Stopped for a brew and found a couple of gems on tap I never expected. Sat in the bar, staff were nice had nachos and beer, life is good. Had a kellerbier from a small German brewer I had been looking to find for 4 years. So far my favorite beer place in town. Great job on the draft list. Other fav was an English cask ale with a hint of diacetyl-
Visited in February 2017. Dark place in a very old building. Very noisy metal music in backround even it was only noon. Beer selection on tap much better than I expected. Lots of very heavy beers. Nice surprise and darkness wasn’t big problem. Best place of downtown because I didn’t like Monk’s Cafe at all. Now I might remember wrong but they had one cask pump and rock lady behind the desk didn’t know anything about using it. It was pretty painful (and funny) to watch her using all his muscles to ruin ale.
Philadelphia seems to have an abundance of small funky bars. Khyber Pass is perhaps the darkest bar I’ve ever been in. Went for lunch on a Saturday. OK beer selection. Good food menu (gumbo). Excellent service.
Visited twice late April/early Mat 2016. Dark place with a long bar and some seating in the back room. Fast friendly service. Nice tap list. Very close to one brewery and two other beer focused bars, so easy walk in between. I liked the place and would go back if in Philly again. Kind of metal music playing, helps with me feeling welcome.
The service leaves a bit much to be desired but a really strong draft list makes up for it. Nice variety between local and national stuff that’s hard to get with a generous pour and price. I’d come back but not out of my way to come by.
Awesome bar in the Old City. Fortunately, I was staying only a few blocks away so this became my ’local’ for the week. Great tap selection with not only a diverse range of beers, but also fast turnaround of the tap lines. The food is Southern style and really quite tasty. Happy hour delivers good deals on drink and food too - $2 off all drafts. The staff are great - super friendly and happy to have a chat. Great bar.
When I visited: Late September 2014.
What I had: Buxton Black Rocks, Sly Fox Pikeland Pilsner, and Freigeist Abraxxxas on tap, Hickory Smoked Pulled Pork plate with collard greens and coleslaw for me, North Carolina-style BBQ Pulled Porked sandwich and a few glasses of 2010 Creisen Sauvignon Blanc for my fiancé.
What I liked: Dimly lit ambience at the bar, plenty of seats available, good crowd that minds their own, excellent draft list with some harder to find imports, killer barbecue, bartender was happy to provide samples, had a great chat with one of the patrons, awesome experience all around.
What I disliked: Service was a little cold at first but improved substantially as the night went on.
Would I go back? Definitely. Khyber was one of the better bars that we visited during our time in Philly.
Overall Rating: 92
Nice cozy little spot with a very solid tap list (think I came the day after their anniversary) Service is attentive and friendly. Menu is pub fare with a flare but I didn’t eat. Prices are fair. Dig it and it’s a regular stop in the area.