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The Grey Lodge Public House
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 65
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
6235 Frankford Ave
phone: (215) 856-3591
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Made my first stop at this legendary Philadelphis establishment. Nestled in suburbia. Plenty of street parking available. The place was cozy and had the most prominent corner bar feel I have ever seen. The place was loaded with locals but I didn't feel out of place. A friend and I took a table and we were quickly attended to by a waitress. Service was good. Not great. We had to wait for our server to come over and take our second beer and food order. The selection was impressive. Lots of local and regional draft. The food was outstanding. If they didn't have all the great beer, I would still come here for the food.
12-29-2009 03:23:55 |
More by mymrnngjckt
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
Interesting little place located in Northeast Philly. Although a little "divey", there is always a friendly crowd willing to talk beer. They have 9 beers and a cider on draft, specializing in local brewpubs and breweries. Every Friday at 6pm they tap a small cask of something (last week Victory Hop Devil). They call this Firkin Friday. When Firkin Friday falls on the 13th of the month (Friday the Firkinteenth) they set up at least 10 different casks and tap them all at the same time. It doesn't get any fresher than that!
06-25-2002 09:28:40 |
More by jrancan
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
After visiting a couple spots on the Philadelphia map, me & my newly relocated tour guide entered the Grey Lodge.
The first floor was quite occupied for the early evening, but word of mouth had us floating to the top level, where BAs were known to migrate.
Quite cozy up top, nothing like the heavy air that circumvents the masses underneath. I have nothing against the patrons downstairs, but I was hungry. :) The lighting was a little better too, so I could at least read the beer list & menu with these squinters. The menu was quite hefty for a bar, so we took our beers first. Not too much going on that night, but enough to try on a first visit. My friend killed the keg of Hooker Doppelback, but being the gracious patron he is, let me have the honor. Five minutes later, I was already halfway through that tasty brew, when the food arrived. The curry mussels looked really good, but I didn't order that. I had the steak sandwich, which sadly was a big disappointment. It was basically Steak-Ums & white cheddar cheese wiz. Now, I heard a rumor that an authentic cheese steak uses cheese wiz, but the menu read a bit differently. The side order of clam chowder though, was pleasantly better then expected.
We met a handful of BAs locals during the meal that made the experience all the better. Eventually moving up to the bar, the conversations continued a little past my expertise, but still quite friendly.
We casually argued about a few brews, & then we would be treated to samples by the lovely barkeep.
Before you knew it, it was time to leave. A parting pint of Blackbird oatmeal stout made the walk back into town oh so much easier on my knees.
I came away with two thoughts from my trip:
1)The two chicks at the end of the bar must of felt very lonely sipping Miller lites all evening.
Seriously, I had a very pleasant evening & definately look foward to visiting this fine establishment again.
11-26-2006 04:13:31 |
More by PEBKAC
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
SO I went to the famous grey lodge pub last night. I even got to meet scoats, who seems like a really cool guy. And, he cares, which I think is key. you could have a bar with the best selection ever, but, if he never cared, well, the place would just be shitty. Props to him for the work in the bathroom(s - my girlfriend said the place was the same when she went in) that was well played indeed. Sam with the woodworking and the floor. The bar tender seemed allright as well. I do like the owl motif.
We could go on and on about the selection. Best way to see is go to the website and check it yourself. 1st time I got to have stuff from DFH and Brooklyn on tap, so that is always a treat.
This is, through and through, a north philly neighborhood bar, but honestly that adds to it. You'll have locals, you'll have blue collar, but that is philadelphia. It is a great time, don't expect 5 star, but expect a good time. Times like this I wish I lived closer
04-19-2004 03:37:05 |
More by PSUDREW
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
Several brews at the excellent new Sly Fox in Royersford were followed by an equally great set of brews at the atmospheric General Lafayette, and a revisit to the Standard Tap, it was soon late-afternoon and time to head out to the much-vaunted Grey Lodge Pub on the outskirts of Philly.
First things first, I have to tip my English Bowler Hat to fellow BA Ericaweizen for driving during the entire awesome road trip during this Memorial Day Weekend Saturday BA-PA-CA Pubcrawl, however, that being said ..the Grey Lodge is definitely *not* located at 3562 Frankford Avenue ..its erm, well 6235 Erica, I told her she typed way too fast when doing the MapQuest thingy ..LOL ..well after we escaped the drug ravaged rather dodgy looking other end of Frankford Avenue and made it to the right end and address, street parking was relatively easy to find, as indeed was the Grey Lodge.
I digress; the exterior has one of those horrid false looking stuck-on stone cladding wall appearances. The words The Grey Lodge Public House are plainly adhered to a wooden planked board that runs the width of the Pub. Nice to see for once that the spelling of the word Grey is correct. A Post Office red door, situated to the right of an alleyway entrance and to the left of paned black window full of neon signs, yearns to be opened.
Once the red door is pivoted on its hinges, the Grey Lodge opens up like a Pandoras Box and back into a long rectangular corridor. The streaming daylight of the outside of Philly juxta-posed against the darkened interior of the Grey Lodge, the eyes took a while to adjust, but the dim dark wood fittings lend a den-like feel once inside and the door closed behind you.
A flight of wooden stairs rises to the first floor as soon as you enter, which during a reckie, was quietly abandoned during our Saturday evening visit, but I noted that it opens daily at 5pm and is deep breath SMOKE FREE!! Cool.
Downstairs ground floor is definitely not smoke-free, more of a smoke all the hell you want sort of atmosphere. The Carcinogens didnt bother me too much for the few brews we had here. Basic interior typical of a working class boozer with a few Dartboards I noted. Funky fittings include one of those red-dot matrix signs that constantly scrolls the names of brews on offer and the Gents toilets, oh yeah..the Gents!!! Simply amazing, decorated with bottle caps, beery stuff here & there but more stunningly, the vast majority of the walls are covered in what seems like a plethora of hand made, extremely colorful tiles. The individual tiles which contain single words are placed together, seemingly in random patterns, but rather cleverly to form famous phrases, sayings and many beery quotes; very cool, now why did I come in here .oh yeah for a piss .
It is fair to say that I was quite nicely buzzed by the time I got here .so I didnt pay too much attention to noting the Beer List to memory; but I recall it had beers from Yuengling (Porter), Troegs, Stone (Porter again), Sly Fox, Flying Fish, Magic Hat and the excellent Middle Ages .oh yeah and Coors Light. I didnt get any food, but the Pizza place nearby is pretty cool and proved to be a great source of entertainment before we headed out back to Bethlehem.
The Grey Lodge is a superb Beer Bar, a real locals bar in a neighborhood that has seen much better times it seems, but the Grey Lodge retains a super-cool dive-like décor and an impressive beer list. Id love to get here during one of the Firkin Fridays or better still a Friday the Firkinteenth Night.
Thanks to Ericaweizen for showing me 2/3rds of Frankford Avenue and getting me here, much appreciated despite the constant piss-taking.
The Grey Lodge is my kind of Bar.
Last Visit: Saturday 28th May, 2005.
06-05-2005 03:12:39 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Visited the establishment on a Friday evening. It was easy to find using Yahoo directions. but finding a place to park was something else. Its been over 30 years since I went to college (and lived) in Philly, and it was strange to see cars parked in the middle of the street. It was sTonenight and the downstairs was pretty packed, but my wife and I were able to get a table upstairs. When I asked the bartender what was on tap he pointed a list on the wall. I was a bit dissapointed but I was hoping for something new, but I had already had everything on the list (it turned out he list was incomplete because the had an additional Stone beer on-tap that wasn't on the list) The food was good, but nothing exceptional. I'm glad I went and the next time I am in the area I will stop again. (my son is starting college in Philly in the fall anf I'm sure I will have a number of reasons to return.
05-19-2007 23:58:11 |
More by tgbljb
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
After hearing about the Grey Lodge on this site & various other publications, I was real happy my friend's best man chose this as a surprise destination for his bachelor party.
Very unassuming exterior, which I liked. Inside was welcoming: awesome beer memorabilia all over, & the restroom mosaic was a thing of majesty. It was nice that they had a second floor tap room, & the party pretty much took it over.
The tap list was impressive: I'm pretty proud of the variety Pittsburgh has to offer, but was thrilled to see some great stuff not available in my part of the state. Pliny the Elder & Roy Pitz Ludwig's Revenge topped my list.
The two female bartenders, while not appearing particularly thrilled to be serving 18 rowdy guys in the mid-afternoon, suffered us fools adequately. They also didn't seem especially versed in the beer, but were helped by cliffnotes for each tap.
I wasn't knocked over by the food menu at first -- seemed like typical heavy pub fare -- but was very satisfied by the biggest crab cake sandwich I've ever seen. And who's going to complain about delicious, starchy pub food anyway?
All in all a great time, at what struck me as a down-to-earth, beer-fearing and -loving establishment.
06-25-2009 03:20:30 |
More by OneDropSoup
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Atmosphere is really electric when I went here for the first time for the Friday the Firkinteenth. They had a bunch of local casks thrown on top of the bar, around 10, but I believe sometimes they have up to 15 or so. I met up with BAers RobBeer and NeroFiddled. This place was packed to the max no walking room left. I was there around 6 to almost 10pm then I was off to my usual Friday night card game. I had tried around six beers and I was ready to go. If I would have had a couple more brews I think I would have been sleeping there haha
I didnt get any food, but it was you basic finger food that they serve, thin pizza and tortilla roll-ups.
The bathroom walls have bottle caps in the walls, and beer quotes painted on it, check it out.
Overall this has to be one of the best stops in Northeast Philly.
09-14-2002 07:42:43 |
More by WilliamPhilaPa
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Been coming here for the last siz years off and on, the Grey lodge is the best thing going for beer in NE philly.
The surrounding neighborhood aside, the grey lodge has a nice vibe going for it. The upstairs bar is a bit more polished and new looking while the downstairs looks more like your average bar. Good, friendly people & the GL always have some sort of wacky event going on that is original.
The quality is up there. Clean lines, making for clean beer and a bottle selection that has a good turn around leaving for fresh beer. The presentation of the food is also nice. I never had a problem with the service here. The bartenders are nice and the servers are quick, depending on how busy it is.
The selection is always the best when Friday the Firkenteenth rolls around. At least 20 firkins from various brewers always make for a good time. They also save some sixtels for various events throughout the year. The bottle selection is OK with some goodies and macro's to keep the lights on. The tap selection is also nice and changing but the focus seems to be on local beers and surrounding states. I've never been wowed at the tap selection for some reason, maybe im spoiled. The food is great and they infuse beers in some of their dishes as well. I always go for a cheesesteak and fries though, Im not so adventerous when it comes to food.
Go her and have a good time, that's what they seem to strive for. The firkin selections are top notch.
07-19-2009 06:13:44 |
More by BARFLYB
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I have just made it through Beer Season 2007, so I think I can give a review now.
The atmosphere is laid back and friendly. I've had strangers talk to me about which beers I liked, etc. The bartenders too. They have a varied and constantly updated (seriously, like every few days) tap selection clearly posted on the big chalkboard behind the bar. That beer list isn't always accurate between kegs but the bar staff is friendly and informative. I like the menu too. It includes the standard bar fare (fries, chicken tenders, etc.) and some "fancy" stuff too like Duck Spring Rolls, which I recommend.
The prices you pay for these microbrews are pretty good. You could go downtown and pay an extra dollar or two for a pint of Dogfish Head or Yards. The Grey Lodge also has a cask available every now and then, as well as beers specially brewed for/exclusive to the bar. These mostly come from the local breweries.
All in all, I'm quite fond of this place.
02-28-2007 06:07:22 |
More by edskirk3
The Grey Lodge Public House in Philadelphia, PA
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