Taps: 13 / Bottles: 46
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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4/5 rDev -3.4%
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
4.14/5 rDev 0%
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
3.73/5 rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Friday night, beat the crowds for an early dinner. Ksak in tow, along with Bill, Pat, and the Sarahs.
Atmosphere: Dark, and the early evenings don't help much. Downstairs is a bar and seating area, up the long staircase another bar. Heads are up even higher.
Quality: I went in search of Sucks and missed it by just a few. Too bad. Service was acceptable and I liked my dinner.
Service: Stopped by regularly, scoffed a bit at rearranging tables but we made everything work out. Must be a small kitchen, dinner took a while.
Selection: A good tap selection. I was intrigued by Mean Old Tom and Yards Love Stout. In addition, Allagash, Founders and Left Hand were featured, along with a cider. Good to better listwise.
Food: This is where I was sold. The sunrise burrito, spicy with chorizo and buffeted by light eggs was an inspired choice.
A good place, not as crowded earlier in the evening, that I wouldn't mind coming back to.
12-17-2011 13:53:56 | More by akorsak
3.25/5 rDev -21.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
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
4.13/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
A new member of the Center City bar scene, and giving previous reviews, Jose seems to be hitting it off just fine. Located on the bar-laden 15th Street - and across the street and a few doors down from Good Dog (See Review), Jose Pistola's is a popular, multi-storied establishment with a large bar upon entry; it is a bar with about a dozen taps - not impressive for "America's Best Beer Drinking City, but impressive for a Tex-Mex restaurant.
Of course, the food is pretty decent, especially the burrito. I would have liked just a few spoonfuls more of rice, but people are starving in China ...
There is one annoying factor: one must climb two flights to use the facilities. So, if this is an issue, you should eat/dine on the third floor.
03-20-2008 22:37:59 | More by jjboesen
4.3/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here during a recent visit to Philly.
Atmosphere is very old school. Exposed brick lines the walls and a long bar takes up half the width of the bar. A jukebox sits along the right side and tables are in the back. Upstairs there is a good deal of room with additional tables, and even one more floor up are the bathrooms. A good deal of glassware and old bottles sit behind the bar.
Quality is good. All beer is served in proper glassware and some beers even have specific glassware, such as Yard's Love Stout. The temperature is appropriate and head levels are just right.
Service is very good. The bartender and I discussed a couple of beers and it was evident he had a good deal of knowledge about what he was doing. I never had to wait long to order a drink and the food came out quickly.
Selection is also very good. There's a good cross-section of styles on-tap, mixing up locals, the west coast's finest, and a few imports from the continent.
Food is solid. I ordered chicken tacos and was surprised at how robust they were. They weren't exceptional but they're good enough that I'd consider coming back just for the food.
Value is good. I had lunch and a few drinks for a reasonable price, nothing more and nothing less than elsewhere in the city.
Overall this was my first stop in Center City and it didn't disappoint. It wasn't quite my favorite place in town (Monk's followed closely by Varga) but it's somewhere I'd certainly consider visiting again. Worth a stop.
10-27-2010 00:52:42 | More by glid02
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
My first stop in Philly, we went in for lunch since it was close to where we were staying. And we were craving Mexican food.
Dark, with a small bar up front, good music playing, and a bigger seating area towards the back.
Quality was good, nothing but excellent beers were on draft here. I had a Centennial IPA from Founders which was tasty, and seemed fresh and cared for.
Service was good, the guy tending bar was friendly and speedy.
Selection was good, I believe 15 taps, lots of variety, the cask looked like it was off. I don't recall what the bottle list was like.
Food was surprisingly good. I tend to have lower expectations when I eat Mexican food so far from California, but this was pretty solid.
Prices were good for food, a bit high for beers though.
Overall a good place for food and beers in Philly.
09-28-2012 03:45:47 | More by flexabull
4.06/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Located in the center city area of Philly is Jose Pistolas.
After attending a 76ers game recently, I stopped in to check the place out. The first floor was fairly boisterous on a Saturday night shortly after midnight, so I made my way upstairs where it was still crowded, but some space was available at the bar. There was an exposed brick wall along with a good height to the ceiling and the music of The Pharcyde filled the air, which is fine by me.
The beer selection was solid, with a handful of PA area beers represented along with a couple nice selections from abroad. I had the Les Bons Voeux poured by a friendly bartender. I did not sample any food, as mentioned in earlier posts it is mexican, looked good. All in all, a solid thumbs up for Jose Pistolas.
01-21-2010 00:39:00 | More by mltobin
4.45/5 rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Belgium and Mexico, together at last!
The bar right in the door always seems crowded, lending a little claustrophobia to one's initial impressions, but once past the bar, there's a seating area in the back. The tables seem a little tight and just on the verge of being too much, but it works out fine. Up the stairs is another bar and more seating beneath a flat screen hooked up to a wii. There are wii bowling leagues here I hear. Up the stairs again will take you to the restrooms. Follow the stairs down and keep going and you'll come out a door in the original first floor seating area. The decor is mostly brick and mirrors. Not too much going on here, but it's bright, clean and welcoming.
The beer here is impressive. I've got in my notes here a bunch of beers that were on four months ago, so I won't post them, but they fairly represent SEPA and Belgium. But then at the bottom of the list, there's Guinness. Hmmm... The bottle list has about 90 offerings; all of them quality brews. Someone here's tracking when it comes to beer.
The food has been stellar each time I've been. From the "Caseydilla" to the wings, nachos and others, everything has been nothing but classy. Although the menu is small, everything I have tried has been impressive.
Service has been good too. I've never gotten any confusion over a beer and the servers seem to carry an air of professionalism. The bar tender too was quick, perceptive and seemed legitimately interested in our well being. Nice.
JP's is an awesome addition to Philly's beer scene and one that I hope to spend more time in.
04-24-2008 00:26:04 | More by DarkerTheBetter
4.05/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went here after a stop at Monk's cafe, been meaning to stop here for a bit.
Jose's is smack dab in the center of the city, not really but it's in there. Walking in im greeted by a bar to the left, some seating towards the back, a flight of steps leading to another bar with more seating than the downstairs one, leading to more steps that go to the bathrooms. The tender said that the sobriety test is if you make it to the bathrooms and back, you get another drink, I passed. A nice place that's homey and hip at the same time. Some beer signs on the wall, mini kegs of Oberon behind the bar and some nice glassware. They even have the new Duvel glasses that i really need to snag with the quickness. Service was there when I needed it, which was on a monday afternoon, so it was dead, but Im sold, good service. The beer tasted nice off the tap. I had a Weyerbacher Mike and some Blind Pig. The fish Tacos were top notch as well as some other type taco's that I forget what they included. Great tasting food. A very nice bottle list with some nice offerings on tap. Im coming back for the fish taco's and i'm staying for the beer, in the future.
11-02-2010 05:05:48 | More by BARFLYB
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Jose Pistola's in Philadelphia, PA
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