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Taps: 20 / Bottles: 2
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
4333 Spruce St
phone: (215) 222-2337
Every day: 11:30am-2:00am
Kitchen open until midnight.
(Place added by: Local44 on 12-19-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 33 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Atmosphere: Very nice place. Cozy and warm inside-perfect for chatting over a few beers with friends.
Quality: Very good. Very clean place. Beer was very fresh. Food quality was great.
Service: Service was great-very friendly wait staff and timely delivery of beer and food.
Selection: Good-about 20 beers on tap and 2 on hand pumped casks. No bottle selection. Food menu was limited-but that is probably due to just opening full time on the 2nd.
Food: Good-me and my fiance had the fries and corndogs. Both were good with the fries being some of the best we've had.
Overall a great place. Would qualify as a neighborhood bar. Very impressed with the overall efficiency of the bar considering it just opened. Can't wait to go back!
01-04-2009 16:18:57 |
More by Edgecrusher
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I went here for their Russian River event, ides of March 2009.
My friend and I got there early, an hour before the bar was to open. The door was unlocked, so we opened it. The bartender/co-owner told us we were early, but if we were just going to wait outside, to come on in. The kegs weren't pouring yet.
Inside is a long bar, some two-top bar tables, and behind a half wall is a line of booths. Draft beer list is on two chaulkboards, I didn't see any bottles but who needs them with a list like this!
I was there for a special event, 7 Russian River beers on tap at the same time, but in addition to those there was a very impressive list of draft beers. Absolutely first rate selection, where else can you drink Pliny the Younger, Consecration, and FIVE other RR beers? Nowhere, to date, except in Santa Rosa CA!
Some words about the staff. I didn't get their names, but two women were working the bar, one of them apparently the co-owner. They were simply awesome. Not just fun to watch, but clearly beer appreciators and really hard workers. This event totally overran the bar, they were running out of glasses, kicking kegs, dealing with drunks and crowds. They kept their cool and rolled with the punches. I'm not trying to be a creep but honestly they were rather cute and really fit, too.
I would definately go back to Local 44 any chance I had. Unfortunately it's a bit far from me to be on my regular rotation but this experience was nothing short of awesome.
I didn't try any food.
03-16-2009 13:29:11 |
More by jojox
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
An old friend and I were ambling around West Philly upon my arrival a few hours before. I suggested we find a good beer spot. We started to wonder and serendipitously came upon this great little spot.
Atmosphere is just what I want from a bar. Lovely hardwood, big bar, nice lighting, homey feel without the pretense.
Quality is unquestioning. 21 taps (including 2 cask) and not one was wasted an macro swill despite its collegiate locale. I enjoyed 16 oz. pours of Hop Wallop, Racer 5 on cask and Sly Fox O'Reilly's Stout each beer hovering either a few cents below or above 5 bucks. Reasonable prices? Yes. Sweet? I think so.
Service was great. The bartender was friendly, knew his stuff and was up to talk about beer, the neighborhood or whatever. Liberal with tastings and willing to accommodate you in your search for the next beer to order was a nice touch.
If I ever make a home in West Philly, expect to see me here weekly.
03-27-2009 23:28:27 |
More by astrasday
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Boston and Chicago are often described as cities "of neighborhoods." Philadelphia? Not so much, but Local 44 would make me consider it.
Tucked away on a quiet corner in West Philly, Local 44 offers just about everything you'd want in a local bar. The vibe manages to be both hip and inviting, homey and exciting. I've eaten and drank here twice now, and loved each visit. The draft list does a fine job balancing local breweries and beer geek favorites. Sly Fox, Yards and PBC are in good company alongside Great Divide, Lost Abbey, and Franziskaner. There are always one or two offerings on cask, and charmingly only Orval and a gluten-free option in bottles.
Go here with an appetite, though you won't need too much money - there are many options in the sub-$10 range here. On my last visit, I instantly regretted ordering my olive-oil poached, banana pepper-laden tuna melt as soon as I saw my friend's perfectly medium rare burger with a runny fried egg on top. I tend to avoid brunch like the plague, but the sweet potato latkes and maple-glazed hush puppies looked damn fine.
Every staff member is almost definitely cooler than I am. The bartenders and servers wouldn't look out of place in any number of bars in Cambridge or Fort Greene, and they're some of the friendliest beer bar employees I've ever come across. I've drank at the bar and eaten at tables, and the service has been helpful, courteous and incredibly efficient each time.
I'll be back to Local 44 for a PtY tapping or, more likely Sunday night Quizzo. A wonderful spot, one any neighborhood would be proud to call its own.
10-14-2011 01:22:33 |
More by amphion1065
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I visited Local 44 on a Saturday afternoon and it was pretty dead, which gave me ample time to talk with the bartender. The place is quite dark in lighting and decor as well. When I stepped out into the sun it was like coming out of a movie theater. Anyway, the decor is simple and attractive, mainly dark wood. There are two rooms, a bar area and a table area, although you can get food at either. The beer selection consists of 20 taps, 2 beers on cask, and 1 in bottle (Orval). The selection was quite interesting, featuring beers from all over the country with a few locals thrown in. Smuttynose, yards, southern tier, lagunitas, bear republic, sly fox, and PBC to name a few. No macro stuff. I had a Russian River Consecration, which was served in appropriate glassware (tulip). The bartender was very friendly and quite knowledgeable, giving a flavor profile of various beers on tap when asked as well as offering samples. Prices were around $5 per pint and up to $7 for some of the high ABV stuff such as the Consecration, pretty reasonable for the northeast. I wouldn't make a special trip there if I were coming from out of town, but if it were in my neighborhood I would definitely go back.
08-09-2010 15:50:55 |
More by slk22
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $
my favorite place to visit in the city including places like monks and eulogy. They have a great and ever rotation selection with great local drafts and a variety of some imports and other American crafts.
Service has been good every time I have been there and the food is great, even though the menu is a little odd.
Being in college one of the best things about the 44 is the prices. Drafts are around $4.5 - $5 and every option on the menu is <$10
Great atmosphere and prices make this a must hit in west philly
06-07-2009 01:15:36 |
More by Jeremym27
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Overview: If you are looking to try the local flavor of Pennsylvania brews then look no further than the Local 44 brewpub. The beer selection showcased many very good beers from PA/DE area but also had nice beers from outside the area as well. During my visit Russian River's Blind Pig stands out in my mind. The bartender was very knowledgeable, quick, and friendly. I even asked her for a recommendation and she came through in spades.
Atmosphere: This pub has gone a long long way from when it was an Irish dive bar. It is pretty light, a big screen above the bar, hard wood all over the place very pleasant.
Quality: All the beer is of good - excellent quality.
Service: As I said in my overview the bartender was awesome. She was fast and knowledgeable and friendly.
Selection: 20 taps 2 casks and 1 bottle served. Needless to say they have a vast selection of beer. The beer list is on their website.
Food: I had the cheeseburger with french fries my standard wherever I go. I found it good and on par with bar food prices.
Value: Very reasonable prices on Monday - Friday 5pm to 7pm all local beers are $3.00 (those brewed in PA/DE). You can't beat that.
09-23-2009 04:06:07 |
More by broth223
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Another place near University City that I make it a point to go to every 2 weeks or so.
The first time I went, I was amazed to find a HEAVY Russian River selection on the chalkboard: Consecration, Damnation, Blind Pig and Pliny the Elder. Needless to say, me and my friends quaffed them all and the guy behind the bar was extremely helpful. They have a nice rotating selection and vibe of the place is cool and very neighborhoody. Was also there for the FIFA world cup and had a blast.
The food is good: stick with standard bar fare as the wings are amazing and the burger and fries was out of this world.
01-08-2011 10:54:23 |
More by pdeepak
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The local 44 has been a beer bar I keep coming back to again and again. The atmosphere is very low key where you can meet with friends for a coversation, food and most important good beer.
The selection here is always in constant motion. Just about every week I find new and exciting beers on tap. I do find that a significant portion of the brews are from the west coast, mainly California. They also have 2 casks on hand at all times.
The food is well made and tasty. Though the selection is small it's quality and taste will keep you satisfied.
Finally the atmosphere is a huge reason I love this place. Situated on the corner of 44th and Spruce this bar maintains a local neighborhood vibe mixed with pinch of modernernist style.
The Local 44 is a must visit to any one this side of the Schuylkill.
05-03-2010 12:15:47 |
More by Wolfhausen
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
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
Local 44 in Philadelphia, PA
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