yards, Stone, Chimay Blue/Red, Duvel, Sam Smith and so on. A well rounded selection, but the prices seem to be high. Watch out though, I seen many out dated beers! They also have a little restuarant area is the back of the store. This place is right next door to McGlinchey's bar & a couple blocks from Monk's Cafe.

Jan 24, 2003
Latimer Delicatessen in Philadelphia, PA
Place rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 23 ratings