McGillin's Old Ale House
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 8
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by donniecuffs:
3.66/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
I've seen a whole lotta hoopla about this place over the last few years, so we decided to finally hit it. The first thing that hit me was the smell. I've been in some dives that looked like toilets, but didn't smell like them; this place was the reverse..laid-back decor but a rancid smell that may have originated from the four dumpsters in the nearby alley. As for the patrons, it was a mixture of tourists, local fratboys/sorority girls, and wedding parties from local hotels. Super loud. It didn't exactly make me want to sit down for a session.
Once we got accustomed to the smell, I noticed an above average selection on the chalkboard, including most of the good PA breweries..Troegs, Yards, SlyFox, Stoudts, etc...as well as some rarities from outside the box, like Brooklyn Sorachi Ace Ale, but they could've had a little more of the latter. I did notice that they had three of their own beers (contract brewed by Stoudts), which I then proceeded to sample. The Lager and the Ale were average at best, but the 1860 IPA was impressive in that the hop flavor hit you at the finish, and left you with a pleasant aftertaste, as opposed to most modern day examples which overwhelm you at the start and fizzle out at the finish. Well done, McGillan's/Stoudt's.
We didn't have any of the food, but the prices were cheap, and the service was amazingly friendly. I say amazing, because it was impressive, given how crowded the bar was. That alone would make me want to come back to this place.
09-08-2009 04:52:04 | More by donniecuffs
More User Reviews:
3.7/5 rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
My coworkers and I stopped in while wandering through downtown Philly.
Atmosphere - I really enjoyed the atmosphere. It's a quaint little bar with an old, European vibe, which is exactly what it's going for.
Quality - Nothing to complain about, nothing to get excited about either.
Service - Received a cheerful, helpful waitress who was prompt with everything.
Selection - The Selection was OK. I was pretty happy they had Nugget Nectar on tap, but nothing else they offered at that time really stood out.
Food - did not eat here.
Value - Solid value here - no complaints.
Very cool atmosphere, and if they had a better selection of beer, I would make this a regular visitation. As such, I'd still enjoy coming here again for a beer.
02-27-2014 04:17:34 | More by smartassboiler
McGillin's Old Ale House in Philadelphia, PA
84 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.