Good Dog Bar
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 36
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 27 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by pburland23:
4.18/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Good Dog is one of the best beer bars/restaurants in my fair home city.
It looks like a hipster enclave, but looks can be deceiving. Good Dog is one of the friendliest, most inviting spots in town. I tend to head upstairs to the smallish (8 tables or so) dining room. There is also a small bar with a few stools I like to use. The bartenders are friendly and at the end of the bar, you get a clear look into the busy kitchen. Bonus points for having framed pictures of dogs all over the walls. Dogs are awesome.
The beer selection is great. Lots of locals (Yards, PBC, Sly Fox) and a rotating list of other American micros (Stone, Lagunitas, Russian River, etc.). Happy hour specials are great. I love getting $1.00 each can of Pikeland Pils.
The food is incredible. Good dog does a meatloaf that is better than the one my mother or wife makes (please don't tell them). The cheesesteak empanadas are also delicious.
Since appearing on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Good Dog's popularity has gone through the roof. It's always worth a stop for the great, home cooked comfort food and the very good craft beer selection.
03-16-2011 00:24:07 | More by pburland23
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3.8/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I stopped in at the Good Dog Bar while wandering around downtown Philadelphia.
Atmosphere - The atmosphere was solid. Pretty typical bar atmosphere that wasn't bad, but it didn't stand out either.
Quality - The Quality of beers offered was very good.
Service - No complaints about the service. The waitress was friendly and helpful regarding the menu.
Selection - The selection wasn't anything to write home about, but the draft list had a nice variety, and there some good bottles to choose from as well. They had a couple nice bottles available such as The Abyss, but they were overpriced ($40).
Food - My coworkers and I did not eat here.
Value - Pretty solid value outside of the nicer beer bottles.
I'm glad I stopped in here, and I would have a problem coming here again, but there was nothing about the place that I would definitely come back for.
02-27-2014 04:11:20 | More by smartassboiler
4.04/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
This is a small, rejuvenated Philly neighborhood bar, which has managed to retain it's old school look and feel. I had lunch and a couple Founders Breakfast Stouts. Bar tender was knowledgable and attentive. Food is good, standard bar food withs a twist. This bar will be on my list to visit during my next stay in Philly.
11-10-2013 16:12:03 | More by curl217
4/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$
Stopped here to grab some lunch and a few beers. Definite dive bar feel to the first floor (and I did not venture up to the other floor) as there is plenty of faded and well worn dark wood, booths along one wall and the bar the other. The place is narrow and has about 15 stools at the bar. This clearly is a locals bar as the bartender and folks all seemed to know each other. Beers are listed on a blackboard above the bar.
There were 10 beers on draft during my stop, with a nice focus on local beer from Troegs, Sly Fox, Yards, and Carton. Allagash, Founders, and Lagunitas were some other well known offerings. The beers I had were very fresh.
The food was very good, not just pub grub. All the sandwiches I saw coming out were huge. Service was also super friendly and knowledgable on the beers and food.
08-04-2013 15:17:22 | More by Gavage
3.73/5 rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Went here for a San Diego brewery tasting after passing by this place for at least a decade.
Looks on the slim side fromn outside, a nice circular neon sign stating "Good Dog" Once inside a long skinny hall with a bar seating 15 or so on the left and a row of booths that once again look small. Four people would be a bit cramped for these booths. It's a glorified dive bar with some nice wood and that Philly ceiling that I see all over. An upstairs bar with more roomy seating arraingments with circular tables although a smaller room.
Service was pretty speedy during the event with a full bar and one bartenderess who was hot as all get out, id like to buy her a drink! Management and barback seemed a bit peeved when I asked them some simple questions since I've never been. The beer tasted good, no off flavors from dirty lines. The place looked clean enough but the bathrooms could use some work and air freshner.
Every once in a while Good Dog will put on a pretty pretty good event. These events usually revolve around Bella Vista's line up because they seem to get a ton of Ballast Point. A firkin of habanero sculpin is nice plus they had some non bottled BP offerings. The bottle selection is small but covers many styles yet they dont jump out at me. Prices were on par with other Philly bars, Read- EXPENSIVE. The draft prices were on the high side as well but the tax was built into them so there is that. Damn you PHILLY BEER TAX, who cares about the education system, that went down the toilet years ago.
Between Good Dog and Blue Dog in the Suburbs, I wonder who came up with the slogan 'Come, Sit, Stay' first. Seems like a conflict of interest.
07-28-2011 14:22:59 | More by BARFLYB
3.64/5 rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
The dive bar that could. Looks like a dive bar, but.... Well, anyway, a nice place in Philly with 3 floors of noisy atmosphere, but there's still a neat charm to it. Also, they keep a good selection of local and craft brews on tap, and a decent selection in bottles. First floor has a large, busy bar and some tightly cramped tables. Second floor has more tables and a nice small bar, which is good if you can get a seat, but only seats about 5 people. Third floor has no bar, just restrooms and pool tables, so you can take your beer up and get away from the crowd a bit. Staff is nice, but some of the bartenders can be a bit inattentive or distant. I have yet to try the food here, but from what I've seen, it looks very good. Prices are reasonable to inexpensive.
04-30-2011 16:20:18 | More by Rifugium
Good Dog Bar in Philadelphia, PA
88 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.