Taps: 12 / Bottles: 60
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by rdrummer:
4.13/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5
I have heard about Bridgid's for years, but it seemed that every time I was in that neighborhood, the place was closed. I finally got there not once but twice in a two week period. It is one of the better beer bars in Philadelphia without a doubt.
The place is small, especially the bar. 12 people cramp the place, but the bartender easily handles the demands. My major complaint is a lack of draft selection. There are only five beers on tap, although they are all good. The Yard's on the gravity tap is a fixture from what I understand, but the other four change regularly. I had the Rogue Dead Guy and a Duchesse Flemish Sour Ale that were superb. The bottle selection is larger of course, but even that is not huge. It is full of quality. I had two different Trappists, the Westmalle Tripel and the Roquefort 8 in the two trips. Prices for the beers were reasonable (less than Monk's for sure).
I ate appetizers on the first visit, and the escargot were outstanding. The second visit I was seated in the dining room and had the full experience. Not one dish was anything but excellent. The menu is heavy on fish and seafood, and it is all done perfectly. I had the escargot again, but also had a wonderful snapper entree. The salads were fresh and well dressed, and the coffee was great.
The service during the second night was less than perfect. It was inattentive for such as small room, leaving us to wait for each refill and for the check, which is a pet peeve of mine.
I will definitely be returning for another meal and some more lovely beers.
09-23-2004 23:22:32 | More by rdrummer
More User Reviews:
4.01/5 rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$$
Small little neighborhood gem... some would call it cramped, some would call it homey. This was one of the pioneers of the craft and Belgian beer movement back in the day. Backwards J shaped bar seats about 15-20 in the front room, rear dining room sits a few more than that, but have never made it back there. Decor in the bar area is mostly Belgian themed beer memorabilia.
Solid list of domestic, European and local craft on draft and bottle. Always something new on tap but always go for the Yards ESB on hand pump. Service always attentive and friendly - bartenders have that vibe of actually hanging out with you as opposed to simply serving you, something lost on many newer spots. Amazingly have never eaten here, but the menu was recently overhauled by the owner of the popular Modo Mio and Paesanos (among others). Prices have seemed to creep up a bit recently.
All in all a nice spot to drop in for a few beers.
04-22-2013 15:31:00 | More by rfgetz
4.23/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Can't give this cozy little joint a sour mark on any important point. The atmosphere is homey, intimate, often friendly. Entering from a corner in the main room, the space immediately ahead is fine for standing, leaning - maybe 3-4 can fit comfortably. The bar stretches out to each side, roughly following the room's contour. Hard to stand comfortably in the lane between the walls and the bar stools. A second room sprawls back into the latter half of the floor - about 6-8 tables, also a fairly relaxed atmosphere - this area, seated within, somehow becomes loud occasionally. Warm, inviting, familiar: some words I'd suggest.
About 10-12 drafts are listed on a chalkboard behind the bar - always different - as far as contrast between, origin, and with how they've never appeared to have that 1-3 house beers. You won't find BMC or the usual macro imports. They hold I suppose 40-50 bottles or more in a retro-y fridge seen in the back of the bar (6 or less ft from wherever at the bar you are seated). I can't vouch for the freshness of these offerings. They've looked untouched since my first visit a few years back. I'm sure it's safe. Decent selection of bottles - ubiquitous Belgians and other Euro beers as well as some commonly seen domestic/local crafts. The food has always been excellent, priced a little better compared to Rembrandt's up the street. Semi-gourmet, non-traditional bar fare.
Basically that's the deal: Excellent, tasty food. Somewhat unusual rotation/selection on tap - no theme, no trend. The bartenders are usually quite talkative with the regulars as well as the goons like myself that on occasion stumble in there from parts unknown. I just love going out of my way a little to go here, regardless of whether or not they'll have any drafts I'm in the mood for or there was that one time when everyone (including the bartender) was talking about death and gruesome ways to die by gunshot for about 25 min and one dude got up from the bar and practically vowed suicide over the Eagles losing to the Titans (that WAS a sad performance, Birds).
[EDIT (March 2014) - visited for the first time in awhile - bartender couldn't describe any beer, the color scheme went earth tone... these are poor developments... whyyyy? why do my favorite lil bars feel the need to tidy up? (DSP...) - they end up dumbing down...]
06-20-2011 02:10:49 | More by Bouleboubier
3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
An interesting little place near the museum district in Philly. And when I say, little, I mean little. The bar is in a little building on a street corner. The front bar holds about a dozen people, and looks like a dive, yet the overall atmosphere is nice. There is a dining room in the back, the size of which I couldn't determine, and I overheard a waitress say that there is an upstairs chamber for special parties. If you're planning on a table, good luck; a bar seat, go around 6:30-7. As for the beer, there are about 10 very good, diverse, and often rotating brews on tap, and a wide selection of bottles, including rare beers and vintages. Food is surprisingly good, even if it's not the best you'll ever have.
04-29-2011 13:19:18 | More by Rifugium
3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Headed here after finding that Bishop's Collar was packed. Glad we did; it has been awhile since my last visit and they still are the small classy place that I remember. A narrow space, we moved to the back to get a table and some food. I did not count the taps, but there were 8-10 of mostly local beers. My beers for the evening included Duvel Green, PBC Newbold IPA, and The Beurey Black Orchard. All three were great and regretted not having more time and money to try some others. They have had a great rep for a long time in regards to their beer and they continue to entertain without being overwhelming. The food was good also. I had the Chirizo sausage nachos. They called it a small plate, but it was a good size and hit the spot. The service was good; it was quiet when we arrived, but 2 hours later, the crowd started rolling in. Only complaint is part of its charm; the size make it tight between tables. The folks that slide in next to us seemed in a bad mood and we got to hear all their issues. Another foot or so further away would have been fine with me. Will go back when in the Art Museum area.
04-26-2009 15:51:21 | More by mobud
4.2/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Bridgids is a great little neighborhood beer bar/ restaurant in the Fairmount section of Philly. They have a rotating draft list of about ten drafts one of which is always a hand-pumped selection from local brewery Yards. They have a solid bottle list of Belgians, American crafts and other imports. Also, they have a rotating guest bottle list which often features nice selections such as Nogne O, Taras Boulba and other high quality beers. The food is excellent probably because it is a restaurant as well as a bar. They don't sell sandwiches, rather higher end appetizers and entrees. The servixce is always very good and every time I visit Bridgids it is a pleasant experience. A little out of the way of center city Philadelphia but worth seeking out.
11-26-2008 08:15:37 | More by corby112
4.38/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A must see if you're in this pub-heavy neighborhood. The atmosphere is funky and intimate,with a bar and small dining room crammed into a typical Philly row house. The food is always unusual and tasty, with a rotating cast of regular dishes (the smoked fish platter and the beer-battered Bratola are among my favorites) and an oddball selection of specials and occasional visitors. The food is served on small plates and is always fresh and feels healthy. The beer selection is always excellent, with a nicely balanced lineup of unusual styles and breweries from around the world. You can always count on something unusual. This place is often the first place in Philly you'll find something new or hot. And the wine list, while short, is always decent for the non-beer fan.
08-09-2008 22:06:28 | More by Seanibus
Bridgid's in Philadelphia, PA
92 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.