Standard Tap Raises Money for Children’s Hospital

4067-ASFor every fudge brownie sundae the Standard Tap sells, the Northern Liberties bar donates two dollars to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In 2013, that meant they donated $3315.00 to Children’s Hospital. As for how they arrived at an odd number when they donated an even amount for each dessert? We haven’t the foggiest.

Another Banner Year [Standard Tap]
Standard Tap [Foobooz]

Tonight: Drink Out of Your Gourd at Standard Tap

gord-squareWhile some of us might be out of our gourd tonight at Whiskey Fest. There is also the opportunity to drink out of a gourd at the Standard Tap. The Tap is offering some of the area’s best pumpkin beers, drunk out of a gourd. The pumpkin costs $10 and includes the first beer. Refills are just $2. The gourd supply is limited, so getting there early is advised.

Standard Tap [Foobooz]

Standard Tap Celebrates Pork and Independence

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Standard Tap is celebrating the holiday weekend with Pork of July food and drink specials. From Thursday, July 4th until Sunday, July 7th, the Northern Liberties stalwart will be offering a pitcher special for three American Pale Ales (Riverhorse APA, Stoudt’s APA and Standard Ale). Each pitcher will be served with two complimentary hot dogs. Also on the drink list, pork belly Bloody Marys and micheladas.

The kitchen will also be turning out a smoked St. Louis rib platter, pork cheeks and cheese plus a bone in pork chop sandwich.

Pork of July at Standard Tap [Facebook]

One Month, Nine Bars, No Repeats

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For the month of March, nine Northern Liberties bars are getting together and making sure they don’t pour the same beer twice. They’re calling it Northern Exposure and plan to offer an unrivaled draft list of over 100 unique beers through the month.

There is no cover charge or tickets, just pay as you go for beers. They’re encouraging small, self-guided bar crawls and there will be Beer Passports to help record the beers tried. Complete one brewer’s offerings in the month and get some free swag.

Check out the Northern Exposure Facebook page for more information and follow @ExposureFest on Twitter.

The participating bars »

Diners Drive-Ins and Dives Filming in Town, Has Guy Fieri Been Spotted?

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We thought it was odd that Sidecar Bar & Grille at 22nd and Christian was closed during the day yesterday. Doubly weird that the Standard Tap was also closed. But then a tipster told us they spotted a Diners, Drive-ins and Dives film crew at Sidecar and it began to make sense. We reached  out to Standard Tap owner William Reed as to whether he had received a visit from “Flavor Town.” Reed issued a “no comment” which speaks volumes.

Did anyone see Guy Fieri himself around town? And are any diners, drive-ins or dives not open today? Let us know.

Philadelphia’s Top 50 Bars by the Numbers

We’ve posted the 2012 Best Bars in Philly list and now that we have had some time to let the list soak in, here are some interesting facts and figures about the Top Bars list.

  • 14 first time bars made the list.
  • Alla Spina had the highest ranked debut.
  • Welcome back to Doobies and McMenamin’s, neither had made the list since 2009.
  • Biggest jump, Frankford Hall jumped up from 41 to 10 in its first full year.
  • Farmers’ Cabinet saw the biggest drop falling from #9 to off the list.
  • Standard Tap, South Philadelphia Taproom and Pub on Passyunk East have been in the top 10 each year of the list.
  • Beer dominated the top ten spots but cocktails are a priority in at least seventeen of the establishments.
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