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Taps: 13 / Bottles: 46
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
263 S 15th St
phone: (215) 545-4101
(Place added by: Jacobite on 11-19-2007)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Let me begin by saying WOW! It was my first time there tonight and it totally blew my mind! A friend from work has been telling me about this place for about a week or two now, so I finally gave in to go with him for some drinks after work. We sat at the upstairs bar and had the best bartender you could ever ask for, his name, Casey. He is part owner of the establishment. Let me tell you, this man knows his shit! You want to talk beer, he knows it. Beers paired tremendously with their corresponding glasses, great suggestions, and help with beer that I have never even heard of before. He had the best grasp on beer that I have ever heard. I tried 3 new beers that I have never even had before. Put it this way they had St. Bernardus abt 12 on TAP on Tap, as well as Cantillion Gueuze and Sly fox oatmeal stout. Amazing!! They serve Mexican food to accompany the great beer selection and the food is pretty damn good as well. I just can't get over the tap selection. They are truly on their way to becoming one of the better beer bars in Philadelphia. Hats off to Pistolas. Here is to many more years to come! You can't go wrong with this bar. If you are ever in Philly check it out!
02-14-2008 03:13:09 |
More by ROMER79
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Last night was the third time i've been to Jose Pistolas. Every time I have been there has been a blast. I'll start by saying that mexican food and beer are my two favorite things in life, put them together and i have a new favorite bar. If you enjoy mexican cuisine, like myself, then you will love their food. Try their spicy chicken soup it is delicious. Their service is great and the bartenders are very knowledgeable and friendly. They carry about 85 bottles or so mostly consisting of imports and have about 12 or so taps i believe, and a cask which I'm not sure how frequently is used. I have had St. Bernardus 12, Bell's Two Hearted IPA,Bear Republic Red Rocket, Dogfish Raison D'Etre, Cantillon Kriek and others on tap here. Like a few other posters have stated, I think the only bad thing about the place is that you have to walk three flights of stairs to take a leak, but it's a small price to pay for a nice place to hang out and have fun in.
02-09-2008 23:55:47 |
More by countmeoutt
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I have been to Jose Pistolas three times, and what I like the most about the place, is that the daytime/early evening bartender downstairs [Adam], is a very friendly beer geek and knows good beer and loves to talk about beer and music just as much as me. If you get him you'll be set. Their tap list is very well picked, and leans towards Belgians. There is an internet jukebox downstairs and no TV's [They are upstairs].
The food is pretty good, mexican fare [duh]. There could be small improvements made with the menu, but its solid for the most part. I've had the chicken nachos every time I come here. I've had a Corsendenk pale and Stouts pils on tap and both were very good.
11-24-2007 23:16:52 |
More by roan22
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The decor was great, a typical narrow Philly bar with bright decoration on teh downstairs floor with a bar and seating area. Upstairs there was almost a sports bar feel with another bar and flat screens and some high top seating.
The theme is one that combines my two favorite foods (beer and burritos). The burrito I had was very solid and I would absolutely go back for the simple, but well prepared food.
The bartender knew his beer and was on top of everything and they had a selection that can hang with many of Philly's best.
01-19-2008 21:30:23 |
More by NolanGTI
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
A friend and I walked in here after a recommendation from the bartender at Monks on where to get late night food (we'd already eaten at Monks earlier in the evening).
A narrow, comfortably cramped bar on the first floor means you get to know your neighbors quickly and it seemed many of the people in the bar knew each other already. Music seemed great and lighting was not too dim but bright enough for a midnight visit.
We were waited on by Casey (Best Bartender in Philly according to the plaque) who knew quite a bit about the beers and was quick to let us know which items on the draft menu had kicked and what had replaced them. Joe and I stuck to getting beers we can't get our hands on in Rochester, Beers were served in appropriate glasses and we had plenty of time to allow some of them to get up to temp.
Selection was varied and featured some local fare ($3 Sly Fox Cans during football and Phillies games), solid imports and other American craft.
My only disappointment was the food. I had the Carnitas (Pork) Tacos which seemed to be boiled pork chunks on a corn tortilla with no vegetables or dressings on them. Still, they tasted alright, came out fast, and the service was impeccable.
I would definitely recommend visiting this place to friends.
09-17-2009 14:03:55 |
More by Caesar024
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Belgium and Mexico, together at last!
The bar right in the door always seems crowded, lending a little claustrophobia to one's initial impressions, but once past the bar, there's a seating area in the back. The tables seem a little tight and just on the verge of being too much, but it works out fine. Up the stairs is another bar and more seating beneath a flat screen hooked up to a wii. There are wii bowling leagues here I hear. Up the stairs again will take you to the restrooms. Follow the stairs down and keep going and you'll come out a door in the original first floor seating area. The decor is mostly brick and mirrors. Not too much going on here, but it's bright, clean and welcoming.
The beer here is impressive. I've got in my notes here a bunch of beers that were on four months ago, so I won't post them, but they fairly represent SEPA and Belgium. But then at the bottom of the list, there's Guinness. Hmmm... The bottle list has about 90 offerings; all of them quality brews. Someone here's tracking when it comes to beer.
The food has been stellar each time I've been. From the "Caseydilla" to the wings, nachos and others, everything has been nothing but classy. Although the menu is small, everything I have tried has been impressive.
Service has been good too. I've never gotten any confusion over a beer and the servers seem to carry an air of professionalism. The bar tender too was quick, perceptive and seemed legitimately interested in our well being. Nice.
JP's is an awesome addition to Philly's beer scene and one that I hope to spend more time in.
04-24-2008 00:26:04 |
More by DarkerTheBetter
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Jose Pistolas has become my go to bar over the past year or so. Always a good place to go and watch whatever game is on, or just to hang out and grab a bite to eat and some drinks with friends. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and quick to pour a sample if they can't answer your questions about a particular beer on tap.
The food is good and always comes in a large filling portion, good for soaking up all the beer. I would suggest anything made with the pork, as those tend to me my favorites. The beer selections is usually 12 drafts mixing in locals and non-regional stuff. Recommended
03-25-2009 14:23:02 |
More by andypantz13
District of Columbia
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Not much atmosphere here, but that's what I want sometimes - good beer, good food, no mess. Tell you the truth, I dream about places like this, and I wish there was one in DC. The food is really good. Neo-American SW/Tex-Mex/Mex. Everything seems to be made in house or just of very good quality, and it is done very well. My favorite kind of beer food. Knowledgeable and experienced staff. Not huge, but well-thought out beer menu. Local stuff, popular (beer nerd popular that is) stuff and some hard to find stuff. Well-priced. Best of all, we stumbled upon it by accident when the friends that we were with who are indifferent about their beer thought that "that mexican joint we walked by" looked good and suggested we go in. I think this place sets the bar much higher for this type of dining/barring, and I will be back for sure.
06-30-2010 12:12:32 |
More by timtim
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I really liked this place, it was my 2nd stop on my monthly pub crawl I like to do in Philly. I loved the pork empanadas, and they had Bell's Two Hearted IPA on tap, which I had never had that way before.
The bartender downstairs was awesome, and she pointed out a few things they had that I had tried before, ie the Kastel Kriek.
For a while I was the only one at the bar, so I got to have a nice long conversation about beer and the Beatles. The only drag is the two mile hike to the bathroom. All in all a very nice place, one that I shall have to stop into again.
01-21-2008 23:04:31 |
More by BeerDetective
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Hmmm...Mexican food and good beer. That sounds intriguing, but not exactly the first combo I'd think of. Stopped in here on a Sunday night while in town for a conference. Got there around 5 and there were a few people at the downstairs bar but no one at the downstairs tables...except me. There are 2 levels with a bar that seats about 10-12 on each, with 8 tables or so on each level, as well. Only shitty thing is that the pisser was on the 3rd floor which sucked.
The chalkboard indicated 12 tap selections plus one on the hand pump but for just 13 handles I thought it was an outstanding selection and a great variety. Blanche de Bruxelles, Sly Fox O'Reily's Stout, Bell's Double Cream Stout, Chmay Tripel, Southmapton IPA, St Bernaruds (didn't specify which one), Sprecher Mai Bock, and more I can't remember. The hand pump selection was Sly Fox 113. Great variety for a small number of taps. Service was prompt and friendly, and the food was fantastic. I recommend the pork empanadas without reservation...they were amazing. I also had beef tacos which were pretty good, but did not hold a candle to the empanadas. Prices, on food in particular, were very reasonable. I definitely will visit this place again when I'm back in center city...and I recommend that you do too.
04-06-2008 23:17:09 |
More by number1bum
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