The Grey Lodge Public House
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 65
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 83 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by PopeDX:
5/5 rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
Ah, the new good ol' Lodge. I was excited about the second floor and kitchen, but it honestly shocked the hell out of me.
Forget the first floor, except to check out the bathrooms and maybe play some Golden Tee or free darts. At or after 5, go upstairs! (upstairs bar and kitchen open at 5...kitchen stays open until 1:30)
Make a left as soon as you walk in, climb up the staircase and take a deep breath. You'll smell something that you won't smell at any other bar 'round these parts...nothing. No smoke. At all. And it smells beautiful.
The second floor is composed of a lot of dark, beautifully crafted wood, brick all over, and muted dark tones of yellow and red. The ceiling is all wood with a rafter sort of look, complete with slats. It's aesthetically pleasing while still maintaining a comfy cozy pull-up-a-barstool sort of feel. The bar is much smaller than downstairs, about 10-12 stools in an "L" shape, but there's about 6 tables to the one side and a bench with another 3 tables to the other, so there's plenty of room.
The same 10 taps reach upstairs that are present downstairs. There's been a bit of a turnover recently, with PBR getting replaced with yet another rotating craft beer and the Yuengling Lager getting replaced with the very fine Yuengling Porter. What a great crossover beer that is. So overall there's 8.5 craft beer taps (Yuengling Porter being the .5) that constantly rotate. Kegs rarely stay on for more than a couple of weeks and generally last around 7-8 days...one could easily come in twice a week, have 2 or 3 beers each time and never drink the same thing twice. They also have a very nice selection of whisk(e)ys from the US, Scotland, Ireland and Canada, but you may have to pop downstairs for them.
The service is always amazing...very knowledgeable about the beer and always seems to be right there when your cup runneth dry. And upstairs there's even *table service* (gasp!).
Woo, I finally get to talk about the food! I was expecting your average pub grub here, but the Lodge staff has really committed themselves to being a step above any other joint around. The menu opening night (which may expand a little but not a lot) consisted of wings, which were excellent...served unjointed, which was a unique touch, two kinds of mussels, both of which were drink-the-sauce tasty, two salads (not tasted), a chicken quesadilla which was really big and would highly recommend it if you're a bell pepper lover (or order it without the peppers if you aren't), and then the steaks...oh my god. There's a chicken cheese steak, which was really damn good, loaded with cheese, and a cheesesteak with Genoa salami (which you're familiar with if from Philly, and is also freakin' amazing), but my favorite is just the good ol' cheesesteak. It seems impossible to say this for a place that's been open one day considering the deep history this fine sandwich has in the City of Brotherly Love, but that was the finest damn cheesesteak I have ever had, by far. Freshly sliced, top quality ribeye cooked just right with a copious amount of cheese on a fresh local roll. The food was all reasonably priced as well, with all the aforementioned items between $5 and $7.50. The menu is indeed small, but as local beer writer Lew Bryson painfully admits that other local beer writer Jim Anderson said first even though I definitely got it from Lew, "small and firm beats big and floppy". The small menu allows them to focus on freshness, quality, and flavor.
I honestly can't think of another bar I'd rather go to than here. Uniquely smoke-free, with a micro tap selection that meets or beats anything else in the area, comfy, great service and some amazing food. Easy to get to (beermail me if you need good directions...honestly), with free parking right in front of the place instead of $20 garages two blocks away.
Why must I live 45 minutes away? :(
02-11-2005 16:12:50 | More by PopeDX
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4.95/5 rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>They offer a large variety of beers on tap! Something for everyone, They have fantastic food choices a well. They have a very knowledgeable staff to help you with your all of your beer needs. The prices are pretty reasonable.You get a good night out and it won't break your bank. A great place to visit when you're in Philly.
12-29-2012 20:52:23 | More by doggydaddy
The Grey Lodge Public House in Philadelphia, PA
96 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.