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Waterfront Ale House

Not Rated.
Waterfront Ale HouseWaterfront Ale House

Taps: 18 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

22 Ratings
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

155 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, New York, 11201-6724
United States
phone: (718) 522-3794

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Reviews by slander:
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slander

New York

4.05/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

Saaay, didn't they used to be located on the other side of the street?? Places should just stay put when I get to be knowin’ where they are. Seriously, I get all confused when they move about. At least it was just across the street and I didn’t have to hunt them out down by the actual waterfront, although I would have if needed be. They’ve been a player on the better beer scene for a buncha years now (my first off-brewery sighting of the Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout was here) and they make-a the good food too. Probably the reason why this Waterfront location generally gets all my Atlantic Antic & Cask Head Festival love…
An “L” shaped bar seating 15 sits to the right, with tiered booze on the barback below mirrored panel walls. A pair of boards up top with the draft selections written in colored chalk and the wine boards, one for reds, one for whites, to both sides of center, plus a specialty bottle board. Riding the ceiling trim forward of the boards sit the warped and angled small scale building models with windows and lighting within. I’ve always thought them kind of cool; I’m taking them in just now seated in one of those 2 angled square tables below the big front windows that blow on the Atlantic.
There’s a room separator between the bar and the seating side, holding 10 tables in the area behind the (free) peppery popcorn machine, plus a pair of booths down past the bar, and another pair up front off to the left. Autumny murals on the walls above panel wood lowers, except for on the brick bar wall, and tile floorings, TV’s in the corners, ceiling fans and sunken spots. Another chalkboard on the back wall with tap listings, and a big bottle collection on a shelf above the far wall, with ceramic steins in a row just below. Otherwise, much of the décor is of sports prints, although they’ve got a great old framed Brooklyn Brewery ad from back when the Brown Ale was the Dark Ale (“Brooklyn’s first National champs since 1955”). If that thing weren’t nailed to the wall and under watchful eye…
4 towers of 3, 4, 4 and 7 on the bar holding a collective 18 taps, and a handpump with nothing on it this night.
Local and regional (Brooklyn Lager, Schneider Hopfen Weisse & Octo, Legacy Belgian Euphoria, Harpoon Glacier Harvest, DogFishHead Punkin’), someone else’s regionals (Goose Island Pere Jacque, Lagunitas Imperial Red, Rogue Dad’s Malt Liquor, Anchor Liberty Ale & Old Foghorn), a few imports good (Kasteel Rogue, Weinhenstephaner Weisse), and blah (Stella, Hoegaarden, Guinness), whatever, wherever we classify Yuengling these days, and a cider. Beers were fresh, no problems there.
B-he ordered the spicy mac & cheese casserole and a catfish po’ boy, B-she, the venison burger special and I opted for the Sante Fe chicken wrap, sans the jalapenos, I was told that this was a mistake, but you know I’m really not cool with the hot. It came with some damn good sweet potato fries, and they did rejoice. Last time around on my not-date, I did the French Dip, also, very good. Food’s always been a constant here.
I used to be all about the Manhattan location but I’m really ‘ppreciating Brooklyn these days.

03-11-2003 23:21:43 | More by slander
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seanchai

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

12-31-2013 10:47:36 | More by seanchai
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mtullius

Minnesota

2.35/5  rDev -42%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$

If you love beer, you should avoid this place and go to the nearby Brazen Head.

I had 2 beers. The first tasted stale and showed some evidence of draft-line infection. The second was unmistakeably infected: it was an Oktoberfest and was profoundly sour! Ugh. The bartender didn't know much about beer, but knew enough to warn me off of 3 of the beer offerings, which she said were at the end of their keg, had been on draft for a loooong time, and were not good at all. If that's the case, why are they still on offer??? The management of this place clearly doesn't care much about beer, or about offering quality fresh products. Avoid.

10-12-2010 22:05:54 | More by mtullius
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

A trip down Nostalgia Lane began at the Brazen Head and continued here. Many was the night that David Atkinson and I spent here. The front was brightly lit by a number of neon signs. Entering, I transited a phone booth-like vestibule with standard restaurant tables and chairs to the right in the window. Just beyond them was the dark wood, elongated "U"-shaped bar with an extensive mirrored back bar. Above the back bar were back-lit metal silhouettes of the Statute of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline as well as several color chalkboards detailing "Spirits of the Week", "Red Wines", "Draught Beer[s]", "White Wines", and "750-ml. Bottles". In lieu of an m.d.s., a self-serve popcorn machine sat in the center of the space at the midpoint of the bar. Two rows of standard tables and chairs ran down the left side of the space. A few booths were on the right side of the space, culminating in the kitchen, all of the way aft. The left side culminated with the lavatories. Also on the aft end of the left side was a color chalkboard with the nightly food specials.

Beer: Eighteen (18) taps and one (1) cask engine. Oak-aged Yeti; Anchor Bock; Delerium Tremens; Avery Czar; BKLN Monster and Pilsner; Green Flash IPA; Chelsea Blizzard - those were the standouts. Allagash Cureivex (sp?) was on cask! Holy Liver, Batman!

I loved coming here on a routine basis and David's return to his home state of MI made me curtail my routine visits. Let nothing hold you back!

12-07-2009 23:02:52 | More by woodychandler
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

I was a little confused finding "Pete's" when I was looking for The Waterfront Alehouse, but I quickly caught on. Apparently some other people entering just after me were a little lost as well.

Once inside, the dining area is on the left, and the bar is on the right, with a short wall divider in-between.

It's a nice wood bar, although there's no brass foot rail - instead they've got a quarry tile covered ledge. The back bar is just solid mirror, nothing fancy. And in a way that seems to be kind of a theme here, with things kind of halfway done like they were in the 70's. The goofy NY buildings theme doesn't help; but the dining area with booths and tables is much nicer than at the Manhattan location. My rating for atmoshpere gets a bump though because it was so comfortable and friendly.

As for the beer, they've got 1 handpump and 19 taps (or is that 20 and one was off-tap?). Overall a very good selection. There were 2 beers I'd never tried! And if I'd had more time I'd have tried a beer from Chelsea on the hand-pump (not sure if it was really cask or not).

I had a beer and I ordered the Vegetable Dumplings ($6.95) and Tandoori Vegetable Burger ($9.95), both were good, but not great. The prices were reasonable though, and I certainly didn't feel short-changed. Cross the bridge into Manhattan and everything goes way up!!!

The bartender was friendly and attentive, and really on the ball. The bar was full and there were a few regulars at the bar that he needed to chat with here and there, but he always delivered right on cue. Quality service is always welcome in my book.

So, last swigs, I'd drop by here again. I wouldn't pass up the Brazen Head just down the street for beers, but for a bite to eat I'd certainly got here.

05-09-2009 21:48:33 | More by NeroFiddled
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bonbini26

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Went here for lunch one day, pretty impressive tap and bottle selection. Alot of local brews on tap (sixpoint, brooklyn, bluepoint, capt lawrence) and other regional and west coast along with some belgians. I believe there is a cask line also. Only had a chance to have one beer (Ithaca Cascazilla). Had a catfish po-boy which was excellent. Can't really comment on the atmosphere or vibe there, because i was in for lunch on a wednesday so it was pretty empty. Would def. go back if im in the area again

10-07-2008 17:27:57 | More by bonbini26
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soviettelecast

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

likely the best dinner ive had since moving to brooklyn. although the owner is from philly, i had a catfish po-boy and in house hand made lousiana style hot sauce that brought tears to my southern born eyes. didn't count the taps, or ask, but they pretty much went from one end of the bar to the other and were pretty much all craft or local. full bar aswell. i dont know whether i'd go for the food and stay for the beer or vice-versa, an all together great joint and a gem in brooklyn and new york.

05-30-2008 15:48:08 | More by soviettelecast
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msboyd

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $

By far my favorite restaurant in NYC -- the burgers are some of the best I've ever had and the rotating beer list is always interesting. This was our default go-to restaurant when we lived in Brooklyn; it's kid-friendly but a great place to enjoy a few good beers over popcorn (provided free) or a meal.

I make a point of going back to visit every time we get back to town -- there is usually a good cask ale and even on days when they've run out, I can always find something in the bottled selection.

06-22-2007 19:15:19 | More by msboyd
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plaid75

New York

4.05/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$

Located on Atlantic Avenue, two blocks west of Court Street.

Upon entering, the long bar is on the right hand side and the dining area on the left. A nice popcorn machine greets you as well.

The draft list included Weihenstephaner Weiss, Jever, Brooklyn Lager, Yuengling, Liberty Ale, Rogue Brutal Bitter, Avery Collaboration, Brooklyn Antwerp Ale, Harpoon Hibernian, Guinness, Stella Artois, Original Sin, Dentergem's Wit, Rare Vos, St. Bernardus Triple, Old Crustacean, Stoudt's Double Maibock, SN Schwarzbier and Chelsea Pier 59 on cask. The bottle list included Unibroue 15, Brooklyn Local 1, Achel Pale, Daleside Monkey Wrench and DeKonick.

The menu featured a mixed bag of offering, from BBQ to fish and chips. I had the Lamb burger with black olive relish - very nice.

03-29-2007 19:23:55 | More by plaid75
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Buildscharacter

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

When I am in the area, I will usually stop by this neighborhood staple. They have a good selection of brews that are listed on the board behind the bar. Pretty much every style. 2 words of warning:
1) If you are going to sit down and eat the popcorn (wonderful and free) be prepared to be angry at yourself because by the end of the night your mouth will be bleeding from eating so damn much of it... so tempting and good
2) if you're going to order beer and beer alone, sit at the bar. It's just better.

The place is comfortable and quiet so it's a good place to go with your friends. Kind of out of the way though.

08-29-2006 20:29:53 | More by Buildscharacter
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