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Taps: 13 / Bottles: 46
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
263 S 15th St
phone: (215) 545-4101
(Place added by: Jacobite on 11-19-2007)
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
A new member of the Center City bar scene, and giving previous reviews, Jose seems to be hitting it off just fine. Located on the bar-laden 15th Street - and across the street and a few doors down from Good Dog (See Review), Jose Pistola's is a popular, multi-storied establishment with a large bar upon entry; it is a bar with about a dozen taps - not impressive for "America's Best Beer Drinking City, but impressive for a Tex-Mex restaurant.
Of course, the food is pretty decent, especially the burrito. I would have liked just a few spoonfuls more of rice, but people are starving in China ...
There is one annoying factor: one must climb two flights to use the facilities. So, if this is an issue, you should eat/dine on the third floor.
03-20-2008 22:37:59 |
More by jjboesen
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I went to J.P.'s for the first time on Friday night. As reported by others, the beer list is extremely good. I was especially surprised and pleased to see a cask beer available (Nodding Head BPA-- it was fantastic). The food was very good. The menu is basic, which is fine with me. The portions are small, but the prices are reasonable, so that's fine with me too. I suspect that most nights the atmosphere is fine, albeit a bit sterile. But when I was there, the crowd was obnoxious. Loud and fratty. Combine that with the lousy top 40 music that was playing, and despite the excellent food and beer I couldn't wait to finish my meal and head next door to McGlinchey's. I'll go back, but only on a weeknight when I'm particularly craving a fine cask beer and Mexican food.
02-17-2008 22:37:50 |
More by Shammgod
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped in yesterday evening for a pint and a burrito (had a huge craving... for both.)
Walked in and the downstairs bar was pretty much occupied so i ventured upstairs... The downstairs, though is nicely decorated and has a good amount of room with tables and all. Cool decorations, too. The upstairs bar was less crowded.
Service was great, friendly guy behind the bar who gave me his two cents on what to get from the menu. Ended up getting a veggie burrito, which i doused in habanero sauce, super spicy! Really quality burrito, though... well made. I was enjoying a nice pint of Avery New World Porter, complimented the spiciness beautifully. After that I moved on to some Two Hearted.
If you're ever in the mood for a nice beer and some Mexican food, check this place out.
02-11-2008 00:29:01 |
More by ajr24
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Atmosphere: Quaint. A nice multi-level place. We sat on the ground level bar to enjoy a few beers on a Sunday afternoon. My only complaint is the bathroom. I had to hike up three floors to find it.
Quality: Great. The beer was fresh and I noticed no sign of uncleaned lines.
Service: Service this day was top-notch. The woman behind the bar was attentive to us and even was nice enough to chat with us and look for particular bottles for us.
Selection: Very nice. Great draft selection and a decent bottle selection.
Food: We didn't eat there but the food coming out of the kitchen looked great.
Prices: The priceses were par for Center City.
01-23-2008 14:56:52 |
More by mymrnngjckt
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The decor was great, a typical narrow Philly bar with bright decoration on teh downstairs floor with a bar and seating area. Upstairs there was almost a sports bar feel with another bar and flat screens and some high top seating.
The theme is one that combines my two favorite foods (beer and burritos). The burrito I had was very solid and I would absolutely go back for the simple, but well prepared food.
The bartender knew his beer and was on top of everything and they had a selection that can hang with many of Philly's best.
01-19-2008 21:30:23 |
More by NolanGTI
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
2/10/08 UPDATE: Looking back on my review I'm perturbed at myself. Who am I kidding? I love this place. The rotation of the taps is awesome, every time I step in here (at least once a week lately - ya I know I know), there's a few new exciting things on tap. I can't wait for the Avery Dinner during beer week. It's been some time since I had the food, but every time somebody next to me orders a dish, it smells great. If you are looking for a smack dap middle of Center City bar, you have a handful of great choices... and this should be right at the top of your list...
I've been to Jose Pistolas 4 times or so - overall its a very welcome addition to the neighborhood. I still think the combo of mex food and belgian based beer selection is strange, but on the other hand I've enjoyed both together at Jose's, so it must not bother me too much. I get the feeling the ownership wants to establish their individuality, through the food and unique beer choices.
Some good rotation on the ~8 taps, last time I remember seeing several Belgian noels. My first visit I enjoyed a Russian River (Benediction?), a brewery I've never seen out East. The chiller has a wide selection of artisanal imports incl St Bernardus, Saison Dupont, etc.
The bartender is extremely friendly and knowledgeable... its never been too busy and I've had the chance to chat with him about beer for some time.
Food is better than average Mex, which I happen to enjoy. Again though, not sure exactly how to feel about the choice of cuisine at this beer-first bar.
Atmosphere is clean (much more so than former Copacabana) and modernish.
A fun stop if you're in the neighborhood. You might very well find a beer on tap that even neighboring Monk's won't have. Cheers!
12-01-2007 22:19:47 |
More by Philabeerphia
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
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