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Taps: 20 / Bottles: 2
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
4333 Spruce St
phone: (215) 222-2337
Every day: 11:30am-2:00am
Kitchen open until midnight.
(Place added by: Local44 on 12-19-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by johnmichaelsen:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My first visit to this excellent Philly beer bar. I know I keep on saying this, but what I wouldn't give to have this as my neighborhood bar.
Located at the corner of 44th and Spruce, I was surprised by the size of the place and how nicely appointed the place was. Everything was done up in dark green and dark wood, giving the place a nice, solid look. As you walk in the door, there is a long bar to your immediate left, with some tables and chairs to the right. There is sort of a seperate dining area, which while not huge, was good size I thought. I didn't have much of an opportunity to explore, as the overwhelming crowd for the Russian River event quickly made moving around problematic. In any event, this place has a very nice, very relaxed, low key vibe that I really liked. Quality of the beer selection on this particular day was off the chart exceptional. There were 7 RR beers on tap, along with two english ales on cask (Fuller's London Pride and the ESB), Ayinger Celebrator, and another 10 or so craft beer selections. There is no crap on tap or in bottles here - in fact the only bottled beer they have is the Orval.
As I was here for the RR event, there was very quickly a large, nearly overbearing crowd. At some places the service can really suck when this happens, with the staff becoming increasingly snarly, snarky and unpleasant. Not here. Depite a huge, aggressive and often testy crowd, the staff kept their cool and their sense of humor, handling the crowd very well. When lack of glassware became an issue, the bartender went out to the dining room, canvassing the tavern for glassware. In short, given the circumstances, I thought the service here was outstanding.
Didn't get any food, but ordering food on this day would have been next to impossible anyway, given the crowd. Prices were reasonable as well I thought, with the Younger and Consecration going for $7.70 a glass, and all the other RR beers going for $6.60. I think pints of everything else were around $5.
This is an absolutely outstanding place. Yet another in beer rich Philly...
03-16-2009 14:10:07 |
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vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 2.5 | $$
Kind of a pretentious divey place. It's got the smell of a wino bar but with zinc bar counters. Scrawled and uninformative beer list. The beers are not particularly worth a detour in this beer-rich town. Even as a tourist I found I had drunk most of them.
A vaguely interested bar maid did not add to the welcome. The clientele made me think of Bilbo Baggins in Alexandria on Ladies Night, but with the frat houses within crawling distance it must be a different crowd in the later evening. Food is greasy and also pretentious. Ridiculously hotly spice polenta (and so little of it!). On the plus side, you can take the interesting northside trolley lines and if you walk or ride further out you'll come to the actually worth the trip Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant. [transcribed from notes on May 30, 2012 visit]
10-29-2013 05:21:26 |
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More by Dawkins
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
This place was on my list of bottle shops to check out while in Philly and I must say it was well worth it! However the prices may be a little steep, drinking a beer on tap while shopping for beer made it worth it! Great customer service, great selection, decent prices make this an ultimate place to check out while in Philly! The one thing that is crazy about this place is that its in West Philly (which isn't the nicest of areas IMHO), but it somehow works for them! The bottle shop is separate from the restaurant, but if you have time do stop by the restaurant and grab a brew and some grub!
01-02-2013 12:52:02 |
More by legend8706
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Boston and Chicago are often described as cities "of neighborhoods." Philadelphia? Not so much, but Local 44 would make me consider it.
Tucked away on a quiet corner in West Philly, Local 44 offers just about everything you'd want in a local bar. The vibe manages to be both hip and inviting, homey and exciting. I've eaten and drank here twice now, and loved each visit. The draft list does a fine job balancing local breweries and beer geek favorites. Sly Fox, Yards and PBC are in good company alongside Great Divide, Lost Abbey, and Franziskaner. There are always one or two offerings on cask, and charmingly only Orval and a gluten-free option in bottles.
Go here with an appetite, though you won't need too much money - there are many options in the sub-$10 range here. On my last visit, I instantly regretted ordering my olive-oil poached, banana pepper-laden tuna melt as soon as I saw my friend's perfectly medium rare burger with a runny fried egg on top. I tend to avoid brunch like the plague, but the sweet potato latkes and maple-glazed hush puppies looked damn fine.
Every staff member is almost definitely cooler than I am. The bartenders and servers wouldn't look out of place in any number of bars in Cambridge or Fort Greene, and they're some of the friendliest beer bar employees I've ever come across. I've drank at the bar and eaten at tables, and the service has been helpful, courteous and incredibly efficient each time.
I'll be back to Local 44 for a PtY tapping or, more likely Sunday night Quizzo. A wonderful spot, one any neighborhood would be proud to call its own.
10-14-2011 01:22:33 |
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