The Grey Lodge Public House

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

103 Ratings
Ratings: 103
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: 65
Cask: Y
[ 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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Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 84
Photo of boblinneman
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

From the outside the Grey Lodge looks like a private social club (Elks/Moose something along those lines. Upon entering (during the week) you will notice a small group of locals drinking cheap beer and shots. But there is always at least one person to talk beer with. And there's plenty of beer to discuss. Scoats keeps ten taps rotating with great local micros (Victory/Yards/FlyingFish/DogFishHead...) and different brews from each brewery. Always has the latest seasonals. On weekends there are cask conditioned selections. Friday the Firkinteenth is a great event, and where I met BAs and discovered this wonderful site.
P.S. The best bathroom in NE Philly, makes the dreded trip worth it.
Thanks Scoats!
Atmosphere has greatly improved. Second floor addition will make this NE Philly bar make Northern Liberty/Old city bars jealous.

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Atmosphere is really electric when I went here for the first time for the Friday the Firkinteenth. They had a bunch of local casks thrown on top of the bar, around 10, but I believe sometimes they have up to 15 or so. I met up with BA’ers RobBeer and NeroFiddled. This place was packed to the max…no walking room left. I was there around 6 to almost 10pm then I was off to my usual Friday night card game. I had tried around six beers and I was ready to go. If I would have had a couple more brews I think I would have been sleeping there…haha
I didn’t get any food, but it was you basic finger food that they serve, thin pizza and tortilla roll-ups.
The bathroom walls have bottle caps in the walls, and beer quotes painted on it, check it out.
Overall this has to be one of the best stops in Northeast Philly.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

UPDATE: The Grey Lodge has really taken huge strides forward with the opening of their upstairs and kitchen. What was once only a place that I could go by myself or with guys is now a great place to take a date for a cozy, quiet night upstairs. The food is very good!!!! and reasonable (and they've got some vegetarain items as well!). The beer selection has actually improved (although I think that just has to do with more and more good stuff becoming available in the area); and the service has gotten much better! They also run Quizzo, which is my favorite game in the world, so big points there! ...In the past I might have passed on suggesting it as a destination for out of town visitors because of its location, but I now think it more than worthy! That said.... here's my original review from 3 years ago!!!

Ya gotta love the Grey Lodge! This place can be hard to find but it's worth it. Formerly a daytime shot-and-a-beer joint, some of the regulars still come here. Stopping in at noon will bring you suspect looks from 2 or 3 craggy old men drinking Bud and soaking in the cathode rays of some long gone '70 show. But don't knock it, CHiPS and The A-Team can be quite entertaining with their bad dialogue and "full of holes" plot lines! But back to the regulars, ordering a Belgian-style beer at this time will probably gain you some "who the hell is this?" or "what the hell is that?" looks... but these guys can also be great fun if you get them going! Some of the bartenders are brain-dead, but others are sharp as a tack and extremely entertaining (and everyone loves Billy!!!). But now to the beer. The proprieter, Scoates, rotates his tap line-up like a Tilt-A-Whirl from hell. There is always something new. He runs a lot of local beers from area brewpubs and micros. He also gets a lot of "one-offs" from these breweries, which can be real exciting. Friday the Firkinteenth, held on all Friday the 13th's, is a real treat with 18 or 20 casks up on the bar and special "small glass" pricing so you can taste a few! But I almost forgot the food. Minimal is "in", isn't it? Pizzas heated in a small oven behind the bar, or tortilla roll-ups. Just something to fill your belly - but quite tasty! Now that's the taste of Northeast Philly!

Photo of jrancan
3.95/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Interesting little place located in Northeast Philly. Although a little "divey", there is always a friendly crowd willing to talk beer. They have 9 beers and a cider on draft, specializing in local brewpubs and breweries. Every Friday at 6pm they tap a small cask of something (last week Victory Hop Devil). They call this Firkin Friday. When Firkin Friday falls on the 13th of the month (Friday the Firkinteenth) they set up at least 10 different casks and tap them all at the same time. It doesn't get any fresher than that!

The Grey Lodge Public House in Philadelphia, PA
96 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.