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Philly’s Newest Grocery Store Opens With an Underground Taproom

I’m not like a regular grocery store. I’m a cool grocery store.

row of beer glasses under taps
Giant Heirloom Market in Northern Liberties includes a taproom and arcade games.

Philly’s third Giant Heirloom Market, the smaller, Whole Foods-esque entry in the brand’s chain of grocery stores, opens Friday, November 15, and comes complete with a bar. Oh how far Philly’s supermarkets have come. It feels like only yesterday a bottle of Yellow Tail in an Acme was blowing minds. Was that yesterday?

The new bi-level, 13,000-square-foot store is in Northern Liberties, at 1002 N. Second Street across from the Piazza. Along with the grocery standards, it includes an olive oil and vinegar blending station, a fancy cheese section, wine and beer, sushi, kombucha on tap, and lots of gluten-free and vegan items. Local food sellers are represented in the form of baked goods from Isgro and cheeses and charcuterie from Claudio, both in the Italian Market; a pretzel cart from High Street on Market; and coffee from One Village.

Here’s the part that really stands out: This Giant Heirloom Market includes a taproom in the basement dubbed The Underground, and you can see it through windows in the floor of the street-level store. It’s set up with taps for about 40 different beers, wines, hard seltzers, and hard kombuchas, all available for consuming onsite — ordered via touch screen — or taking to go.

a big basement bar with taps and shuffleboard
A rendering of the taproom at Giant Heirloom Market.

The current list includes several locally made brews, like Neshaminy Creek J.A.W.N., Evil Genius #Adulting IPA, Roy Pitz Sour Hound, and Dogfish Head Seaquench. If you want to hang out a while, Dock Street Bohemian Pilsner or 2 Robbers Orange Mango Hard Seltzer in hand, there are arcade games, shuffleboard, and a big Scrabble board mounted on a wall.

Giant’s first Heirloom Market opened early this year at 23rd and Bainbridge. Over the summer, a second set up shop at 34th and Chestnut. A fourth Heirloom Market is in the works for Second and South streets.