My first trip to the Blue Dog Tavern for the "Wealth of Riches" event.
A- Somewhere between a sports bar and a good beer bar. A large bar area with a even bigger seating area to the left for family’s and larger groups. TV’s throughout, plenty of people coming and going but that may have been because of the event going on.
Q- The quality was good. All my beers were in the correct glasses and all tasted fine. I did have a few short pours in my flights but that was not a huge deal. The prices were pretty good as well. Some of the food items seemed to be a little over priced but the beers were pretty spot on. The bottle shop prices also seemed to be a little high.
S- Service was pretty slow even with an event going on. I was sitting at the bar and it still took me close to 20 minutes to get my first drink. I even got the attention of one of the bartenders and got the brush off. Once they did serve me everything seemed to smooth out. My food took a good while to show up but the bartender sent someone to look for it and it arrived a couple of minutes later.
S- Here is where they shined on this day. I went to the event hoping to score a CBS but it kicked early. Not really sure why they were serving it in 13oz glasses. Still a decent selection.
F- The food was ok. It tasted pretty good but the execution was not the best. I got a Honey BBQ Chicken Melt. It is a hoagie I guess, I think it would be much better as just a normal sandwich. I think they put more BBQ sauce on it than chicken. The sauce also caused the bread to fall apart and make the sandwich into a total mess. I ended up eating most of it with a fork. The fries were also not the best. Same as most other places, take them out the bag and fry them up. Not a favorite of mine but still good.
I don’t think I will be making any spur of the moment trips down here but I will return if they have another event like this. The tap list is just too good to pass up.
Another place I can’t believe took me so long to finally check out. Nice rotating craft beer list. They sell flights of 4 that you can choose from any that are on the menu. Nice single store in the front with a decent selection at decent prices for PA.
The focal point of Blue Dog Tavern is the massive U-shaped bar flanked by large flat-screen tvs. They also have 20-22 different things on tap, most of them very good. I wish they had a beer list for their bottles which are quite extensive as well. The hamburger I ordered was a bit undercooked but did the trick. They also have a bottle shop tucked in the corner that has a lot of quality micros and belgians. Some of their bottle prices are very reasonable, others not so much. Let’s be honest. There are a million places in this country like the Blue Dog but few have their beer selection and that’s why I’ll go back.
Was here for the Pliny the Younger fund raising benefit this year ... had a great time the management was very nice .... the service at the tables was awful, but the bartender was on top of things ... the kid serving me was clueless about beer which sucked.... the bottle shop when you first come in is well stocked with hard to come by brews and the place was clean ... the food needs some work my steak came out raw instead of medium and tuna bites were overcooked ..... if I gave this place another chance i’d stick to pub grubb and sit at the bar and of course bring home some goodies from the bottle shop.
I went here on my last trip to PA. My cousin lives right down the street. It has the feel of a pretty standard bar. It’s odd that their over stock is stacked up against the wall along the far side of the bar but oh well. Their draft selection was really nice including some good winter seasonals. The bartender seemed like she didn’t want to be there and maybe didn’t have any knowledge of craft beer. I asked for Bashah and she kind of looked at me funny despite it was right behind her written on the tap. There was some god awful dance music being played in the side room with no one seemingly paying attention to the DJ. There take out options were really impressive and the pricing seem slightly high but nothing to really complain about. Overall I had a good time though. EDIT: Went here again on my most recent trip and the guys working the bar were much more knowledgeable than my previous trip
If you are looking for a decent bar/restaurant experience, I would steer clear of Blue Dog. I live in the area, just a few miles away, and over the years, this place has gone done hill. The bar itself is filthy! When you order a beer, drink, glass of wine, etc.. you almost always get a dirty glass with lipstick on it! The food is awful, and is consistently way to salty, even for things that should not be like that, like soup. The food is not consistent either. One day, you get it and it will be great. So you come in a few days later, and order the same thing, and it looks and tastes like my 3 year old put it together. They are always changing their beer selection which is good, but are typically running out of liquor or wine. Often, the beer is bad, like in the hand pumps they have. i doubt their lines are clean, so often, beer tastes skunked. So if you enjoy a beer and a shot, hope you are just okay with only a crappy, light beer. There is a liquor store next to the location, and they won’t go out
The draft beer was excellent. I loved the Tetley Pub Ale, very good. Do not waste your time on the food. The waitress got our order wrong, forgot to deliver the appetizer, and the kitchen provided cold food. We sent it back only to get microwaved food in return. The waitress informed us that she microwaved it herself.
This is the second Blue Dog location (the other being the Pub in Lansdale). This location is more family-family friendly. I also think the food is better at this location, and the food is only okay here. They have a couple of things that are very good (the Tuna bits), and others that are just lousy. The service is never very good. The only reason they get a decent rating is because of their selection...which is very good.
jason (45) Easton, Pennsylvania | July 21, 2006| Updated June 2, 2007
Another thanks to Whaleman for entering to help me find good beer on my recent move. Impressive selection since it didn’t look like a place where I could find a Dogfish Head 120, fort, d’extra, Stone 06, old guardian, weyerbacher, rogue, and many others. Some prices were too pricey (Stone Im Russian - $9) but others were good (DFH Fort - $16, cheapest I’ve found). I’ll be stopping down quite a bit.