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The Grey Lodge Public House

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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 slander
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%

Yes, we grabbed a cab from downtown, and our cabbie, a man named "Vhrooom" or something as such, first says, "I have no idea where this is" and then, "but it's going to cost you $30". So there's a flat charge in Phily for driver education or something?? I have to pay you to learn your city?? Yes, get off the highway onto Harbison. "Har-bi-bi"? "Ummm, Har-bi-son!!!" After he drops us off on the corner of Frankford and vhroooms away, we're left to look for the Lodge which we find with relative ease...
The place is packed for Friday the Firkinteenth, my first, and it's good that we got there when we did because any later, we would have been curbside with the recyclables waiting for a long long long time to get in.
The place is divey, yes, but I'm here for the beer. Of course this event had 15 casks but the normal tap list was on the wall. Some very good local and regional micros (Victory, Heavyweight, Flying Fish, Weyerbacher, Yards, Sly Fox, Riverhorse), a cask, and PBR and Coors light for the locals. The beers they had on cask for the event were mostly excellent (Heavyweight Hammer Porter with Treacle, Nodding Head IPA) although there were a few clunkers (Brewer's Art Jeannie Triplehorn Green Peppercorn Triple, Dogfish Head Aprihop). Service was good for the madness they had to insue. At one point as I'm trying to get a beer, one of the guys behind the bar looks up at me and I start spewing, "Okay, I need a.. and a ... and...", and he says, "I'm just a barback, I can't serve you any beer". I might have raised my voice a lot when I said accusingly, "Then you can't look at me!!!! You can't make eye contact!!!" (sorry about that, Mo).
Funny bathroom scene. Beer caps shapes and Mosaic tile patterns with beer quotes (my favorite being something like, "Beer is a food staple but food is not a beer staple". True that!!!)
For this event, they were serving one food item, the tomato pie, which runs just under $5 a clip. A tomato pie, also called a "Tomada Pie" in Utica, NY, is what's known as a half assed pizza. It's dough and sauce, cheeseless. Sustainance, that's all I know. That's all I need.
I'd really like to get back here on a normal night and see what it's like.

slander, Feb 21, 2004
Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%

What a wild place! I first visited during last year's (2004) Friday the Firkenteenth, but the improvements, plus my desire to take part in Scoats' SugarMom odyssey ISO Split Thy PHL Skull have recently brought me back.

The exterior looks like it could be any other neighborhood joint, were it not for the Chimay, Flying Fish, and Yards signs that hang from the front of the building. Upon entering, the wall directly to the left is done in a tile mosaic, which goes with the floor (as well as something else to be mentioned). The bar begins just inside the door and is an island, surrounded by chairs on three sides. Also just inside the door are a couple of tables with chairs and benches. As you proceed aft, you pass a couple of murals of outdoor scenes and more tables and chairs.

Further on, a leather sofa sits next to the CD jukebox, just before the tile floor gives way to wood and finally, a couple of English dart boards. I would be completely remiss if I did not mention the lavatories (both men's and women's). They are literally festooned with mosaic tiles that include beer-related sayings and fragmented mirrors.

The second floor is all new, with a blonde wood floor, a beautiful red wood bar, eleven taps, a cozy seating area upholstered in red and gold fabric, and a nifty hand-made mural of caps and labels. Finally, there is a huge window overlooking the street, for those who may be inclined to do so.

woodychandler, Apr 14, 2005
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3.65/5  rDev -15.7%

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

DoubleSimcoe, Aug 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Several brews at the excellent “new” Sly Fox in Royersford were followed by an equally great set of brews at the atmospheric General Lafayette, and a revisit to the Standard Tap, it was soon late-afternoon and time to head out to the much-vaunted Grey Lodge Pub on the outskirts of Philly.

First things first, I have to tip my English Bowler Hat to fellow BA Ericaweizen for driving during the entire awesome road trip during this Memorial Day Weekend Saturday BA-PA-CA Pubcrawl, however, that being said…..the Grey Lodge is definitely *not* located at 3562 Frankford Avenue…..it’s erm, well 6235 Erica, I told her she typed way too fast when doing the MapQuest thingy…..LOL…..well after we escaped the drug ravaged rather dodgy looking “other end” of Frankford Avenue and made it to the right end and address, street parking was relatively easy to find, as indeed was the Grey Lodge.

I digress; the exterior has one of those horrid false looking “stuck-on” stone cladding wall appearances. The words ‘The Grey Lodge Public House’ are plainly adhered to a wooden planked board that runs the width of the Pub. Nice to see for once that the spelling of the word ‘Grey’ is correct. A Post Office red door, situated to the right of an alleyway entrance and to the left of paned black window full of neon signs, yearns to be opened.

Once the red door is pivoted on its hinges, the Grey Lodge opens up like a Pandora’s Box and back into a long rectangular corridor. The streaming daylight of the outside of Philly juxta-posed against the darkened interior of the Grey Lodge, the eyes took a while to adjust, but the dim dark wood fittings lend a den-like feel once inside and the door closed behind you.

A flight of wooden stairs rises to the first floor as soon as you enter, which during a “reckie”, was quietly abandoned during our Saturday evening visit, but I noted that it opens daily at 5pm and is…deep breath…SMOKE FREE!! Cool.

Downstairs ground floor is definitely not smoke-free, more of a smoke all the hell you want sort of atmosphere. The Carcinogens didn’t bother me too much for the few brews we had here. Basic interior typical of a working class boozer with a few Dartboards I noted. Funky fittings include one of those red-dot matrix signs that constantly scrolls the names of brews on offer and the Gents toilets, oh yeah..the Gents!!! Simply amazing, decorated with bottle caps, beery stuff here & there but more stunningly, the vast majority of the walls are covered in what seems like a plethora of hand made, extremely colorful tiles. The individual tiles which contain single words are placed together, seemingly in random patterns, but rather cleverly to form famous phrases, sayings and many beery quotes; very cool, now why did I come in here….oh yeah for a piss….

It is fair to say that I was quite nicely buzzed by the time I got here….so I didn’t pay too much attention to noting the Beer List to memory; but I recall it had beers from Yuengling (Porter), Troegs, Stone (Porter again), Sly Fox, Flying Fish, Magic Hat and the excellent Middle Ages….oh yeah and Coors Light. I didn’t get any food, but the Pizza place nearby is pretty cool and proved to be a great source of entertainment before we headed out back to Bethlehem.

The Grey Lodge is a superb Beer Bar, a real local’s bar in a neighborhood that has seen much better times it seems, but the Grey Lodge retains a super-cool dive-like décor and an impressive beer list. I’d love to get here during one of the Firkin Fridays or better still a Friday the Firkinteenth Night.

Thanks to Ericaweizen for showing me 2/3rds of Frankford Avenue and getting me here, much appreciated despite the constant piss-taking.

The Grey Lodge is my kind of Bar.

Last Visit: Saturday 28th May, 2005.

TheLongBeachBum, Jun 05, 2005
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4.18/5  rDev -3.5%

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!

NeroFiddled, Jul 15, 2002
Photo of John_M
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%

Had been wanting to check this place out for some time. Last night all the stars aligned properly and I made it up from Baltimore.

Fortunately, I had a friend help me with navigation or I'm not sure I would have found this place (I have a positive knack for losing my way in the greater Philly area). It was a little bit of a drive up 95 to the NorthWest Philly area, and some of the local neighborhoods were a bit "interesting," to say the least. Finally, however, we arrived at the Grey Lodge.

To say the GL wasn't quite what I was expecting would be an understatment. Granted, I wasn't expecting Kennedy School or Edgefield (Portland, Oregon), but I guess the word lodge conjurs up a certain image. Suffice it to say there was nothing "lodge-like" about the GL.

From the outside the GL looks like a nothing special, kind of smallish dive bar... but walk through the doors and all preconceptions are instantly dispersed.

The GL has a good size downstairs area with a largess bar. I confess I didn't get a good look at it, as I was told upstairs is where the action is and that's where we went. The GL is yet another Philly beer bar with a warm, relaxed, comfortable vibe. It's the kind of place you just know would be perfect for idling away a lazy afternoon, sloshing down pint after pint of good beer. The GL has a nice size draft list, with some 12 to 15 beers on tap. These mostly consisted of local brews from Weyerbacher, Slyfox and Stoudt's, but this night they also had the simply delicious nugget nectar on the handpump (I'm drinking a glass right this moment at Max's and it pales in comparison to the NN had at GL last night).

Service this night really couldn't have been any better. The bartender was friendly, prompt and very well informed. Also, the NN was only available downstairs, and while we offered to go downstairs for a glass, the bartender was good enough to run downstairs and grab a couple of pints from the main bar. There was also a solid bottle list, and the bartender directed our attention to a new to us NY IPA (very tasty - a very nice find).

What can I say? Yet another place in the greater Philly area that I would give anything to see here in Baltimore. Oh well... a 250 mile round trip drive every now and again isn't too much to ask.... just a good stretch of the legs, no?

:-) Cheers!

John_M, Feb 23, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

InspectorBob, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of francisweizen
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
Photo of Deuane
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Having been to TGL many times this is a long time coming. Visited last Friday for X-mas in July. X-mas in July is a fun little fest offering a bunch of on tap holiday beers in July...fun.

Food has always been solid. Nothing crazy but always tasty and filling. Had some poutine last time...not as good as what you get in Montreal but hey...this is Philly, not Montreal so I was glad to even have something that was close. Our friend got a fish sandwich that I swear had an entire fish on...VERY filling for sure!

The selection and service scores are due to the tireless efforts of THE man of TGL, Scoats. The man is a beer finding dynamo, plus a hell of a nice guy always willing to take time out of his VERY busy day to chat for a few minutes about this and that.

As far as atmosphere....well, I prefer the cozier and more comfortable upstairs area. The downstairs bar is more "old school" and not as inviting.

TGL is a must stop if in Philly on a beer tour or if you find yourself in the area. Scoats is ALWAYS throwing special events....a trip for a Friday the Firkenteenth cannot be missed....and even on a normal day the tap selection is impressive to say the least.

I am a big fan of TGL and try to hit it up whenever I am in the area. Keep up the great work Scoats!

Deuane, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of corby112
3.74/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

corby112, Nov 26, 2008
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 mltobin
3.64/5  rDev -15.9%

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.

mltobin, Nov 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

CuriousMonk, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Visited the establishment on a Friday evening. It was easy to find using Yahoo directions. but finding a place to park was something else. Its been over 30 years since I went to college (and lived) in Philly, and it was strange to see cars parked in the middle of the street. It was sTonenight and the downstairs was pretty packed, but my wife and I were able to get a table upstairs. When I asked the bartender what was on tap he pointed a list on the wall. I was a bit dissapointed but I was hoping for something new, but I had already had everything on the list (it turned out he list was incomplete because the had an additional Stone beer on-tap that wasn't on the list) The food was good, but nothing exceptional. I'm glad I went and the next time I am in the area I will stop again. (my son is starting college in Philly in the fall anf I'm sure I will have a number of reasons to return.

tgbljb, May 19, 2007
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%

Visited on a Wednesday evening:

If I still lived in the Northeast, this place would most certainly be my local. And it should have been my local, but until I ran across this website, after I had moved, I had no idea about the pub. Frankly, it is just sad. Regardless, this is a great spot. Upon entering, you could tell that it was just locals, as I can't really imagine too many people, other than BA's making the trek to the pub in this part of town. And to be clear, this is not a disparaging remark about NE Philly; I lived there for many years and loved it. Nothing pretentious about this place, just a good place to gather, drink and talk with your friends. I think that there was a fantasy football draft taking place in the back. Got to love that.

Obviously, the place had a great vibe even though there may have been only been a dozen people in the place including the 2 bartenders. The service was exactly what you would expect from a pub in NE Philly and the beer selection was fantastic. I had a Stoudts as I don't get a huge Stoudts selection in Atlanta. I didn't try the food and I didn't make it upstairs, but I would recommend any BA to pay it a visit, you will definitely get a greater understanding of the people and the culture of the great city of Philadelphia.

PhillyStyle, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

I finally made it out to the Grey Lodge for a meal with some friends. The map quest directions to this place as I headed north on I95 were super easy. Parking was a snap as well.

As I walked into the bar, I was greeted by an obnoxiously loud “Harvester of Sorrows” by Metallica. This brought a smile to my face, but this wouldn’t do for dinner, so I headed upstairs that was surprisingly shielded from the ruckus downstairs. We spent most of the night up here sitting in front of the window. We had a party of seven, and we fit easily in. The upstairs here is really attractive. The beer decorations are really eye catching and the wooden ceilings flanked by a strip of shelving displaying various beer mugs was a nice touch. The bar is very attractive itself with its simple wood work tucked away in the corner. Over all, I got some really good vibes from the upstairs.

As we waited for our dining mates, we had a few pints of local brews. Each pint that came was nearly overflowing. That’s a nice touch that doesn’t go unnoticed by me. “Less head, more beer? Why certainly!” The tap list we had to choose from consisted of Appalachian Rockville Rye, Climax Helles, Saranac Belgian White, Penn Marzen, Victory’s 10th, Middle Ages Apricot Ale, Troeg’s Sunshine Pils, Yard’s T.J. Tavern Ale, Lancaster’s Gold Star, and Flying Fish’s Hop Fish. This list just screams local summer beers. Very nice indeed. The bottle list was also extensive with a strong reliance on locals, but also a few not-so-locals.

There seemed to be only one person working the upstairs and she held down the bar and waited tables with ease. I was impressed with how well she kept everything running up there. She was quick with super-full beers and even managed to run down stairs to grab a few bottles off the bottle menu. My one complaint is that she served my Blithering Idiot to me with a pint glass. I asked her for a different one and she was happy to swap out glasses. Over all, I was extremely impressed with how effortlessly she held down the entire upstairs by herself without a hitch. Well done!

The food I found to be standard pub fare. I had one of the cheese steaks and my lady had the veggie burger. Both were standard, run of the mill, simple bar food. Nothing fancy, but certainly nothing wrong. Fries are extra, but worth it! I’d also get the big ‘ol tub of cheese for $.50 too.

After our meal and meeting BA owner, Scoats we headed downstairs to finish our drinks. I must say that I’m not too impressed with the downstairs. I just seems too dark for my liking. I’ve been here at high noon before, and it still had a dimly lit feel to it. Now, I haven’t spent an entire night on the first floor, so I won’t let my judgment speak too loudly for my rating. I guess I’ll have to head back for another night.

As we were getting ready to leave, we were escorted out of the building by Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War.” The sound track for the night was right on! I dig this place and look forward to returning to see what else is on tap. Man, I wished I lived closer!

DarkerTheBetter, Jul 24, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

ColForbinBC, Jan 22, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev -6.5%

Been coming here for the last siz years off and on, the Grey lodge is the best thing going for beer in NE philly.

The surrounding neighborhood aside, the grey lodge has a nice vibe going for it. The upstairs bar is a bit more polished and new looking while the downstairs looks more like your average bar. Good, friendly people & the GL always have some sort of wacky event going on that is original.

The quality is up there. Clean lines, making for clean beer and a bottle selection that has a good turn around leaving for fresh beer. The presentation of the food is also nice. I never had a problem with the service here. The bartenders are nice and the servers are quick, depending on how busy it is.

The selection is always the best when Friday the Firkenteenth rolls around. At least 20 firkins from various brewers always make for a good time. They also save some sixtels for various events throughout the year. The bottle selection is OK with some goodies and macro's to keep the lights on. The tap selection is also nice and changing but the focus seems to be on local beers and surrounding states. I've never been wowed at the tap selection for some reason, maybe im spoiled. The food is great and they infuse beers in some of their dishes as well. I always go for a cheesesteak and fries though, Im not so adventerous when it comes to food.

Go her and have a good time, that's what they seem to strive for. The firkin selections are top notch.

BARFLYB, Jul 19, 2009
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3.95/5  rDev -8.8%

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!

jrancan, Jun 25, 2002
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3.83/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

TheFightfan1, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of koopa
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%

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 :)

koopa, Sep 06, 2010
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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
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

soulcougher, Jun 04, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +2.5%

Easy to miss because the façade is small and unassuming, inside the Grey Lodge is a thin sliver with a bar in the middle. Paintings of outdoor scenes on the wall and the occasional breweriana hanging, too, the best piece of décor is in the bathrooms. Floor-to-ceiling colorful mosaics, displaying a number of famous beer quotes from the venerable Plato, Homer Simpson, Shakespeare, some drunk old man, etc. – a really nice touch. Good work, Mr. Publican. Also, there is a thin and long electronic screen, like one’s you’ll find in train stations, scrolling info about the available beers and upcoming events. Again, a really nice touch. Hopefully the upstairs will be open soon.

And about the publican, a BA named Scoats, this guy really puts his heart out. Friday the Firkinteenth, Groundhog Day, Stout Season, the list of unique, fun, and recurring events he puts on are a further testament to the effort and care. I say further because the selection is excellent, with the taps rotating through every micro within a three-hour drive, and not just the well-known like Victory or Troegs, but the smaller brewpubs like Brewer’s Art and Sly Fox. His whiskey list, partly formed per the advice of Lew Bryson, is stellar, too, if you’re into that. Check out the Lodge’s often updated website with plenty of cool info to pique your interest.

Somebody called the patrons of this place “Philbillies” – yes, it’s a working class neighborhood that saw better days a long time ago, but can you really hate on the local regular Joes? So what if they’re drinking Coors, they’re good people. Little in the way of food, but those simple tomato pies taste damn good after a couple pints. Great management, good bartenders. Plenty of parking because it’s a flat and open neighborhood. Glad to find out its an easy drive up 95 and a quick jaunt down Aramingo, or you can take the slow and mediocre-at-best Philly public transportation, or pay an arm-and-a-leg for a cab ride. Regardless, check it out, its quite a nice dive.

nomad, Feb 16, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

IdrinkGas, Oct 10, 2013
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The Grey Lodge Public House in Philadelphia, PA
96 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.