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Taps: 13 / Bottles: 46
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
263 S 15th St
phone: (215) 545-4101
(Place added by: Jacobite on 11-19-2007)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 40 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped by for a beer before dinner @ monks. Quickly found a seat at the bar. Exposed brick and dark wood. Great tap list, i mean they had de dolle stille nacht and dulle teve among others. Didn't have food so I can't speak to that. Service was quick and knowledgeable. Beer was served near proper temp in tulips (good). Only problem was that there was a television staring down at me. Maybe it's just me, but the flashing lights always try to draw me in.
Beers weren't cheap but then again they're big imports so it was fair.
Can't wait to go back and get some food next time.
03-12-2009 19:52:36 |
More by organicbrewer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Went to Jose's on Saturday for probably my 3rd visit over the past year. The location has some sentimental value for me since it is the site of the old Copa II which was my local bar in my dating-the-soon-to-be-Mrs.Skinny Elvis-days.
Atmosphere is cool but the stereo is too loud. Quality brews on tap (Bell's Two hearted, Hopslam, locals) and in the cold box. Service is consistently good. The food is above average but there are better Mexican restaurants around but they have shite beer. A bit expensive but that is the neighborhood. Recommended.
02-09-2009 03:15:57 |
More by SkinnyElvis
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
A unique Mexican restaurant/ beer bar in center city Philadelphia. They have a rotating selection of about ten drafts and a pretty good bottle list representing all styles and different countries. The food is average Mexican fare that is not too expensive but all of the beers are overpriced. For example a 10 ounce glass of Cantillon Pepe Lou Kriek is $13! All of the beers are at least a dollar more than equal or beeter beer bars in the area. On the top floor they have a Wii for patrons to use which is kind of cool but I think the Wii is a pretty shitty system. Walk another block and go to Moks.
11-26-2008 08:20:23 |
More by corby112
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Philadaytrip, just for the hell of it. Beer to go, okay, brewpub sampler, done, Blind Pig, yep, Pliny, check. A few hours in and some mid afternoon fogginess, um, yeah, it's time we get our snack on. You know, I've never cheesesteaked in this town, but Ed's talking about some Mexican joint with good beer. Now I'm thinking those two just sooo don't go together but I'm with hungry so let's go...
Downstairs bar seating above and an upstairs bar with seating, makes perfect sense, right? 12 seat "L" shaped bar on the ground floor lightly cactied, with a large framed center mirrored barback, shelved glassware of all sizes and shapes to both sides, and tiered booze on a wide shelf below. A dozen tap tower on the center of the bar, and the bottled selections displayed, lining the top of the unit guarded by a mounted steer head, are housed in coolers below the bar. Roughly 10 tables in raised room past the bar along the turn, turn, turn again staircase to the upper floor.
Backwards "G" shaped bar up there seats 15 surprisingly, and nearly a dozen candlelit tables about, 2's and 4's, and some pushed together to seat more. Taps on a tower on the bar and booze behind on the barback. Mostly beaten brick walls with blinded pull windows front and side, with some potted plants, and flatscreens on 3 walls and a small board with draft list. Wall mounted cylinder lamps, spots and strung Xmas lighting wrapped around piping above. Bathrooms strangely located up a rear stairwell decorated with brewery signage & placards on the walls. Hey, guess what breweries and distributors? They hang your costly signage in a back stairwell near the pissah. Oh, I hope I didn't get anybody in trouble.
Currently, 11 taps on, 7 local/regionals (Sly Fox Ichor, Yards Philly Pale Ale, Sly Fox O'Reilly's Stout, DogFishHead Indian Brown Ale, Clipper City Octoberfest, Flying Fish Octoberfest, Sam Octoberfest), and 4 imports (Blanche Du Bruxelles, Dinkel Acker Pils, Paulaner Octoberfest, Spaten Octoberfest). I'm wondering if they just did an Octoberfest event or what 'cause they've got a whole lot of Octo goin' on, nearly ½ the tap list, that may just be a bit overkill. Just a bit. I drank DogFishHead Indian Brown Ale 'cause I do.
+ a bottled list of 5 dozen +, nearly ½ of them Belgians (Cantillon Rose, Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze, Saison DuPont, Orval, Duchesse De Bourgogne, Delirium Tremens, Gouden Carolus, Maredsous, Petrus Pale Ale, Piraat, Duvel, Achel, Rochefort 8, Tripel Karmeliet, Caracole Troublette, Westmalle Double, a pair each from Corsendonk, De Dolle, Kasteel, Lindemans and three offerings each from Boon & Chimay). The remainder is a split, 15 US micros (Victory, Philadelphia Brewing, DogFishHead, Anchor, Stone, Sierra Nevada, Avery, North Coast), and then 8 Germs, 3 English, 6 Canadian, and a single French offering.
I had the spicy chicken & rice soup (tomato based, very good) and 2 chicken tacos (didn't suck). Ed wasn't crazy about his meal, but was good enough to wait for us to leave before bitching about it accordingly. Heather however, was cool with her food and more so that she kept getting refills on her iced tea (we need to keep Heather happy). Service was fine, and it was nicely quiet & comfortable this Saturday afternoon. A most unusual beer selection for a Mexican joint. Fonteinen & fajitas, go figure.
10-28-2008 05:39:18 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Wow. A great addition to the Philly beer scene. And if you go here on the right night, you can hang out with Nate or Dan (fellow former Foodery veterans) and talk beer. A great selection of local draughts and Belgians, plus comfort food, all in an attractive, non-pretentious atmosphere. The upstairs has another bar, which has a different set of draughts.
I noticed Sly Fox, Victory, Weyerbacher, Chouffe, and a few other locals and high Quality Belgian selections.
Great place to stop if Monk's is having an off night.
09-23-2008 08:28:34 |
More by DaveHS
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped in after discovering this place here on BA. I was impressed as soon as I walked in. They had a vibrant crowd, exposed brick walls and a very relaxed atmosphere. There are three floors and all are worth exploring. The rest rooms are up on the third which could be a downside but I think it gives people a reason to see the whole place.
They had what appeared to be 10-15 beers on tap and lots of bottles. The selection was pretty good. We had a Hercules DIPA and a Bell's Oberon (both on tap). We got to talking to Casey, one of the owners. He was clearly passionate about beer and very involved in the place.
I'd really like to go back and have dinner one night. They serve Mexican food and based on the plates I saw go by, it looked fantastic.
This is a nice, new addition to the Philly beer scene. Check it out.
05-02-2008 11:20:06 |
More by GJ40
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Belgium and Mexico, together at last!
The bar right in the door always seems crowded, lending a little claustrophobia to one's initial impressions, but once past the bar, there's a seating area in the back. The tables seem a little tight and just on the verge of being too much, but it works out fine. Up the stairs is another bar and more seating beneath a flat screen hooked up to a wii. There are wii bowling leagues here I hear. Up the stairs again will take you to the restrooms. Follow the stairs down and keep going and you'll come out a door in the original first floor seating area. The decor is mostly brick and mirrors. Not too much going on here, but it's bright, clean and welcoming.
The beer here is impressive. I've got in my notes here a bunch of beers that were on four months ago, so I won't post them, but they fairly represent SEPA and Belgium. But then at the bottom of the list, there's Guinness. Hmmm... The bottle list has about 90 offerings; all of them quality brews. Someone here's tracking when it comes to beer.
The food has been stellar each time I've been. From the "Caseydilla" to the wings, nachos and others, everything has been nothing but classy. Although the menu is small, everything I have tried has been impressive.
Service has been good too. I've never gotten any confusion over a beer and the servers seem to carry an air of professionalism. The bar tender too was quick, perceptive and seemed legitimately interested in our well being. Nice.
JP's is an awesome addition to Philly's beer scene and one that I hope to spend more time in.
04-24-2008 00:26:04 |
More by DarkerTheBetter
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
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
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Just stopped by last night for a couple beers and some food. First, I was amazed that we were able to walk right in and get a table at 9.00 PM on a Friday. The place is very homey with nice brick walls and wood floors. There are two bars one upstairs and one downstairs.
Both had quality beers on tap and plenty of bottles stocked behind the bar. I had Southhampton IPA, Stoudts Big Boy Pilsner, and St. Bernardus Abt. 12. All served in proper glassware. There were about 20 things on tap and 50 or so bottles.
The food was very good. Since moving to Philly I have yet to have a good Mexican dinner. While not authentic, Jose Pistolas serves very tasty food. I had their nachos expecting very little, I was pleasantly surprised. They were very unique and well composed, not just cheese on chips. The refried black beans that topped the chips were so flavorful.
Definately coming back here. Especially if Monk's is packed and I feeling like something spicy.
04-05-2008 16:05:35 |
More by bosco7
Jose Pistola's in Philadelphia, PA
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