Good Dog Bar
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 36
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 26
4.15/5 rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in for lunch yesterday afternoon.
This is a really relaxed Center City location with nice dim lighting, great music playing at all times and cool dog photographs adorning the walls.
Although I usually post up at the bar, my girlfriend and I decided to make a date out of it and snagged a booth. She got a Franziskaner Hefeweisen and I got a bottle of Southampton Saison (which I'd been meaning to try for a while). Our waitress was very friendly, chatting over menu selections with us and bring us our drinks and silverware as fast as possible.
Besides our drink choices, they have an admirable selection of craft brews, notably Sly Fox O'Reilly and Black Raspberry, several choices from Philadelphia Brewing Company and a few out of state picks from Stone and Rogue.
For our meals, I got the Mediterranean Wrap (since it was quite warm out and I wanted something light) and my girlfriend got the Prosciutto and Fresh Mozzarella sandwich.
Mine was pretty tasty, but I don't think anything can beat the Good Dog Burger. Her sandwich was good as well, but she was a bit disappointed by the amount of fat on the prosciutto. Both meals came with shoestring fries and those were excellent as usual.
All in all, this is a great place to stop and have a drink or a meal and I wholeheartedly recommended stopping in for a couple. It's also a block away from Latimer Deli, if you want to bring a few bottles home with you.
04-27-2009 13:56:08 | More by deapokid
3.31/5 rDev -14.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
So. Wanted to have the opportunity to meet Mr. Greg Koch tonight, so thought I'd take a chance with this place. On a Saturday night, very bad idea.
The Good Dog bar is a small, hole in the wall bar on S. 15th, very close to Rittenhouse Square. As one walks in past the friendly bouncer, one is confronted by a loud, dark, tiny bar room, with a long bar running along the left side of the room, a few booths on the right, and a couple of tables. It's very hard to see or hear inside, so who knows what sort of decorations might adorn the walls (was told by my friend later that there were a lot pictures of dogs on the wall - guess that kind of figures). Whatever. You really can't see much of anything anyway, so who cares. Service was OK, especially given the packed, frat boy atmosphere of this place. Likewise, the selection wasn't bad, with around 10 beers on tap. However, were it not for the fact they were featuring some "special" Stone beers on tap (oaked aged bastard and ruination), I don't know what I would have ordered. The tap list consists of magic hat number 9, southampton ale, troegs brown ale, guinness, and things like that. A good enough list, but in town like Philly, I can't imagine anyone would want to come here for the beer.
Maybe I'm too old or I just don't get it. My 12 ounce glass of ruination was $6, so I can't imagine people come here for cheap beer. Maybe the drinks are really strong or this is a good place for casual hook ups. Otherwise, I'll be damned if I can figure out why anyone goes here. The place was over crowded, with the music so loud you couldn't hear yourself think. There was nothing relaxing about my brief stay here, and I'm sorry, I just don't see what the attraction is. Why the regional Stone rep wanted to bring Mr. Koch here is anyone's guess. (though I did get to meet him, say hi, shake his hand, tell him how great I think his beer is, etc.)
In any event.... if you're looking for a loud, high energy, over the top crowded beer bar with a fair to good booze and beer selection, then I guess this is your place. It certainly is not mine.
03-15-2009 01:57:49 | More by johnmichaelsen
3.7/5 rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is a nice small, dark beer bar in center city Philadelphia. They focus primarily on local micrs/ craft but often get in bottles from Stone and Southampton. The music is always very good. The last time I was in there I heard Robert Johnson and Beirut played back-to-back. The service is average but the food is excellent. This place serves the best burger I've ever had. It is called the Good Dog burgr and it is stuffed with roquefort cheese that oozes out when you bite into it and it is served with sweet potato fries. It is amazing. Recommended.
12-04-2008 07:27:03 | More by corby112
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I decided to stop in Good Dog while on a pub crawl with my homebrew club. I found the place to be slightly small, but not cramped inside the atmosphere of a corner bar.
The service is very prompt and friendly even when crowded which says a lot. I appreciated the selection which included locals like Sly Fox, Victory and other quality crafts like Southampton, Founders and Smuttynose.
The food is well made, fresh and deserves a taste. I like the atmosphere and found the value to very good - this place is the kind of pub I could see myself relaxing and watching the game at for a few hours. I look forward to stopping in here again. Thanks to Paul R for the recommendation.
11-21-2008 00:25:47 | More by Slatetank
3.88/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
Following a fine Tex-Mex meal at nearby Jose Pistola's (See Review), as well as to top off a day that included a morning brunch at SPTR, I went to try on nightcap at Good Dog.
It is your basic Center City bar: dark, narrow and crowded; they had the prerequisite selection of micros (Southampton Ale for me) and efficient service at the bar.
Previous reviews and additional readings claim the food to be very good. After a huge burrito at Jose Pistolero, this dog could eat nothing else. So, maybe next time, I will drop in for lunch. Good Dog does get packed on weekends, so if you seek a quiet quaff or a contemplative meal, you best try early on a weekday. Of course, long-time Beer Advocates know the drill.
To paraphrase Millhouse Van Houten: "Good Dog, fetch me a dream."
03-20-2008 22:34:03 | More by jjboesen
3.88/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is a cute bar, with your "Awwww!"-o-Meter going off all over the place due to the photos of dogs all over the walls. There's always been something good on tap when I visited, the last time being a Southampton special for Beer Week. But it's more of a casual bar and seems to save its A-game beer for events like that.
The "crowded hallway" comment Woody mentioned is very apt- A long bar takes up most the thin room, with booths taking up the rest. You get to know many strangers personally when trying to squeeze your way to the bathroom. I haven't yet made it to the upper floors, so I'll have to save my review of them for the future.
Service is good and attentive even when it's crowded. There's a great menu with lots of sandwiches and wraps. I can vouch for the Mediterrean wrap, which is vegan, but can please a hardened carnivore like me. It came with fries that were a mix of regular and sweet potato fries- very yummy! Come hungry, as portions are on the larger size.
While this bar isn't a Philly destination spot, it's worth a try if you're pub-crawling. Nearby places are Jose Pistoles, Nodding Head, and one of the Trias.
03-18-2008 21:17:59 | More by StoutHearted
3.8/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Casey from Flying Fish told me, "Woody, it's like drinking in a crowded hallway [when you drink at Good Dog]". Ha! Dang if he was not spot (no pun intended) on in his description!
The long bar began just to the left of the entryway and ran the length of the joint. The right wall was all both seating and crowded as all get-out when we arrived. The downstairs bar also had a red pressed-tin ceiling, exposed ducting, tongue-in-groove wood paneling, numerous television monitors and a long back bar.
The second floor was a re-creation, in miniature, of the first floor. It had its own bar, the kitchen area, and some standard tables and chairs towards the front.
The third floor was a game room with a pool table, Ms. Pac-Man, and a couple of other electronic games. I was really impressed by the bone-shaped chalkboards that utilized colored chalk. From up here there was a great view of the street scene below, but the stairwell going back down was vertigo inducing.
Beer: Ten (10) taps - Victory Hop Devil; Magic Hat # 9; Flying Fish's Love Fish; Hoegaarden; Yards' Love Stout; DFH Shelter Pale Ale; and Stoudt's Scarlet Lady. Numerous bottles and cans ranging from PBR and Foster's to Sly Fox Plae Ale and Raspberry Ale; Chimay Bleu; Arrogant Bastard; Rogue's Dead Guy and Shakespeare Stout; and Troegenator.
For that, I'll shove my way in and be forced to stand for a long period of time.
10-31-2007 09:09:46 | More by woodychandler
3.85/5 rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I avoided this place for awhile, because I liked Frank Clements and hated to see it cleaned up. I also was suspicious of the goofy theme. When I finally got around to visiting, I was happy that the bar still retains the FC grit (although the vibe is now more hipster grit than local dive grit) and still feels more like a local establishment than a yuppie destination bar. The clientele is cool and diverse. I really like the claustrophobic classic dark-wood main bar area. The barstools are conducive to conversation and the booths are comfortable.
The food is fantastic. I wish the menu were a little more diverse, and I'm not crazy about the silly nods to ultra-casual diners like gourmet peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. That's more dumb than interesting. But the standard dishes are very well done. The burger and fries are particularly terrific.
The beer is good, although as others have noted, if your objective is to drink unusual or exotic beer, you'll likely be disappointed. And I wish they more frequently had a standard micro-ale (they carry the Yards Philly Pale ale, which is good but a bit light for my taste, and the Dogfish Head IPA, which is also good, but, if I am planning a long evening of drinking, is a bit strong for my taste-- it'd be nice to have something in between).
Ultimately, I really like the place. Not that ambitious, but what it does, it does very well.
09-07-2007 21:20:19 | More by Shammgod
District of Columbia
3.88/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I lived down the block from the Good Dog for a couple years, so I frequented the spot, especially during the Wednesday Can Night (dollar off all cans) and Happy Hour (which they also had on weekends, always a plus). It's a solid place, with an okay pool table that is usually empty except for busy nights. Fairly good selection: generally a Troegs, Dogfish Head, Flying Fish, and maybe Magic Hat, as well as a fairly good bottle selection (got a Anchor Steam there). Food is fairly good, although seating is sometimes hard to come by. Either way, it's a good, chill spot with pretty good music and a good atmosphere.
08-23-2007 18:39:25 | More by soupyman10
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
This bar is right around the corner from me, and I've been there a half-dozen times or so. This is the kind of place that's so much better now that the smoking ban is in place (as long as you're a non-smoker).
The atmosphere is pretty dark (although I've never been there when it's light outside). There are a couple of levels, with a long bar on the ground floor and booths lining the other wall. Upstairs, there is another bar and tables. The place is often crowded and there isn't much in the way of standing room around the bars. I've never had a problem with the service -- usually the same couple of twenty-something waiters who don't bullshit around, and get what you ask for in a timely manner without any attitude. There is a decent selection of beers on tap, usually a good selection of local micros, Sam Adams, etc. This place is no beer drinker's paradise, but always has some good offerings. I've found the food to be excellent for "pub fare" and is very cheese-heavy. The Good Dog burger (stuffed with roquefort cheese) is a nice treat for a burger fan like me, and the sweet potato fries are always great. The cheesesteak empanadas are inventive, crispy, and delicious. The chicken chili is creamy and hearty. The prosciutto and mozzerella sandwich is also a good lighter choice. Although I haven't had the mac and cheese, my roommate swears by it. The only dessert I've had is the rice crisy treat sampler, which was really good, but maybe not worth $5. The prices for the beer and food are really reasonable here -- you definately won't break the bank.
This is a great little spot on 15th Street. Not necessarily a "beer bar" but it always has a fun local crowd that enjoys a quality pint and pub food with a little twist.
01-22-2007 04:10:21 | More by PhillyMonk
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Good Dog Bar in Philadelphia, PA
88 out of 100 based on 26 user ratings.