Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

The Grey Lodge Public House

Log in or Sign up to start rating.

83 Reviews
The Grey Lodge Public HouseThe Grey Lodge Public House

Type: Bar, Eatery

6235 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19135-3404
United States

(215) 856-3591 | map

No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate

Grab a complimentary copy of BeerAdvocate magazine here while supplies last.
View: Place Reviews | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 83 | Ratings: 105
Reviews by PopeDX:
Photo of PopeDX
5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Ah, the new good ol' Lodge. I was excited about the second floor and kitchen, but it honestly shocked the hell out of me.

Forget the first floor, except to check out the bathrooms and maybe play some Golden Tee or free darts. At or after 5, go upstairs! (upstairs bar and kitchen open at 5...kitchen stays open until 1:30)

Make a left as soon as you walk in, climb up the staircase and take a deep breath. You'll smell something that you won't smell at any other bar 'round these parts...nothing. No smoke. At all. And it smells beautiful.

The second floor is composed of a lot of dark, beautifully crafted wood, brick all over, and muted dark tones of yellow and red. The ceiling is all wood with a rafter sort of look, complete with slats. It's aesthetically pleasing while still maintaining a comfy cozy pull-up-a-barstool sort of feel. The bar is much smaller than downstairs, about 10-12 stools in an "L" shape, but there's about 6 tables to the one side and a bench with another 3 tables to the other, so there's plenty of room.

The same 10 taps reach upstairs that are present downstairs. There's been a bit of a turnover recently, with PBR getting replaced with yet another rotating craft beer and the Yuengling Lager getting replaced with the very fine Yuengling Porter. What a great crossover beer that is. So overall there's 8.5 craft beer taps (Yuengling Porter being the .5) that constantly rotate. Kegs rarely stay on for more than a couple of weeks and generally last around 7-8 days...one could easily come in twice a week, have 2 or 3 beers each time and never drink the same thing twice. They also have a very nice selection of whisk(e)ys from the US, Scotland, Ireland and Canada, but you may have to pop downstairs for them.

The service is always amazing...very knowledgeable about the beer and always seems to be right there when your cup runneth dry. And upstairs there's even *table service* (gasp!).

Woo, I finally get to talk about the food! I was expecting your average pub grub here, but the Lodge staff has really committed themselves to being a step above any other joint around. The menu opening night (which may expand a little but not a lot) consisted of wings, which were excellent...served unjointed, which was a unique touch, two kinds of mussels, both of which were drink-the-sauce tasty, two salads (not tasted), a chicken quesadilla which was really big and would highly recommend it if you're a bell pepper lover (or order it without the peppers if you aren't), and then the steaks...oh my god. There's a chicken cheese steak, which was really damn good, loaded with cheese, and a cheesesteak with Genoa salami (which you're familiar with if from Philly, and is also freakin' amazing), but my favorite is just the good ol' cheesesteak. It seems impossible to say this for a place that's been open one day considering the deep history this fine sandwich has in the City of Brotherly Love, but that was the finest damn cheesesteak I have ever had, by far. Freshly sliced, top quality ribeye cooked just right with a copious amount of cheese on a fresh local roll. The food was all reasonably priced as well, with all the aforementioned items between $5 and $7.50. The menu is indeed small, but as local beer writer Lew Bryson painfully admits that other local beer writer Jim Anderson said first even though I definitely got it from Lew, "small and firm beats big and floppy". The small menu allows them to focus on freshness, quality, and flavor.

I honestly can't think of another bar I'd rather go to than here. Uniquely smoke-free, with a micro tap selection that meets or beats anything else in the area, comfy, great service and some amazing food. Easy to get to (beermail me if you need good directions...honestly), with free parking right in front of the place instead of $20 garages two blocks away.

Why must I live 45 minutes away? :(

 3,904 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of tomasher
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Have gone here off and on for the past ten years or so. A true gem in an area that needs it. Located near the original Chickie's and Pete's, it's a relaxed atmosphere with great beer, tasty food, and a solid staff. Scoats knows his stuff, and I am a big fan of the cajun wings!

 280 characters

Photo of tmac
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Devman171
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of CorNine3127
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of cp45
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Goodytime
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Awesome beers and awesome grub. Must go if in the area

54 characters

Photo of Dietrich
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of NYR_Rob
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of rfgetz
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Robjvoorhees
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of andrew8387
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of soulcougher
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of cheah
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of little_star
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of micropale
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of sebrennan
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of woooobeer
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Overall the cleanliness leaves a lot to be desired. Bathrooms are pretty gross.

79 characters

Photo of doggydaddy
4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>They offer a large variety of beers on tap! Something for everyone, They have fantastic food choices a well. They have a very knowledgeable staff to help you with your all of your beer needs. The prices are pretty reasonable.You get a good night out and it won't break your bank. A great place to visit when you're in Philly.

 633 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
The Grey Lodge Public House in Philadelphia, PA
4.32 out of 5 based on 105 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!