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Good Dog Bar
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 36
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
224 S 15th St
phone: (215) 985-9600
(Place added by: NeroFiddled)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 26
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Casey from Flying Fish told me, "Woody, it's like drinking in a crowded hallway [when you drink at Good Dog]". Ha! Dang if he was not spot (no pun intended) on in his description!
The long bar began just to the left of the entryway and ran the length of the joint. The right wall was all both seating and crowded as all get-out when we arrived. The downstairs bar also had a red pressed-tin ceiling, exposed ducting, tongue-in-groove wood paneling, numerous television monitors and a long back bar.
The second floor was a re-creation, in miniature, of the first floor. It had its own bar, the kitchen area, and some standard tables and chairs towards the front.
The third floor was a game room with a pool table, Ms. Pac-Man, and a couple of other electronic games. I was really impressed by the bone-shaped chalkboards that utilized colored chalk. From up here there was a great view of the street scene below, but the stairwell going back down was vertigo inducing.
Beer: Ten (10) taps - Victory Hop Devil; Magic Hat # 9; Flying Fish's Love Fish; Hoegaarden; Yards' Love Stout; DFH Shelter Pale Ale; and Stoudt's Scarlet Lady. Numerous bottles and cans ranging from PBR and Foster's to Sly Fox Plae Ale and Raspberry Ale; Chimay Bleu; Arrogant Bastard; Rogue's Dead Guy and Shakespeare Stout; and Troegenator.
For that, I'll shove my way in and be forced to stand for a long period of time.
10-31-2007 09:09:46 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I'll be the first to admit that I just don't understand the Good Dog. It's almost always crowded, and the beer and food aren't that great. It seems to me that the younger crowd loves it for some reason, but I'm not sure why. Is it really that sociable a place? It seems loud and crowded to me. Or is it that in a crowded place there's just more women/men to choose from? Or is it that when it's really crowded you're automatically forced into other people, whereas otherwise you'd have to approach them. I dunno, I think I'm just too old for it. On the other hand, I never really liked crowded places when I was in college either. But let's forget the psychology...
The place looks OK. It's not upscale, but it's not a dive bar either. And when it's not crowded the size is good because it's kind of intimate, but still big enough. I don't even bother with the game room, and the second floor is kind of just for spill-over.
On to the beers. Well, I can't fault them there, they've got a solid selection - and they support local breweries! But there's nothing really exciting there, and with only 10 taps they're easily beat out by other places.
So what about the food. Well I've always enjoyed what I've had, but it hasn't been great. It's pretty much what you'd expect, it's not great, but it's just bar food either. And when it's not overly busy you can relax and enjoy your meal.
So what to say... ? Overall it's a pretty nice place, but it seems to be a victim of its own success in that it's always crowded (not unlike Monk's). So, I guess if you're in the area it's worth it, but Philly offers so many nicer places I can't really imagine making it a destination spot.
04-27-2009 15:14:46 |
More by NeroFiddled
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
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$
Stopped here to grab some lunch and a few beers. Definite dive bar feel to the first floor (and I did not venture up to the other floor) as there is plenty of faded and well worn dark wood, booths along one wall and the bar the other. The place is narrow and has about 15 stools at the bar. This clearly is a locals bar as the bartender and folks all seemed to know each other. Beers are listed on a blackboard above the bar.
There were 10 beers on draft during my stop, with a nice focus on local beer from Troegs, Sly Fox, Yards, and Carton. Allagash, Founders, and Lagunitas were some other well known offerings. The beers I had were very fresh.
The food was very good, not just pub grub. All the sandwiches I saw coming out were huge. Service was also super friendly and knowledgable on the beers and food.
08-04-2013 15:17:22 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
The dive bar that could. Looks like a dive bar, but.... Well, anyway, a nice place in Philly with 3 floors of noisy atmosphere, but there's still a neat charm to it. Also, they keep a good selection of local and craft brews on tap, and a decent selection in bottles. First floor has a large, busy bar and some tightly cramped tables. Second floor has more tables and a nice small bar, which is good if you can get a seat, but only seats about 5 people. Third floor has no bar, just restrooms and pool tables, so you can take your beer up and get away from the crowd a bit. Staff is nice, but some of the bartenders can be a bit inattentive or distant. I have yet to try the food here, but from what I've seen, it looks very good. Prices are reasonable to inexpensive.
04-30-2011 16:20:18 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
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
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I decided to stop in Good Dog while on a pub crawl with my homebrew club. I found the place to be slightly small, but not cramped inside the atmosphere of a corner bar.
The service is very prompt and friendly even when crowded which says a lot. I appreciated the selection which included locals like Sly Fox, Victory and other quality crafts like Southampton, Founders and Smuttynose.
The food is well made, fresh and deserves a taste. I like the atmosphere and found the value to very good - this place is the kind of pub I could see myself relaxing and watching the game at for a few hours. I look forward to stopping in here again. Thanks to Paul R for the recommendation.
11-21-2008 00:25:47 |
More by Slatetank
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Good Dog was located fairly close to my hotel on a recent visit to Philadelphia (center city area). So, as the night was winding down, I popped in for a beer.
They have 10 taps by my count: Yards Philadelphia Ale, Sly Fox Dunkel, Ballast Point Big Eye, Stoudt`s Winter, and the Flying Fish Grand Cru that I drank are the ones that I recall. In addition, they have some bottles and cans...BMC, PBR and Sly Fox in the cans. It is all served by a helpful and speedy staff, (it gets busy).
Overall, the vibe at Good Dog is loud and boisterous. It is a great place to unwind, and I will come back when in town again.
01-29-2010 14:01:45 |
More by mltobin
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