Thanks to the vision of William Reed, the Standard Tap has helped transform the neighborhood of Northern Liberties and 2nd Street in particular, into a craft beer destination. Following suit of the Standard Tap, places such as The Foodery, 700 Club, Blind Pig, Gunner’s Run, Max’s Brew Bar, and El Camino Real, amongst a handful of others, have made their bars craft beer-centric. 2nd Street between Spring Garden and Girard Avenue is a hotbed for beer drinkers and as perfect as any for a neighborhood pub crawl. A mere block off this beloved strip lies the often overlooked Druid’s Keep.
Located directly on the corner of Brown and North Hancock Streets, the Druid’s Keep has been a favorite among locals for years. Tucked away from the heavy crowds, the Keep is a hidden gem of sorts and the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of 2nd Street. A fancy bar it is not. Aside from smoking, it shares the characteristics of any of your favorite dives. It’s a simple bar serving a simple purpose— good drinks with good company.
However, unlike most dives, the Keep has an extensive offering of craft beer. Nine taps, one of which includes a staple Yuengling handle, and about fifty bottles provide plenty of options to keep all satisfied. The selection varies, but always favors heavily on local, so count on regular offerings from Yards, Flying Fish, and Weyerbacher, among others. Food is not an option though, so eating beforehand is typically a good idea. There is the BYOF or bring your own food option, and there are even a few menus on hand if you want to order delivery.
After ordering your beer, you have some options. In the main room, there a few tables opposite the long bar to go along with an up-to-date version of Golden Tee and a jukebox. A few steps beyond and you’ll find a pool table, an offering much too infrequent in craft beer bars, and a dart board for those up for some competitive fun while imbibing. On nicer days when it’s not raining, there is also a large patio out back with plenty of seating. During baseball season, you can even catch the Phillies games being projected on the back wall of the building. A few good beers and the Phillies outside on a cool summer evening make for a hard to top way to end the day. On the not so nice days, you can always be certain to find some fellow sports fans to watch the game with on one of the five TVs surrounding the bar.
You don’t always want to go out to a fancy beer event or seek out the rarest of beers. You don’t always need a fancy gastro pub meal to pair your beers with. Sometimes you just want to relax with a few beers and shoot the shit with some friends. That’s where the Druid’s Keep comes in. When you want to play a game of pool and throw back a few pint glasses of good beer, you come here. It’s the place to go to escape everything else and sometimes, that’s just what you need. Druid’s Keep is located at 149 Brown St., Philadelphia, PA 19123.