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Khyber Pass Pub
Taps: 22 / Bottles: 71
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
56 S 2nd St
phone: (215) 238-5888
(Place added by: NeroFiddled)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Post Ludwig's Octoberfest finds us randomly hitting and missing around philly. Haven't really seen too of the neighborhood to date 'cept Eulogy so here we are...
A long narrow room with a dark wood "L" shaped bar seating a dozen. High ceiling with ancient chandeliers above, and large framed mirrors behind the bar. A center piece lined with Xmas strung lighting holds mirrored shelves with books, glasses and various pieces. Ceramic bar lights with colorful shades are spotted here and there along the length of the bar, TV, old beer signs, darts, and a good juke box. From the bar, you're looking into the side room where they have the stage for bands to set up.
Posted boards read "Bud free or die!!" and "No crap on tap", and so it is... 10 taps, a nice mix of regional micros and imports (DogfishHead Punkin, Victory Prima Pils, Yards George Washington Porter & Philadelphia Pale Ale, Yuengling Black & Tan, Brooklyn Brown, Anchor Steam, Beamish, Paulaner, Stella) and roughly 2 dozen bottles (Duchess, Chimay, Duvel, Hoegaarden, and it tapers down to macros and maltos). Kind of dark and somewhat divey overall, but pleasant enough for a Saturday afternoon...
10-11-2004 16:20:35 |
More by slander
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
The entryway was at a slight angle to the street, so as I went in the door, I had to make a left-oblique and the "U"-shaped wooden bar was right there. There were three lamps spaced out over the length of the bar, plus a few chandeliers, but the lighting was dim, at best. The bar ran along the left-hand side with the back bar against the left wall. The back bar was especially notable for its ornate woodwork and lengthy mirrors. Just past the end of the bar was the Men's washroom, which was an experience all its own. Through a couple of doorways to the right was the stage all of the way forward; a couple of tables and chairs in the center; and the engineer's board, all of the way aft. I wanted to give this place the same marks for "Atmosphere" that I gave Delilah's in CHI, but it wasn't quite the same.
Regarding their beer selection, the bottles were not neccesarily focused on craft beer, but every one of the taps were special. It is also especially notable that they were one of Yards' first three accounts.
02-04-2007 14:44:48 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
The Khyber, formerly known as the Khyber Pass Pub, is a Philadelphia landmark. One of Philly's first- and best -beer bars! This is one of the places that started the Yuengling craze by serving bottles of their porter. The only thing that the Khyber is better known for is it's music. With an enormous number of famous bands stopping here on their first or second tours of the states, the Khyber is Philly's version of C.B.G.B.'s. The bartenders are very cool, but it can be hard to get a beer sometimes when it's busy. They serve some really great Burritos and the juke box is loaded with great stuff. There's a wide range of bottled beers, including alot of Belgian's (Update March 2003- bottles removed; selection score dropped from 4.0 to 3.5 Update... bottles back, but not as good as they used to be.), and the taps are constantly changing. Additionally, they pour alot of local brands which is nice. So if you're in the mood for some good beers in a relaxed, grungy atmosphere, the Khyber's the place!
07-22-2002 06:56:26 |
More by NeroFiddled
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Wow, what a remake! The city's "grittiest" rock club cleaned up (but not too much) and with usable bathrooms. Who'd a thunk it?
I had not been to the old Khyber in probably 20 years, but as best I knew it was still a scary dump, albeit with good beer. The initial concept for the remake was as an izikaya; I am happy to say they ditched that and went for cajun food and great craft beer.
We grabbed a couple of seats at the bar early on a Saturday afternoon. Great welcoming vibe. The Khyber has had a few layers of grit scraped off but has not been scrubbed to a shiny white. A few layers of grime remain.
The beer lineup was heavy on RIS as that was the theme for the day (with cool "Tsar Power" t-shirts for only $7; awesome). All great choices from locals like Dock Street Prince Myshkin's to the first 2011 tapping of KBS. We could have stayed all day, but for the need to make it home without passing out.
Food was quite delicious. Bacon grease popcorn with cajun spices made for a delicious appetizer (served in a brown bag so you could see the grease spots develop), followed by a chicken poboy which was also quite tasty (grilled chicken is not, of course, the recommended protein for a poboy; will check back in 40 pounds for a proper poboy with debris, just like they serve in Nola).
Service was prompt and friendly. We loved this place and will visit again soon.
03-31-2011 18:04:12 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
They've ruined the Khyber.
Yes, they now specialize in serving craft beer and microbrews, but they used to do that anyway. Now they serve food. Ok fine. The Khyber used to be a great small venue for underground music acts, and now there aren't live shows anymore. They now focus on being a beer bar, but #1 - again, they already served a fine amount of local brews, and #2 - Eulogy is right across the street, as is Triumph and the Croc Bar, with the Irish Pol not too far away. Do we REALLY need another competing bar right in Olde City? I do not approve.
05-04-2011 16:55:08 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $
This one of my favorite places to drink in the douchey section of Olde City. Usually the bars here are rope off with jocks waiting in line for half a block to get in. On one hand this place is cool because it's laid back, they serve a very good variety of local craft, and awesome indie music, especially live acts but on the other hand it's often filled with pretentious asshole hipsters who only drink PBR.
The service is the same as any other small bar/club that has live acts. This means that there is no interaction, just them serving the next person waving a bill in front of them. They are usually quick to fill your glass but not over friendly, talkative or knowledgeable.
The selection isn't really that great either. They have PBR for the hipsters as well as a decent selection of regional craft that you can get anywhere else.
This is a really cool place to see shows and probably the best place in Old City for beer, except Eulogy. Go for the music and enjoy some decent craft while there.
10-16-2009 07:52:32 |
More by corby112
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
How I have somewhow managed to NOT review the Khyber is beyond me. The Khyber has two floors, but for beer, you'll want to stay downstairs. Upstairs has PBR on tap and that's it! Downstairs has 10 taps and almost ALL are local. Ambiance wise, the Khyber wins me over with a rustic old feel that says Serious Beer bar. Worn wood, cluttered back bar and BONUS! The back bar is a mirrored tryptich from an actual World's Fair. It's stunning and worn! The bar on the left seats about 20, across from a killer juke box.
Beers selection is always locally focused. Troegs Trogenator, Clipper City Category 5, Yards Saison, Yards Pale, Sly Fox Weisse, Lion Lionshead, Anchor Celebration, Flying Fish Porter, Youngs Double Chocolate Stout and in the On deck Circle is Brooklyn Chocolate, Heavyweight Perkunos Hammer and Vic'ry Prima Pils.
Foodwise, I know that they do sell some, but if you want food, go elsewhere!!! If you want to drink good local beer in a speakeasy historical bar, go to the Khyber.
Last swigs: Can get smoky and they charge a cover on band nights but kudos for their killer Sunday event called "Punish Your Liver" $15 all you can drink, $10 after midnight with a live DJ.
Could you take your Mother here? Heck no!!! The worst bathrooms in the city belong to the Khyber and it gets loud and smoky. But the Khyber is a local fave of mine. p.s. Brownies is next door and Eulogy is across the corner.
11-24-2005 20:31:16 |
More by blitheringidiot
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
Located conveniently close to the River Link ferry and Penn`s Landing is the Khyber Pub. This is a dive bar with a great happy hour special and a good range of beers. You will see a crowd with bike messengers, music fans, the young and the old. They carry beer From bottles of Yuengling to a couple nice belgian bottles and some local PA craft beers on tap from Yards and others. Service is very good, bartenders manage to keep up well with a loud and thirsty crowd. A great spot to have a couple inexpensive pints/bottles of American beer.
06-21-2009 14:31:00 |
More by mltobin
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
The Khyber is clearly some sort of awesome music venue/ beer bar hybrid. The building is essentially two narrow lots, typical of center city, except theyre joined in the middle. On the right you have a dark graffitied place to get your rock on, on the left you can find a fantastic selection of local brews.
On first inspection, this place just looked like your typical dirty dive bar, but upon further review, this place is actually quite attractive. What really got my attention was the woodwork in the shelves behind the bar. There were little griffins or something with red LEDs or Christmas lights for eyes, coats of arms of sorts and what are those, ducks? It was really sharp. Adding to this are decorative lights raised off the bar on narrow poles that gave a very quaint and classy feel. That, topped of with some ornate chandeliers and high ceilings made me reconsider my dirty dive first impression. None-the less, as ornate, comforting and elaborate the artistry of this place is, it still has a enveloping darkness to it.
On tap for the day was Hoegaarden, Hop Devil, Yards Saison (which I nabbed), Brooklyn Lager, Tröegs Dopplebock and Pils, De Koenig, Yuenglings Lager, Stoudts Gold, #9 and OReillys Irish Stout. That pretty much does it for the region. Good job. The bottles included some imports, but mostly the bigger named ones.
The bartender was attentive and friendly without being over assertive or annoying. In fact, he seemed like a really cool guy. Thats a rare find. He was quick with the drinks and with keeping the waters full. I realized that I liked the guy and The Khyber when some guy walked in off the street and ordered a Bud Light. The tender replied we dont serve anything with the name light on-tap. He had to repeat this a few times to get his message across. The tone of his voice made me chuckle.
I like this place. They seem to have a really good focus on beer and hire the right people to really advocate the local beer scene. Ill be back for sure.
08-28-2006 22:47:31 |
More by DarkerTheBetter
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
It's been a real long time since I've been here and realize it's within walking distance from Eulogy. This was for their grand reopening event recently. I met the owner at Monk's and he's good people.
Old City, Khyber is split between a bar area and a seating area, left and right. The bar area is large but it was crowded as hell in there. Either way the bar seats about 15 people or so and wraps around. Alot of beer signs on the wall and a nice Rodenbach banner. I likes it. Kinda dark, not to trendy, not the cleanest spot but faar from dirty. The eating area was nice though and a bit brighter. Very nice bathroom, dark, clean.
Quality is up there, about 20 taps or so plus two pumps. Some nice proper glassware and even Rodenbach glasses, these people must love their roadies down there. Clean glasses, even on a insanely busy night. I had no problem getting drinks although there were like 5 bartenders on, no time to chit chat.
They had a great selection on, I was double fisting sculpin and pliny like nobodys buisness. Also had some curieux and Yards Bourbon Barrel porter, in a Weyerbacher tulip glass. The rest of the list was superb to and the prices were not so bad considering it's old city here. (im talking about the regular menu prices here, not the grand opening party prices, which was a knockout) I think this place has something like 70 or so bottles to choose from. Food was also served but I'll grab it next time. I heard this place changed alot over the years and I like it where it is at now.
12-04-2010 01:17:20 |
More by BARFLYB
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