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The Grey Lodge Public House
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 65
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
6235 Frankford Ave
phone: (215) 856-3591
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by ithacabaron:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I always used to get lost getting to the Grey Lodge, and then I realized "the route," and it was all gravy from there. Easy as pie now. That being said, for the record: I still can't stand the Northeast (and particularly its traffic patterns). The Lodge, however, is good enough, that I'll even overcome my geographic bias.
Onto the review. The Grey Lodge attained great cosmic beer balance for years as both the local macro hangout and haven for beer geeks, serving up rarities and a solid (if not huge) number of tap selections. Well, folks, now they've somehow gone and pulled the trifecta -- macro hangout, beer geek haven, and restaurant made for casual diners and even families.
To steal blitheringidiot's question, "Could you take your mother here?," I can tell you that now, with the expanded, non-smoking second floor, you not only can take your mother, but your infant child and grandmother as well -- one table was sporting three generations just this Friday. Things are still a little sparse up there, but it's definately solid. Time, I bet, will make it awesome. Downstairs there's still free darts, a fun crowd, and that continued commitment to small but good selection.
As far as their selection, the best analogy I can give you is this -- the Grey Lodge is sort of the neighborhood indie record store of the Philly bar scene. You'll find things on tap here that other bars will never get their hands on, and beers will appear here months before they become the darlings of the beer geek scene. Others will show up here, and then fade into beer obscurity. Just as with that indie record store, some are hits and some are misses -- but that's part of the fun.
Because the tap list is small (only about 8 taps, I believe), turnover is just incredible. The bad part? New releases will kick out before you ever get to them. If you do get there in time, however, everything's always fresh, and you'll always see something new on tap. Lines are cleaned and flushed every Monday morning -- I've never had a sour pint here.
Service gets a five here, because Scoats is among that higher echelon of bar owners -- always coming by to chat, extremely attentive, generous in all ways. If I could give a 5.5 or a 6, I would. Just a truly great guy. Need a darts partner? Grab his arm.
Selection is bolstered by their many events, from the serious -- brewery owners doing special one-night-only cask presentations of their beers -- to the silly -- High Five Day, Talk Like A Pirate Day, etc. Every special event calls for at least a few special brews, and it keeps things interesting,
Food can be ordered off a small, but solid menu. Like with his beer, Scoats is committed to freshness and quality. Everything I've had has been delicious -- the duck spring rolls and the fish and chips deserve special mention.
The Grey Lodge is a fine establishment, one of...ah, screw it. It's probably the best beer bar in the Philadelphia area.
Doesn't have the widest selection in Philly, doesn't have the rarest beer treasures in Philly, Doesn't have the longest vintage list in Philly (although they come close with some local rare treats). There are other places to go for those things.
What's most important about this place is this question: If you had to ask me, where do I always feel welcome, where would I want to spend a night drinking with my friends? Who's the finest publican in all of Philadelphia?
Grey Lodge. Scoats. Simple as that.
Make it over here sometime soon -- you never know, you might find the next big thing on tap.
Why To Make The Scene: Because the Grey Lodge is the best kept beer geek secret in Philly -- and your Coors Light-drinking friend will be comfortable here as well.
11-28-2005 16:38:55 |
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More by IdrinkGas
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>They offer a large variety of beers on tap! Something for everyone, They have fantastic food choices a well. They have a very knowledgeable staff to help you with your all of your beer needs. The prices are pretty reasonable.You get a good night out and it won't break your bank. A great place to visit when you're in Philly.
12-29-2012 20:52:23 |
More by doggydaddy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Great corner bar, with amazing selection of beers. A must visit. Good pub food and an awesome selection of Bourbons in the upstairs bar everything from pappy van winkle to george t stagg. If you are a bourbon lover, hit the upstairs bar, you will be pleasantly surprised.
Great events, try to get to a Friday the firkenteenth, it is a great way to drink yourself thru a day and sample some rare cask beers with other beer lovers. Filled with locals and beer geeks, a place everyone can feel at home.
10-08-2012 14:33:32 |
More by moebus
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $
Atmosphere - This was a great classic pub with a relaxed atmosphere and laid back clientele. It was smaller but perfectly comfortable.
Quality - The food was fantastic and was very reasonably priced. The beer menu included over 10 beers on tap that were top notch and included rarities such as Pliny the Elder, and their bottle list was also top notch.
Service - It was a friendly open atmosphere where you could go to the bar yourself and get your next drink, but despite that they still came to your table regularly to see if you needed anything and recommended beers to fit your taste.
Selection - Again, excellent selection both on tap (which seems to rotate very frequently) and in bottles.
Food - It was pub food and it was very good.
Value - We're from the Toronto area and I'm used to spending huge amounts of money at Ontario beer bars or in NY. After 9 beers (that included some rare treats like Pliny) and a full meal for two, the price was what I'd expect to spend for just a meal at home. The value was fantastic!!
For anyone traveling to Philadelphia I'd recommend Grey Lodge.
08-13-2012 00:43:42 |
More by mitrednip1
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Known for their Groundhog Day and Friday The Firkinteenth events. However, you can stop in any day of the year and expect an awesome time. Their prices are some of the best, especially for their growler fills. And they ALWAYS fill beyond the 64oz fill line. The bar is really laid back and makes use of local artwork. It's one of the few bars where I actually look forward to going to the bathroom to check out the awesome work done. Also, this place has the best fried pickles in the city (sorry Memphis Taproom). And the steak/chicken sandwiches are DELICIOUS!
Highly recommended. If I was recommending to a visitor, it would be the Grey Lodge Pub, Monk's Cafe and Memphis Taproom.
04-25-2012 21:42:32 |
More by JeffTheJuice
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
An excellent addition to the NE Philly beer scene. Very unique artistry (especially in the bathroom)- you'll have to see it for yourself. I have only recently discovered this gem, but have been back quite a few times since. I real local bar except for the great selection of rotating taps which includes many local brews (Yards, Dock Street, Manayunk) as well as some of the finer crafts in the US. I was actually there just a few weeks back for a tapping of a sixtel of Pliny the Younger. A very low key tapping (by design) but a tribute to the reputation this place has for dishing out top quality beers. I can't close this review without mentioning the great food either. Somewhat of a typical bar menu, but the quality certainly warrants a pat on the back. I'll be seeing these guys again soon.
03-25-2012 02:26:54 |
More by Louski
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Along NE Philly, a good ways from any part of the actual city. Its kind of like trekking from Manhattan to Far Rockaway. Anyways, the atmosphere was loud and happy on the evening that we visited. Some beer signs scattered the wall of a large bar area. They had around 16 beers on tap, with a focus on regional options such as Sly Fox, Manayunk and Yards. As well as other options from the US craft beer scene. No standouts when I was there. They carry bottles from Chimay, Rogue, Founders, Hoegaarden and some more. Staff was friendly and quick. As a couple others mentioned, I was a bit underwhelmed by some of the offerings. But it is certainly a great place to kick back some decent beer, especially if you find yourself living or passing through this random part of the city.
11-16-2011 23:56:12 |
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