The Grey Lodge Public House
Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 83 | Display Reviews Only:
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.
02-12-2009 01:16:37 | More by LocalGuy
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? :(
02-11-2005 16:12:50 | More by PopeDX
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.***
08-09-2005 22:20:24 | More by carlosd74
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.
10-31-2003 22:55:59 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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.
Always clean. Nice mix of local stuff.
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.
Quick and always friendly.
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!!!
04-19-2005 20:03:45 | More by dberger624
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.
04-25-2012 21:42:32 | More by JeffTheJuice
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.
12-29-2012 20:52:23 | More by doggydaddy
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.
02-06-2009 19:27:01 | More by murray333
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.
01-04-2006 06:25:33 | More by roan22
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.
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.
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!
03-31-2003 11:55:47 | More by pezoids
The Grey Lodge Public House in Philadelphia, PA
96 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.