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The Grey Lodge Public House

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

83 Reviews
The Grey Lodge Public HouseThe Grey Lodge Public House
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(215) 856-3591 | map
greylodge.com

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
95
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
105
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
9.26%
 
 
Taps:
12
Bottles/Cans:
65
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 83 | Ratings: 105
Reviews by shapudding:
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4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I remember hearing so much about The Lodge, and then finally making the trip with fellow beer appreciaters to check it out. Man, what time was wasted not going here! Driving by on Frankford it is very easy to miss it in the strip of stores. But man, it is worth finding, and worth coming back to. And now there is a smoke-free second floor. I just checked out the new upstairs that has been completed, including the introduction of "real food", upgrading the menu from "We have tomato pie, and tomato pie with cheese", to some very fine selections. Thankfully I was done eating when Lew Bryson knocked me with a visual when talking about the new menu... He shoots us with Jim Anderson's quote about "small and firm beats big and floppy". This Friday a few of us had the curry thai mussels, beer mussels, and the lodge steak. OMG, if you know what a schmitter is, you know what a lodge steak is! The lodge steak is an insanely wonderful ribeye and genoa salami steak with red pepper sauce on a good philly style roll. I tried a buddy's fish and chips, and the fluffy and fresh flakes of white fish in a nice and thick crispy batter was damn fine, especially with the malt vinegar.
Ok, I will try to stop rambling about the food and talk about what else is going on. When you come in downstairs, you see what everyone has been enjoying all along. Darker than the newer upstairs, a nice long bar with pull-up stools. There are a few games and there are darts and a juke in the back. There is one large cooler out on the floor for take-out, and another behind the bar that holds some of the better goods. That one is where you will catch some fine bottles of micros or belgian sweeties that will appear and disappear randomly. There are 10 beer taps, and man does Scoats do an impressive job with them. I found out a long while back when chatting with a friend that he just picks out what he would like to drink. That is why there is always a ton of amazing micro flowing in there, and usually something that just came out and he managed to grab hold of. The whiskey selection is crazy in there. Check the blackboard behind the bar to see what is going on with the taps and what the current whiskey being highlighted is. A nice touch with the brews is the little placards placed at the taps, they give you the brewery name, what is on, and a bit of info on what the style and flavor is for that particular brew -very nice for newbies or those who looking to experiment, but do not want to stand out by asking the bartender for information. My favorite part about the downstairs by far... the bathrooms! -and yep, I have ventured into the men's room at one event, just to see if it was a cool as the women's! The bathrooms are tiled all over with poetry and random coolness. You can catch some words of wisdom, or find some funny ramble all over the place in there. The website even has links so you can see how absolutely cool they are. I was actually very disappointed to enter the new women's room upstairs, and find a spotlessly clean, very well lit and just very functional bathroom.
There are tons of crazy events going on here. -Just take a peek at the also very wacky website to see a listing. Some are just great- the Firkinteenth's, and some are just totally so wrong that they are so right! -Like Groundhog's day! When you start drinking at 7am, and Scoats brings you out these huge amazing trays of pancakes, grits, bacon, eggs, and at 10am you are drinking Bigfoot barley-wine... and then come back to continue it for the evening session? What a day that was! I have not made "Talk like a pirate day" but will need to do that!

All in all, this is a place to go for great beer, served in totally clean lines. Now there is very good food available, and very, very well done. If Scoats is working, look him up for any info you may need for a beer or whiskey selection, there is no way he could possibly point you in the wrong direction.

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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!

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

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

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

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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

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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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.

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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.

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The Grey Lodge Public House in Philadelphia, PA
95 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.
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