Blue Dog Pub
Taps: 23 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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3.5/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
This place is known for their good draft selection and pretty good take-out. They do have a different brewery night every month which can be really good. I've been to Victory and Dogfish Head. Each time they had about 5 drafts plus the Dogfish night they had the Randall(fresh hop machine). The take-out section is good for the area, but a little bit pricey. I don't think it changes over quick enough. The staff knows their beer as far as I can see. I've had 120 minute from Dogfish here on draft which has got to be a rare one. I used to like this place, but it got old pretty quick.
12-17-2006 01:17:53 | More by eveman
3.68/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This is a completely dichotomous place. It struck me as a cross between a sports bar (8 monitors), a neighborhood hang-out (2 pool tables and a large crowd watching the play), and at base, the end of a strip mall that could be anything, but thankfully, it is a good beer bar. Their motto, "Come. Sit. Stay." is either meant for the submissive set or the canine at heart.
They have three real claims to fame, as far as I could tell. The first is their bank of upright coolers for take-away beer, and especially the first two doors, where they have a lot of marvelous singles. The owner told me that he is not out to gouge people on singles and thusly charges the cost of a six-pack, divided by six. Fair dinkum, since I've been in some PA bottle/single places where they make their living by making you pay dearly for the privilege of buying something less than a sixer or a case. I was also told that once the renovations next door (the demolition of a Rite Aid) are complete, they will be expanding to nine (9) cooler "doors". The second is their array of ~ twenty (20) taps, which runs the gamut from BMC to locals like Troegs, LNCBC, and Legacy, who makes the house Wit, to Belgians, like Lindeman's. They have a hand pump and, on the night that I visited, a firkin of LNCBC A4G sitting on the bar under gravity-pour! Wow! I cannot remember the last time that I had A4G on cask at LNCBC, but there it was at this local place. The third is their extensive menu, which looked great, but since I had eaten prior to arrival, I wasn't in the mood for more food.
The Mens' and Ladies' rooms are all of the way aft on the left hand side. I always like to know where the are ahead of time to save a litle time, should the need arise. Clean and well-maintained, which is a plus.
Finally, The Idiot Test: Would I bring Mom? Nope. The menu would not be enough to sustain her and the atmosphere just wasn't all that pleasant.
06-03-2006 12:05:01 | More by woodychandler
4/5 rDev +15.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Locals bar with a great beer selection. Ambience leaves something to be desired tho. Highlights are the food (A+) and the micros on tap. Usually about 6 to 10 on any given night. I haven't had a problem with dirty lines like some reviewers had. Sometime recently they tapped Troeg's Sunshine Pilsner and it tasted crisp and clean, as have the IPAs I've had lately. And their house beer, Blue Dog White Ale, is quite good, although I'm not sure who makes it. Certinally not anyone who works there. Also, the micro and import take out cooler is fabulous. Huge selection of hard to find beers, especially for the area. I suggest taking the beer home to drink to avoid the $2.25 drink-in surcharge. Theres just something wrong about paying more to open a bottle than the bottle costs itself.
EDIT: The tap handles and bottle shop have been getting insanely good over the past 18 months. The Blue Dog has become a must stop if you're in the area.
05-22-2006 15:27:25 | More by tubbnik
2.8/5 rDev -19.1%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$
The only reason to go to the Blue Dog Lansdale is for the singles in the cooler in the front. A decent selection for the area. My first exposure to Southern Tier (I'm a new fan) was here. Nick Stafford English Porter, Avery, Stones, Fuller's, a few belgians and lambics to name some. Recently found Supplication there.
The food - Pub Grub
The Staff - Arrogant and not too concerned about the customers. they tend to socialize with the regulars and treat others as distractions.
Come for the BOTTLED BEER. Not only because the dirty lines, but also so you won't have to wait and be ignored by the staff.
10-25-2005 03:15:07 | More by BitterBrian
2.85/5 rDev -17.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5
Basically, the only reason to go to the Blue Dog Pub is because of the beer. The atmosphere of this drop-ceiling establishment is lacking and doesn't live up to its name of "Pub." Often I have been forced to sit at the bar on the stools of the right wall by the wall-length mirror because there aren't any other places to sit. It is usually crowded and noisy. There is always a few people playing at the pool table which makes trips to the bathroom interesting. The waitresses generally seemed annoyed and don't appreciate most of the beer they serve. However, with that being said, the beer selection is the best part of this place. They usually have Victory on tap and always have two lambics as well. The refrigerated case is always stocked with many fine selections and gift sets (I was lucky enough to snag the last St. Bernardus set complete with chalice). They are all fairly priced. This place is the closest where I can get good beer so I'll continue to go back, but mostly for take-home.
03-09-2005 21:59:34 | More by tomthumbsblues
2.15/5 rDev -37.9%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3
Dropped the old crap, the place has deteriorated since. Sandwiches are good, about 7 good beers on tap, not taken care of at all. The atmosphere sucks, it's trying to be a beer bar, a sports bar, a family restaurant and a local club sort of place all at once. Any place with a tequila-chilling machine and weed sprayers for spraying shots probably isn't the best beer bar. You may get looked at funny for ordering a decent beer, and don't even bother asking the waitress or bartender what a particular tap is.
Recent edit - last time I was there I had the crab claws, which were stone crab claws served cold, cooked with no seasoning whatsoever. Not good. From my experience and the reviews of others I'd stick with sandwiches and wings.
Even more recent edit: Ug, every time I stop in this place it makes me desire less and less to go back. This time I stopped in to look for some takeout for Decemberween presents and decided to have a pint while I was there. I ordered a Petrus and there was this black crap floating in it. Absolutely disgusting. The bartender gave me a new one, which tasted nothing like Petrus at all. I don't know if they've ever cleaned the lines there, the beer never tastes anything like what it's supposed to. It's an absolute waste of good beer, and if I had a local brewery I would 100% refuse to have my beer on tap there. I can't remember the last time I was there and had a beer that tasted how it was actually supposed to taste. Hey, there's plenty of Heineken and Bud Light specials during the week though :P
Still, not a bad takeout at prices par for the PA singles course, with a particularly good selection of Stone, Rogue and DFH. Just stay out of the bar/restaurant area, or stick with bottles when you're there. Just get ready for weird looks and apathetic service.
I really want to like this place, since I live about 5 minutes away and there's nothing else near it, but every time I go there I leave with an increasingly sour taste in my mouth, both from the spoiled beer and my bad experience.
12-29-2004 03:34:40 | More by PopeDX
3.05/5 rDev -11.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5
I was not impressed with the blue dog pub. The atmosphere is not good. This place is in a strip mall, and the inside screams strip mall sports bar. The selection here is VERY good, the tap list of near-20 was peppered with a few macros, but mostly micros were filling up the bill. The service, however, was lame. It took a long time for the 1 bartender to take our order, and the place wasnt even full! I mean we were sittting at the bar! The quality of the brews was also not very good. My Dock Street Pils was sour, and wrong, and Ericas Mad Hatter was very buttery, and also not quite right. The food looked good, but we did not order any. I will not be back here again.
11-24-2004 00:09:31 | More by francisweizen
3.5/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
*** EDIT ***
New review: The Blue Dawg Lansdale is now 1.1 miles from my work. I hit it about twice a month. It has measurably improved since my last review!!!
Beers on tap are top notch, albeit limited. The two tap stations offer a decent selection from DFH, The Bruery, Ipswich...ya can catch my drift. Staff is educated with a formidable knowledge base that seems to be handed down from the Top BD Brass.
Smoke is no longer a factor like it used to be. Despite 90% of the clientele harking up a Heineken or mulling over a Miller Lite, the Blue Dog offers up an insatiable bottle selection rife with Rougue, deep with DFG, and chimed with Chimay.
The food menu reads like a diner bible of whos who in PA.
Last swigs: Blue Dog is worth a new walk. Come, sit, Stay.
Found the Blue Dog one night with a couple other BAs looking for something different. We found it on Heineken $2 bottle nite. Guess what was all over the bar? Anyways, this drop ceiling strip-mall joint was a sports bar with good beer selection. A "flower in a mudpuddle" if I may quote Crane. Otherwise, this is macro haven for locals. No beer lovers in sight. The interior decor: 15 "big three" macro brew neon signs across the 12' tall walls peppered by eight color t.v.s showing sports.
Seemed to be ok in the quality department. $2 take out bottles for average $35 a case beers, up to $5 and up for true odd ball bottles like big Rogue.
Bartenders just wanna pour swill from what I saw. The one bartender kinda shrugged his shoulders when it came to our expression of beer appreciation. When one gal noticed our beer appreciation, she actually asked, "How is the beer?"
Best aspect: BLUE DOG had a great takeout selection for our locale of Landsdale and a two-way Framboise/Peche tap section, Murphy's Nitro, Young's Double Choc. Magic Hat #9, Victory Mad King Weisse, Troegs DreamWeaver Wheat, Labatts Blue, Yuengling LAger, Mich. Ultra, Scud (a.k.a. Bud) Coors Lite, St. Pauli, Legacy Euphoria (* best of show) Stone IPA, Brewers Art Resurection, Chimay, Yards Saison, Hacker-Schorr, and an empty cask conditioned.
Vast bar menu with plenty of food pickens: Fried Olives $6.99 to Shrimp and Junmbo lump crab cakes for $17.99 and everything in between. We had a platter of nachos that would have made Jabba the Hutt cry. BLUE DOG PUB is practically a restaraunt bar. The drawback is the smokey brew slugging atmosphere. Worth a repeat visit. Snagged some rare brews on takeout, to boot.
Last call: Could you take your Mother here? I'm saying No. It's a bar first and foremost, and it can get smoky. Great take out and a huge menu.
09-28-2004 04:16:09 | More by blitheringidiot
3.88/5 rDev +12.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
So you're in Lansdale and you're looking for a beer? Look no further than the Blue Dog in that strip mall off that road that looks like every other road in Landsdale.
Nothing that'll knock you're socks off, but a nice selection and a nice place overall for this area.
From what I remember: Celebrator, Ephemere, Legacy Euphoria, Murphy's, Golden Monkey...all on tap amongst others. Very good bottled selection with pretty much the whole Dogfish Head line-up, a few Stone and Rogue products being the highlights for me.
Nothing real cozy about the atmosphere, but good enough to throw down some quality beers.
04-25-2004 05:19:20 | More by jrancan
2.95/5 rDev -14.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
This place is right near my house, so I've been there many times. While being a strip mall sports bar setting, the trained eye can spot the benefits of having a bar like this around. First of all, the food is great. One of the best Philly cheese steaks I've had in a while. The service is fantastic. The best part, though, is the beer selection. I had Murphy's Stout, and a Chimay. Both were skillfully poured from the tap and tasted great. A large selection of domestics, micros, imports, and Belgians on tap as well as bottled. The trash beer is there to keep the bills paid. 19 taps, I think. Great bottled beer selection. The takeout selection offers anything you desire at reasonable prices. This is not a hangout for beer geeks. A great option, though, that I can get great Belgians and watch the Eagles and the Phillies.
Blue Dog Upate: 9-11-05
Having visited several times since I last reviewed. I must say that this place really needs someone to wake them up. The food is still ok, but the rest is surely lacking. The waitstaff is more interested in hanging out at the bar than hustling tips. Sort of like they're doing you a favor. The last time I was there, I stopped in for a beer and a little relaxation. I ordered a Murphy's on tap. OK, so during the pour, she starts, then leaves it under the tap to settle, then forgets about it. I had to wave another bartender to finish pouring my beer because she had gone on to other important tasks-like shooting the s*** with one of her cronies. In all my years of haning out in bars, this is a first. A real shame because they have some decent beers on tap. They just don't care to go the next level.
When in Lansdale, go for the takeout at the Blue Dog. Skip the rest.
01-11-2004 00:55:55 | More by thefireman
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Blue Dog Pub in Lansdale, PA
82 out of 100 based on 24 user ratings.