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The Grey Lodge Public House

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The Grey Lodge Public HouseThe Grey Lodge Public House
BA SCORE
96
world-class

97 Ratings
Ratings: 97
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Taps: 12
Bottles: 65
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

6235 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19135-3404
United States
phone: (215) 856-3591

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @greylodge

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Reviews by shapudding:
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4.22/5  rDev -2.5%

I remember hearing so much about The Lodge, and then finally making the trip with fellow beer appreciaters to check it out. Man, what time was wasted not going here! Driving by on Frankford it is very easy to miss it in the strip of stores. But man, it is worth finding, and worth coming back to. And now there is a smoke-free second floor. I just checked out the new upstairs that has been completed, including the introduction of "real food", upgrading the menu from "We have tomato pie, and tomato pie with cheese", to some very fine selections. Thankfully I was done eating when Lew Bryson knocked me with a visual when talking about the new menu... He shoots us with Jim Anderson's quote about "small and firm beats big and floppy". This Friday a few of us had the curry thai mussels, beer mussels, and the lodge steak. OMG, if you know what a schmitter is, you know what a lodge steak is! The lodge steak is an insanely wonderful ribeye and genoa salami steak with red pepper sauce on a good philly style roll. I tried a buddy's fish and chips, and the fluffy and fresh flakes of white fish in a nice and thick crispy batter was damn fine, especially with the malt vinegar.
Ok, I will try to stop rambling about the food and talk about what else is going on. When you come in downstairs, you see what everyone has been enjoying all along. Darker than the newer upstairs, a nice long bar with pull-up stools. There are a few games and there are darts and a juke in the back. There is one large cooler out on the floor for take-out, and another behind the bar that holds some of the better goods. That one is where you will catch some fine bottles of micros or belgian sweeties that will appear and disappear randomly. There are 10 beer taps, and man does Scoats do an impressive job with them. I found out a long while back when chatting with a friend that he just picks out what he would like to drink. That is why there is always a ton of amazing micro flowing in there, and usually something that just came out and he managed to grab hold of. The whiskey selection is crazy in there. Check the blackboard behind the bar to see what is going on with the taps and what the current whiskey being highlighted is. A nice touch with the brews is the little placards placed at the taps, they give you the brewery name, what is on, and a bit of info on what the style and flavor is for that particular brew -very nice for newbies or those who looking to experiment, but do not want to stand out by asking the bartender for information. My favorite part about the downstairs by far... the bathrooms! -and yep, I have ventured into the men's room at one event, just to see if it was a cool as the women's! The bathrooms are tiled all over with poetry and random coolness. You can catch some words of wisdom, or find some funny ramble all over the place in there. The website even has links so you can see how absolutely cool they are. I was actually very disappointed to enter the new women's room upstairs, and find a spotlessly clean, very well lit and just very functional bathroom.
There are tons of crazy events going on here. -Just take a peek at the also very wacky website to see a listing. Some are just great- the Firkinteenth's, and some are just totally so wrong that they are so right! -Like Groundhog's day! When you start drinking at 7am, and Scoats brings you out these huge amazing trays of pancakes, grits, bacon, eggs, and at 10am you are drinking Bigfoot barley-wine... and then come back to continue it for the evening session? What a day that was! I have not made "Talk like a pirate day" but will need to do that!

All in all, this is a place to go for great beer, served in totally clean lines. Now there is very good food available, and very, very well done. If Scoats is working, look him up for any info you may need for a beer or whiskey selection, there is no way he could possibly point you in the wrong direction.

shapudding, Mar 07, 2005
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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>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.

doggydaddy, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of moebus
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%

Great corner bar, with amazing selection of beers. A must visit. Good pub food and an awesome selection of Bourbons in the upstairs bar everything from pappy van winkle to george t stagg. If you are a bourbon lover, hit the upstairs bar, you will be pleasantly surprised.
Great events, try to get to a Friday the firkenteenth, it is a great way to drink yourself thru a day and sample some rare cask beers with other beer lovers. Filled with locals and beer geeks, a place everyone can feel at home.

moebus, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of mitrednip1
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

Atmosphere - This was a great classic pub with a relaxed atmosphere and laid back clientele. It was smaller but perfectly comfortable.

Quality - The food was fantastic and was very reasonably priced. The beer menu included over 10 beers on tap that were top notch and included rarities such as Pliny the Elder, and their bottle list was also top notch.

Service - It was a friendly open atmosphere where you could go to the bar yourself and get your next drink, but despite that they still came to your table regularly to see if you needed anything and recommended beers to fit your taste.

Selection - Again, excellent selection both on tap (which seems to rotate very frequently) and in bottles.

Food - It was pub food and it was very good.

Value - We're from the Toronto area and I'm used to spending huge amounts of money at Ontario beer bars or in NY. After 9 beers (that included some rare treats like Pliny) and a full meal for two, the price was what I'd expect to spend for just a meal at home. The value was fantastic!!

For anyone traveling to Philadelphia I'd recommend Grey Lodge.

mitrednip1, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of JeffTheJuice
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Known for their Groundhog Day and Friday The Firkinteenth events. However, you can stop in any day of the year and expect an awesome time. Their prices are some of the best, especially for their growler fills. And they ALWAYS fill beyond the 64oz fill line. The bar is really laid back and makes use of local artwork. It's one of the few bars where I actually look forward to going to the bathroom to check out the awesome work done. Also, this place has the best fried pickles in the city (sorry Memphis Taproom). And the steak/chicken sandwiches are DELICIOUS!

Highly recommended. If I was recommending to a visitor, it would be the Grey Lodge Pub, Monk's Cafe and Memphis Taproom.

JeffTheJuice, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of Louski
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%

An excellent addition to the NE Philly beer scene. Very unique artistry (especially in the bathroom)- you'll have to see it for yourself. I have only recently discovered this gem, but have been back quite a few times since. I real local bar except for the great selection of rotating taps which includes many local brews (Yards, Dock Street, Manayunk) as well as some of the finer crafts in the US. I was actually there just a few weeks back for a tapping of a sixtel of Pliny the Younger. A very low key tapping (by design) but a tribute to the reputation this place has for dishing out top quality beers. I can't close this review without mentioning the great food either. Somewhat of a typical bar menu, but the quality certainly warrants a pat on the back. I'll be seeing these guys again soon.

Louski, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of mltobin
3.64/5  rDev -15.9%

Along NE Philly, a good ways from any part of the actual city. Its kind of like trekking from Manhattan to Far Rockaway. Anyways, the atmosphere was loud and happy on the evening that we visited. Some beer signs scattered the wall of a large bar area. They had around 16 beers on tap, with a focus on regional options such as Sly Fox, Manayunk and Yards. As well as other options from the US craft beer scene. No standouts when I was there. They carry bottles from Chimay, Rogue, Founders, Hoegaarden and some more. Staff was friendly and quick. As a couple others mentioned, I was a bit underwhelmed by some of the offerings. But it is certainly a great place to kick back some decent beer, especially if you find yourself living or passing through this random part of the city.

mltobin, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%

Visited on a Wednesday evening:

If I still lived in the Northeast, this place would most certainly be my local. And it should have been my local, but until I ran across this website, after I had moved, I had no idea about the pub. Frankly, it is just sad. Regardless, this is a great spot. Upon entering, you could tell that it was just locals, as I can't really imagine too many people, other than BA's making the trek to the pub in this part of town. And to be clear, this is not a disparaging remark about NE Philly; I lived there for many years and loved it. Nothing pretentious about this place, just a good place to gather, drink and talk with your friends. I think that there was a fantasy football draft taking place in the back. Got to love that.

Obviously, the place had a great vibe even though there may have been only been a dozen people in the place including the 2 bartenders. The service was exactly what you would expect from a pub in NE Philly and the beer selection was fantastic. I had a Stoudts as I don't get a huge Stoudts selection in Atlanta. I didn't try the food and I didn't make it upstairs, but I would recommend any BA to pay it a visit, you will definitely get a greater understanding of the people and the culture of the great city of Philadelphia.

PhillyStyle, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%

The Grey Lodge is the ultimate bar's bar, if you know what I mean. Located in the ultimate blue-collar area of Philadelphia, where bars open at 9am or earlier and faded bar signs often advertise beers even your grandpa may not remember.

I love the atmosphere here around. So real and unpretentious! The Grey Lodge is one of these working-class bars, only it happens to have great beer and better-than-average food (which I did not try but looks promising).

I was there right after 10am when they first open and was the only customer. Was expecting a heftier beer selection, but had a nice Stone Double Dry-Hopped Ruination. Also a Deschutes on tap, which I cannot get in NYC, Great Lakes Erie and lots of local and Pennsylvania beers (I had Roy Pitz Chicken Leg).

Wish I could have gotten some of those rarer brews they get at the Lodge from time to time, like Pliny, Lost Abbey and Port Brewing...

The bottle selection is small but focused, with some gems like Alesmith and Firestone Walker Parabola. One thing I do enjoy is the variety of their serving sizes, including 8-oz, 16-oz, 60-oz pitcher and 64-oz growler. That's how it should be!

Service was fine, beer was fresh, atmosphere is great. The Grey Lodge is a good alright bar, one I would frequent if I lived nearby, but it is not the world-class joint some consider it to be, and not really worth a detour unless they happen to tap a crazy keg.

P.S> Forgot to look at the restrooms so I must come back here

DoubleSimcoe, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of Beard
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%

My local bar, even though I am not really known to head out much. First of all, I need to mention Scoats who is just great for the beer community in Philadelphia. Very knowledgeable, easy to talk to, and just generally awesome for the stuff that he does. The set up is pretty simple, 10 taps that constantly rotate, a great tendency to lean towards local brewers, and very solid pub food. Have to give a special mention to the fries, some of the best around. I would recommend the Grey Lodge to anyone who wants, it is a truly a diamond in the NEAST's rough.

Beard, May 13, 2011
Photo of jp11801
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%

Great place in Northern Philly for the beer lover who is just looking for a casual time out. Stopped by on a saturday and they had a nice selection on tap. I had 21st Amendment Hop Crisis that was outstanding.
The bartender was a down to earth good guy who was attentive but not obtrusive. Offered samples of beer I had not tried.

I had the cheesesteak which was very good just not outstanding. The fries were outstanding fresh cut fries that you gave to try if you come here.

I liked the atmosphere nice overall feel and locals at the bar were friendly and funny. I highly recommend this place.

jp11801, Nov 07, 2010
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The Grey Lodge Public House in Philadelphia, PA
96 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.