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London Grill Bar & Restaurant

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London Grill Bar & RestaurantLondon Grill Bar & Restaurant
BA SCORE
86
very good

13 Ratings
Ratings: 13
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 10.22%
Taps: 14
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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(Place added by: WilliamPhilaPa)
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +14.1%

I've been to this place a bunch of times and have been going frequently since moving two blocks away. I'm surprised I haven't entered a review yet.

This is a really cool bar/restaurant in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia. The bar area is pretty small but they offer outdoor a bunch of outdoor seating in the warmer months. They have a good gastropub bar menu in addition to their full dining room offerings. They usually have a good selection of local craft beers as well as some west cost stuff and Belgian options. Nothing that exciting but an above average selection.

Their food is very good, offering casual light fare and a full finer dining menu. Everything from burgers(which are served on a toasted English muffin) to gnocchi and pork tenderloin and everything in between. They also have quiches and pizzas including selections of the day. They service is very friendly and attentive. The servers aren't very knowledgeable about beer but are adequate. The bartenders tend to know their beers though.

I really like this place even though the beer selection is that great. They always have a decent selection of good beer, great food and service. The atmosphere is pretty cool as well but can get pretty crowded at times. Perfect for beers and a light meal as ell as a nice night out for dinner. Recommended.

10-16-2009 14:41:23 | More by corby112
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.5%

02-26-2014 15:48:42 | More by InspectorBob
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WilliamPhilaPa

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

01-02-2003 10:35:07 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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rdrummer

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

I had been trying to get here for a while. Every time I was in the neighborhood, it was closed. There was a private party one time, no lunch on Saturdays, and too late one time. I finally got to try the place, and I really like it. The atmosphere is great. The bar is comfortable with a number of taps and a friendly bar tender. A TV for sports events was turned to a Giants-Cubs game, and we got to see Greg Maddux win his 300th.

The selection is not huge and some of it is contract brewed for the place, but they have one beer on the hand pump and about 10 others on tap. The selection is a little heavy on Yuengling and brews that only London carries, but there were some good selections such as the Yard's ESA on the hand pump and Victory Hop Devil. The bottle selection was small but I got a Rogue Dead Guy and was extremely happy. We were limited to the bar selection for food so it was mostly bar food, but the burger on an English muffin was good. I liked the small fries also.

The restaurant food selection looked very good, although very heavily tilted to fish and seafood. They did have to beef dishes. All in all a good experience, and a place that the wife will be comfortable visiting.

8/31 visit: Went to take advantage of their month of lobster before it ended. The food was awesome, including some very fresh tuna tartar. Beer list was solid, but not outstanding. I had to increase the score for food after this visit.

09-02-2004 23:23:27 | More by rdrummer
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

11-28-2002 19:15:02 | More by NeroFiddled
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tomthumbsblues

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%

Was in the area of Eastern State and decided to stop here for a brew and food. I had read some reviews of the place and about its association with Willie Sutton and wanted to try it out. When you first walk into The London Grill (from Fairmount Ave.) you step up onto well-worn stone stairs, seems a lot of beer drinkers have been here before! The floor is tiled in black and white tiles reminiscent of the 1920s and 30s. The bar is a fairly long wooden one with ample room to sit down and relax. There were sections of the Philadelphia Inquirer laid out on the bar in case you didn't want to watch the two tvs inside the bar area. Oh, there's also a little restaurant part to the London Grill, I chose to eat at the bar. Many bottles of liquor were displayed behind the bar, ranging from the usual vodka, tequila, etc, to exotic liquers like Amarula, Ouzo, and Slivovitz. However, I only came here for the beer. The London Grill has about 25 + beers to chose from with about half of those on tap. Bottles of other beers sit below the liquor behind the bar.

It took me a while to get my first beer. I guess I didn't look thirsty enough, but it was lunchtime so I allowed for that. The lunch selection is very good with choices ranging from soup and salads to entrees and sandwiches--all reasonably priced around $8. I chose a grilled Panini with Italian meats and cheese called the Autostrada. It came with Parmesan fries, which were very good I might add. Originally I wanted to have the Willie Sutton Lager, but the keg needed to be changed so I had a pint of Stoudt's Honey Double Maibock (incidentally, the waitress who was very nice gave me the latter beer for free and obtained a Willie Sutton for me anyway). The London Grill is a pretty swanky joint. They have good specials throughout the week and the place has great atmosphere. I'd definitely go back.

04-20-2005 14:49:21 | More by tomthumbsblues
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jrancan

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

07-30-2003 01:01:54 | More by jrancan
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nomad

Kansas

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

Though many agree that Bridgid's or Bishop's is a better place for a beer experience, London Grill just felt right to me. The place is dominated by simple but nice wood work, has a magazine rack (a rarity), has great airflow, and posssesses outdoor space heaters - I guess all the intangibles came together to give a nice feel to the place. Beer selection was pretty good, with about 10 taps ranging from the Interbrew Belgian Trio (Leffe, Hoegaarden, Stella) to locals like Yards, Victory Hop Devil, Yuengling. Bottles included Samuel Smiths, Stone AB, Smuttynose Brown Dog, and a couple other micros that were tough to remember, mainly because they were common but good. Service was mainly the bartender yelling, "hey, watcha want?" Much less crowded than many of the other bars in Fairmount, so check it out if you want a pint but everywhere else is packed.

11-03-2003 16:50:09 | More by nomad
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GnomeKing

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

So, ho-hum, what to say about a place with a couple of commonly-available craft beers (e.g., Hop Devil, Magic Hat, Anchor Steam, Hoegaarden), decent food, and an atmosphere that feel like a slightly luxiourious Bennigan's? I like London, or at least don't dislike it, but I recommend you look elsewhere in Philly. Just around the corner from London is Bridgid's, which is much better, and the Bishop's Collar is right on the same block if you're up for something crowded, loud, and lively.

Note: Don't try London's nachos...a real disappointment. The burgers are solid, though.

08-18-2005 15:32:03 | More by GnomeKing
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soulcougher

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

06-03-2014 22:46:53 | More by soulcougher
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London Grill Bar & Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA
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