Visited twice late April/Early May 2016. Ate the chicken wings the first time, the second time only stayed for beer. Long narrow bar with a few tables, some seating upstairs where we never went. Can have to wait a while to get a table for eating. Beers only will be by the bar or standing. Nice service, decent draught list. Centrally located close to public transportation. I could go again for sure if in Philly again.
I was both disappointed and semi-pleased at the same time with this bar (if that makes any kind of sense). I hadn’t heard of this place until watching DDD on Food Network. Since then, Good Dog has been on my list of places to try. Finally got the chance. I only visited the lower level of Good Dog. It was very quaint but dark. They had about ten beers on draft, with only three local brews available. One was Troegs Mad Elf, with made my wife extremely happy. I had the Ommegang Gnomegang and a couple Kolschs from Captain Lawrence. The food wasn’t too much to get excited about. I had the cheesesteak empanadas and a daily pizza special. The empanadas were alright, but the pizza was downright terrible. The only part of the pizza that had any flavor was the crust. The cheese, basil and tomatoes were all bland and unexciting. The service was fantastic, though. The bartenders were attentive and friendly and the food arrived very fast. Unfortunately, I don’t see a reason to return.
When I visited: Late September 2014.
What I had: Draft pint of Yards General Washington Tavern Porter Bourbon Barrel, Soup of the Day and the Truffled Cheesesteak Empanadas for me, glass of 2010 Ranga Ranga Sauvignon Blanc and a Spinach Salad for my fiancé.
What I liked: Casual and welcoming gastropub vibe, no trouble finding seats upstairs, ample space between tables, quick and friendly service, solid draft list, fair prices, we enjoyed our food and drinks, dog theme is very well executed.
What I disliked: Beer selection is stellar but limited, doesn’t seem like they pay much attention to glassware, as a restaurant Good Dog is easily an A+, but as a beer spot I can’t give it more than a 3.5.
Would I go back? Yes. We had a great lunch here and would frequent this place often if we lived in the area.
Overall Rating: 70
This is a fun place and perhaps made better by the Deschutes feature I hit on Philly’s beer week. Like many Philly bars, this place is small and homey, with great atmosphere. Fun, and good happy hour specials. Food smelled good, though I didn’t have any.
Bar located in Center City, in close proximity to other great bars such as Monk’s. Stopped in for the Firestone Walker event during Philly Beer Week where they had 5-6 of their beers on tap and an additional 5 offerings from other brewers. Three stories, but I only camped out on the first. Just had a taste of the food and it was good but friends loved the burgers.
Nice craft beer bar in Center City Philadelphia. Three floors, bar located at the first and second, and still manages to be crowded almost all of the time. Maybe a dozen taps but nothing unusual. Mostly local breweries, so good thing you are in Philly and have Troegs, Victory, Weyerbacher, Yards, etc! The food is way above average pub food. Extremely tasty fries and one of the best burgers I’ve ever had!