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Taps: 13 / Bottles: 46
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
263 S 15th St
phone: (215) 545-4101
(Place added by: Jacobite on 11-19-2007)
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vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
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: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
My first trip to Jose Pistola's was a mixed bag...
A - Dark... Brick walls... Odd mix of music... Nothing to write home about...
Ser - Unfortunately I only have this one visit to go by and unfortunately the service was severely lacking... It took a while to get any attention in a near dead upstairs dining area... Once we were noticed, we needed to wait for the both the bartender and the waiter to finish noodling on their I-phones before they poured our drinks and brought them over...
Sel - I have no qualms about the beer selections... 10-12 tap of quality craft brews and an additional bottle list... I had no problem finding items I hadn't tried...
F - Absolutely the best burrito I have ever had... A wonderful mix of pork and grilled pineapple wrapped tight and slight toasted on one side... It was a challenge to narrow the menu down to only one item for dinner and I would gladly go back and further explore the food options...
V - My Center City Philadlephia standards this place is a steal... $5 quality craft beers and $8 gourmet burritos... Can't beat it...
I'd be willing to give Jose's another chance in the future and I hope tonight's service experience was an exception and not the rule...
01-06-2010 03:43:17 |
More by philbe311
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Hey we walked in on a Friday night at 10pm, and although the upstairs was fairly crowded and the downstairs bar was full, there was still plenty or elbow room downstairs. Had a Nugget Nectar from the upstairs bar and a Stone Imperial Russian Stout from the downstairs.
The Flyers loving bartender did not take kindly to some pro-Penguins chatter which was a little odd. Sports is all about that no?
Still, a great place to visit or even to frequent. The crowd is pretty normal people, no hipsters or metro-sexuals anyway. Just working class people looking to unwind after a long week.
04-09-2009 18:27:08 |
More by ZimZamZoom
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Friday night, beat the crowds for an early dinner. Ksak in tow, along with Bill, Pat, and the Sarahs.
Atmosphere: Dark, and the early evenings don't help much. Downstairs is a bar and seating area, up the long staircase another bar. Heads are up even higher.
Quality: I went in search of Sucks and missed it by just a few. Too bad. Service was acceptable and I liked my dinner.
Service: Stopped by regularly, scoffed a bit at rearranging tables but we made everything work out. Must be a small kitchen, dinner took a while.
Selection: A good tap selection. I was intrigued by Mean Old Tom and Yards Love Stout. In addition, Allagash, Founders and Left Hand were featured, along with a cider. Good to better listwise.
Food: This is where I was sold. The sunrise burrito, spicy with chorizo and buffeted by light eggs was an inspired choice.
A good place, not as crowded earlier in the evening, that I wouldn't mind coming back to.
12-17-2011 13:53:56 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in during my visit to Philly.
It is your typical mexican joint, except a bit cleaner. Nothing really great about the appearance but as I said most Mexican joint I hit up are a bit dirtier.
They have several beers on draft which seem to hit the popular styles. Noting exceptional, but they did have quality local offerings.
The bartender Adam, knew his beer, and seems passionate about bringing good thing in. He is a cool guy who was fun to hang out and talk to.
I went back in the evening for food was impressed. The burrito was good, the nachos awesome.
Overall beer is well priced as is the food for what you get. If you come to this place looking for good food you will be happy. The solid beer lineup is just a bonus.
Good not great, that being said, check it out.
12-03-2009 00:44:16 |
More by tpd975
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I went to J.P.'s for the first time on Friday night. As reported by others, the beer list is extremely good. I was especially surprised and pleased to see a cask beer available (Nodding Head BPA-- it was fantastic). The food was very good. The menu is basic, which is fine with me. The portions are small, but the prices are reasonable, so that's fine with me too. I suspect that most nights the atmosphere is fine, albeit a bit sterile. But when I was there, the crowd was obnoxious. Loud and fratty. Combine that with the lousy top 40 music that was playing, and despite the excellent food and beer I couldn't wait to finish my meal and head next door to McGlinchey's. I'll go back, but only on a weeknight when I'm particularly craving a fine cask beer and Mexican food.
02-17-2008 22:37:50 |
More by Shammgod
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A- Has a good, typical bar feel. Nothing too distinguishing, but not dirty and I like the high ceilings at the main bar.
Q- The tap lines are very clean. I have been there on more than one occasion where the bar tender was managing the taps and running a full clean on a line that just tapped. It's reassuring to see this as a lot of bars that now boast craft beer selections fail to do so, or even if they clean them, they will run an IPA right after a stout which is noticeable for the initial pours if you're unlucky.
S- The bartender who has been there all 5-7 times I have been there is really helpful and fairly knowledgeable. He's always game to talk about specific beers on tap, random beers than one of us might have recently sampled and all sorts of beer geek stuff. Very attentive staff overall.
S- The tap list is usually pretty decent (I believe there are 10 or so.) Haven't seen anything great or crazy on there, but they definitely boast a solid selection of regional micros. Bottle list is pretty solid for a bar that doesn't focus solely on beer as their main draw. They also get firkins occasionally (I had Nugget Nectar there) which is always great to see.
F- Great food. Tex-mex menu. Phenomenal nachos (seriously some of the best I've ever had) and solid burritos and wings.
V- Pretty decent tap prices, can't comment on the bottle prices as I have no experience. The food is also priced averaged-priced.
11-18-2009 03:50:39 |
More by mbudner
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5 | $$
We stopped by here for some beers and late night burritos. We sat at the tables in the back of the first floor. Upstairs on the second floor there was a second bar and a live band playing.
Beer selection was pretty solid, with a diverse selection of American craft beer plus a Belgian or two. Server was friendly and managed to memorize our group's entire order.
Burritos were simply amazing, I had the spicy pork and to date it's the best burrito I've ever had. Definitely will be heading back here.
09-24-2013 19:55:48 |
More by jmdrpi
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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 | 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
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Jose Pistola's in Philadelphia, PA
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