The Grey Lodge Public House
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 65
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 83 | Display Reviews Only:
2.58/5 rDev -40.4%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
After seing the Grey Lodge on Beer Advocate for quite some time, I decided to try it last night with a friend. Less then a 10 minute drive for a bar that gets high BA rankings is definitely worth a try.
We arrived at 6:45 PM on a Monday night, not quite the best time and day of the week for a crowd, but at least the place will not be packed. Packed it was not. My friend and I doubled the number of customers in the place when we arrived!
Dingy is the best way to describe the bar area. A favorite of mine is the 1960s era wall mount with curly cord phone behind the bar. While they do have 10 different beers on tap, most micros and a nice selection of bottles in a glass doored cooler across the bar. No complaints about the selection but definitely not enough to put it on the top three bars in Phila.
The bartender, when not on the phone, was a plesent chap who was more then eager to remove my 80% empty bottles from the bar before I was done with them. I had the mussels which were very good and appropriately priced. Took a while, but I did not exactly expect the cook to be on standby with 4 customers in the entire place.
The bathroom is indeed top notch, mosaics of beer related quotes put the bathroom at the top of the list, but not enough to make the Gray Lodge worth going back to right away.
03-01-2006 01:25:52 | More by MarcGetty
3.15/5 rDev -27.3%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 1 | $$
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.
11-22-2009 17:16:51 | More by madcow09
3.2/5 rDev -26.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$
Recently visited the Lodge and was highly disappointed. This was my fourth visit and the excellent beer menu aside, the female waitress was awful and it appeared that we were bothering her. It was damn near impossible to get a table, as it is first come first serve. This caused much tension between patrons who were waiting for tables, and folks coming right in and stealing the tables. I ordered a Belgian Trippel that was served to me by the "happy" waitress in a pint glass. The beer was also flat. Love the beer selection, but could do without the "Philly" attitude from the waitress.
12-22-2009 22:40:24 | More by fnoffagain
3.64/5 rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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.
11-16-2011 23:56:12 | More by mltobin
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
3.73/5 rDev -13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
A great place for great beer. Does not have a huge German and/or Belgian beer selection. However I really like the large selection of local brews they have. Plus, the beer menu changes every week so you can always go there and have a new beer. I love how the upstairs, which was really nice and clean was smokefree. Thats a major plus. Another plus was that I was able to watch a game and hear the TV for there was no music. Old-fashioned yet modern looking at the same time. Beer I had was excellent. Bartender I had should have known more about beer and different beer styles.
11-15-2005 21:56:52 | More by RollingRock
3.74/5 rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
The best bar in Northeast Philly. Always a nice selection of beers on draft and a rotating bottle list. The focus is mostly on american craft and every once in a while they get something really rare like Pliny the Elder or some of the Dogfish Head Experimental brews. Also, there is always an interesting mix of people; neighborhood heads drinking Miller light and beer geeks sipping on decent micros. Also, you are always garunteed to hear some good cock rock. The last time I was there I heard Motley Crue, GNR and Metallica played back to back, immediately followed by Joy Divison. Very strange.
11-26-2008 07:33:21 | More by corby112
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.
03-27-2009 14:12:11 | More by TheFightfan1
The Grey Lodge Public House in Philadelphia, PA
96 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.