After a drink on Ted’s boat (as tradition dictates) we explored Northern Liberties in the snow and headed for the Standard Tap, a pub that was recommended to me from the very beginning of Deb’s Bucket List.
We entered the door and we were immediately hanging in the bar, a large room with a dark and cavernous feeling, buzzing with cool people. Bypassing the crowd we headed upstairs, walking past several small rooms and down a hallway to a very small but cozy bar featuring a genuine wood fire in the fireplace and many windows with views down to the wintry street. (tiny) There is a mix of low tables and high tops with stools with privacy panels (nice). The lighting is almost entirely from tea light candles. An oxymoron comes to mind — elegantly casual.
You don’t need to be hungry to eat!
The menu is is deceivingly casual because it is posted on chalkboards but the food is known to be outstanding and reviewed by food professionals from practically sea-to-shining sea. Ted and Eric enjoyed a pot of mussels in scrumptious red sauce with bakery bread and butter. It’s gourmet dining in an extremely casual and dark atmosphere.
901 N 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Opened in 1999.
From Their Website
“…our goal was simple: to create a neighborhood tavern that featured great beer and wholesome food. With that in mind, we offer a draft-only beer selection that highlights the vast array of styles crafted by breweries located in PA, NH and DE. Our food menu both complements the beer and expands the notion of what pub food can be.”
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