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The Grey Lodge Public House

Not Rated.
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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Photo of LocalGuy
5/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

LocalGuy, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of PopeDX
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Ah, the new good ol' Lodge. I was excited about the second floor and kitchen, but it honestly shocked the hell out of me.

Forget the first floor, except to check out the bathrooms and maybe play some Golden Tee or free darts. At or after 5, go upstairs! (upstairs bar and kitchen open at 5...kitchen stays open until 1:30)

Make a left as soon as you walk in, climb up the staircase and take a deep breath. You'll smell something that you won't smell at any other bar 'round these parts...nothing. No smoke. At all. And it smells beautiful.

The second floor is composed of a lot of dark, beautifully crafted wood, brick all over, and muted dark tones of yellow and red. The ceiling is all wood with a rafter sort of look, complete with slats. It's aesthetically pleasing while still maintaining a comfy cozy pull-up-a-barstool sort of feel. The bar is much smaller than downstairs, about 10-12 stools in an "L" shape, but there's about 6 tables to the one side and a bench with another 3 tables to the other, so there's plenty of room.

The same 10 taps reach upstairs that are present downstairs. There's been a bit of a turnover recently, with PBR getting replaced with yet another rotating craft beer and the Yuengling Lager getting replaced with the very fine Yuengling Porter. What a great crossover beer that is. So overall there's 8.5 craft beer taps (Yuengling Porter being the .5) that constantly rotate. Kegs rarely stay on for more than a couple of weeks and generally last around 7-8 days...one could easily come in twice a week, have 2 or 3 beers each time and never drink the same thing twice. They also have a very nice selection of whisk(e)ys from the US, Scotland, Ireland and Canada, but you may have to pop downstairs for them.

The service is always amazing...very knowledgeable about the beer and always seems to be right there when your cup runneth dry. And upstairs there's even *table service* (gasp!).

Woo, I finally get to talk about the food! I was expecting your average pub grub here, but the Lodge staff has really committed themselves to being a step above any other joint around. The menu opening night (which may expand a little but not a lot) consisted of wings, which were excellent...served unjointed, which was a unique touch, two kinds of mussels, both of which were drink-the-sauce tasty, two salads (not tasted), a chicken quesadilla which was really big and would highly recommend it if you're a bell pepper lover (or order it without the peppers if you aren't), and then the steaks...oh my god. There's a chicken cheese steak, which was really damn good, loaded with cheese, and a cheesesteak with Genoa salami (which you're familiar with if from Philly, and is also freakin' amazing), but my favorite is just the good ol' cheesesteak. It seems impossible to say this for a place that's been open one day considering the deep history this fine sandwich has in the City of Brotherly Love, but that was the finest damn cheesesteak I have ever had, by far. Freshly sliced, top quality ribeye cooked just right with a copious amount of cheese on a fresh local roll. The food was all reasonably priced as well, with all the aforementioned items between $5 and $7.50. The menu is indeed small, but as local beer writer Lew Bryson painfully admits that other local beer writer Jim Anderson said first even though I definitely got it from Lew, "small and firm beats big and floppy". The small menu allows them to focus on freshness, quality, and flavor.

I honestly can't think of another bar I'd rather go to than here. Uniquely smoke-free, with a micro tap selection that meets or beats anything else in the area, comfy, great service and some amazing food. Easy to get to (beermail me if you need good directions...honestly), with free parking right in front of the place instead of $20 garages two blocks away.

Why must I live 45 minutes away? :(

PopeDX, Feb 11, 2005
Photo of carlosd74
5/5  rDev +15.5%

I was here during a recent Victory Brewing-sponsored evening. I was hesitant at first because I have a certain disdain for the "Great Northeast". I have family there and being from Philly it has always sucked for beer lovers. That has all changed thanks to one man - Scoats!

Not only did he take a corner dive and rehab it into a 1st rate beer hall but he did so without completely removing the diviness and the local "color". It feels genuine. I say this because it is now the cool thing to design "dives" and sell $2 PBR pounders to hipsters. Don't know what the hell I mean - just go to Fishtown or Bella Vista. Pretentious with a capital "P". LOL!

Now the place has 2 personalities. The 1st floor is the dive floor. It truely is Mayfair. It may as well be a VFW but don't let appearances fool you. Oh no - this Oasis has a killer selection that rotates faster than the lies that come out of GW Bush's mouth. The second floor is more posh and refined....smoke-free too. The volume is lower so you can hold a conversation.

I must tip my hat on the excellent website that gives you a weekly update on the beers tapped and on deck. Plus it has events, menu and the friggin' jukebox playlist! Oh and these guys really flush their taps daily to ensure no FUNK.

A word or two about the jukebox, you'd have to head downtown to find its equal. Any bar owner who gives me Joy Division and The Smiths has my business. More importantly it is about the beer and service. There is something for every taste at all times. The service is so friendly you will forget you are in jaded Philly. I had arrived alone but was made to feel like one of the regulars in no time.

I would like to see a more expensive menu but maybe I am asking for too much. I am spoiled by Monks, Standfard Tap and Ten Stone's menus I suppose.

My only gripe is that the jukebox is only available to the 1st floor. I would love to have that same playlist available on the CD changer upstairs. Perhaps you could get an MP3 like Noddinghead. Can't I enojy a pint and be depressed by Morrissey or Ian Curtis??? :-)

In closing, this is a diamond in the rough. Finally people in lower Bucks, NE Phily and Eastern Montco have a exceptional place to drink. All Hail Scoats!!!

***Update: Oh and did I mention the lovely female patrons that roll in after 9:00? Don't act like that doesn't matter in deciding an Atmospher score.***

carlosd74, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
5/5  rDev +15.5%

This was an incredible bar, which has a good reputation. It was very small, and it looks like a typical city bar. A big gaping hole in the ceiling. I loved it.

6 patrons were drinking mixed drinks or Coors Light from the tap. My friend and I were trying the microbrews. You gotta love the mix. A meeting of two beer worlds. The atmosphere takes away my normal beer snobbery.

The bartender is incredibly friendly and he was giving me a lot of information about the place. Friday the 13th is crazy apparently. A ton of people. You have to get there by 5. I had a pumpkin ale and a lambic. My friend had a milk stout and a german style lager. The barkeep gave me a taste of Victory's HopDevil for free. A wide variety to say the least.

The food is minimal but the tomato pie was cheap and tasty. It looked like they had chili but I'm not sure. I wouldn't go just for the food, but the tomato pie did hit the spot.

I'll definitely be back, and if you are in the area you gotta go.

Update: Since originally coming here on Halloween in '03 this has become a home away from home. It has a great atmosphere. And part of that atmosphere is the mixture of locals and beer people. Not to mention the excitement of Friday the Firkenteenths.

Update: Second floor has been put in and the the kitchen is open. Atmosphere combined with upstairs is perfect. No smoke upstairs! My clothes don't stink. And I am very happy. Scoats goes all out in everything he attempts. He is to be commended for his commitment to his business and to the customer. The kitchen is open as well. Early reports on the food is that it is really really good. I had the cheesesteak which was good but not as good as I was expecting. I'm going to try more on the menu, so the final word isn't in yet. There is change in the menu which is great. I'm not sure if he is still experimenting with what works or if rotation will keep going on. I should also mention that the taps are rotating, what seems to me at least, very fast right now. His website updates the tap list very frequently and there is normally something you will like on-tap. Scoats does a very good job picking his beers. His method? Whatever he thinks is interesting. Oh. And he readily takes requests over email. And, in my experience, gets pretty much anything I asked for unless it is impossible to get. That is exceptional service that you don't find in many bars.

Update: Had a chance to evaluate the food. The food is fantastic at really reasonable prices. I don't care for mussels. I had a Thai-curried mussel, and it was incredible. Scoats told me that they aren't chopping up the steak on purpose. They are using a premium cut and they want it to show forth. The spinach salad is getting raves. My friends did the fish and chips and they loved it. I had some of the steak fries, which I loved. The regular fries are spicy, akin to Checker's if you are a french fry conneseur. Also very good. The Lodge steak, similar to a Schmitter, was also getting raves. I had the chicken quesedilla. Wonderful, filling, large, and excellently presented. Only 6.50.

Update: I think they worked out the kinks in the cheesesteak. This is easily one of the best cheesesteaks I've ever eaten.

GeoffFromSJ, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of dberger624
5/5  rDev +15.5%

This is my local bar. Been going since 1999, 5 minute drive 30 minute walk, so getting there is never a problem. Really!! Is it that difficult to find? :) I really can't say anything that hasn't been said before me. The tap and bottle selection is always great for the geek and the macro person.
Aah the changes. Now that's where it's at. Yes it's my local but before the smoke free upstairs opened I dreaded coming out of the place because you smelled like a cigerette. Actually you still do but I haven't been downstairs, with the exception of getting my beer season beer shirt, since upstairs opened. That's not a knock on you smokers but come on I'm I right.
Now let's talk about the upstairs. SMOKE FREE!!. Whoopie!!
That is a big plus for me. Nice and clean with the big window looking down at Frankford Av. Bathroom is a little tough to get out of and it does need a tv but that's minor.
The BEER
Always clean. Nice mix of local stuff.
The FOOD
I've sampled some mussles and fries, all very good, but I just can't get enough of the Lodge Steak (Cheesestake with salmi (sp) and peeper sauce). And it's very reasonably priced.
SERVICE
Quick and always friendly.
OTHER STUFF
This place has some great events. As I mentioned earlier they have beer season and stout season where you get a free tshirt, Groundhog day (drinking 2003 Sierra Nevada Bigfoot and having pancakes at 7 in the morning is pure genusis), and lastly Friday the 13th is huge and gets bigger with each one. Just check out the GL website for all the info you need. It's updated just about every other day.
For those who have been here already. You know what I'm talking about.
For newbies who haven't been here yet. You have to check the Grey Lodge out!!!

dberger624, Apr 19, 2005
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 doggydaddy
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>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 murray333
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%

What a great place. Tried the Grey Lodge for the first time a few Saturdays ago and I was not disappointed. For an afternoon the place had a great crowd and the service was top notch. The only negative about the place would be the overly chatty regulars that seemed to try to tick off the bartender every chance they had. He had to keep reminding them that there were normal people in the bar and to watch the foul language. I would recommend the Grey Lodge to anyone looking for good food and even better beer.

murray333, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of roan22
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%

I have held off from reviewing Grey Lodge for a while...I wanted to experience it several times as opposed to rashly writing a review based on one visit.

Good times, Good beer in the Northeast? Up until I met Scoats I'd say that idea was laughably impossible. Scoats' geeky sense of humor remains fresh, charming and youthful, meaning he has clever ideas for events, and he being the publican that he is, directly affects your experience here (because he cares about keeping us all happy).

I've become a Grey Lodge regular, for real. I love it here. I love Pat, Johnny, Kathy, Frank, Scoats and his lovely girlfriend Maureen so much for improving the well-being of this Mayfair neighborhood. For being real. They are so approachable, honest, efficient, pleasant. Scoats will try to order you any beer you request. There frequently is (free) parking available right in front of or across the street from the bar, on Frankford Ave.

What you get quality and selection-wise is great because the lines are cleaned every Monday, and the taplist rotates selections of mega-popular locals (Victory Prima Pils, Troegs Nugget Nectar, Legacy Midnight Wit, Sly Fox's complete line-up of single hopped IPA's, etc.); true beer greek choices (Bells, Middle Ages, Southampton, Dogfish Head, Founders, etc.); plus west-coast and other area out-of-region beers like Russian River, Oskar Blues Old Chub, Dale's Pale Ale, Boulder Hazed and Infused/Mojo IPA, Flying Bison, Green Flash IPA, Brooklyn, Sierra Nevada. Lastly I will mention the food.

My gripe about Grey Lodge is the food/menu. I wish they had more dinners/entrees, because I generally avoid eating fried-type pub food in general (the fresh-cut fries are really good though). Thank you Pat for adding a turkey burger and chicken parmesan over pasta. It was tasty. I still think you should add different salads and some asian food like more thai or fusion stir-fry/rice/noodle dishes.

Thank you Scoats and the rest of the staff for making us all feel welcome at your bar, for serving fresh, quality brews and for having fun while doing it.

**Updated 4-21-07

roan22, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of pezoids
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%

I admit it, I was unsure the first time I walked into the Grey Lodge. I know what a crappy local bar in Philadelphia can be like (especially in the Northeast) The front of the bar is completely unassuming and ordinary. The decor is prime 1960-70's. It was dark, dank and the only patrons besides me and my girlfriend was an old guy doing shots and a few bud swillin' mulletheads.

But - after talking to the friendly bartender, ordering a pint of cask conditioned Yards ESA, and a trip to the best bar bathroom in recent memory, my fears were put to rest. They have a well rotated selection of draft local micros and usually have a cask of something behind the bar.

Friday the Firkinteenth events are a must for any beer lover (I've attended two).The bar is packed to the gills, hot, smoky and loud. They make ice water available to prevent dehydration during the event - you'll need it because it really feels like a marathon of beer.

The tomato pies are pretty good, too.

9/03: UPDATE!
Scoats (the owner) has sort of remodeled the place. The booths are gone, fresh pine slats are on the walls, there's a nice new front door, and some "lodgey" murals of outdoor scenes have been painted on the walls. And a new floor is going in. This is a special place that many better beer drinkers have come to call their own.

4/05: UPDATE!
One of THE best and comfortable feeling drinking establishments I've ever been to. Great staff, Great owner, Great events - and now... Great Food! Seriously, when we want to relax and have a good beer, this is where we go. Thank the Gods that we live close by!

pezoids, Mar 31, 2003
Photo of thequeen711
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%

I recently had the pleasure of finally getting to the GL to take part in the Voodoo Brew N Chew. Totally awesome event!!! Met Matt Allyn from Voodoo, a passionate brewmeister with creative visions for food and beer. The menu accompaniement to the 4 Voodoo brews were perfectly paired, the Brie sandwich app was phenomenal, I make it at home now!

We are now in search for a case of the Black Majick...
Scoats has created a successful business, and seems like he is having the time of his life! Thanks Scoats.

thequeen711, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of deapokid
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%

Drinks and bar snacks:

Got together with a few friends who had never had the pleasure of trying one of my favorite bars. We strolled in after finding parking around 10pm.
I kicked off the evening with the Rogue Buckwheat in a bottle, while my crew started with the Franziskaner Dunkel (bottle), Philadelphia NewBold and Sly Fox Seamus' Irish Red (both on tap).
The Lodge's tap selection was distinctive as usual, featuring a variety of local brews (Yards Love Stout, a cask of Victory Hop Devil) and a few from out of state (Arcadia HopMouth IPA, Brooklyn Extra Brune).
Bottle selection was exceptional as well, featuring some of the usual suspects (Chimay, Arrogant Bastard, Skull Splitter) and some new faces (Stone Imperial Stout, Green Flash IPA, Ramstein, Old Chub).
Surprisingly, the whiskey selection was also quite extensive, which spurned my buddy to try a glass of the George Dickel No. 8 on the rocks.
I stuck with the bottles all night, grabbing a Green Flash IPA, Stone Imperial Stout and O'Hara's Irish Stout. All of our drinks were served in the proper glassware and the staff was very helpful, even though they had quite a large crowd on their hands.
The food was nothing short of amazing! We split an order of the Lodge wings and two orders of the award-winning fries, which we tore through in about five minutes. I was even tempted to get the Lodge Steak, which I saw another patron enjoying and I'd enjoyed before, but decided to quit while I was ahead.
The gorgeously designed restrooms were also a topic of conversation, featuring a colorful mosaic of quotes from important public figures concerning their favorite libations.
This is a flat-out great bar with a wonderful selection, very low prices, a down to earth staff and crowd and none of the pretension that a bar with such a classy menu and selection often has.

deapokid, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of BigMart42
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%

I want to be totally honest, this is a really hard review to write. I mean, how can you be objective towards a place that you often refer to as your "second home". Or try being non-bias towards a bar who’s Thai Curried Mussels actually appear in your dreams regularly. It's not easy...

I guess I'll start off by refuting the biggest myth about the Grey Lodge. Although it is a good couple of minutes away from the major high-ways, it’s relatively easy to find. At least there's no need to find parking garages or cabs to visit this great city bar. The street parking is usually very manageable, maybe one exception being the Firkinteenths.

Which brings me to probably the biggest Grey Lodge standout for me, the events. Over last couple years I've probably met about a dozen or so head brewers, business owners, authors and even local politicians. Just about every month you can count on a couple different events on the schedule. My personal favorites being anytime a brewery drops by with some rare beer and of course the infamous Friday the Firkinteenth, a must attend event for any fan of good/fresh beer, that occurs every Friday the 13th.

With the risk of sounding redundant the food is pretty dreamy. A couple of the standouts here include the spicy, yet very tasty Cajun Fish sandwich and the fore mentioned Mussels served in a Thai Currie sauce that you can’t help dipping everything on your plate into. Though I feel the menu could probably be expanded a little, maybe a couple more healthier choices would be welcomed but other than that no complaints about the kitchen side of the bar.

And finally saving the best for last, the Beer! The Grey Lodge has 10 taps dedicated solely to micro brews that rotate almost daily. They usually range from all different styles as well as breweries, so you'll be able to try something new basically every time you go. Which also makes their website so valuable; it’s updated a couple times a week so you can make sure you don’t miss your favorites.

If you haven’t been here yet.. What are you waiting for?

BigMart42, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%

Even after ten visits, the GREY LODGE is still tricky to find because to get here you need to take a few one-way streets. After that: Heaven! The Grey Lodge (or rather The Lodge) is a cozy, small, tucked away bar right smack dab on Frankford Ave in NE Philadelphia that can be located, contrary to popular belief. First things first: The downstairs bathrooms are super cool. The little scrods room (a.k.a. Men's Room) was done up with colorful tile and beer quotes. Probably the coolest bathroom I've ever seen. Bathrooms upstairs are a little tight to negotiate. Anyway, the rest of the downstairs is a little on the corner bar local, pull-up-a-barstool and a Marlboro side, but in a way that has a pleasant "all are welcomed" ambiance.

So, does it pass the "Mom could have a beer here" test? It can and does now that there is a smoke free second floor that has table service and a bar with a second set of bathrooms, too. Let's discuss: Upsatairs is where its at!!!

High props for quality because we all knocked back beers and had grub, but the bill was super reasonable! Hell...it was cheap! Plus, the ecclectic brews were awesome. There is usually several local breweries including Weyerbacher, Vic'ry, Heavyweight, Yard's, Flying Fish cask-conditioned, and even local Sly Fox brewpub IPA. Also, extemporaneous breweries like Brooklyn, Brewers Art and Lake Placid grace the taps. Just good after better choices.

The lodge staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Ask any beer question ya want. They will answer every question with ease, thanks to the owner's coaching by the fellow BA Scoats: A true beer guy's beer guy. If you have any beer ideas for the place, he is extremely attentive. The guy cares about beer. There is always a ton of selection. GREY LODGE gets beers that no one else has. How do they do it?

A new food menus is well focused on items that compliment beer, such as two types of mussels, fish & chips, and cheese steaks that are done up to suit an appetite. My chicken quesadilla was $7 and weighed ten pounds.

Last swigs: Great beer bar, and I mean GREAT BEER bar. The Lodge gets some brownie points for the excellent website updated daily and the beer offerings chalkboard that is actually acurate to the day as well. Scoats has a locally focused tap & bottle selection with a side note for the big 3 A-B/M/C fans and BA beer lovers alike. Worth the drive from anywhere reasonable. If you go, drink enough beer to use the little scrods room. Now that this has a clean smoke-free second floor offering all the good taps as downstairs, the Grey Lodge is a top notch beer bar for Philadelphia. Period! And that is saying a lot for competition with the other beer bars. Some places talk about beer. The Grey Lodge walks the beer walk. Also, this is the best place to meet local beer writer-legend-mastermind Lew Bryson. Thanks Scoats!

Beer is good. Happy bar beering.

blitheringidiot, May 04, 2006
Photo of thefireman
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%

I went to the GL yesterday with my wife and daughter. To say I enjoyed the place is an understatement. We sat at a corner table downstairs because the upstairs wasn't open yet. A really nice, friendly atmosphere.

The beer selection was great with a Sly Fox IPA on cask poured perfectly. I also had a pint of Yards ESA. The bartender brought over a sample of Russian River ( Pliney I think) and asked if I liked hoppy brews. Very helpful and knowledgeable. The service was really good.

I had the fish and chips, my daughter the wings, and my wife the special steak sandwich. Plus we all had a ton of fries. All were terrific. This is one of my new favorite spots.

We will be back often.

thefireman, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of BrianB
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%

The biggest reason it took me so long to get to this place is the location--I don't make it to too many Philly bars outside of walking distance (give or take 20 blocks) of center city. The 15 minute walk after the 15 minute ride on the El was a lot more convenient than I thought it'd be.

The downstairs has a typical neighborhood bar feel (give it a 4) but could use more seating, and the newly renovated upstairs is really nice, and more importantly smoke free (give it a 5). Average the two out to a 4.5.

The service is spectacular. I've never met a more friendly, knowledgable and fast set of bartenders, and owner Scoats sat and talked with my wife and I for a few minutes before the last Firkinteenth because he hadn't met us before. Extra credit for maintaining one the best beer websites in Philly.

The beer is terrific. Eight rotating micro drafts, tending more towards breweries special offerings rather than their standards. Good bottle list too. Draft list on the website is accurate and updated frequently.

Awesome barfood. My wife had a buffalo chicken cheesesteak that was delicious, I had the lodge steak (cheesesteak with salami) that was also really good. Probably another half dozen things on the menu that looked equally interesting.

Great place that's worth the trip!

BrianB, May 19, 2005
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 ggaughan
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

I had been to the Grey Lodge a year or so ago for beer quizzo and it was alot of fun. That was before they had the upstairs bar/restaurant open and even then the selection of beers was very good and the pizza they had at the time was good.

I just visited the Grey Lodge again the other day with my wife and some friends. Since it was the weekend we were expecting the place to be packed but to our suprise we were able to get a table upstairs as soon as we got there. I love how their website is pretty up to date on the beers that are on tap. I checked it before we left and was happy to see they had Legacy White Ale on tap. That was the first beer that we each ordered and everyone loved it. We also tried Yard's Poor Richards Ale on tap (wow!), Flying Fish Abbey Dubbel, Flying Bison Aviator Red, Stoudt's Winter Ale in bottle, Legacy Hedonism Ale in bottle and Great Divide Wild Raspberry Ale, all in bottle. Very good selection.

I was also happy to see the food menu which is pretty eclectic and very reasonably priced. I tried the fries which were very good, nice and sturdy, not greasy or limp like alot of fries can be at places. The group I was with shared a bowl of their Thai curried mussels which were so good. Besides the fact they give you a ton of mussels and for only $8, they are a nice size and the sauce is worth spending some time to sop up with bread once you eat all the mussels. On par with the great mussels at Monk's. I had a cheesesteak, my wife had the sausage sandwich and they were both great.

Everyone enjoyed the food and the beer selection and the upstairs bar is very very nice and roomy. If you go there, check out the cool poster on the wall that is made out of mainly Belgian beer labels and caps. Some of the labels and caps are very cool and some are very rare. It is definitely worth sitting at the table near this poster and stairing at it for awhile. It will get you thirsty. Someone put alot of time and effort into this and it is very cool. Great time!

ggaughan, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of sebrennan
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

sebrennan, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of dpcoz
4.72/5  rDev +9%

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.

dpcoz, Jul 30, 2010
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4.7/5  rDev +8.5%

The GLP...

From the outside, the GLP looks like any other inner-city taproom. You walk in from the bright outside to a very dark first floor where the regulars are hanging out. Blue and white collar, of all trades. Wait a minute - there is something amiss here - everyone is drinking micros! 10 taps (usually 9 micros) and Scoats (the Publican) lets the public directly affect the taps. You request something (within reason) and you get it!

Downstairs - I am a quasi-regular (weekly to bi-weekly, rather than daily), and being a city boy, I like to hang with the real people down here. Always interesing conversation, throw a game of darts, etc. I don't smoke, but smoking is allowed. No real place to sit outside the bar area - Very dimly lit.

Bathrooms - a must visit - great custom ceramic tile job with beer quotes. Have to see for yourself.

Upstairs - No smoking, nice 'pub' setting. Couple TV's and areas to sit- Food is up here.

Food - new to the GLP still, but they do a great job of it. I concentrate more on the beer factor, so I've only have eaten there a few times, with the exception of the 'Northeast Style Tomato-Pie' which is excellent.

A must visit if in the area...

djeffbee, Feb 26, 2006
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4.64/5  rDev +7.2%

Awesome, awesome place. It was a bitch to get to, but I suppose it was well worth the drive in the rainy night in a part of Philly I've never seen in my life... Anyway, The atmosphere was really great- it's kind of small, dark with lots of wood, and one wall is a big mural of the outdoors or something, I forget exactly. It felt very welcoming and cozy, which I needed on that cold wet night I visited there. Oh, the bathrooms were way cool too- bright mosaic tiled walls with quotes about money and love, and cool mirrors, I spent too much time in there just reading all the things in there. I heard the men's room had beer quotes and the same tiled scheme. Overall a neat looking and feeling place.

The beer selection and quality was great, and price too. Very cheap for very good beers.. Francisweizen got the Victory Resolution Porter, I think the Grey Lodge was the only place to get it outside of Victory, I got a bottle of HW Perkuno's Hammer. The bartender insisted I sample a few of the draft beers that I asked about, which was cool. Very helpful in dealing with my indecisive nature... Yes, the staff were all very friendly and the service was excellent. Scoats was there so we talked to him a bit, well I talked to him anyway, mostly about that Japanese cat character actually, and about the bar... very very nice guy, he's lucky to have such a great bar, and we're all lucky he's got it too! Thanks man!

I highly recommend making a stop at the Grey Lodge, whether yer in Philly or an hour away, it's definitely worth the trip.

erica, Jan 12, 2005
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4.64/5  rDev +7.2%

An awesome bar that whilst in Philaelphia, is actually far off of the beaten path. Atmosphere is great. Small, dimly lit, with a nice big mural, a cool jukebox, and some of the coloest bathrooms around. Quality of the beers sampled was perfect and the service was fantastic. Our bartender gave Erica several free samples, and he came around at just the right times to refill my pint glass with more resolution porter. Selection was great with many local craft beers on tap as well as pbr, and some more staple selections. The bottled selection of brews was nice as well, and the prices are very very reasonable. Thanks to Scoats for running one of the coolest litte bars that I have ever been too. Good beer, good hospitality, good conversations, and all at a good price! Who can ask for more?

francisweizen, Jan 13, 2005
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4.63/5  rDev +6.9%

Talk about filling some monstrous shoes...I mean, what can be said about this Mecca that hasn't been said before? Still, one must endeavor...

Although some have said it can be tough to locate, I know just enough of the area to be able to get there in a snap over the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge, making it close enough for me to want to call it my neighborhood bar. Follow the directions on GLP's website and you're there easily.

There's an aura about this place, one brought about by reputation and a rich beer past, and it is well-earned, to say the very least. Downstairs is what it is, a local bar that just happens to serve a tremendous menu of draft and bottled beers. It's like a cave with murals and mosaics, complete with local characters at the bar, a vintage table-top video game, and one of the city's best, most eclectic jukeboxes, one which gives the Standard's box a run for its money.
Upstairs is a blissfully smoke-free, homey space, with enough dark wood to create an almost dignified atmoshpere, though not quite. Tables adorn the front of the space, and the view of Frankford Ave. is, if not breathtaking, then at least potentially entertaining. And it's definitely kid-friendly, at least earlier in the evening, making this a great spot for the beer loving dads of the world to bring the brood.

Quality is superior, across the board, creating not just a visit, but an experience every time you walk through the door.

I dare say the service here is second to none. Knowledgeable, friendly, timely...I defy anyone to name a desireable characteristic in a beer bar's staff that these folks do not possess in spades.

What you get here is some of the finest bottled beers to be had in the area. I won't try to list them here, as they're readily available on the website, but there is something for evey palate to not only enjoy, but in which to revel. But for me, the main attraction is the sublime selection at the taps. The locals are certainly well-represented, including, on my visit, Flying Fish, Stoudt's, Sly Fox, and Victory, but so are various other beasties, such as Ramstein and Hennepin. (And yes, I know Ramstein is, to some, local, but as a South Jersey native I simply cannot put that neck of the woods into the local file!) SWMBO absolutely loved the Ramstein Maibock, and that alone is enough to gurantee that I will get subsequent visits out of her in the near future.

The food was, in spite of the glowing reviews, nonetheless a wonderful surprise. It's a small menu, but in my book, it just makes it that much easier to choose. From what we sampled, the batterless wings convey a damned tasty sauce mouthward, and the fries, seasoned and savory, are mighty fine either plain or with cheese. SWMBO's clams came in a white broth with garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and enough heavenly flavor that she'll never likely have steamed clams again without thinking back on these. In fact, if you like clams, you'd be beyond remiss if these were on the menu and you did not try them. And my Lodge Steak was a full-bodied, beef-and-salami zesty torpedo, with a fresh roll and enough cholesterol to tax even the cleanest of arteries. But let's face it, if you're ordering a sandwich like this one, that is exactly what makes it the dripping, gustatorial delight that it is.

And so, while I know I've done little more here than echo the resounding praise of others, this is my contribution to the ever-expanding, well-deserved Grey Lodge Pub exaltation. And now that Stout Season is opening soon, I have all the reason I need to stop in regularly!

Foxman, Apr 13, 2005
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4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

this place is just up the road from where i work and has the best and most rotating tap selection in town (as well as being known for bringing in a lot of session beers and limited run type stuff). it has more of a neighborhood feel to it than some of the "cooler" beer places in town, and honestly, if you didn't know any better, you'd think think this place was your typical neighborhood bar. the staff is very knowledgeable and very friendly. the food is also great. try the sirloin cheesesteaks with a huge basket of fries.

fishtownhxc, May 28, 2008
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The Grey Lodge Public House in Philadelphia, PA
96 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.