Bridgid's

Not Rated.
Bridgid'sBridgid's
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

18 Reviews
Reviews: 18
Visits: 22
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: 60
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

726 N 24th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19130-2535
United States
phone: (215) 232-3232

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Reviews: 18 | Visits: 22
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is an excellent restaurant, with a very good bottle selection. This place is considered a Belgian place, but I think that has more to do with the beer list, which gravitates towards the Belgians, than the food. Crab wontons? Southwestern eggrolls?

While we are on the food, it is eclectic and good. But, while it shows promise, can't push through to being great. Very tasty.

Atmosphere: old Philly house with good ambiance. Upstairs is unnoticeable when you first go in, but the staircase is in the back.

Selection is more than decent. Very good if you want to match with food. Saison Dupont, Mainotte, Oerbier, plenty of others. Locals, British, Germans, and, of course, Belgians. Very few taps, but the taps were decent. (736 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Well lit at night in the "middle of nowhere" section of Philadelphia (if that makes sense) Bridgid's looks like an apartment turned thrift shop from the front. Inside is a tightly tucked in with a shoe horn bar reverse J shaped against the door entrance. Props to the beer chalk bords declaring Echt Kriechenbire, Old Do' Oak Barrel Stout (yum!) Hogaarden, Yards Love Stout.

Huge bottle selection of Chimay, Rochefort, Westmalle, La Trappe Quad, Lindemans Kriek. Oh props to the hand out beer menu that is divided into country designations. That bumps up the quality factor.

Comfy padded backed stool and a bright psuedo ice cream shop yellow interior, but a great beer bar nonetheless. The kind of place that is worth a stay for even the most discrimiating beer connoiseur. Well deserving of a Blue Ribbon of Phila. A closet bathroom is a bit squeezed into the far right corner of the joint. It will do for when ya gotta drain the willie after a few brewskies.

Last call: Comfy tight fit with good brews. You can't be dissapointed here. Does it pass the "Could you bring your Mom here" test? Yes. but I'd take Mom elsewhere and go here with your fellow beer buddies. Don't try stealing any baby carriages from the neighboring aparments...they are chained down. (1,272 characters)

Photo of rdrummer
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (1,565 characters)

Photo of Scoats
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

It's days as the vanguard of the Philadelphia beer scene are long gone, but that's OK. This is a great, great restaurant.

This place never had a large beer selection. Preferring instead to go for quality and rotation. This remains true. I had a draft of Duchess de Bourgoine, which I never had on tap before. So even the most jaded beer geek can get excited.

The food is prefect. Prices range from $6 to $15. For that money you get a wonderful plate of high quality, tasty food that is for me the perfect amount of food, not too little - very filling, and not too much to make one feel bloated and guilty for eating so much, or for leaving so much.

This is a perfect date place.

Barwise, there is nothing to do but drink and talk. For those capable of sitting still, that is probably more than enough. For antsy people like me, that ususally probably isn't enough. (880 characters)

Photo of jrancan
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Bridgid's has pretty much everything I look for in a pub, cozy atmosphere complete with fireplace, great food, and of course great beer. While there might not be a massive bottled or draft selection, everything they do put out there is well cared for. As this is a Belgian restaurant, the focus is on Belgian beers with quite a few locals making the list as well.
One thing I found interesting was the pricing: Bottle of Hoegaarden was $6.75 while a bottle of Victory Storm King was $3.75. Nothing like a price break for locals! I'm not complaining, but do they really get that many people in there willing to shell out that much for a Hoegaarden (as good as it is)?
Questionable pricing aside, this is a great place to belly up to the small bar up front, or take a date for a romantic night out. (799 characters)

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Bridgid's is a small Belgium Pub located in the Fairmount, right near London Grill and the Bishop’s Collar. They only have 5 taps, usually a few Belgians, and a a couple locals. The interior is small, the bar is fairly big, it looks like it can sit about 15-20 patrons. Even though the taps selection is small, there is also a good bottle selection. Prices really vary though. The good thing is that if your looking for more beer, you can go to the Bishop’s Collar & The London Grill & Rembrandt’s which are all good bars that are less then 2 blocks away from each other. (574 characters)

Photo of jmatthew
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A great alternative to Monk's Cafe, Bridgid's is more of an out-of-the-way local Belgian Ale House, which means it doesn't get as crowded. The beers on tap are well chosen with a good local showing and rotate on a frequent basis. The bottled selection is relatively small but truly offers good selection. Undoubtedly, the real standout at this establishment is the food, which is one of the best meals in the city in its price range. (Dinners start as low as $7) Definitely not as high profile, it offers the consumer an intimacy that is difficult to find at large beer bars. A real comfort place where you can feel at ease with the laid-back staff, the great cooking and of course the beer, it is well worth seeking out.

Note: Don't expect a price break on your beers because of its low-key nature... (808 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Bridgid's is a small Belgian restaurant in the Art Museum / Fairmount section. It may be hard to find, but it's well worth the effort for those seeking fine Belgian cuisine. The whole restaurant is small, which means the bar is small. I personally prefer it that way. The draft selection is excellent, and quite often includes a good selection of Belgians. If you're not impressed with what's on tap, don't worry, there's an impressive collection of bottles. Draft selections also include quite a bit of local beer. Way to go! Highly recommended. (546 characters)

Bridgid's in Philadelphia, PA
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