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The Grey Lodge Public House
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 65
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
6235 Frankford Ave
phone: (215) 856-3591
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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 |
More by mltobin
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Visited the establishment on a Friday evening. It was easy to find using Yahoo directions. but finding a place to park was something else. Its been over 30 years since I went to college (and lived) in Philly, and it was strange to see cars parked in the middle of the street. It was sTonenight and the downstairs was pretty packed, but my wife and I were able to get a table upstairs. When I asked the bartender what was on tap he pointed a list on the wall. I was a bit dissapointed but I was hoping for something new, but I had already had everything on the list (it turned out he list was incomplete because the had an additional Stone beer on-tap that wasn't on the list) The food was good, but nothing exceptional. I'm glad I went and the next time I am in the area I will stop again. (my son is starting college in Philly in the fall anf I'm sure I will have a number of reasons to return.
05-19-2007 23:58:11 |
More by tgbljb
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I finally made it out to the Grey Lodge for a meal with some friends. The map quest directions to this place as I headed north on I95 were super easy. Parking was a snap as well.
As I walked into the bar, I was greeted by an obnoxiously loud Harvester of Sorrows by Metallica. This brought a smile to my face, but this wouldnt do for dinner, so I headed upstairs that was surprisingly shielded from the ruckus downstairs. We spent most of the night up here sitting in front of the window. We had a party of seven, and we fit easily in. The upstairs here is really attractive. The beer decorations are really eye catching and the wooden ceilings flanked by a strip of shelving displaying various beer mugs was a nice touch. The bar is very attractive itself with its simple wood work tucked away in the corner. Over all, I got some really good vibes from the upstairs.
As we waited for our dining mates, we had a few pints of local brews. Each pint that came was nearly overflowing. Thats a nice touch that doesnt go unnoticed by me. Less head, more beer? Why certainly! The tap list we had to choose from consisted of Appalachian Rockville Rye, Climax Helles, Saranac Belgian White, Penn Marzen, Victorys 10th, Middle Ages Apricot Ale, Troegs Sunshine Pils, Yards T.J. Tavern Ale, Lancasters Gold Star, and Flying Fishs Hop Fish. This list just screams local summer beers. Very nice indeed. The bottle list was also extensive with a strong reliance on locals, but also a few not-so-locals.
There seemed to be only one person working the upstairs and she held down the bar and waited tables with ease. I was impressed with how well she kept everything running up there. She was quick with super-full beers and even managed to run down stairs to grab a few bottles off the bottle menu. My one complaint is that she served my Blithering Idiot to me with a pint glass. I asked her for a different one and she was happy to swap out glasses. Over all, I was extremely impressed with how effortlessly she held down the entire upstairs by herself without a hitch. Well done!
The food I found to be standard pub fare. I had one of the cheese steaks and my lady had the veggie burger. Both were standard, run of the mill, simple bar food. Nothing fancy, but certainly nothing wrong. Fries are extra, but worth it! Id also get the big ol tub of cheese for $.50 too.
After our meal and meeting BA owner, Scoats we headed downstairs to finish our drinks. I must say that Im not too impressed with the downstairs. I just seems too dark for my liking. Ive been here at high noon before, and it still had a dimly lit feel to it. Now, I havent spent an entire night on the first floor, so I wont let my judgment speak too loudly for my rating. I guess Ill have to head back for another night.
As we were getting ready to leave, we were escorted out of the building by Bob Dylans Masters of War. The sound track for the night was right on! I dig this place and look forward to returning to see what else is on tap. Man, I wished I lived closer!
07-24-2006 17:27:55 |
More by DarkerTheBetter
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: 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: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited on a Wednesday evening:
If I still lived in the Northeast, this place would most certainly be my local. And it should have been my local, but until I ran across this website, after I had moved, I had no idea about the pub. Frankly, it is just sad. Regardless, this is a great spot. Upon entering, you could tell that it was just locals, as I can't really imagine too many people, other than BA's making the trek to the pub in this part of town. And to be clear, this is not a disparaging remark about NE Philly; I lived there for many years and loved it. Nothing pretentious about this place, just a good place to gather, drink and talk with your friends. I think that there was a fantasy football draft taking place in the back. Got to love that.
Obviously, the place had a great vibe even though there may have been only been a dozen people in the place including the 2 bartenders. The service was exactly what you would expect from a pub in NE Philly and the beer selection was fantastic. I had a Stoudts as I don't get a huge Stoudts selection in Atlanta. I didn't try the food and I didn't make it upstairs, but I would recommend any BA to pay it a visit, you will definitely get a greater understanding of the people and the culture of the great city of Philadelphia.
09-01-2011 19:53:54 |
More by PhillyStyle
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I had been to the Grey Lodge a year or so ago for beer quizzo and it was alot of fun. That was before they had the upstairs bar/restaurant open and even then the selection of beers was very good and the pizza they had at the time was good.
I just visited the Grey Lodge again the other day with my wife and some friends. Since it was the weekend we were expecting the place to be packed but to our suprise we were able to get a table upstairs as soon as we got there. I love how their website is pretty up to date on the beers that are on tap. I checked it before we left and was happy to see they had Legacy White Ale on tap. That was the first beer that we each ordered and everyone loved it. We also tried Yard's Poor Richards Ale on tap (wow!), Flying Fish Abbey Dubbel, Flying Bison Aviator Red, Stoudt's Winter Ale in bottle, Legacy Hedonism Ale in bottle and Great Divide Wild Raspberry Ale, all in bottle. Very good selection.
I was also happy to see the food menu which is pretty eclectic and very reasonably priced. I tried the fries which were very good, nice and sturdy, not greasy or limp like alot of fries can be at places. The group I was with shared a bowl of their Thai curried mussels which were so good. Besides the fact they give you a ton of mussels and for only $8, they are a nice size and the sauce is worth spending some time to sop up with bread once you eat all the mussels. On par with the great mussels at Monk's. I had a cheesesteak, my wife had the sausage sandwich and they were both great.
Everyone enjoyed the food and the beer selection and the upstairs bar is very very nice and roomy. If you go there, check out the cool poster on the wall that is made out of mainly Belgian beer labels and caps. Some of the labels and caps are very cool and some are very rare. It is definitely worth sitting at the table near this poster and stairing at it for awhile. It will get you thirsty. Someone put alot of time and effort into this and it is very cool. Great time!
01-23-2006 00:10:35 |
More by ggaughan
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
My wife and I went here for the 75 min IPA simultap. It was a very rowdy crowd at first but once everyone got their beer everything settled down a bit. When you first walk in their is a staircase to you left (which we did not venture to look upstairs) and the bar is straight ahead. Two massive flatscreens above the bar. The looks of the place are that of a hole in the wall bar (literally there was a massive hole in the wall where I was standing). There was a big blackboard with all of the brew's on tap , bottled , and in the upcoming future. I probably wouldn't have a good reason to come back as it is a hike from our house but it was worth the expierence for the 75 min IPA.
03-27-2009 14:12:11 |
More by TheFightfan1
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Finally made it out to the Grey Lodge Pub upon the recommendation of many of my PA BA buddies. First off let me say that this bar is nestled into one of the most blue collar area's of the Northern Philly that I have been in. Definitely felt like the "Eastern Europe" of Philly to me. So we walk in at noon on a Saturday and see a good sized dive bar with 2 already drunk locals drinking PBR bottles with fervor. My immediate impression is that either these guys are going to be totally cool or a total problem for a blue collar beer geek like me. Turns out they were totally cool...albeit s*it faced! As I go in to sit down the one guy goes "Who ya rooting for?" and I respond "Who's playing?" which gets a giant laugh and a "I like this guy" response! By the end of our 2 hours here this guy introduced himself to me multiple times, gave me his home address 3 blocks away, and invited me to come hang at his house in the future.
Moving on to the service: Bill our bartender was a really nice guy. Easy to talk to and helpful. He was attentive and fairly knowledgeable about the beers he served. The selection was pretty eclectic. Good mix of styles and lots of local PA breweries represented. Decent bottle list too. I really enjoyed the Dock Street Rye Porter on hand pump he poured me.
Food was really tasty....I had the lodge steak which was served in about 5 minutes flat...Bill said "We have a great microwave" with a smile on his face when we commented on the lightning fast serving time. Cheesesteak was delicious though and I'd gladly order one again.
We didn't make it upstairs (I've heard they have a nicer bar upstairs) but since downstairs never had more than 12 people in it we were happy staying downstairs.
A funnier moment came when Bill told us a story about some drunken kid who showed up at 10:30am asking him for a beer and a shot but was already drunk...low and behold at about 12:30pm Bill asks all the bar patrons if they need another round or if they will be okay for a few minutes. We tell him we are fine and he tells us that apparently the kid from 10:30am decided to go to sleep in the middle of the street about a half a block around the corner so he called an ambulance to pick him up.
As I walk out of the door I look to the right and 20 feet down the sidewalk is a muscular guy wearing a wife beater and the largest iguana i've seen draped around his neck like a snake. The iguana has its own spiked collar on. Gotta love Eastern Europe :)
09-06-2010 16:22:49 |
More by koopa
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Easy to miss because the façade is small and unassuming, inside the Grey Lodge is a thin sliver with a bar in the middle. Paintings of outdoor scenes on the wall and the occasional breweriana hanging, too, the best piece of décor is in the bathrooms. Floor-to-ceiling colorful mosaics, displaying a number of famous beer quotes from the venerable Plato, Homer Simpson, Shakespeare, some drunk old man, etc. a really nice touch. Good work, Mr. Publican. Also, there is a thin and long electronic screen, like ones youll find in train stations, scrolling info about the available beers and upcoming events. Again, a really nice touch. Hopefully the upstairs will be open soon.
And about the publican, a BA named Scoats, this guy really puts his heart out. Friday the Firkinteenth, Groundhog Day, Stout Season, the list of unique, fun, and recurring events he puts on are a further testament to the effort and care. I say further because the selection is excellent, with the taps rotating through every micro within a three-hour drive, and not just the well-known like Victory or Troegs, but the smaller brewpubs like Brewers Art and Sly Fox. His whiskey list, partly formed per the advice of Lew Bryson, is stellar, too, if youre into that. Check out the Lodges often updated website with plenty of cool info to pique your interest.
Somebody called the patrons of this place Philbillies yes, its a working class neighborhood that saw better days a long time ago, but can you really hate on the local regular Joes? So what if theyre drinking Coors, theyre good people. Little in the way of food, but those simple tomato pies taste damn good after a couple pints. Great management, good bartenders. Plenty of parking because its a flat and open neighborhood. Glad to find out its an easy drive up 95 and a quick jaunt down Aramingo, or you can take the slow and mediocre-at-best Philly public transportation, or pay an arm-and-a-leg for a cab ride. Regardless, check it out, its quite a nice dive.
02-16-2004 15:45:25 |
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