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Pratt Street Ale House

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Based on:
81 Beers
786 Hads
Place Score: 89
Reviews: 68
Visits: 105
Avg: 3.95
pDev: n/a
Taps: 25
Bottles: 20
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

206 W Pratt St
Baltimore, Maryland, 21201
United States
phone: (410) 244-8900

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Place added by: BeerAdvocate

Formerly The Wharf Rat / Oliver Breweries Ltd.

Serves Oliver Ales (brewed on-premise) and guest beers.
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Reviews: 68 | Visits: 105
Reviews by jwc215:
Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Old English pub-style bar/brewpub. Dim, but not dark - an old/quaint feeling about it. Bar and small tables (with bottle-cap) decor on right and tables to left.

My friends and I stopped in at lunch time (and I returned after walking around Baltimore a few hours). They had a great special going on - three beers (12 oz.) for five bucks. Normally they are 4.25 each - even that is great). Great variety - all in British tradition. Fourteen offerings of their beers, with several of them on nitro and three casks. There were several guest taps, but most were standard micros and imports. Standard macros and bigger crafts (MH 9, for instance) available in bottles. Their own beer had a (Ringwood yeast?) "house" character to them for the most part, and were good to very good overall.

The menu offers an array of pub grub. A little pricier than I would have expected, but still reasonable considering low cost of beers.

The service was nothing special. The bartender at lunch, while being friendly and minimally attentive enough, seemed more concerned about goofing around with the radio and didn't really know about beers. We asked to see the brewer, just to meet him. He said he would get to it, but didn't get back to us - He seemed "distracted" though it wasn't busy. When returning in the evening, another bartender was there. He wasted quite a bit on the pours, and didn't know that nitro wouldn't hold up in growlers. He didn't seem to know "nitro" anyway. (They called them "soft pours", which is fine, but since it is the same thing, I'm surprised he didn't seem like he knew the alternative name...whatever...) He wasn't undfriendly, but, he just wanted to "do his job" and that's all...rather mechanically. All-in-all, service wasn't "bad", but could use improvement.

Brewer obviously proud of English heritage, as British flag was clearly displayed, old English pub character throughout, and all beers of solid British tradition.

Food was standard Brirish pub-grub. Good enough, though nothing special.

A nice place to stop in if you like English-style brews (which I do, so will be sure to stop in again on my next trip to Baltimore.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of elkinbrown
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of dexterk1
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of markgugs
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of DoubleJ
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Watch out for bronies! A My Little Pony convention that was happening across the street sure added a little oomph to the area, and indeed the Pratt Street Ale House. Tables spilling out onto the street, and nearly all tables full. The ale house is large, and there is a second floor which me and my brother were taken to. Even on the second level, multiple rooms were found, giving each area its own feel rather than a single large potluck of drunks. There was even a small bar near us! Great activity going on inside and outside, and it looks like little has changed with the cosmetics since its opening.

I knew that I was coming for a good time based on its beer menu. Many of the beers are based on the British tradition, and there were 14 listed (but out of two). It's hard enough to find mild ale or bitter, so I was thrilled to find both styles being brewed here. In addition, there was an Irish Red, English Porter, English Strong Ale, and Oatmeal Stout brewed in house. I had the mild and bitter, and both light ales had enough flavor to keep me drinking without bloating me. To top it off, several guest taps were welcome to the scene (Bells, Unibroue, Yards, Southern Tier, DC Brau).

Crab mac n' cheese....yum. It came in a very generous portion too. Matching the food was the service, which came at a good pace, and plenty of checking up on our statuses.

Well, that was worth the hour drive from northern Virginia, now let's go back. But wait, there's more of Baltimore to see!

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place was pretty good, but it made it difficult to enjoy their beers because they were out of 6 of the dozen or so that they offer. Luckily I was able to try the Ironman Pale Ale, which was pretty tasty. Wish I could have tried their Draft Punk IPA though, or the Wheat Ale they offer.

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Photo of TBCE
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

Photo of micromaniac129
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of John_Beeryman
2.79/5  rDev -29.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 1.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Good beer, ok food, horrible, ridiculous service.

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Photo of poppollutesminds
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of greg4579
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of NathanMilesLund
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Devman171
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of cyclonece09
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of afbatman83
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of baybum
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of cp45
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of BeerBucks
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of malprep
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

On a business trip and wanted to stop in a cool Gastropub. Great location - right outside of the Convention Center and not far from Camden Yards. Had a real nice selection of craft beers, both local and out of town. To eat, had the crabcake/chicken sandwich. Cool creation and really enjoyed it. Staff was really nice but something did not click. There was a good amount of staff but always felt I needed to wait on everything. Wait for beer order, wait for beer, wait for meal, and wait for check (10-15 minutes after I asked for it). Really were not overly busy to justify. I would go back.

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Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
3.24/5  rDev -18%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

The bar tender was not the level of kindness I anticipate when leaving New York, but I try not to generalize. I don't want to deduct too much for that. I didn't order any food but I did have a couple beers. I had low expectations considering the sporty nature of the decor and the assumption that this place was mostly frequented by tourists after an Orioles game. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the first brew, "Sea of Spears," which was apparently a Red Wheat Ale. It smelt very hoppy and was more reminiscent of an IPA than any wheat beer I had, but it was actually a very good beer. This gave me high expectations for my next choice, an actual IPA, Draft Punk. This was not a good beer t didn't even have a scent. I didn't finish it. This was the kind of brew I've come to expect from run-of-the-mill brew pubs. Didn't feel a need to continue on after that and play the guessing game on what may be good or bad. This was a great choice because we then went to Max's Taphouse, which is my new favorite bar, hands down. If you're main goal is to find quality beer, skip here and go straight to Max's. They have an unbelievable selection.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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Pratt Street Ale House in Baltimore, MD
89 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.