Good Dog Bar
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 36
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 26
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
3.56/5 rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This bar is real dark and real narrow, esentially a very long dark room. Bar runs most of the length of the room on the left. About 20? or so seats. Can get real crowded if there is no more room at the bar.
Decent selection of locals and craft. Recently got kicked in the ass by a 10 year Alt from Victory there. A ncie selection of Sly fox, Flying Fish, DFH, etc... on tap.
Not really a true destination bar but better than your average BMC fest. Centrally located, but there are much better bars right around the corner. A big happy hour place for some center city workers.
03-20-2006 18:17:51 | More by NolanGTI
3.64/5 rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
The dive bar that could. Looks like a dive bar, but.... Well, anyway, a nice place in Philly with 3 floors of noisy atmosphere, but there's still a neat charm to it. Also, they keep a good selection of local and craft brews on tap, and a decent selection in bottles. First floor has a large, busy bar and some tightly cramped tables. Second floor has more tables and a nice small bar, which is good if you can get a seat, but only seats about 5 people. Third floor has no bar, just restrooms and pool tables, so you can take your beer up and get away from the crowd a bit. Staff is nice, but some of the bartenders can be a bit inattentive or distant. I have yet to try the food here, but from what I've seen, it looks very good. Prices are reasonable to inexpensive.
04-30-2011 16:20:18 | More by Rifugium
3.66/5 rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5
Tucked in from the dirty bustle of 15th street, one of the least attractive streets in Center City, Good Dog does a good job with its space, expanding through three floors. The first is a bit cramped feeling, having the same long and thin shotgun-design like Monk's. Its definitely has the dark lighting down for after dinner drinks and late-night boozing. But, its a bit tight and heavy most of the time - blame it on the Kimmel and business crowd or just us twenty-somethings? Upstairs is a little more spread out. Nice pool table.
Service is typical for Center City - solicitous enough when you can get to 'em, but not spectacularly informed. Nice enough people, though. Beer selection kinda ticks me off - why does every new or newer Philly bar have the exact same lineup? The formula is copied every time, and tell me if this sounds familiar: Dogfish 60, Yards Pale Ale, Flying Fish Farmhouse, Lindemans, Magic Hat #9, Stoudts APA, Miller, Bud, PBR, Yuengling. Maybe toss in a Troegs if you're hip, or have Stone if you're edgy. But charge $9 for a Stone bomber or $14 for Chimay. I don't care if its aged in Brussels and hand-carried to America, no Chimay is worth $14. Come on, someone dare to be different! I have been to 5 bars in the past two weeks whose beer lists were 80% identical.
Haven't tried the food yet, but it does look good and the Chef is a CIA grad and former staff for Neil Stein. Sounds like a great start, and the takes on bar food is creative, like serving a true muffalata (sp?) - surprising for Philly, yet not really because it follows the Standard Tap model of way-above-average bar food.
Unfortunately, I'd only go back for the food. I couldn't stomach a third traipse through that tap list.
06-27-2004 20:28:40 | More by nomad
3.68/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Located amid the city's downtown skyscrapers yet sporting an independent, defiant attitude, this place attracts business people decompressing after work as well as artsy, boho, alternative, whatchamacallit people from the city. I love that. The place is small and narrow, intimate without being cozy (more cramped than cozy). The whole mix of different people thrown together and swirled around.
Oh, the beer--a fair amount of good local brews--victory and troegs, notably--plus some imports. A nice if not inspiring selection. The food is comforting and good. Think wannabe Standard Tap...good, but not Wow!!!
It's a nice place to check out if you're tired of some of the regular Philly hangouts. It's not one of the city's premier beer bars, but it's a nice way to mix things up and add variety, the sweetest of spices, to your life. If you work in the neighborhood or are there for other reasons, you may want to check it out. It has a neighborhood bar flavor, probably gettting better each time you go, especially as they get to know you better.
08-19-2005 02:34:25 | More by GnomeKing
3.7/5 rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is a nice small, dark beer bar in center city Philadelphia. They focus primarily on local micrs/ craft but often get in bottles from Stone and Southampton. The music is always very good. The last time I was in there I heard Robert Johnson and Beirut played back-to-back. The service is average but the food is excellent. This place serves the best burger I've ever had. It is called the Good Dog burgr and it is stuffed with roquefort cheese that oozes out when you bite into it and it is served with sweet potato fries. It is amazing. Recommended.
12-04-2008 07:27:03 | More by corby112
3.73/5 rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Went here for a San Diego brewery tasting after passing by this place for at least a decade.
Looks on the slim side fromn outside, a nice circular neon sign stating "Good Dog" Once inside a long skinny hall with a bar seating 15 or so on the left and a row of booths that once again look small. Four people would be a bit cramped for these booths. It's a glorified dive bar with some nice wood and that Philly ceiling that I see all over. An upstairs bar with more roomy seating arraingments with circular tables although a smaller room.
Service was pretty speedy during the event with a full bar and one bartenderess who was hot as all get out, id like to buy her a drink! Management and barback seemed a bit peeved when I asked them some simple questions since I've never been. The beer tasted good, no off flavors from dirty lines. The place looked clean enough but the bathrooms could use some work and air freshner.
Every once in a while Good Dog will put on a pretty pretty good event. These events usually revolve around Bella Vista's line up because they seem to get a ton of Ballast Point. A firkin of habanero sculpin is nice plus they had some non bottled BP offerings. The bottle selection is small but covers many styles yet they dont jump out at me. Prices were on par with other Philly bars, Read- EXPENSIVE. The draft prices were on the high side as well but the tax was built into them so there is that. Damn you PHILLY BEER TAX, who cares about the education system, that went down the toilet years ago.
Between Good Dog and Blue Dog in the Suburbs, I wonder who came up with the slogan 'Come, Sit, Stay' first. Seems like a conflict of interest.
07-28-2011 14:22:59 | More by BARFLYB
3.75/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Initially started coming to the Good Dog as an after work drink destination because some of my colleagues live a block or so away. I began going back not for the beer (Monk's is a block away...enough said) but for the food, the atmosphere, and the fact that I know I should be able to get a seat at the bar whenever, which is something places like Monk's don't always offer.
The food is not mindblowing bar food (think Standard Tap) but it is very good bar food, and they stuff their burger with Roquefort cheese. It's awesome. And they have sweet potato fries. Check plus. Food prices and draught prices are also very reasonable, though I hear the bottles are pricey. Stick with the draughts anyway, they offer a better, albeit not uncommon local selection. Victory, Yards, Dogfish Head and Sly Fox are all regulars, with the occasional Stoudt's, Magic Hat and Troegs. Standard Hoegaarden and Leffe as well, but who wants that when Sly Fox Helles and DFH 60 Minute IPA are tapped?
Service is prompt and friendly at the bar or at a table in the dark and smoky-when-it's-crowded first floor. I'm yet to venture upstairs. A few TV's downstairs and a jukebox that always seems to be playing something eclectic and/or interesting. Wide range of musical tastes here, which certianly enhances the experience.
Certainly not a destination, but worth a stop in for some inexpensive (relative to other CC establishments), tasty bar food and a few local pints.
09-29-2005 16:14:07 | More by IrishRedRock
3.8/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I suspect we've now grown close to the hotel. Yes, I can feel the hold, the pull, the weight of the draw from my bed. It calls, laughingly. I'm thinking I've got about the life of a beer, maybe 2, before sleep starts talking shit about me...
Good Dog is a long narrow room. The bar runs the length of the room to the left seating about a dozen and a half and 7 booths lie adjacent running the wall. Red tin ceiling, brown wood panel walls with pictures of dogs and contest ribbons, a mirror backed bar with displayed bottles, and drafts and wines listed on bone shaped boards, a good juke box, and a TV in the corner.
10 taps, a mix of good locals and regionals (Yards Philly Pale Ale, Sly Fox O'Reilly's Stout, DogFishHead 60 Minute IPA, Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB, Flying Fish Farmhouse, Magic Hat 9), a pair of token Belgians (Stella, Hoegaarden), and Yuengling and Miller Lite.
15 bottles. Chimay Blue, Lindeman's Cassis (nice not seeing the Framboise for once), Rogue Dead Guy, Anchor Steam, Troeg's Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale, Magic Hat Humble Patience, Arrogant Bastard, and it tapers off from there.
It's pretty damn tight down there, so we venture upstairs to see what's what. The second floor holds a dozen tables and the third floor houses a pool table, darts and a Ms. Pac Man machine, this room done with strung Xmas lighting. Thought there was a small bar up there but now I'm just not quite sure. No matter.
Was good for a beer en route back to the hotel, but there's better places to play as destination bars.
05-01-2005 03:27:29 | More by slander
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
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Good Dog Bar in Philadelphia, PA
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