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Blue Dog Pub
Taps: 23 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
850 S Valley Forge Rd
phone: (215) 368-6620
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vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
Update - Like I say, we have limited beer buying opportunities here in PA, and this place is right next to the (state-run) liquor store, so I went in there again and the guy who served me was much more friendly than I've encountered here in quite a while. I went back again and the woman who rang up my beer was also friendly. No idea if management is trying to emphasize customer service or its just the luck of the draw, but I'll put this place back on my list.
Plus it looks like they are trying to expand their selection-- which is tough given their limited space.
First of all, keep in mind that we have weird liquor laws in PA so there are very few places to get more than a basic selection of beer.
That having been said, Blue Dog Pub in Lansdale has a relatively good selection of beers. The stock changes constantly (though some favorites are always available) and they usually have a few $1.99 craft bottles on sale for low cost experimentation. Usually a few more exotic items as well.
My problem is that the service is lousy. The wait staff who are servicing the bar and the tables also have to work the take out window. As a result they are a little stressed out and you have to wait. One time I commented that the beer I bought on a previous visit was bad (it had gone skunky even tho I opened it as soon as I got home); his reaction was basically "it sucks to be you."
As a result I have been exploring other locations nearby. Its hard to find them. If you are not as picky about service as I am, then you might like to visit Blue Dog pub for its take out. As for beer on tap and food, I havent eaten there in years, not since a bartender spilled beer on me and laughed about it (I should mention that the manager refunded my money).
04-29-2013 22:00:24 |
More by AndreD
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I traded up slices in Schwenksville (yes, that’s a real place) for a beer & a better meal. My 3rd time out; I pretty know what I’m getting into. Located in a strip mall on 363, here, much like their other location, albeit not here. My ‘don’t feel like heading down to Philly proper alternative’, sort of kind of almost on the way back to the hotel the long way around...
Front corner beer, well it’s not exactly a store, no, it’s more its own room and then not really even that, more like a corner sectioned off with a ‘pay here’ cut through to the bar side. Singles & sixes, 22’s, 750’s, magnums, gifty stuff, warm & coolered cold. I see Bells, Port Brewing, Russian River, Great Lakes, Deschutes; things we don’t get in NY (fuckers!) and some girl’s getting’ her 40’s on; something for everyone, I suppose. The beer store piece gets some action.
Past there, the down and around ‘U’ shaped bar with a black laminate top, worn wood lip, panel base, and a brick foot box; seating for 2 dozen or so on wood chairs. Glassware stacked on a cooler at the end of the bar, wellings below all around.
Yellow panel & painted walls over slat wood lowers, and large sheet mirrors on the backside of the bar wall. Black & white marbled tiling looking floors, and strip mall store drop ceiling. 9 flatscreens for game (I’ll be looking for Yankees baseball on one of them in short order, please), viewable from anywhere you are in the place, and other than the dog prints on the far wall, the décor is that of brewery & pub signage, mirrors, neons, things that spin, etc. 5 booths on the wall and 4 tables sharing a bench length down past there. 2 hightops & a lowboy to the rear beyond the small pool table there, along with electronic darts and a juke.
On one side of the bar, 6 taps on a copper roundy tower, and a pair of solo handles. On the other side, a row of 10, a fruity beer duo, and a solo nitro. The paper beer menus list the lucky 21 taps on up atop and items coming soon down below. When something kicks, they cross it out and draw an arrow to show what’s just come up. Seems they rip through some beer here. Pretty quickly. It’s an, um, interesting mix. Roughly 1/3 craft beer (which I took nearly entirely in on a set of samplers, we’ll get to that), and the other 2/3 made up of mostly meh imports (Jandrain-Jandrenouille VI Saison, Palm, Konig Ludwig Weiss, Murphy’s Irish Stout, Lindemans Framboise, Van Diest Fruli Strawberry, Stella, Heineken), macros, big brands, and a cider (Miller Lite, Bud Light, Leinenkugel Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, Yuengling, Woodchuck).
Monday is sampler night; 4 shorty 4oz glasses for $4.99 (down from their usual $6.50). I will play. First round brought the Bells Java Stout (lovely), Founders Centennial IPA (yes), Stoudts Housefest (Octo, pretty good), & Prism/Evil Genius/Round Guys collab Belgian Black IPA (just okay). The second round saw the Shawnee Apiarius Ale (an APA brewed with honey, actually not bad), Fish 10 Fish Tale Ale (‘cause I need to be drinking barleywine, almost DIPAish, this one did not suck), Arcadia Hop Rocket Impy IPA (okay), and I opted out of the last remaing craft beer (Manayunk Yunkers Noctornum) for the Jandrain Jandrenouille VI Saison (pleasant enough as Saisons go).
And the dinner I upgraded to from crappy pizza at work. Last time out, I had the salmon (kickin’), and the time before that, the twin chicken breasts with a mango salsa (seriously solid), so I’m expecting the food of the good again, good again, good again. Started with the French onion soup, which was pretty killer. With the ordering of an entrée, you’re dealt a side salad (dressings of the not French so I slummed it with something vinaigrette). It was a good croutony salad, I did dig. And the blackened twin chicken breasts (It’s a well known fact that the blackening of anything ups its base awesomeness threefold), with caramelized onions, avocado salad, & black bean sauce. This was yet another great entrée, arriving over smashed potatoes of really good and a veggie side, as usual. Portions, they are plentiful. Good kitchenings here.
Music is a mix of generally not my play list (Chili Peppers ‘Zephyr’ & The Four Tops ‘Baby, I need your loving’ intermingled), and has now done the country shift again. It’s dead here tonight, but usually there’s a funny mix of non craft beer regulars and not. Servers are pleasant, some more beery than others. Got a Founders Breakfast Stout once before that was not that beer. You can tell me otherwise all you want, and I don’t care what the tap marker says; I’m the 1% who would actually know the difference. Otherwise, it’s all been good. Tap selection goes hit or miss and carries a lot of meh, I get it. But they do do promos (Next up: High hops & extra rare beers), and I think you can get anything from the store upfront and consume here. Food is really good, and they mix it up some. This could become my Monday night house.
10-25-2012 17:37:29 |
More by slander
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
I have worked in the Lansdale area for a few years now and this place a definitely a diamond in the rough. The bottle shop in and of itself is worth a visit with an excellent selection of chilled and room temperature bottles at reasonable prices (for PA).
The draft selections are usually excellent and rotated constantly. My only gripe is that everything is served insanely cold so if you're ordering a big stout I'd order a 2nd beer of a different style just to allow the stout to warm.
The food has seemed to have improved slightly in the past few months. I know they brought on a new chef and he seems to be experimenting with a lot of game animals which is cool but it might be jumping the shark a bit. I usually get the grilled cheese with tomato and bacon (yum).
The staff is friendly and efficient. Courtney is super knowledgeable about what's on draft and what's pouring nicely and I would definitely throw any of your beer-related questions her way.
All in all, the Blue Dog stands out in Lansdale as a really nice drinking establishment with a fantastic selection. I'd look to get onto Chris' mailing list so you can stay abreast of what's new in the bottle shop. Highly recommended.
11-26-2011 14:29:25 |
More by hippityhops85
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Figured it was time I update my review of this place.
The Blue Dog Pub in Lansdale is quite local to me. They have a great draft list and nice bottle shop. Some bottles are priced accordingly while a few are a bit overpriced. However, for the most part the bottle prices here are very good compared to other bottle shops in the area and I can usually find something that fits the bill. They regularly update their tap list and post on facebook about which beer was recently tapped. I regularly attend the beer event they hold on the first Friday of every month and my friends and I always have a great time.
In my opinion the food here has gotten much better lately. I had a Cajun ahi tuna sandwich a few weeks ago that was simply sublime. The specials menu is changed every week and there are always interesting things to find and challenge your palate.
Ultimately, the Blue Dog Lansdale has a great tap list, good/great bottle selection, and good food. Don't hesitate to check it out.
05-10-2011 17:08:44 |
More by slentz
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
The front entrance is littered with various beer brand signs and posters. When you walk in there selection is directly to the right of you. Theres a shelf about 6' high by about 3 1/2' wide with 4 shelves of different beer lined up. On the side wall is about 5 cooler doors worth of brews, some macros at the end but theres more craft and imports in there. Then in front of the cooler is another desk with various bottles displayed. Its not a very large area, but their selections is pretty damn good. Not too mention the times I've been in there the bottles have changed, so they seem to rotate frequently. Their tap selection is excellent also.
The bar itself has some booth seating along the left wall for eating. The bar is a large U shape and extends almost the length of the establishment. The food is standard pub grub, cheese steaks, mozzarella stix, fries, that stuff.
The atmosphere is that of a sportsbar. They've got about 5 flat screens in the place, all of them playing sports center or a game if theres one on. The jukebox always seems to be on and at a fairly audible level even if theres no one in the place. The service was ok, I asked for a beer menu and then was left alone for about 10 minutes. That could've been better. But hey, this place is all about the beer and I always take some home with me when I leave. I could drop tons of money in there just on their selection alone if I had a better job.
02-15-2011 18:57:12 |
More by haazer
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I have been to the Blue Dog a few times to eat, many times to drink, altough lately more for to-go beer, as they have expanded from just the coolers to some shelves of warm bottles.
The atomsphere is more of sports bar, with a lot of TVs, a pool table and dart board. On weekend nights there is jukebox, and sometimes DJ or karaoke.
The quality of beers they have on tap is always great, ranging from Belgian to US craft brew from all over.
The selection for take-out is great too as previously mentioned. some of the rarer special release bombers and 750ml bottles are a little too pricey for me, but i'm probably not the only one, as some seem to sit for awhile. I more enjoy being able to try single 12oz bottles from some of the quality out-of-state breweries (like bells, founders, great divide, dark horse, etc) that they have carried.
the food is standard pub food, the cheese fries are a favorite late night snack
08-16-2010 18:32:08 |
More by jmdrpi
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
Been coming here for a few years on and off but mostly for take out.
A- This place has a idenity crisis. I would say it's pretty much a sports bar with some good beer on tap as well as the swill. A locals kind a place, not a destination bar.
Q- I had a DFH Pangeea that tasted like str8 up ass once and a swore off the taps for a bit, it was horrid. Nowadays the beer is tasting somewhat better so I guess they are cleaning the lines on a more regular basis. Bot the cleanest looking estabishment here either, the bathrooms are well kept though.
S- It's either hit or miss but mostly the latter. The bartenders here really just dont know their beer and it shows. Some help does come with a smile but it's once in a blue moon. On one hand they have a lady who kinda knows her beer and on the other is a guy with a huge attitude and could care less about the beer, not to mention the customers.
S- I like the to go selection here, there is always something that i'm trying to pick up. I don't know what other people are saying but the prices here are kinda lower than other beer destinations in the area. It's true that some bottles are priced higher than regular but it's mostly lower. They have some nice tap selections mixed in with BMC, it just depends on what day you show up.
F- Truthfully, I think the food here is not all that great, I've never been impressed with anything I've had here, which is odd because I love bar food. A pretty extensive menu though.
All in all I like the Blue Dog Tavern leaps and bounds from the pub version.Come here and get some take out, but watch your tap choices because some will amaze you on how unkept they are.
07-04-2010 17:16:33 |
More by onix1agr
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Oh blue dog, you are the ol' neighborhood staple. First time goers beware, its your typical bar. Pool tables, cheap fakey juke box, smokey including 40-50% make up of the BMC crowd. However! Mike, the bartender there, gets some excellent beers that are rotated quite frequently. Brewers nights are done about once a month and the bottle selection usually has quite a few surprises in the cold case.
The service on the otherhand is quite poor... Unless you get Mike, or the chick with the blonde hair... you might be out of luck. My buddy asked for a Wit beer once with a lemon, the bartender laughed as he was about to hand it to him and said now thats a real mans beer.... bullshit if you ask me, cause i never asked for his opinion.... anyway...
The food is your normal pub grub... definitely endulge in the sweet potato fries... perfect snack food for beer drinkin.
Value? Not so bad for the area. I support them cause its the closest bottle shop and beer bar. They do a great job keeping new stuff on tap, so no matter when you go something new will be there.
05-31-2008 03:58:16 |
More by Jettanbass9
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
On Saturday I enjoyed their Lagunitas IPA and Stoudt's Double IPA on tap (nice selection). Previous posts stated the lines were not clean. Not so - both drafts were very fresh and bartendress corrected how I pronounced "Lagunitas". Take-out has a fantastic selection of craft beers and imports.
My experience eating here has always exceeded standard "pub grub" - some of the specials are very creative and tasty. I had a bison burger that surpassed anything I had in Wyoming.
Although the atmosphere is average right now, my understanding is that the owner will be expanding - all in all great things to come.
04-02-2007 20:17:29 |
More by duff74
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
I work right around the corner from the Blue Dog Pub and live about 10 minutes away. I have been here on numerous occasions both for dinner, Happy Hour and beer to go.
The take out section is basically the only reason I still go here. They have about 3 full coolers of craft beer in addition to your standard swill. They make a decent effort to get in the more "rare" craft beer in. But tend to charge a bit too much. For instance they were charging over $20 for Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu, which is just uncalled for when Capones is selling it for close to $10.
They don't take care of their taps at all. I would not suggest draft beer from here at all. A year or two ago things seemed to be ok. But the past three times I was in there the beer was just off. Clean your lines!
Food is below average bar food.
For the most part the staff knows nothing about the beer they serve. At least the bar tenders I have had experience with. They tried to tell me that the "house beer" they brewed (I later found out it was brewed by Legacy Brewing in Reading). On three occasions I have made the suggestion to either provide a tap beer menu, or if things change too quickly to at least keep a beer board in which you can list the current tap selections. Either that or educate your staff on what you have on tap.
They do have various brewery nights featuring Legacy, Dogfish Head, Victory, Rock Art, Weyerbacher among others. Bottom line is they are a good place to stop in to see what they have in the coolers for take out. If they get their act together with keeping their lines clean, educating their staff and providing some sort of list of what they have on tap the Blud Dog could be a great craft beer location. Right now they are a confused bar that doesn't know if they want to be the local smoke shack, college frat party, corporate America Happy Hour bar or craft beer heaven.
01-01-2007 04:22:21 |
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Blue Dog Pub in Lansdale, PA