Taps: 12 / Bottles: 127
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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4.63/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
What a great bar. 10 constantly rotating and highly varied taps--lots of things you don't see often plus some standbys, a great variety of styles--plus a cask as well as a large selection of bottles.
The atmosphere was sort of fun and quirky--I liked the different maps on the back of the menu (I had "Radio Stations in Arkansas," my friend had a map of Toronto) and the comfortable vibe. We sat in the dining area, and the service was also superb. Both our server and the server we overheard at the next-to-us table really knew about the beer (and the food) and were friendly and prompt. I don't think I made the best choices from the menu--wasn't thrilled by the Fish and Chips, and the Beef Pasties were good but not great--but my friend loved his Chile Verde, and I was impressed by the vegan/gluten-free items. There's not many places I can take my gluten-allergic friends, but this is one!
The prices are also very fair, nothing more than $14 on the entree list and $4 for most drafts, going up to $6 for a few specialties. I just wish I lived next door.
Edited: I've been back several times since my first visit and just keep liking the place more, so I've bumped some numbers up. The burgers are great, the soups are great, the vegetarian sandwiches are great, the beers are consistently brilliantly chosen, my boyfriend and I like nothing better than their (AMAZING) vegan chocolate cake followed by whatever big gorgeous stout is on tap.
05-24-2009 05:40:03 | More by lstokes
4.65/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Memphis is my local, and as such I'd guess that perhaps my review should be taken with a bit of skepticism, or at least a grain of salt. I'll assure you, however, that if anything, I'm probably being a little harder on them than I normally would be.
First off, I love what they've done for the neighborhood. How one bar can make such a positive change, I don't know, but I certainly see it in the way that outsiders view the neighborhood now. Additionally, they've given us a much needed place for socialization.
The outside of the bar looks great, and it completely fits in architecturally. It has a little bit of a retro feel to it, which works perfectly. It has class. And they take care of it and the sidewalks around it. Very well run. Oh, I forgot to mention that I know Brendan, one of the owners. More skepticism. I wouldn't give him credit if it wasn't warranted.
Entering from the corner it can be kind of tight between the door and the first high top table. It's a kind of small bar. But that's the way corner bars used to be. And, that happens to be just about the right size for keeping it comfortable. Except for when they're busy, which seems to be the norm.
The decor is kind of retro. Not "real" retro, but retro-ish. Nice details. The dining room in back is just a little more modern, and just a little bit brighter. The art on the walls helps with that, and it's surprisingly good (changes monthly). It's a nice change, and it helps to separate the two areas. Nice bathrooms too.
Moving onto the things everyone wants to hear about... the beer list is fantastic. Always changing. Always something good, and always something that you wouldn't expect. Cask ales on Saturday afternoon. A great bottle selection.
The bartenders are top notch. I only know Brendan, but there are two other bartenders that I've seen several times who are great. And service in the dining room has been top notch as well, which, honestly, is a little surprising. Wait service these days has decreased to the point that if you don't have food spilled on you and you're not entirely ignored you've done pretty well. Not the case here at all. In fact, I'd consider it right up there with some very expensive, fancy restaurants that I've been to. (Cross my fingers, I hope that continues).
The food is kind of hipster-hippy-healthy. I don't know if that makes any sense. They have gluten-free items. They have vegetarian AND vegan items. They do standard kinds of things, but they put a twist on it. The BBQ Seitan sandwich ($8) is my favorite. It's comfort food, but it's also healthy. How bizarre!!! Ham on Rye harkens back to that corner bar thing. And they do unusual stuff like Grilled Marlin, and seasonal things as well. So maybe I don't mean hipster, as much as just hip. BONUS: All of the prices are reasonable! Entrees top out at around $15, which is $3 to $5 less than most places. Hmmm, maybe that has something to do with their popularity!
Alright, I think I've covered it. They have my definite seal of approval.
11-01-2008 20:08:44 | More by NeroFiddled
4.65/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
one of my favorite places to go in the city
the service is so great
im so bad with directions, I always have to plug it into my gps to get there
10 min from center city, 5 min from no libs
the place is a pretty good size with a big bar towards your right with at least one tv, im drawing a blank
the service is so friendly, they have a big chalk board with the drafts and an even bigger one with bottles...
they always have realy cool stuff on draft, and its very reasonable.... actually on the cheap side
the drafts change quite a bit, and they have a great webpage which seems to be updated with drafts and other vital info very frequently
the food is very awesome and ecclectic
i eat meat, but their menu is very veggie/vegan friendly
they do a spicy meatball sub which is incredible , they also have a sandwich with an omlet, bacon and oysters... which is amazing!
if im not mistakem, the most exspensive dinner is $14, very reasonable
I cant say enough great things about this place, one of my faves
update on dec 6th
the food menu had changed a little, still awesome... just some new items
12-05-2008 02:13:03 | More by gdfan47
4.72/5 rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
This is a great little beer bar/restaurant in the Fishtown/Kensington/Port Richmond section of the city. A bit off of the beaten path but definitely worth seeking out. This is one of my top five place in Philly and is a must stop if you have the time while in town.
As soon as you walk in you are at the bar which is pretty large for a pretty small space. There is ample seating and always a cool crowd. Also, they play really good music which adds to the atmosphere. Behind the bar there are a couple of giant chalkboards listing what's on their excellent rotating draft list and what bottles are offered.
The main dining area is also pretty small but there is plenty of seating and there is never much of a wait to get a table. Plain decor with another small chalkboard of what beers are on draft.
The food and service here are excellent and the prices are very reasonable. The portions are huge and the most expensive thing on the menu was $16 the last time I went. They have some vegetarian dishes but mainly focus on traditional polish fare with an eclectic gastropub twist. The service is always excellent. Everyone who works there tends to be very friendly and knowledgeable and their bartenders are very attentive and great to strike up a conversation with. Also, the owner Brendan is often there and he is like a beer encyclopedia. Very approachable and loves talking about beer.
On to the beer. The selection at the place is truly impressive. They have a small bottle list which is very good but the rotating draft list s what keeps me coming back. They usually only have about ten beers on and one or two casks but they are all top quality. On one visit they had Pliny the Younger(yes Younger), Pliny the Elder, Consecration, Cantillon Kriek and Racer X! WOW! Highly recommended.
10-16-2009 15:03:39 | More by corby112
4.75/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Sometimes a tight list of 11 draughts is better than a list of 60. The selection here is well thought out. No two beers from the same brewery and a real effort to vary the styles offered. One thing they all have in common - quality.
The food is just the type of food you like to eat when drinking beer. The kielbasa hoagie, wings and fries are standouts. A couple of specials lit me up (A multiple cheese and ham macaroni; and a polenta pie with sausage and pepperoni - yowza).
I have only sat at the bar area beacuse that is how I roll. But the dining area looks cool. Service at the bar is excellent. If your glass is empty for more than a minute, I would be surprised. Great, cozy atmosphere - suave but not hoity toity by any means.
I hope the previous reviewer is wrong about the hipsters. Seems like some pretty down-to-earth folks hanging there to me.
The only negative is that it is just too damn convenient for me to stop there on my way home from work. "Honey, don't bother with dinner tonight."
A must visit if in the Philly area.
06-10-2008 19:47:54 | More by Betterbeer
5/5 rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Awesome combination of quality beers and food. Their menu is fairly priced and well rounded. The smoked coconut club is great for a vegetarian or an omnivore looking to be adventurous and they have great appetizers that utilize beer. Personally my favorite meal is the Chicken Fried Chicken, however, that may change when I try the IPA Braised Chicken sandwich. And there is always something awesome on tap. The last time I was there they had Russian River Damnation and Blind Pig. One of the best spots in Philly. If I was recommending someone to try somewhere in Philly this would be the spot along with the Grey Lodge and Monk's Cafe.
04-25-2012 21:31:33 | More by JeffTheJuice
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Memphis Taproom in Philadelphia, PA
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