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Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

S 21st St At South St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19146
United States

(215) 735-9939 | map

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Reviews by jmatthew:
Photo of jmatthew
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped in on a Friday night, and it seemed strangely a bit empty. Tap selection was of a manageable quantity and all were very decent with a good amount of variety. Lots of standard locals (FF, Victory, Yards), some names that you don't regularly see around here (Flying Bison, Speakeasy) a typical focus on Belgians (La Chouffe, Leffe, Hoegaarden) and a couple junk taps that I won't mention. Bottle selection had a similar depth of variety. Food was typical pub fare with a bit of an upgrade and was fairly good across the board. The strange quasi-medieval theme in the side room didn't really do much for me though. Definitely a solid neighborhood beer bar and worth stopping by if you happen to be close, but a bit too far off the beaten path and not singularly unique enough for me personally to seek out again.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

I had no idea this place existed. And boy was I surprised when my coworkers took me there one fine Monday night during a birthday celebration. Inside and out, this jawn looks like any other neighborhood Irish-y pub, only this one comes from good beer: a hand-written and updated-throughout-the-day menu that the server hands you.

17 taps all in all, including Leffe Brown, Headhunter’s Fat Head, La Chouffe, Kaastel, Dark Horse Reserve, Anderson Melon Gose, Southern Tier Phin Matt’s, Evil Genius Band Camp... plus a couple of crappy things for the masses. Pretty good atmosphere, quiet on a Monday night, tables on the back… nice enough to stop by or if the other better bars on South street are busy.

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Photo of soulcougher
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of corby112
3.36/5  rDev -16.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

This is a decent bar on the western side of south street. A nice big bar is located in the center of the room when you walk in with tables surrounding it and a small room in the rear. There was no visible bottle list when Iwas there and the draft list was mediocre. Offerings from all of the local breweries (yards, Victory Sly Fox wyerbacher) as well as Lagunitas, Brooklyn and Harpoon. I didn't eat here and I don't know if they even serve food. I was not very impressed and i don't know if I'd go back.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A great meal in a friendly, well-worn local pub with a good rotating selection of interesting beers. What's more to say? The food is consistently good, if unassuming. The service is spotty but friendly. The wait staff usually (but not always) knows what it's talking about with the beer selections. The taps often have something unusual - a little known local beer, perhaps, or a hard to get West Coast selection. The outside seating is fun when it's available. This is a place worth going out of your way for,

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Photo of countmeoutt
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I visited Ten Stone for the first time last night with my fiance and a friend. We arrived somewhere around 9pm and found three bar seats right in front of the taps. The decor is a bit odd, maybe mexican inspired? it didnt really bother me to much.I was very pleased with the selection- Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA,Long Trail Double Bag,Arcadia IPA, Victory Golden Monkey, Stoudts Smooth Hoperator,Left Hand Sawtooth Ale,Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA and more. I'd say my one complaint about the selection last night would be a lack of some sessionable beers. I ordered the cheeseburger soup, which was a real fatman special, yet delicious, and the filet mignon cheesesteak. I have nothing but good things to say about the food.

However, about an hour or so after we got there the bar became overcrowded with groups of people who looked like they belonged in a nightclub. They began playing terrible music on the jukebox(backstreet boys...)and soon after i left. All in all, I think its a good bar even if it attracts a weird crowd. Next time i'll be sure to go in the afternoon.

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Photo of thefireman
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I've been going to Ten Stone for quite a while now. Never got around to doing a review.

The selection is good and the service is good as well. I generally drop by on Saturday afternoons when the crowd is moderate.

They have a good selection of local brews, Belgians etc. that they rotate. The decor is a bit strange for the type of bar, but a look past that and you'll be alright.

I have never had bad food, and the service, once again is good. Not long ago I would have parked near here and huffed it several blocks to Monk's. Parking can be a challenge in this neighborhood. Now I am more apt to go to Ten Stone for an uneventful, courteous meal and a few good beers. Without the attitude.

A real gem.

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Photo of NolanGTI
4.15/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A big open room with a bar in the middle. OK. Kind of an orange brown that gives off a TexMex vibe at first. This place draws a bit of a younger crowd at times but is well beyond the nonsense of South St..

I would not say this is a beer destination for out of towners, but the list is impressive and worthy if you are in the area, or like me are a long time Philly guy who likes to hit a lot of different places. It is pretty hard not to find something worthwhile to imbibe in here and the food is worth sticking around for as well. Not quite at the top of the gastro pub chain, but better than the local TGIMcItchy's.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

When I first walked into Ten Stone, I thought I was in a Mexican restaurant at first and that the bar itself must be next door. There were hanging plants in the middle of all the windows and the sun was shining. The stucco walls were painted a terracotta color and there was a lot of open space between the initial tables and the impressive looking bar. There was also additional seating that wraps around the back perimeter that is two booths wide with a narrow walkway between them. Also, in the front area where I sat, there were what appeared to be old church pews along the walls that the tables were pulled up to. It just didn’t cry out “beer bar” at all. That’s perfectly fine by me. It’s still a very attractive place.

The beer offerings were up on broken slab of chalkboard that attached to a shabby looking brick wall. It had a nice look to it. Beers sighted on tap were Hoegaarden, Stella, Leffe, Hop Devil, Flying Fish, Hop Fish, Yards PA, Hebrew Jewbilation, Legacy Noreaster, La Chouffe, Franciskanner, some ambiguous “Lambic-Raspberry” that I neglected to ask my server about, Old Dominiom oak barrel stout, and SNPA. Additionally, they had bottles of Amstel, Corona, Heine, Chimay red and blue, Dragon’s Milk and a few others. I was impressed with the diversity of styles and origins of their beers. Someone who was passionate about beer clearly picked out the selection. A slight deterrent was that four pints came to $24 dollars. I’m not saying that’s expensive, but it certainly isn’t cheap!

I took a seat at a table with a friend of mine and our waitress was quick and knowledgeable about the current selections. I had a question for her about one of the bottled beers, so she brought me one with the cap on to look at. I appreciated her effort. Our second beers came right as we were finishing the first, so her timing was right on. There weren’t too many people there at that time, so although we got amazing service, I can’t say her efforts were extraordinary.

Over all, I really liked this place. Their selection was very impressive and fresh and the place had a really comfortable atmosphere to it. I’ll be back in a few months to try their food selection and to see what else has made its way on tap.

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Photo of carlosd74
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I just wanted to add my $.02 despite a good friend's recent review of the same establishment.

I cannot believe Ten is not higher in the Philly BeerFly rankings. I will not bad mouth the higher ranked spots but come on!

The atmosphere is the only weak spot in this glowing review. The decor is ho-hum and displays none of the character or kitsch of say Monk's, Tria or Johnny Brenda's. You are saying so what? Believe me, I place atmosphere near the bottom of criteria for choosing a bar. That said, the staff and the patrons make the vibe very welcoming. There really is no "scene" to speak of...either like Tattoo Mom's or the opposite extreme = Monk's. I think this is a breath of fresh air. I want to walk into a place and not be labelled. It is all about the beer...leave the 'tude elsewhere. A final note on atmosphere, ditch the acoustic singer/songwriter on weekends and upgrade the jukebox to include more than frat house classics (i.e Y100 and WMMR stuff).

The beer selection is diverse. I mean they don't typically repeat beers of the same style. They basically go after American micros and throw in a few Belgians. I never looked at a bottle list so I am only speaking of the taps. There are easily 15 taps at any time. I had my first Steelhead and my first Lost River beers here. I think the only macro on tap was Yuengling. I cannot stress enough that there is something on tap for all tastes.

I have read on other website that the service is the pits but they must have gone during brunch or in the day. I have been there many different nights. I was there on a very busy Friday and after I got a seat (no longer than a 15 minutes wait) we didn't even wait 2 minutes to get a menu handed to us. The servers have always been observant and have never forgotten my girlfriend & I. These girls are mostly students (grad & undergrad) and they do a good job of knowing what's up with the beers on tap. You would be surprised how many places I've been where the servers are unprepared to answer a simple question like, "what is your hoppiest ale?".

Finally, I have had the following food items: Hot Wings, Nachos, Quesadillas, Apple Spinach Salad and Grilled Ham & Cheese on a PHILLY PRETZEL!!! Not a crap choice of this bunch. I didn't think nachos could be so good. While it ain't Monk's, it is very affordable & consistent. Oh and I am not what you would call a salad lover but man is that Apple Spinach off the hook...no skimpin' on the goat cheese and walnuts.

Bottom line, go and make merry. This place is bringing better beers and better than average bar food to the Graduate Hospital area. If it is too crowded for ya, head over to Grace's.

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Photo of roan22
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Ten Stone is my new favorite bar in Philly. Not that's its new, just new to me. I used to go to Doobie's when in this neighborhood (which is called the graduate hospital area I believe), and even though Doobie's does have a better jukebox, I like Ten Stone better because Ten Stone is about 2-3 times bigger, with more professional and better quality service by the employees, and I think the food is better too.

In terms of atmosphere, Ten Stone features a nice low-lit interior. It also features some charming decorative details like wrought-iron accents, exposed brick, window boxes, and the coolest above-counter basin cabinets (the bathroom sinks), which kinda feels like you are washing your hands in a bucket from a hose spigit. Totally unique and therefore awesome.

Ten Stone rotates 15-20 outstanding local, micro and Belgian beers listed on a giant chalkboard and innovative menu items (try the ham and cheese pretzel sandwich and the awesome apple, walnut and goat cheese salad!). Some recent interesting beers I had there were Icabod Pumpkin Ale, Russian River IPA and Legacy Hedonism.

The scene is mixed depending on when you go, but it never gets too annoying, that's the low-key genius of Ten Stone. Usually its a blend of neighborhood locals, grad students, medical students and the occasional hipsters, ages 20s and 30s mostly.

Although on weekends, late-night, beware: the bar can quickly turn into a NJ lip gloss/trucker-hat obnoxious trendsterville (at this point, go to Grace Tavern 2 blocks away). Hope this helps!

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Photo of ithacabaron
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Named after the old British system of weighing things as being so many "stone." I believe one barrel of beer, is Ten Stone, which is appropriate.

Atmosphere can either be bright and sunny, or smoky and crowded, and sometimes all of those things all at once. Could use a bit more character, maybe? I don't know. Not your corner bar, not a yuppie hangout. It's own beast, I suppose. Depends when you visit really. Someone once told me you get to know a person best when they're under stress, and so I went on a very busy Friday night with some friends.

Quality was good, although I would have liked to see serving sizes posted. 99% of beer is served in pint glasses, although Leffe (always on tap) is brought in it's own 330mL glassware, and other belgians are served in what look to be 10 oz. red wine glasses (more on that at the end).

Service was excellent -- servers all covered for each other, were always keeping an eye on tables, and were both friendly and helpful. We never waited to order a beer, even though every table in the joint was packed. After some grit was found stuck to the inside of a wine glass, the server apologized and replaced it immediately. Really professional service here. A highlight.

Selection is varied, about 25 taps, specializing in Northeast craft brew, and a few Belgians. There's always something or other that you want to try. On a recent trip, I had a Hoptical Ilusion, and a LaChouffe (Pint, and 10 oz. wine glass, respectively). Never had a bottle here, so can't speak to it.

Food I can only speak to in terms of dessert. I ordered an order of banana bread pudding, and when it arrived, it was a massive piece, about 5 inches, by 5 inches, by 4 inches, with about 4 scoops of vanilla ice cream piled on top, and a caramel/brandy sauce over the whole thing. Just absurdly large. We all split it, and we were all more than full by the time we ate the dense, yet delicious concoction. The bill for it when it arrived? 4.75. Can't argue with that!

All in all, prices are pretty good -- most pints were about 4-4.50, although my LaChouffe ended up clocking in at 7.45 (and again for a 10 oz. serving). Yikes!

Still, a great little joint to go over to with a few friends at any time -- and I'll make a particularly strong recommendation to go there for dessert!

Why To Make The Scene: Because the night is winding down, you have a little less cash in your pockets than you thought you would, and you're not quite ready to go home. Go have a late dessert here with a couple friends...and then one more drink at Grace Tavern, down the street.

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Photo of slander
4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Having first seen the Dali (the Salvador, not the Lama), and then being well "Frites with Monk's bourbon mayoed up" from our visit to that other place, I'm feelin' pretty good about Philly all over again. We're a ways out so we should probably start moseying back towards the direction of the hotel. Of course, there's some good ground to cover so if we have to stop in here or there along the way, you know, for shelter, protection from the elments, or even drink, so be it...
A good size open room greets you with a "U" shaped bar seating a dozen and a half to the rear. The bar back is a glass wall with shelves holding booze, behind which lies a dining area with seating visible from the bar. Panelled windows on 2 walls, to the front and side that are the corner of S. 21st & South and the far wall is brick with a blackboard cut into it listing the current tap selections. TV's in the corners over the bar, potted plants in the windows, bumpy stucco ceilings, drop cone lighting over the bar, a pretty good juke box, and 9 tables running an "L" along 2 sides of the bar. A side room holds a pool table and a flat screen TV.
15 taps. The tower of 12 is an interesting mix, half of them good locals and better regionals (Flying Fish ESB, Yards Philly Pale Ale, Soudts Fat Dog, Victory Golden Monkey, Bells Two Hearted Ale, Three Floyds Alpha King), and the other half of them standard imports and macros (Chouffe, Guinness, Lindeman's Framboise, Yuengling, Bud, and Woodchuck cider. There's another tower of 3 over there housing Leffe, Stella and Hoegaarden. Roughly a dozen bottles displayed on the shelving behind the bar including Arrogant Bastard, Bells Double Cream Stout, Pyramid Apricot, Northcoast Red Seal, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Dragon's Milk, Deus, and a pair of Chimays.
Service was good. When Phil reported that his glass had a chip in it, they gave him a new beer without a blink and were apologetic to boot. Crowd was okay, hard time on the suit side, but that's fine, they've got to drink somewhere, and exposure to good beer is for everyone, everywhere. Good stop along the way.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.95/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Since it's just a few blocks from my apartment, I've been frequenting Ten Stone for the last few months, and I've become something of a fan. The tap selection includes some of the more common imports, but the focus on American micros is refreshing. Good selection on the taps; on my most recent visits I've enjoyed Yard's, Three Philosophers, and Winter Solstice. The prices are pretty reasonable as well, with most pints going for less than five bucks. The atmosphere is something of a wild card, though. Some nights it's nice and quiet with a lot of friendly drinkers enjoying each other's company, and some nights it's Late-20's Blast Mid-90's Alternative Rock on the Jukebox and Try to Get Laid Night. It's mostly pleasant, though. The food is definitely on the wrong side of tasty; I would recommend avoiding it.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

A decent bar two blocks away from a much better bar (Grace). The atmosphere here is lacking. A bunch of yuppies trying to impress girls with their knowledge of beer, or so it seems. The quality of the brews was good, but the quality of service was not the best. We got served pretty quickly, but you could tell they just did not care. Selection is nice with 20 or so micro bottles (bells double cream stout and new holland dragons milk were our choices). Food looked good, but I did not try any. A decent place, but not the best. Not my thing either.

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Photo of nomad
4.15/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Don't let the numbers fool you, this is the bar I love to frequent most often --- Nice area, nice bar, nice selection. On the area, its far enough from Rittenhouse but not too far, and west enough of Broad but not yet in the Schuylkill. On the bar, its got an impressive amount of room to sit or stand. Its laid out more like a restaurant than a bar. Word to the wise, don't stay near the door if you're standing, instead maneuver to your left and catch my Red Sox losing on the tv, plus that side of the bar is easier to get a drink from. Pool table, dart board, and big tables in the back right for large groups, too. Me and the little lady will be there lots... nuff said.

UPDATE 1/04 - Beer selection has much improved since opening, this beer is coming along quite well for being less than a year old. Regulars are Stone, Anderson Valley, Rogue, Smuttynose, Yards, Flying Fish, Left Hand, Chimay, Corsendonk, Delirium, and many more.

UPDATE 6/04 - Summer selection now includes Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' IPA, New Holland Mad Hatter IPA, Magic Hat #9, Lucifer, Victory Hop Devil and a few new pilseners in bottles. Great seasonal rotation with a solid set of staples.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Ten Stone is an interesting, nicely decorated, and clean bar/restaurant. It's walls are painted in warm earth tones of orange/peach and muted yellow, and it's many windows are adorned by bonsai and other plants. In the center of the room just as you enter is a large peninsula bar with a unique, see-through back bar that looks into a small area on the other side between their "dining room" dining room and the kitchen. The dining/drinking area by the bar is a bit more casual, but just as comfortable, and features bench seating along the walls. To round things out local art works adorn the walls, as well as "homey" wreaths and a display of antique ladels that serve as candle holders at night. Noveau French Provincial??? Maybe; just ignore the cream colored popcorn ceiling! But seriously, the bathroom is really nice. All of the other traditional bar entertainments are intact with several small TV's around the bar and a digital jukebox that's actually backed up by a pretty good sound system. The food is good, and it has a few interesting twists to it although they're keeping it basic with appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps. They're still working out the kinks on some of it, but I think they'll have it all under control soon. At least they care!!! Almost all of their menu items fall into the $6 to $8 range, and they offer several specials daily. It's a neighborhood bar, and as such there's some good conversation to be had. And the beer can certainly help with that! There are 15 taps without a looser in the bunch. Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe Brown make up one tower; and Yuengling, Tuppers Hop Pocket, Victory Golden Monkey, Heavyweight Lunacy, La Chouffe, Bass, Guinness, Boddington's, Flying Fish, Rogue, Dogfish Head and Woodchuck cider make up the rest. A small, but select group of bottles add to the list with Bell's Double Cream Stout and Stone's Arrogant Bastard as recent stand-outs. It's certainly worth a stop if you find yourself in the area!

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Photo of jrancan
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Hopefully, Ten Stone is the prototype for the new neighborhood bar. Along with The Royal Tavern on 9th, it seems to draw a local, young, crowd but also has a good beer selection. I remember when the most popular places had nothing but crap on tap, but IMO that seems to be changing.
Great looking place with a separate room with fireplace, dartboard, and pool table.
Maybe a dozen on tap, with Chimay being the big name, but also some good ones from Rogue, Victory, Yards. I don't remember much about the bottled selection, but I get the feeling it wasn't great.
Out of the way, compared to the normal bar crawl (I guess), it's definitely worth a night out.

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Ten Stone in Philadelphia, PA
Place rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 18 ratings
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