Food & Drink

The 12 Best Tap Rooms in Philly

Published On 04/08/2015 Published On 04/08/2015
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1. Monk's Cafe 264 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (Rittenhouse)

Monk's Cafe is more of a dank beer pub than any kind of cafe, but it's become a Philadelphia institution thanks to its staggering bottled beer list (there are more than 300 local and global brews to choose from). Yes, the place is dark. Yes, it's cramped. But the draft selection of Belgian suds makes Monk's a national leader in the category: owner Tom Peters was actually knighted in Belgium to honor his dedication. Drinkers can pick up a "beer bible" from the bar, which could pass for a novela under the dim electric candles scattered throughout. Pub fare flows from the kitchen, and while the burger won't disappoint and you can order grilled salmon if that's your thing, the true must-eat dish is the pot of mussels, flavored with sour beer-sautéed jalapeños, peppers, and onions.

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2. 2nd Story Brewing Company 117 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

Yes, the second-floor brewery gives this brewpub its name, but fried starters by the basket and other savory bites are just as good a reason to hit up this Old City spot that formerly housed Triumph Brewing.

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3. Local 44 Bottle Shop 4333 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (West Phillyu City)

Courtesy of the beer bar barons of West Philly's Local 44, this new next-door bottle shop stores 500+ cold choice brews (incl. Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel) in a rustically wooded interior with cheekily labeled beer coolers ("Red & Hoppy", "Belgian, Actually") and an upstairs nook packed with room-temp biggies like a 750ml Kriek De Ranke and an equally large jug of AleSmith's Wee Heavy, which you'll definitely do if you drink too many of these.

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4. Standard Tap 901 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Nolibs)

Some fun facts about the Standard Tap, they have tons of craft beer on tap and every menu item is a special while supplies last. Now stop reading and go eat something!

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5. Tria Taproom 2005 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

The Rittenhouse location of this cozy bar boasts a number of carefully-curated, seasonal beers, wines, and ciders. And in a true taproom fashion, without a bottle in sight. Big windows, a solid-glass, climate-controlled wine "cellar" that dominates the back wall, and an airy-for-its-size interior -- lined with sparsely-appointed counters and rustic stools -- creates the perfect atmosphere to enjoy craft libations, wood-fired grilled flatbreads, and sophisticated snacks.

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6. Yards Brewing Company 901 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Nolibs)

Founded by a couple of local homebrewers, Yards Brewing Company and now produces one of the best pale ales in the country -- as per The New York Times -- at a waterfront plant boasting a 100-seat pub. And in addition to supplying both year round and seasonal brews, Yards' parking lot is home to a variety of food trucks, perfect for all-night pairings.

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7. Khyber Pass Pub 56 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The KPP is a late-night joint offering some fan-food favorites from down South, like red beans & rice and even beignets. And oh-so-much beer.

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8. City Tap House 3925 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (West Phillyu City)

City Tap House has an extensive selection of micro-brews and delicious food to go along with them, as well as a killer patio for outdoor drinking.

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9. 2nd Street Brewhouse 1700 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19148 (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.

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10. Prohibition Tap Room 501 N 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Spring Garden)

The kitchen stays open 'til 1am on weekends at Prohibition, which makes it the perfect place to go before or after a show at nearby Union Transfer. Or, if you're simply craving a pub burger set to jukebox throwback tunes, this is the spot: the burgers here are 100% grass-fed local beef and topped with Hope Springs cheddar, lettuce, haystack onions, all on a snowflake bun. Oh, and Sundays are BYOV: Bring your own vinyl record and you’ll get 20% off of your bill.

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11. Fiume 229 S 45th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (West Phillyu City)

Tucked above University City Ethiopian restaurant Abyssinia, Fiume brilliantly executes the concept of a speakeasy by embracing its inner dive bar. Christmas lights illuminate a chalkboard listing of the bar’s extensive beer selection, and you’ll be sure to find some unique bottles you’ve never heard of. Philadelphians who trek from all over the city to Fiume don’t mind that the prices are slightly above average or that there are only six stools at the bar and a handful of tables. And even though the place is so miniscule that you’ll wonder just how the live Bluegrass band managed to squeeze both its members and instruments inside, you too will want to come time and time again.



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