Food & Drink

The 12 Best Tap Rooms in Philly

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Sure you can find great bars almost anywhere inthecity, but finding a tap room with a proper variety of beers and the creature comforts of a neighborhood spot is no easy task. No easy task UNTIL you've found these, 12 of Philly’s finest tap rooms to expand your beer-drinking universe.

South Philadelphia Tap Room

South Philly
This spacious tap room offers a selection of craft beers for dabblers (Allagash White) and pros (Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock) alike. Its Natural Wine and Funky Beer during Wine Week is not to be missed, with vino paired with beers like Russian River Supplication and Nodding Head Berliner Weisse. Happy hour runs Monday-Friday with half-off local drafts and appetizers.  

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Monk’s Cafe

Rittenhouse
Monk’s beast of a beer bible has an extensive list of both local and international beers for your perusal. Its best known for its Belgian beer selection as co-owner Tom Peters traveled the world bringing his hand-picked selections back to Philly in 1985. There're tutored tasting classes during Philly Beer Week as well.

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2nd Story Brewing Company

Old City
Not only does this brewery/tap room offer a beer list with all of its house-made brews, it also always offers $4 pints on tap. A full bar, house cocktails, guest drafts, and bottled beers are also at your disposal. Take a seat upstairs and you can see the brewery in action, and come on Tuesdays to dump your knowledge of useless trivia in quizzo.

Courtesy of Leigh Maida

Local 44 

West Philly
A combination craft beer bottle shop and tap room with a formidable selection of 500+ beers, you can grab a one to go or stay and enjoy it in-house. Every Monday it hosts a happy hour with complimentary tastings from a featured brewery along with bottle specials.

Standard Tap

Northern Liberties
Sticking up for those local favorites, Standard Tap serves a selection from breweries in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware only. Everything is on draft and happy hour specials run Monday-Friday featuring $1 off beer and drinks. Their drink options also feature two cask brews served from their hand pumps (they have hand pumps!).

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Tria Taproom

Rittenhouse
This tap room’s casual yet classy environment gives an approachable vibe while providing a carefully curated list of beer, wine, and cider. Try a fennel sausage wood-fired flatbread or hanger steak with hop chimichurri while you enjoy your beverage of choice.

Courtesy of Gina Vasoli

Yards Brewing Company

Northern Liberties
Yards' tasting room has plenty to keep you busy while you wait for the free brewery tour and tastings. Whether you want to get ahead on the tasting and sample a flight or participate in a game of pool and shuffleboard, you have options. Yards also offers small batch beers that are only available in-house.

Khyber Pass Pub

Old City
Knowing what style of beer you like is important and Khyber Pass Pub’s drink menu helps by breaking up the beer list into flavors. Categories like smoked, lighter & refreshing, and Belgianesque can help you narrow down what you want to try.

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City Tap House

University City
Don’t let its location in University City fool you, the City Tap House has 60+ craft beers that draw a crowd from all over Philly. This indoor tap room and restaurant has an outdoor patio with fire pits and seating that can be used year round. Its collaboration events with local breweries bring in sought-after beers like Pliny the Younger, which has beer-lovers swooning.

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2nd Street Brew House

Pennsport  
A laid-back environment with an expert drink selection, its list can accommodate your taste for stouts (Tröegs JavaHead Stout), Belgians (Unibroue La Fin du Monde), and Flemish sour ales. There's also weekly entertainment, annual beer events, and weekend brunch to be had.

Prohibition Taproom

Callowhill
The kitchen is always open late at Prohibition Taproom (until midnight Sunday-Thursday, 1am on weekends) for beer brats and burgers. Sundays is BYOV (bring your own vinyl record) and you’ll get 20% off of your bill. It pays to be a hipster.

Fiume 

West Philly
Tucked away on the second floor above an Ethiopian restaurant (which you can order food from), sits Fiume, one of those places you only hear about if you “know a guy.” Its beer selection, original house cocktails, and house blue grass band will have you ready to make this your regular hangout. 

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