Taps: 20 / Bottles: 2
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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3.21/5 rDev -25.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 2.5 | $$
Kind of a pretentious divey place. It's got the smell of a wino bar but with zinc bar counters. Scrawled and uninformative beer list. The beers are not particularly worth a detour in this beer-rich town. Even as a tourist I found I had drunk most of them.
A vaguely interested bar maid did not add to the welcome. The clientele made me think of Bilbo Baggins in Alexandria on Ladies Night, but with the frat houses within crawling distance it must be a different crowd in the later evening. Food is greasy and also pretentious. Ridiculously hotly spice polenta (and so little of it!). On the plus side, you can take the interesting northside trolley lines and if you walk or ride further out you'll come to the actually worth the trip Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant. [transcribed from notes on May 30, 2012 visit]
10-29-2013 05:21:26 | More by mactrail
3.8/5 rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Located in a bustling college section of West Philly in the UPENN district, this hole in the wall college institution boasts a fine selection of great beers...
Everything from Troegs, Victory, a few Belgians, Ommegang, Sixpoint...
Mostly a much younger, college-age crowd, with a decent sized space, not too cramped, dishing out pub fare...
Slightly out of the way from Central Philadelphia, but definitely worth a stop-in if you're in the area...
Would try going here again if it were closer to downtown... Otherwise, probably the best place in the area...
03-22-2009 01:30:33 | More by dsa7783
4.55/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
For the last day of Philly Beer Week, at the Russian River Event, my drinking buddy and I had PtE, Supplication, Consecretion, Registration, and Blind Pig
On New Years Day, I had RR Temptation, LA Angel's Share Bourbon Barrel, Ommegang Adoration, and Allagash Interlude--so pretty epic. Get on the email list to hear about anything new kegs and exciting events!
20 beers on tap, 2 on hand-pump cask, 1 bottle (Orval)
They always have a great selection of beer on tap that range from Belgian white to West Coast DIPA to English Bitter on cask. If you like beer you will be able to find several things to try and if all fails, Kenzinger for $3.30. The prices for most beer range from $4.40-5.50 with the occasional rarity going for around $7 for a 10-12oz. Although you will probably find more hyped beers at monk's, they always seem to have a few from Bell's, RR, Port, Lagunitas, Green Flash, or Founders here.
The food here is very good too. I especially like the mini-corndogs and the fries. They have a pretty good burgers and sandwiches and are also very Veg. friendly.
Highly recommended, the service is always quick and helpful, the food is good, they play local sports, and the crowd though sometimes a bit rowdy is fun. This is how a bar should be: dark, covered in wood, and crowded. Only thing is that since it's so close to Penn, earlier is better than later for this place
09-08-2009 13:24:46 | More by Soonami
3.78/5 rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$
Solid, if not remarkable.
Beer outplays the food here -- there is a carefully constructed tap list, including several rarities (Cantillon vintages, etc.) and two hand pumps, most recently pouring the new Yards' Brawler, and eternal golden boy Victory Hop Wallop. A wide range of styles and countries are represented, and most beer is served in its "proper" glassware, always a nice touch; but it makes determining price-per-ounce value nearly impossible. Listing the serving size of each beer on the menu would be a nice touch. Even so, the prices seem reasonable. Additionally, printed copies of the beer list should be made available, as the two chalkboard lists -- right now the only way of telling what's on tap -- are not in the sight-lines of most patrons' seats.
Food is well-proportioned, but quite disappointing. The "asian" chicken wings, a large serving covered in a somewhat mushy, overly sweet glaze, end up somewhat cloying -- a good kick of vinegar, wasabi or Huy Fong chili-garlic sauce could really do wonders to create some balance in this dish. An extra minute in the fryer wouldn't hurt either. The hamburger, as well, is generously proportioned, but needs some sort of signature element (i.e. the famed Father's Office Onion Marmalade in Los Angeles) to really stand out.
All in all, most of the dishes I've sampled from the menu just need better seasoning and a good shot of butter. Additionally, most items on the menu are on the heavier side -- a nice chartucerie platter or cheese board would be appreciated for those that simply wish to snack.
Service is eager to please. Clearly, opening this bar has been a labor of love for these people, and it's nice to see such enthusiasm.
For all of the above complaints, in time, I imagine things will get honed in here, and a place like this is sorely needed in the Spruce Hill neighborhood. Goodness knows it's a vast improvement over the coked-out frat boy haven that it replaced.
For now, this place will win my regular business by default, although I'll still probably head over to Dock Street when given the choice between the two. Draw up a more educative beer menu, work on the food, and this could stand among the better of Philly's gastropubs.
A solid start.
01-08-2009 15:58:04 | More by ithacabaron
4.3/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Started a mini beer excursion here at Local 44. This place isn't that far from my work and has been on my list to check out for quite some time.
A small, clean, bar area and an area with tables separated by a half wall. Mostly wood interior, a very calm, inviting environment.
Their tap list was excellent, anchored by Russian River Damnation and Port Mongo. They also had a couple Allagash's, Ommegang's, a couple locals (Victory, Sly Fox) and some German beers (Ayinger and Franziskaner, I believe.) We were here for the Port Mongo. I had only had it once before and my friend had never had it.
This is a place I have to keep on my radar. They always have some great beers in the rotation and is definitely worth returning on a regular basis.
09-19-2011 14:15:07 | More by ColForbinBC
3.95/5 rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Came here for the first time tonight after hearing about this place after the Philly beer raids. Small but quaint bar. Nice oak wood character with your now standard craft beer hipster chalk board listing of available beers. Had a decent beer list but was only really interested in the Sierra Nevada beers they had specially on tap for Philly Beer Week. Service was about average. They were pretty busy at the time buy I wish the bartenders had checked up a little more often. Plus, the bartender didn't say thank you after picking up the check - a big no-no in my book. Food was attractively priced: $8 for a burger. It came out great and was pleasantly surprised. Only small pitfall was the final bill. Thought it would have come out a little cheaper. But still, I guess even the litlle guys have to pay the bills.
06-10-2010 01:08:32 | More by jwhancher
3.65/5 rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in on January 10th.
Atmosphere was pleasant in the afternoon. Huge change from many moons ago when it was Murph's. Very clean and simply decorated.
Quality was very good. Food was fresh. Obviously the beer was as well, only open for a little more than a week.
Service was average at best. Only 2 tables were occupied and the second table wasn't even eating. Had to wait a while for our second round of drinks.
Food was very tasty. I had the mahi mahi taco's. While not quite what I thought I was getting, it was good and would order them again. My girlfriend had the Cuban sandwich... terrible. Also served to our table was the Greek salad, good compliments from my friend who had that as well as the burger, nice and fresh. Hand cut fries were terrific as were the plantain chips.
Prices were very reasonable considering the middle to upper middle class area and target customers.
Beer selection was good, not overdone. Sly Fox on cask was excellent. I would definitely go back. Good luck to the new owners!
01-12-2009 20:29:10 | More by Keith238
3.88/5 rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I have finally been to the place enough times to feel I can get a handle on reviewing it. My first time was not great and I wasn't sure i would ever come back. The place was new and seemed confused as to what kind of place it was trying to be - restuarant, neighborhood bar, trendy nightspot, whatever. It wasn't any of these. Now that I have been back a few times, I have come to enjoy this place. The bar area isn't large but has a very warm feel to it. All that wood, the darkness, etc. overcome even the multiple large TV's to tend it toward that cozy neighborhood feel. Nearly twenty taps and two hand-pumps are divided up into a great range of options, so beer selection is this place's strong point. The bartenders are very attentive. The "restaurant" half, on the other hand, is cramped, noisey and uncomfortable. The food is mixed. Try the hushpuppies, fritters or any of the breakfast "sandwiches." The burgers, fish and chips, wings and other barfood were meso-meso. There are nice set of vegetarian options. The only complaints I have are that they constantly seem to run out of glassware and, when they are busy, they want to hustle you out of the "dining" area. They basically kick you out, if you are finished eating, even if you are still ordering beers, etc. All-in-all though, this is a great addition to West Philadelphia and...especially earned points by offering me Younger and Registration Ale :)
06-17-2010 01:18:49 | More by regspeir
4.15/5 rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Fantastic place. Modern, trendy and hip with a lot of college kids as it is right up the street from Penn. Unbeatable beer selection, truly world class. They have everything from Victory to Hop Rod Rye and Hop wallop and Trappist beer. Food was excellent with a good selection of pub food, though a little more trendy than your typical fare. My only complaint was that it took quite a while to get a seat, even though there were plenty of empty tables, and everything (except the beer) took forever to come out. As soon as we got the beer, none of that mattered, had the Hop Rod Rye for the first time and it was phenomenal. Definitely a place to visit, you will probably never find a better beer selection anywhere.
03-29-2009 20:07:52 | More by stingrayvr6
4.9/5 rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
Had to make it down to Russian River day at the Local 44...
This has to be one of the top beer bars in all of philly (and that's saying someething). They had 6 taps of Russian River and the rest were an assortment of great stuff from locals as well as tough to find places in California. The place was packed for the day and the staff were amazing. I sat at the bar with a friend and although the place was hopping, I never waited between rounds. Everything was delicious and fresh and the prices were ridiculous. Not too many places you go to will have pints of PtE for under $7...The food is pretty good and the atmosphere is awesome, very easy to get a conversation started...Overall awesome experience.
06-14-2010 11:53:19 | More by BigIrishman
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Local 44 in Philadelphia, PA
95 out of 100 based on 39 user ratings.