The Grey Lodge Public House
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 65
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 83 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jim102864:
3.88/5 rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I vistied twice this week while in the Philly area on business. Very much out of the way, particularly for someone who's not from the neighborhood. Nondescript and hidden adjacent to a pizza joint. Kinda dark inside with very much a rustic "lodge" feel. Beadboard paneling, dark red decor and a few items of brewana hanging on the walls. The bar is a large rectangle that promotes conversation amongst the patrons. The local mailmen were there on night one for their pints and were soon followed by a guy and his son (I assume) who worked in the Philly beer industry (see the review immediately preceding mine). Good chat. Night two was as dead as it gets as far as the willingness of the patrons to converse which makes for a less than enjoyable experience. Anyway, Lodge is a good spot for local beer since the emphasis is clearly on that. There are only 12 taps and 30 or so bottles. Yes the local brew is tasty. Yes the bottle selection includes macrocrap along with a nice selection of local and regional stuff. Yes the lines are clean. But I can't help feeling the selection is rather pedestrian for a big city beer bar. 12 taps of primarily local brew doesn't flip my skirt. Expand your horizons! Add more taps of something outside of the PA area ! I do think they try to be different. The firkin of High and Mighty espresso stout was a nice touch. The food is very good pub food. Nice steak sandwich and fries with a cheese sauce. Night two's french onion was dead on for a cold winter's night as were the bbq ribs and fries. The barkeep on night one was pleasant and efficient but hardly conversational. Night twos barmaid was more of the same. No proper glassware for the few Belgians available from what I could see. I suppose it's because the neighborhood is primarily working class but so what?
The Lodge is worth a visit and recommended. Just don't expect an exceptional experience. I don't mean to be overly critical since this is a nice spot, but I think Philly can offer more than two exceptional Belgian bars and one slightly above average beer bar, don't you?
12-06-2008 12:39:54 | More by jim102864
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The Grey Lodge Public House in Philadelphia, PA
96 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.