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Taps: 12 / Bottles: 127
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2331 E Cumberland St
phone: (215) 425-4460
(Place added by: carlosd74 on 06-01-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I have been to MT a handful of times now and with each visit my desire to have this place as "my local" grows greater and greater.
A "typical" small corner bar in a residencial neighborhood. Inside a fairly nice sized bar greats you with tables along the wall. In the back is a proper dining area with a mix of tables and booths. All in all the place feels larger than it looks.
Service gets better and better with each visit. Here is an example from the past weekend. Brandon, the owner, knew my name before I told him...due to our interactions with his wife Leigh of Local 44...how cool is that! Then...a hole opens up on the taps, he asks US if we would like to have the Double Dorado that we inquired about earlier to go on?! Hell Yeah we would, thanks for asking! The servers and tenders have been quick and friendly too.
Eleven taps with constant rotation...all good to great and NO crap, plus a hand-pull. Pretty damn solid if you ask me.
The food we have ordered has been good. Last time we had apps that included empenadas and fried okra. Both were done proper and were very tasty.
Prices are what one would expect for Philly...maybe even a bit on the "cheap" side for some things.
All in all I really love MT. Along with Local 44 Brandon and Leigh are building a mighty duo of local, friendly and desirable neighborhood hangouts. I know they work hard for what they are providing, I wish them the best of luck
03-12-2009 08:29:35 |
More by Deuane
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I visited this establishment during Philly Beer Week, 2011. It was completely packed upon arrival, which was fine, considering the circumstances. Definitely a good vibe; a laid-back neighborhood feel with the obvious specialty in beer.
Appropriate glassware was used for every beer. Draughts were poured at a nice temperature. And, of course, the quality of beer was impeccable.
Despite the fact that this bar was packed, and the fact that there was only one bartender to 40-some-odd patrons, the service was fantastic. Once the crowd thinned-out into the night, the bartender even came out from behind the bar to pour bottles for us tableside.
Not a great number of taps, but the selection available on those taps was incredible... and the bottle list, while also not very lengthy, was just PACKED with gems. Arguably the best selection in Philly.
A bit pricey, but the service and selection make it worth the while- most definitely.
06-07-2011 02:29:09 |
More by jgasparine
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I finally got down here as part of the English Premier League Season 2008 kick-off weekend promotion. This review is long overdue seeing as I requested The Alstrom Bros. add them to the site.
The place is easy to get to from Exit 25 off I-95. It is in Kensington but straddles the border with Fishtown. Don't let the fact it is in Kenso keep you away. This side of Kenso never was that bad and if you want proof that the place is on the ascent...just look at the rent/mortgages on Realtor.com for the 19125 zip code. The website has directions and maps. Speaking of websites, it is a very detailed site. Whoever runs it does a great job because it is visually pleasing and it is just organized. The drafts and bottles are listed.
The place has 11 taps including 1 handpump that featured Hop Wallop. The Bottle list is on the rightside of the bar; the Draft is to the left. Of course it has a full bar and a solid wine list. no its not Tria but it is beats out the likes of Monk's. Some of the drafts were: Walt Wit, Original Sin Cider, London's Pride, SN Anniversary Ale(but Southern Hemi was just behind it),Sly Fox Pikeland Pils, Ommegang Rare Vos, Stone Smoked Porter, Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale and Sly Fox Saison. Bottles were around 50 - 60 strong..running the gamet from Lionshead Light to Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen (smells like smoked bacon!). The only stinkers for the nonadventurous would be the High Life and Amstel Light. Drafts were all $4.
The service from Jessica was outstanding. Every thing I want out of a server. You can't miss her. She is a ginger and has many tattoos on her arms. Very attentive and knows her beers. She inspected each glass before using them. I mean she was holding them up to the light to ensure they didn't have a speck of hardwater stain! Plus she picked only good music off the bar's iPod. I never had to wait for her to ask me if I wanted another drink. She found time to chat. She even poured me an ounce of the aforementioned Rachbier from the wee bit that was lingering in an opened bottle. I think she knew the other punter rather well so it wasn't like she was just stiffing him on the last ounce.
The cost was descent. I got thre at 11:00 AM and didn't leave until 2:30. My Girlfriend and I ate and drank our faces off and the bill only came to $69.55! That's less than $20 an hour for pure utopia ($19.87 to be exact). Too bad my Manchester City (not UNITED!!!) club blew the match or else it would have been a perfect day.
Ohand the brunch menu rocked. It doesn't hurt to have a genuine Chef in your kitchen. What other Philly bar do you know that features Polish & Welsh cooking? My beef & onion pasties were great. Nothing frozen here folks. That pastry crust was light and flakey. My Girlfriend's eggs and hash were very good according to her....I have never eaten corned beef hash in my life. The coffee was solid and kept in a carafe as not to render the product ass-like from the heat and oxygen. Hey it was Sudnay at 11 AM and I needed to counter the beer. LOL. Shit even the water must have been filtered because I know Philly tap water's fine aroma all too well. Hey the little things do matter. Oh and the wings were done wel. The oil was peanut and it didn't taste like it was old oil. Plus the scallions were a nice addition as was the real blue cheese that seemed to have an added ingredient (Old bay?)...not sure but it was great. they were not greasy nor were they dripping in a hot sauce. Nice and crisp. Oh and I forgot the wasabi mayo that was under my Pasties was banging!
All I know is that Brendan is busting his ass to make this place awesome!!! That neighborhood deserve something this excellent. Kudos to Fishtown native Ken Correll and Nodding Head's Paula Decker for there $$$ in getting this place off to a great start. I have never seen a place get it so right out of the gate.
08-18-2008 22:11:23 |
More by carlosd74
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I remember when I first heard of this place and thought to check it out ASAP. well I never really got around to checking it out on my own accord, until I ended up moving down the street. so now it's my local go-to bar, and I love it. what a perfect neighborhood to live in when the Memphis Taproom is your local bar. I couldn't have worked this out more perfectly for myself.
I remember the first time I went looking for it, without really knowing the exact intersection, I couldn't find it. the steel sign hanging in front of the bar doesn't really stick out, and they don't have any of those obnoxious neon beer signs in the windows. and that is fine. for as long as the beer is good, I'm happy. and that it is.
inside the bar is small and comfy, with a few hightops off to the side. honestly, I still have not even so much as walked into the dining room. the decor is nice, nothing obnoxious. just enough to let you know that you're in a beer bar. there's a chalkboard on either side of the backbar, one telling you of all the drafts (including upcoming drafts) and the other side telling you about all the bottles that they have. prices are clearly marked, including whether it comes in a pint (by default) or a tulip glass.
all the bartenders are extremely knowledgeable, and I've had 4 different bartenders serve me in the many times I've been there. they are always willing to ask any beer geek question that I may throw in their direction. they seem genuinely happy to talk beer with their customers.
the beer selection is great. I love how they always try to have at least one beer of each style on tap, and no more than one of the same style. drafts are moderately priced, usually $4-5 a pint, sometimes more if it's a specialty beer that is served in a tulip glass. the bottled list is superb, and changes with the seasons (I'm excited to check out their new winter seasonals).
as a vegetarian, I couldn't be more pleased with the food. I've had all their vegetarian sandwiches, now I'm ready to move on to the entrees. what makes me really happy is that ALL of the sandwiches are $8, and entrees run between $12-14 or so. very reasonable.
I'm so glad that the Memphis Taproom is my local bar. there's a LOT of bars in this neighborhood, but most are dive bars with really bad beer selections.
11-13-2008 06:00:20 |
More by BeerZombie
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I had the chance to visit Memphis Tap Room with my fiancee when we met one of her High School friends.
The vibe is cool, casual and mellow -could be the time of day we were there, but I felt a relaxed atmosphere pervades the place. We were able to sit right down and get down to the business at hand. The gold walls and dark wood is inviting. They have a simple stylish silver tap with black handles. The beer selection is prominently displayed behind and above the bar with two chalkboards - one for draft and one for the large bottle selection.
The dining area is spacious for the size of the place and the bar area didn't seem crowded but wasn't huge.
The selection is excellent - I was very pleased to be able to taste Russian River's Temptation on tap, but they have many solid choices like Maredsous, Troegs, Duck Rabbit, Southampton, Philadelphia Brewing, Yards, Fullers and Sly Fox for example.
The bottles are very plentiful if you aren't particularly into the drafts - They have a good selection of Belgians like De Dolle, De Ranke, Chimay, Abbaye Des Rocs, Cantillon, Bfm, Oude Beersel, Orval, Dupont and Duvel, English choices like Sam Smith, J.W.Lees, Gales, German choices such as Schneider, Franzikaner, Ayinger and a nice variety of American beers like Lost Abbey Red Barn, Allagash, Dogfish, Stone and Rogue. I was happy to see La Fin Du Monde and Sinebrychoff Porter two beers I really enjoyed when I was first getting into craft beer.
I didn't try any food as we were there for drinks only but we had very good service - Friendly, sociable, and knowledgable about the products to match. I hope to return to try some food the next time, but the quality and overall satisfaction is high in Memphis -Taproom that is.
08-08-2009 00:13:12 |
More by Slatetank
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
09' older viscosity bottle? Yes please. Cool little outdoor seating area with a hot dog truck. The inside had a decent sized bar that JJ and I sat at. I dominated a burger (lots of good vegetarian offerings but I am a carnivore). The place is in a crappy part of town, so it's the only place we had to take a cab too from midtown Philly. I'd say it was worth it though. Lot's of good taps, bottles, and food. A Diggity Boosh.
07-03-2013 18:32:34 |
More by DNICE555
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped into Memphis Taproom for brunch for the first time last weekend. A little smaller than I was expecting it to be but no big deal. Vibe was pretty good. Lots of people sitting around having breakfast and enjoying themselves. I really wanted to check out the beer garden but it wasn't open yet, I will check it out next time for sure.
Once we were seated in the back dining room we promptly ordered some breakfast and a few beers. I got the Red Rooster, it is essentially the typical breakfast stepped up a notch, and it was awesome. I had two beers while I was there, a Ballast Point Bourbon Barrel Sea Monster on cask and a Round Guys Berliner Weiss. The Ballast point was awesome, the round guys....not so much. I took a look at the bottle list and it was pretty impressive, also pretty expensive. Service was really good. Our server came to check on us multiple times throughout the meal, offering refills and getting us new beers. She even offered to replace my beer when it wasn't up to par but I decided to suffer through it.
Overall a really awesome bar that I will definitely return to in the future.
07-01-2012 17:27:22 |
More by orangesol
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I don't live anywhere near this bar, but I have two good friends [NeroFiddled and BeerZombie] who live in this neighborhood, and so therefore I like to go here if I'm gonna hang out with one of them [or both of them like a few weeks ago!].
The first time I visited MT I went by myself, and ended up having a memorable experience because I unknowingly sat next to Craig Laban when he was doing his review of the place. The second time was about 3 weeks ago.
Beer-wise..its a given..the place belongs up there with the usual Philly beer bar greats.
Atmosphere wise..it reminds me of when I used to go to North Star Bar,The Abbaye or Brigids when I never lived near any of those neighborhoods either. A pleasing, yet detached sort of experience.
I don't personally know the owners but I know people who do and I have the upmost respect for them.
The food...is the only issue I can waffle on. But I am ultra particular about food. The fish and chips I have had better. I had fish and chips fresh before from bloody old England [Brighton Beach], and from Vancouver, and MT's version weren't that great.
However the chili I had during the month of December was awesome, so it redeems things. It had lots of cheese, and they brought me extra sour cream..which is a must for spicy chili and I am a dairy product freak. I have been wanting to try the welsh rarebit for a while but I don't like eggs so I am wondering if its possible to do the welsh rarebit without eggs. Just cheddar cheese and toast. and beer MMMM. [LOL sorry].
01-15-2009 09:20:43 |
More by roan22
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Got to visit this place for the first time last night. I liked it quite a lot. It had a pretty basic pub feel, but I think it was a little less dark and drab than your average dark-wood paneled pub. it was clean, and had a separate dining area from the bar. It seemed mostly the younger crowd (25ish-35ish?) from around the neighborhood were the majority of the clientele. The service was great, partly because it wasn't very crowded, but the bartender was knowledgeable about what was on tap, and would let you try a small taste of something you weren't sure about. I also loved the fact that you can get half-pints here, so as to allow me to try more of the beers. Speaking of the beers, their selection was excellent, even though there were only about 10 taps and 1 cask. it was a well thought out list with something for most beer enthusiasts. They had, Elliot Ness, Chiswick Bitter, Sorachi Ace, Yards Cape of Good Hope, among them. A very good bottle list too.
The food was very solid, and left nothing to be desired. it wasn't the BEST I've had, but it was very good.
Prices were very fair, in my opinion. Alot of the top notch drafts were 4 bucks a pint. The food was also reasonable, but not cheap. Overall, Memphis Taproom is a bar I left feeling very good about, I think because of the atmosphere, well-thought out beer selection, knowledgable, friendly staff. I will definitely be coming back here. It;s a good example of a beer bar that can be excellent without having 30 beers on draft.
08-30-2009 23:08:29 |
More by Finn
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
After the wife and I took a tour of PBC. We went down the block to this little place.
I must say I don't usually like the city type bars as they seem to be all the same but this just had an overall great feel about it. We were inspired to come here after after Guy Fieri's show Diners,drive ins and dives. This is a fantastic little bar with a great tap selection and tremendous food to match. The best yet I have been to in Philadelphia. Yes the service is a bit lacking even on a Saturday afternoon but it certainly makes up for the wait. I ended up having Cantillon Gueze,while the wife had a hairey eyeball.
A bit much in price I have seen certain bottles of beer half the price that I have bought here but still all and all a tremendous must visit bar when you are in the area.
03-19-2011 21:22:42 |
More by TheFightfan1
Memphis Taproom in Philadelphia, PA
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