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London Grill Bar & Restaurant

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London Grill Bar & RestaurantLondon Grill Bar & Restaurant
very good

13 Ratings
Ratings: 13
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: n/a
Taps: 14
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2301 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19130
United States
phone: (215) 978-4545

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Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 11
Photo of jrancan
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

If you're hitting Bridgid's or the Bishop's Collar, you might as well walk the extra half block....
Pro- plenty of outdoor seating available (which is hard to come by in Philly).
Con- if you're outside, good luck getting quick service.
Beer list is good (Bridgid's and Bishop's are better) and everything else is pretty much solid, but overall I only go here when the other two are too crowded or I really want to sit outside.

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The London has a nice interior, when first entering from 23rd St. you’ll have to go to your left and step down a couple of stairs to the bar area. The bar area is on the right, and seats about 12-15 patrons, behind that there is three tall top tables.
Bottled brews include, Chimay Cing Cents, Rogue, Anderson Valley, Sam Adams Triple Bock and many other.
The London has a good selection on tap, Yards ESA, Yards Queen’s Head, Yuengling Traditional, Yeungling Porter, Bass, Guinness, Sam Adams Winter, Hoegaarden, Bulmers Cider, Anchor Steam, Red Hook, Rogue and Stoudt’s Fest which they call the Willie Sutton…
Who is Willie Sutton you say…
From what I hear, the legend goes, Willie Sutton (famous for robbing close to 100 banks from 1920 - 1952) escaped from Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary (only a block away) by digging a tunnel under the prison's walls. After his first breaths of freedom, he got his bearing and headed straight for London - not the city, but the bar named London located at 23rd and Fairmount Streets in Philadelphia. If you’re in the area, and you never took a tour of the Eastern State Penitentiary, you should it’s cool, those crazy inmates could make a gun out of tooth paste. The Willie Sutton Story is in the basement area along with weapons made by the inmates.
The Sutton story isn't the only history associated with this establishment. The building has housed a drinking establishment since it's inception. Even during prohibition, the caretakers of London blackened out the windows and ran the place as a speakeasy.
Anyway this place is a great stop in the Fairmount area along with The Bishops Collar and Bridgid’s.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I've never eaten at the London, although I understand it's supposed to be quite good. I have spent some time at the bar, however. The selection is decent with a house beer from Stoudt's (called Willie Sutton? - the guy who escaped from the penitentiary...) as well as another which rotates, a beer or two from Young's, Flying Fish ESB, Yards ESA and a few fairly common European beers (ie. Hoegaarden). The line-up is nowhere near as interesting as what Bridgid's offers just a couple of blocks away, but it's better than most of the other restaurant/bars in the area (Rembrandt's, Jack's Firehouse). My one beefs with this place is that the bartenders seem to think they know everything, but don't. Several times I've been corrected when ordering the proper beer, or just asking about one. (Just one simple and very basic example from amongst the many... I ordered a Flying Fish ESB and was corrected that it was an "ESA... extra special ale". Hmmm, I thought that was from Yard's!) I appreciate that they go to the trouble to pay for their employees to take a beer training class, but not all of them get it. However, some of the bartenders are great so it's a trade-off! If you're looking for dinner in the area give it a try, but if it's beer you want head to Bridgid's, or even the Bishop's Collar.

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London Grill Bar & Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA
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