The Grey Lodge Public House
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 65
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 83 | Display Reviews Only:
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
08-03-2011 22:10:06 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.53/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My local bar, even though I am not really known to head out much. First of all, I need to mention Scoats who is just great for the beer community in Philadelphia. Very knowledgeable, easy to talk to, and just generally awesome for the stuff that he does. The set up is pretty simple, 10 taps that constantly rotate, a great tendency to lean towards local brewers, and very solid pub food. Have to give a special mention to the fries, some of the best around. I would recommend the Grey Lodge to anyone who wants, it is a truly a diamond in the NEAST's rough.
05-13-2011 16:44:13 | More by Beard
4.58/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
11-07-2010 13:18:13 | More by jp11801
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 :)
09-06-2010 16:22:49 | More by koopa
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.
07-30-2010 16:55:37 | More by dpcoz
4.22/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Im not sure how i feel about this place. You can come here any day of the week and find something new to drink on tap. this must be great for the locals, but for someone who has to drive 45 min to get here, it can be very dissapointing to find out the beer you drove here to drink, is already tapped out.
They also have a great variety of different styles. However, a lot of them don't fit the season. e.g. Ithaca's cold front just became available on tap - i can't see many wanting to drink this during a warm spring day.
All in all, this a place you should visit, i just think the process is a litte erratic.
04-07-2010 18:39:55 | More by witness
4.6/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
Awsome food and beer but very small. Not a good place to go on the weekend. Quizo on Wednesday night is also a good time. The cheese steaks are one of the bests in the city. There are events are wacky and wild. This place is not meant for large crowds but it is worth checking out.
I went there Saint Patrick day and they had a home made recipe for Lamb Stew really good. The next event that is going to happen is stout season at the Lodge looking forward to checking it out. Always big fan of there events.
03-24-2010 19:09:45 | More by Gleebalz2000
3.93/5 rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
12-29-2009 03:23:55 | More by mymrnngjckt
3.2/5 rDev -26.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$
Recently visited the Lodge and was highly disappointed. This was my fourth visit and the excellent beer menu aside, the female waitress was awful and it appeared that we were bothering her. It was damn near impossible to get a table, as it is first come first serve. This caused much tension between patrons who were waiting for tables, and folks coming right in and stealing the tables. I ordered a Belgian Trippel that was served to me by the "happy" waitress in a pint glass. The beer was also flat. Love the beer selection, but could do without the "Philly" attitude from the waitress.
12-22-2009 22:40:24 | More by fnoffagain
3.9/5 rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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.
11-23-2009 21:01:29 | More by magine
The Grey Lodge Public House in Philadelphia, PA
96 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.