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PLACE INFO

Type: Eatery, Beer-to-go

549 New Holland Ave
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17602-2103
United States

(717) 393-6669 | map
friendlyg.com

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Added by tone77 on 03-21-2010

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
28
pDev:
11.96%
 
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Photo of Rifugium
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

I go to Lancaster fairly often, but I still barely know anything about it. This shop is in what seems, to me, to be a kind of seedy section of town. The place is pretty stripped down to essentials, and split down the middle, with a mostly macro fridge section on one side, and a craft fridge and room-temp section on the other side. The selection is quite good, with seasonal appearances from the likes of BA Ten Fidy, Abyss variants, BCBS, etc. So it's pretty much the--or at least one of the--goto place(s) for Lancaster beer enthusiasts, or so it would seem. There are also beers on tap for on-site or growler fills. There are some little tables set up as they do serve food there. Basic sandwich shop grub, hoagies, steaks, salads, and so forth. I mean, I'd maybe get something to go, but not sure I'd eat in there. I can't really fully speak for the service, because when I went there seemed to be only one guy there doing all the work, including cooking, so basically I didn't want to bother him. Prices were about right; it seemed like some of the higher end things were a dollar or two more than I can get at my regular shops. Overall not a bad place to check out if you're in the area.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Of all the shops I visited in Lancaster, PA the Friendly Greek Bottle Shop had the best selection. I'm not sure about prices because I didn't spend too much time comparison shopping but they didn't seem bad to me. There are two sides, so be aware and don't miss the stuff on the dining room side (that's where the better stuff in warm single bottles is). They also offer food but I didn't partake. As it stands, in my mind it's pretty much the only place to grab singles and six-packs.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.97/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Stout_Combo
4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Huge selection, bar style food and a knowledgeable staff. Hidden gem

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3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 1.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

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4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

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3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of PaBrewSki
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I visit the friendly Greek a few times a week. They have some of the best pricing in town with one of the best selections in town. They cater to a broad audience with the craft beer (left side) and macro beer (right side) divided by one of the biggest coolers around. As others have noted, they have a great deal on mix-a-six. Each side of the shop has plenty of seating and their food is worth sitting down for. They aren't many limited released hitting Lancaster that don't show up at the Friendly Greek and these releases are always handled well. They clearly post release info as well as new arrivals to Facebook and often include the price tag in the shot which comes in handy. Easily one of the best bottle shops around!

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Photo of 6s_N_7s
4.51/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of JNForsyth
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Love this place, great selection, prices, and decent food to boot.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -30%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of jbaker67
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of jagada
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Sipchue
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We're in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, folks. There's a limited number of bottle shops in the area. When you buy a six pack, one store offers 10% off, another 15% off. I've spent $15 to $30 for a six-pack here in Lancaster, but at $14, the Friendly Greek is indeed a value (for around here).

One entire room was BMC, coolers and the like so if you visit, go around the corner and you'll find the good stuff. They have two cooler doors of singles (12 to 16oz bottles and cans) marked $3.50 each and from those you may mix and match a six pack for $14.00, and maybe 8-10 cooler doors of tempting four and six-packs that are reasonably priced for our area. Then you'll find approx. 16 ft of bombers and 750ml warm singles as well. My six-pack consisted of brews that we've rated in the 90 and up range, so there's some quality in there. I also bought a 750 of Duval for about $5 less than the store across the street from my house.

Atmosphere - I wasn't here for the atmosphere, so I rated it average - tables and chairs.
Quality - Based on the variety of quality offerings.
Service - Very little was asked of the staff - he rung me out.
Selection - Same as Quality.
Food - I've had their Greek salad twice and it is delicious.
Value - Again, here in PA, the choices are limited and your pockets have to be deep, so the Greek is indeed a good value for those of us not wanting to consider our vehicle's mpg rating when going for beer.

In conclusion, I'd like to recommend The Friendly Greek for your craft beer consideration.

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Friendly Greek Bottle Shop in Lancaster, PA
Place rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 28 ratings
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