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4.3/5 rDev +2.1%
It's a Monday holiday and you know that means "Let's go to Philly and do some damage". Standard Tap for a beer and a not-lunch, McMenamenamenamenamins for a beer and the aforementioned bite, up north to Dawson's for a cask and back down again to see what Bridgid's is about, before hitting Monk's and getting out of dodge. Just another day with (Evil) Davo in the 'hood...
It's totally packed in here but we manage them 4 seats barside just inside the door. Seems like a good score but it's really cold outside and all, "Hey, Fresh air Fred, shut the door" every time someone comes or goes. It's a small front room with a backwards "J" shaped bar seating about a dozen and a half. A large cooler in the corner holds the bottles whith booze stacked high above. I don't know how they got to half of it. Glassware hanging from a rack over the bar, a single TV mounted in the corner and tap, bottle and food selections printed on blackboards on the walls. It's a tight, smart room. Deep red walls with green trim, ochre uppers and ceiling, and a wood panel coat rack section. Lighting on the ceiling fans above, and white Xmas lighting and spruce strung throughout with festive plaid bows.
5 taps (Rogue Chocolate Stout, Rulles Triple, Ommegang 3 Philosophers, Hoegaarden, Yards Philly Pale Ale) and a gravity pour (Yards Poor Richards Blue Spruce Ale) from the third floor. Huh? Yeah, that's right, that pipe looking thing shooting out of the ceiling over the bar is a gravity pour, and the keg's located on the third floor. I did the Poor Richard Blue Spruce Ale which was a nice fresh spruce tree in a glass. The blackboards show some 100+ bottled beers (Roughly 34 Belgians, including offerings from 6 Trappist breweries, 20 American micros, 15 UK, 5 Germans, another 15 more from here and there, and another 15 showcased as "New/Seasonals" (Anchor Old Foghorn, Youngs Winter Warmer, Gales Prize Old Ale, Allagash Grand Cru, DogFishHead 60 Minute IPA, St Bernardus 12, Caracole Nostradamus, Rodenbach Grand Cru).
Had a look at the blackboard listing the food items. Veal, pork chop, duck, rack of lamb, lobster, steak entrees. Plenty of seafood. The menu is upscale but not crazily pricey. Dining to the rear in a narrow room holding a dozen or so tables and fireplace in the way back. More seating upstairs maybe, but we never got there. Very, very comfy overall. I'll get me 3 beers and a meal here next time, yea.
01-28-2006 19:32:04 | More by slander
4.2/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
07-14-2002 18:27:30 | More by NeroFiddled
3.95/5 rDev -6.2%
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
4.2/5 rDev -0.2%
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
4.1/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
03-24-2005 06:44:57 | More by blitheringidiot
4.38/5 rDev +4%
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
4.01/5 rDev -4.8%
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
4.2/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
03-01-2003 22:48:54 | More by jrancan
Bridgid's in Philadelphia, PA
93 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.