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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

100 Ratings
Ratings: 100
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: n/a
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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Photo of JeffTheJuice
5/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 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.

Photo of Louski
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of mltobin
3.64/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

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

Photo of Beard
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of jp11801
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of koopa
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Finally made it out to the Grey Lodge Pub upon the recommendation of many of my PA BA buddies. First off let me say that this bar is nestled into one of the most blue collar area's of the Northern Philly that I have been in. Definitely felt like the "Eastern Europe" of Philly to me. So we walk in at noon on a Saturday and see a good sized dive bar with 2 already drunk locals drinking PBR bottles with fervor. My immediate impression is that either these guys are going to be totally cool or a total problem for a blue collar beer geek like me. Turns out they were totally cool...albeit s*it faced! As I go in to sit down the one guy goes "Who ya rooting for?" and I respond "Who's playing?" which gets a giant laugh and a "I like this guy" response! By the end of our 2 hours here this guy introduced himself to me multiple times, gave me his home address 3 blocks away, and invited me to come hang at his house in the future.

Moving on to the service: Bill our bartender was a really nice guy. Easy to talk to and helpful. He was attentive and fairly knowledgeable about the beers he served. The selection was pretty eclectic. Good mix of styles and lots of local PA breweries represented. Decent bottle list too. I really enjoyed the Dock Street Rye Porter on hand pump he poured me.

Food was really tasty....I had the lodge steak which was served in about 5 minutes flat...Bill said "We have a great microwave" with a smile on his face when we commented on the lightning fast serving time. Cheesesteak was delicious though and I'd gladly order one again.

We didn't make it upstairs (I've heard they have a nicer bar upstairs) but since downstairs never had more than 12 people in it we were happy staying downstairs.

A funnier moment came when Bill told us a story about some drunken kid who showed up at 10:30am asking him for a beer and a shot but was already drunk...low and behold at about 12:30pm Bill asks all the bar patrons if they need another round or if they will be okay for a few minutes. We tell him we are fine and he tells us that apparently the kid from 10:30am decided to go to sleep in the middle of the street about a half a block around the corner so he called an ambulance to pick him up.

As I walk out of the door I look to the right and 20 feet down the sidewalk is a muscular guy wearing a wife beater and the largest iguana i've seen draped around his neck like a snake. The iguana has its own spiked collar on. Gotta love Eastern Europe :)

Photo of dpcoz
4.72/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Anytime I venture to Northeast Philadelphia, They Grey Lodge is easily a "Must". Truly a special place.

Atmosphere - Standard Bar atmosphere, a mix of regular patrons and beer enthusiasts.

Quality - 11 taps including a hand pump. Beer Menu for taps and bottles on a large chalkboard, cleanly and it seems that everytime I stop by, something new is renovated at the Lodge

Selection - Top notch - bombers and bottles of all the goods. Beer on tap is never the same twice. Their website is top notch in updating patrons as to whats on tap, next in the queue, on the radar, etc. They also store kegs for special events.

Food - Surprisingly top notch - I recommend their take on a cheesesteak - Lodge Steak - voted in top 10 Philadelphia in 2009 (610 WIP's Cheesesteak Challenge. Blackened Chicken Sandwich was also excellent

Value - Some pints of beer can be a bit pricey - I think I paid something like $9 for a pint of Russian River once.

Photo of witness
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Im not sure how i feel about this place. You can come here any day of the week and find something new to drink on tap. this must be great for the locals, but for someone who has to drive 45 min to get here, it can be very dissapointing to find out the beer you drove here to drink, is already tapped out.
They also have a great variety of different styles. However, a lot of them don't fit the season. e.g. Ithaca's cold front just became available on tap - i can't see many wanting to drink this during a warm spring day.
All in all, this a place you should visit, i just think the process is a litte erratic.

Photo of Gleebalz2000
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Awsome food and beer but very small. Not a good place to go on the weekend. Quizo on Wednesday night is also a good time. The cheese steaks are one of the bests in the city. There are events are wacky and wild. This place is not meant for large crowds but it is worth checking out.

I went there Saint Patrick day and they had a home made recipe for Lamb Stew really good. The next event that is going to happen is stout season at the Lodge looking forward to checking it out. Always big fan of there events.

Photo of mymrnngjckt
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Made my first stop at this legendary Philadelphis establishment. Nestled in suburbia. Plenty of street parking available. The place was cozy and had the most prominent corner bar feel I have ever seen. The place was loaded with locals but I didn't feel out of place. A friend and I took a table and we were quickly attended to by a waitress. Service was good. Not great. We had to wait for our server to come over and take our second beer and food order. The selection was impressive. Lots of local and regional draft. The food was outstanding. If they didn't have all the great beer, I would still come here for the food.

Photo of fnoffagain
3.2/5  rDev -26.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Recently visited the Lodge and was highly disappointed. This was my fourth visit and the excellent beer menu aside, the female waitress was awful and it appeared that we were bothering her. It was damn near impossible to get a table, as it is first come first serve. This caused much tension between patrons who were waiting for tables, and folks coming right in and stealing the tables. I ordered a Belgian Trippel that was served to me by the "happy" waitress in a pint glass. The beer was also flat. Love the beer selection, but could do without the "Philly" attitude from the waitress.

Photo of magine
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I always heard about the reviews from people and websites saying it was one of the best beer bars in the country so I wanted to try it. I went here with about eight of my buddy's, for the first time on Friday night. Never went here because of the area it is located in. I used to live around this area and the area never crossed my mind for a night out with the boys.

The place is small (think Philly row home) with two bars two dart boards and some tables. The upstairs is smaller with just tables and a bar.

The place is cool looking inside, with some nice old school decor (beer promotional stuff from way back) and some decent music playing in the background everything from Sinatra to Metallica. You can tell the owners care about the vibe that the place puts off. It feels like you are not in the Mayfair section when hanging inside.

The brew selection was very good, great brews with nice variety to choose from. The bartenders were quick to get you your brews, although some of my friends waited a bit too long for a place that wasn't overly packed.

The bathroom was cool inside - again they had some cool touches to the design and look of the place.

The people working there were helpful (was given some samples to try) and the patrons were decent people ranging in ages from 60 down to mid twenties. The place seemed more about chilling with friends rather then people watching. Also we did not feel we were out of place there as it may be very much a neighborhood bar with regulars. We felt very comfortable there.

Overall this place was very cool to hang and was an inviting place to hang for a night. It had a great beer selection and the food (I was told was good). The only drawback would be if you are a single guy looking to meet chicks, this would not be a place to hang for the night. The other thing (unless they are there some other night) would be no eye candy to look at behind the bar, this place could use a few good looking chicks to look at while drinking the week of work away. ALL bars gain marks for hot chicks bartending.

Overall a very good bar for hanging and drinking quality selctions of brew; It is a quiet casual place you can talk while drinking.

Photo of madcow09
3.15/5  rDev -27.3%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 1

I've heard so much about this place but I have to say, I was a little disappointed. The beer selection is fantastic but the overall vibe of the place was just awful. We ordered some appetizers because the menu was similar to one you'd find at a pizza shop. They really need to hire a chef to create a menu that compliments the beers they serve. We had one beer and moved on to the Standard Tap which never disappoints.

I don't live too far from the pub but I really don't see myself visiting anytime soon.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Grey Lodge Pub

Drove over for their 13th Anniversary, around 11am.
Parking was a little difficult but found a good side road that had lotsa room. Sat at the far end of the bar and ordered the Dunkel, pretzel, and sausage ($8) both the beer and food were really good. It wasn't packed yet, it was 11:30 am, but I heard it was mobbed later that day. They always have a great selection on tap and the bartenders are friendly. This place is about 30 minutes from my house so I'll be back more often. This could become 1 of my locals, although it's not that local. Worth the drive!

Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Been coming here for the last siz years off and on, the Grey lodge is the best thing going for beer in NE philly.

The surrounding neighborhood aside, the grey lodge has a nice vibe going for it. The upstairs bar is a bit more polished and new looking while the downstairs looks more like your average bar. Good, friendly people & the GL always have some sort of wacky event going on that is original.

The quality is up there. Clean lines, making for clean beer and a bottle selection that has a good turn around leaving for fresh beer. The presentation of the food is also nice. I never had a problem with the service here. The bartenders are nice and the servers are quick, depending on how busy it is.

The selection is always the best when Friday the Firkenteenth rolls around. At least 20 firkins from various brewers always make for a good time. They also save some sixtels for various events throughout the year. The bottle selection is OK with some goodies and macro's to keep the lights on. The tap selection is also nice and changing but the focus seems to be on local beers and surrounding states. I've never been wowed at the tap selection for some reason, maybe im spoiled. The food is great and they infuse beers in some of their dishes as well. I always go for a cheesesteak and fries though, Im not so adventerous when it comes to food.

Go her and have a good time, that's what they seem to strive for. The firkin selections are top notch.

Photo of Deuane
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Having been to TGL many times this is a long time coming. Visited last Friday for X-mas in July. X-mas in July is a fun little fest offering a bunch of on tap holiday beers in July...fun.

Food has always been solid. Nothing crazy but always tasty and filling. Had some poutine last time...not as good as what you get in Montreal but hey...this is Philly, not Montreal so I was glad to even have something that was close. Our friend got a fish sandwich that I swear had an entire fish on...VERY filling for sure!

The selection and service scores are due to the tireless efforts of THE man of TGL, Scoats. The man is a beer finding dynamo, plus a hell of a nice guy always willing to take time out of his VERY busy day to chat for a few minutes about this and that.

As far as atmosphere....well, I prefer the cozier and more comfortable upstairs area. The downstairs bar is more "old school" and not as inviting.

TGL is a must stop if in Philly on a beer tour or if you find yourself in the area. Scoats is ALWAYS throwing special events....a trip for a Friday the Firkenteenth cannot be missed....and even on a normal day the tap selection is impressive to say the least.

I am a big fan of TGL and try to hit it up whenever I am in the area. Keep up the great work Scoats!

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

After hearing about the Grey Lodge on this site & various other publications, I was real happy my friend's best man chose this as a surprise destination for his bachelor party.

Very unassuming exterior, which I liked. Inside was welcoming: awesome beer memorabilia all over, & the restroom mosaic was a thing of majesty. It was nice that they had a second floor tap room, & the party pretty much took it over.

The tap list was impressive: I'm pretty proud of the variety Pittsburgh has to offer, but was thrilled to see some great stuff not available in my part of the state. Pliny the Elder & Roy Pitz Ludwig's Revenge topped my list.

The two female bartenders, while not appearing particularly thrilled to be serving 18 rowdy guys in the mid-afternoon, suffered us fools adequately. They also didn't seem especially versed in the beer, but were helped by cliffnotes for each tap.

I wasn't knocked over by the food menu at first -- seemed like typical heavy pub fare -- but was very satisfied by the biggest crab cake sandwich I've ever seen. And who's going to complain about delicious, starchy pub food anyway?

All in all a great time, at what struck me as a down-to-earth, beer-fearing and -loving establishment.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 5

My wife and I went here for the 75 min IPA simultap. It was a very rowdy crowd at first but once everyone got their beer everything settled down a bit. When you first walk in their is a staircase to you left (which we did not venture to look upstairs) and the bar is straight ahead. Two massive flatscreens above the bar. The looks of the place are that of a hole in the wall bar (literally there was a massive hole in the wall where I was standing). There was a big blackboard with all of the brew's on tap , bottled , and in the upcoming future. I probably wouldn't have a good reason to come back as it is a hike from our house but it was worth the expierence for the 75 min IPA.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in during Philly Beer Week for the upstate beer/breweries event. Was greeted by the friendly owner upon walking in as he was busy taping up signs for the event, tap list and food specials. I really felt welcome there from that moment on. I really dig the vibe and atmosphere of this place. I'm used to the old time coal town bars in NEPA and the downstairs reminds me of that. Upstairs, where the event took place, was more updated. every seat filled up within minutes, and still, service did not suffer. I had a Stegmaier Porter, always a fave of mine and it was fresh, tasty, and reasonable for Philly at $4. I've heard good, no great things about the cheesesteak and fries here, so that's what I settled on. I was not let down. The cheesesteak could have been a little less greasy, but other than that, no complaints about the food. Looking forward to my next visit.

Photo of ImHereForTheBeer
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We are big fans of Grey Lodge. We have been going there for many years, we started going there because the second floor was nonsmoking (now it is all nonsmoking).

The food is good, typical pub fare. I am a big fan of the Spinach and bacon salad. We love the that the draft beer selection focuses on primarily local PA microbrews. I still prefer the second floor, it is not so loud and a little more cozy. The staff has always been friendly and knowledgeable about the beer. I totally love Wednesday night Quizzo. Be sure to say hi to Frank the Tank if you go!

Photo of bwd110
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

This is your typical fun-loving neighborhood bar (that Philly is famous for) where hi-jinx often ensues... And, oh by the way, they have a decent draft list and impressive bottle list taboot.

My experience has always been the people are friendly, the staff knowledgeable and the beer constantly rotating. What makes this bar stand out, is their attention to "important" social events like Groundhog Day, Friday the Firkenteeth, Beer Season, Stout Season, the list goes on.

Lots of character in this place too.... the bathrooms are not to be missed!

Photo of bonkers
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I went to the Grey Lodge for a special event, Friday the Firkenteenth. The place looks like a hole in the wall neighborhood bar form the outside. There are 2 bars, upstairs and downstairs. The upstairs bar had 8 taps, not sure how many were downstairs. The atmosphere of both are not that flashy. The place shines in quality and variety. The tap list is very large. The list is heavy on locals brews but they get quality in from all over the country. I had a firkin from the Bruery today. The waitstaff were friendly and knowledgable. My friend and I both had cheese steaks and they were great. The beer is very reasonably priced, most brews are in the 5-6 dollar range. I will be going back.

Photo of LocalGuy
5/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I've been coming here for a while now, this is my first post. I can only imagine that this is the kind of place our dads & granddads enjoyed. The people are friendly, the food is great, the bartenders are knowledgable. There's a sense of community here that many places would kill for. And it doesn't seem to matter if your a longtime regular or new. The events are well-thought out and just plain fun I drank Perdition here twice last week-what a enjoyable beer. I try to get here with my sons as much as possible. One of my favorite "comfort" bars.

The Grey Lodge Public House in Philadelphia, PA
96 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.