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Khyber Pass Pub
Taps: 22 / Bottles: 71
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
56 S 2nd St
phone: (215) 238-5888
(Place added by: NeroFiddled)
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| Reviews: 30 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by ithacabaron:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
A great, dirty, nasty rock club -- with excellent beer.
The Khyber is dank and dark, with graffiti tagged walls, one of the best jukes in the city, and ear-splitting speakers for live concerts -- and that's just the first floor. In the middle of this is a beautiful, ornate carved-wood bar-backing, a remnant from a World's Fair gone by.
Quality is decent -- everything's served in a pint glass, but that's probably a good thing, as anything else would undoubtledly get lost or stolen. Pints were fresh, and served at the right temps. No complaints.
Selection is always good, with an all local tap-line (even the swill selection, Lionshead, is a local, and not a bad one at all: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/150/5412/?ba=ithacabaron ). Yards runs daily specials during happy hour. Bottles range from Chimay, to Aventinus, to Bud. Finding something to drink won't be hard, and the markups are reasonable.
Service is solid, but for obvious reasons, when you're there for a show, getting another fill can take a few more minutes than usual.
Food is reportedly good, but I can't imagine eating here.
So there's all that -- and the upstairs is a smoke-filled, smog-laden chill festival galore, with exposed brink, rickety tables, live (and good) DJs, and, yes, the dirtiest bathroom in all of the land.
In short, don't show up without a pack of cigarettes, be prepared to lose a little hearing, and enjoy yourself.
Why to make the scene: Because it's Friday night, and your friend is playing three bands down on a four band card. Put on some jeans and let your hair down.
06-26-2006 20:39:19 |
More by ithacabaron
More User Reviews:
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I was in Philly on biz and found myself in Penn Landing neighborhood on a Tuesday night, intending to go to Trinity which I discovered was closed on that evening. [By way of commentary, that's mighty pricey real estate to allow to lie fallow but I suspect they have their reasons for doing so.] Going around the corner to 2nd St., I spotted the beer signs in Khyber Pass Pub's windows and headed over.
It has a small bar area with a adjacent separate dining room. I headed over to the dining room and checked out the beer list and menu. KPP has a very deep and well thought out beer list of about 25 offerings. I always try to have beers from the local area so I ordered a Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Easton which was very satisfying, along with a Philadelphia Brewing's "Kenzinger," finishing up with a Wells Bombardier ESB on cask, which though lacking local origins, I couldn't pass up.
The service was good & efficient; I also had a bowl of their Jambalaya which was generous and satisfying. The staff know their offerings and are well prepared to make recommendations to their patrons.
One thing I'd offer to management: both the dining room and the bar are too dark; I could hardly read the beer list and the menu. Also - a matter of personal preference - the music was too loud. It wasn't a big deal as I was by myself but if I was trying to carry on a conversation with somebody, it would have been challenged.
Overall, a solid establishment deserving your attention and I'll have to hit Trinity the next time.
12-04-2013 09:55:38 |
More by SudsTerkel
10-21-2013 20:11:30 |
More by GeoffreyM
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$
A nice little spot located near Penn's Landing. A few seconds away from Eulogy and Triumph, this is a good place to stop into. Its kind of small and dimly lit, with plenty of beer paraphernalia all over the place. The bartender who served me was incredibly friendly and very attentive. They have a good selection of beers from local stuff to imports to weird brews. The food is also something to try as they have a nice handwritten chalkboard menu with mostly artisanal and original selections. I had pork fat Cajun seasoned popcorn and a shrimp/oyster po'boy with a side of gravy smothered cheese fries. They also take part in beer events. Check this bar out sometime.
09-04-2013 00:07:02 |
More by BeerForMuscle
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
WOW...I have not been here in years. Last time was when they still had shows about 12 years ago. I really liked the old dumpy place with horrible bathrooms and good cheap beer. Oh well , things change. Still have the jukebox but not sure whats in it as I did not look. Music that I heard was good though.
A..A bit too loud to sit and hang out and a bit dark. Sat in the "band" room not at the bar. Cant comment on how the bar is but happy to say its the same bar that has been here for ever. This place needs to put some sound deadening material up.
Q..Pretty good quality on the food and the beer side. No complaints
S..Pretty poor. Our waitress could give a shit about us. Worst part was that there were only a few tables sitting. Cant imagine how poor it would be if it was busy. Maybe we get a better server next time.
S..Very nice beer selection. I counted 22 beers on the tap list. Did not notice if there was a bottle list. Back in the day the bottle list was great and well ahead of its time for back in the 1980's. Good selection of locals and out of state beers. I also like that the list gives you the price, glass size and ABV. I wish every bar would do this. I saw Clown shoes, Founders, Brooklyn( a few types), Yards, Philadelphia Brewing, Bruery, Boulder, Deschutes, Stoutds, Stillwater, Duclaw, Duvel, Petrus, and a few others.
F..food is mostly cajun and BBQ. LOTS of vegan and veggie options. We were all happy with our food, veggie and meat. $10 for a nice sandwich and side was much less than what I was expecting. There is a board with specials as well as the menu.
V..I would go back. Beers were $5.5-7 for tulips and pints. I think Kenzinger was $4.50 a pint. Food was priced well for what it was and where we were.
There are many other options in the area and even more if you want to walk a little bit. If you have never been here go check it out.
08-29-2013 20:42:29 |
More by Giantspace
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
We have been to Khyber Pass 3 times now. Great atmosphere, lighting, friendly and attentive service, and great tap list. We stopped in on a tour of the city, and really enjoyed ourselves. On our first visit we did not have a meal here, we liked it enough to return on a future visit. The place felt very cozy and welcoming. We did order the duck fat popcorn, and the bacon fat popcorn to go with our beers, and it was sooo good. The tap list here was very good as well.
On our next visit we sat in the "dining room" area and ate dinner. The experience here was not as good. Our waitress didn't know the tap list, and told me the beer I wanted was not on. My husband got up and got me one from the bar.
The next day we returned for their Hop Scotch event, sat at the bar, and again had a great time. The gumbo is awesome. We will return, but probably not for the dining room.
05-09-2013 00:42:03 |
More by rikatine
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Very nice place.
I was in Philly for 2 nights staying at Comfort Inn in Penns Landing / Old City area.... this place was just a 10 to 15 minute walk from my hotel.... went here on way to go to Eulogy belgian tavern and then get some Indian Food at Karma in old city.
Had 3 beers (forget which). Extensive selection of beers on draft.... probably about 20 or so.... it seems like the bartenders print up a new menu as soon as something new is tapped and then pass out a few copies along the bar.
Seems like there is also a rather extensive selection of bourbons, whiskeys, scotches, even bitters for people to select from.... I hear one of the regular bartenders makes a wicked 'Old Fashioned' cocktail.
food smelled good. Service was excellent (at bar at least... which is where I sat).
Prices are average to reasonable (for eating in a big city).... most drafts were in $5.50 area.
Nice atmosphere. long bar seating 20 to 30 and then a dine-in area as well. Happy hour also offered I think (I forget what the happy hour specials were... I wasn't there during that time period).
Make sure you stop in if you are ever in the old city / Penns Landing / Second Street area of Philadelphia.... have a beer or two... maybe a whiskey... get a little bit of food and relax.... you won't regret it I assure you.
10-18-2011 23:00:15 |
More by danman0125
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Atmosphere retains a slight amount of the grittiness of its past. Dimly lit, well aged dark hand crafted wood bar is the centerpiece of the room with a mish-mash of beer logo adorned signs and flags on the beat up walls. Beers available on draught hang above the bar on individual pieces of slate with the name written in white chalk. Dinning room ajacent to the main bar in a sparsely decotrated, again dark room.
Nice selection of 25+ drafts, solid mix of local and domestic craft and Belgian beers, could use some solid non-Belgian imports thrown in. Bottle list is available, with a focus on Belgians and domestic craft. Nice list of events, with something fun going on on almost a twice a month basis.
Food menu is outstanding. Southern fare with a good mix of cajun, creole and BBQ. The Po Boys and Muffaletta were some of the best outside of New Orleans, the BBQ was fantastically juicy and flavorful without being overly charred or smoked. Fantastic rotation of specials for sandwiches and sides.
Fantastic reinvention of a bar which maintains character but expands on the beer and takes it to a whole new level with the food.
09-26-2011 16:02:15 |
More by rfgetz
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
HOLY MOLY - the Khyber Pass Pub is hands down my favorite beer bar in the city of Philadelphia. I used to frequent the old Khyber on a weekly basis, and there will always be a special place in my heart for that live music venue.
However, the new Khyber Pass Pub has blown me away. First, the draft beer selection is killer. I've consumed some heavy hitters there recently in the past few months: Pliny the Younger, Pliny the Elder, Ballast Point Sculpin on cask - dry hopped with Amarillo/Citra hops, Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, etc. Been to a few events here and they were all really awesome and impressive (i.e. Tsarpower - all taps were Russian Imperial Stouts, Philly Beer Week events with Ballast Point, etc).
The food is southern style, New Orleans based. All I can say is - BACON GREASE POPCORN. And the gumbo is the real deal. Same with the pulled pork sandwich. I could go on and on about the food, it's top notch.
As much as I miss the old Khyber, I can say without a doubt, this is the best craft beer bar in town.
07-08-2011 15:59:43 |
More by reymic
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I never went to the old Khyber, so I can't compare the two. I can say that it is another in a long line of great Philadelphia beer bars. I say the more the merrier.
They have an extensive list of around 30 beers on tap. The list was heavy on American craft with a few good imports. I had a Flanders Red that I had never heard of before. The bartenders were very attentive.
Their NC pulled pork sandwich is very good and my friend said his Po Boy was also very strong.
The only real knock I have on this place (I took it out of the atmosphere score - I may will probably go back in winter to see if they have the opposite problem and possibly write a separate review) is that it was hot as balls in there. Granted, we were there in July, but it was a pretty temperate evening and felt hotter inside than out. It seems as if they either don't have AC, or what they have doesn't work really well. We actually left to go somewhere else for more beers because of this. I couldn't imagine seeing a show in those conditions.
07-05-2011 11:43:59 |
More by chcfan
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