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Ithaca Ale House

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very good

24 Ratings
Ratings: 24
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: n/a
Taps: 20
Bottles: 20
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
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111 N Aurora St
Ithaca, New York, 14850
United States
phone: (607) 256-7977

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Photo of madmanjf
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped off here just prior to hitting the Ithaca Brewfest 2008.

Awesome selection ... can't remember exactly, but I think it was around 24 lines or so.

All micros ... nice variet and selection.

The atmosphere at the bar and around the restaurant was sleek and modern ... unsual for most beer bars so it was a welcomed change.

The food menu looked great ... I had the Stout Burger which was Excellent.

For beers I had the Hop Rod Red and Racer 5.

The bartender was a beer enthusiest. I say this because so many times in beer bars, the person pouring is clueless about beer. Kudos to the management and ownership for putting someone behind the bar that knows their stuff.

When in town, I'd def go back.

Photo of Tbn2
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I was visiting Ithaca for some grad classes and a few of the local students took everyone here for the Monday night twenty-five cent wing special. The draft beers were also two dollars all night long.

The beer selection was pretty good. They offered about ten or so local and regional brews on-tap and had about twenty or so in the bottle as well. The wings weren't bad and everyone seemed happy with their food.

The only problems we had were: 1.)The waitress refused to serve on of my friends because he had an out of state license. It didn't make any sense to me because I don't have a NY driver license, but they served me without question. 2.)They didn't completely split the bill up for us. There were 14 of us in our party and the only thing they did was split it halfway so it was seven and seven. We asked if it was because of the size and the response was "No, we just won't split bills." We thought this was kinda foolish because they already split the bill once, so why couldn't they do it again.

Having said all that, I would still go to this place again. The beer and food were good and the prices weren't outrageous.


Photo of jjayjaye
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I'd definitely recommend the Ithaca Ale House if you're in town. You can use the parking garage and walk to the commons. The bar is in front of the place as you walk in and it runs about half the length of the place. Couple of dozen seats at the bar (maybe). The left hand side are booths that go all the way back, i'd say eight or so tables past the bar. It has a nice new look with a stone motif and a classic open corrugated metal ceiling. I'm ranking the service 3.5 because i was 'barked at' as i stood at the bar reading the tap handles "there's a draft menu at the tables!"...excuse me. It wasn't very crowded. The wait staff was otherwise very attentive. 20 taps, about half InBev, but a good amount of locals including Ithaca Flower Power and Excelsior TEN!! My son was happy to hear that they offered veggie burger versions of everything on the menu. I had the Blackened Haddock Po Boy. It isn't a 'fast food' experience by any sense of the term. My plate was excellent. I plan on making it back every time i head back to Ithaca to fill up at Finger Lake Beverage Company.

Photo of zdk9
3.59/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Went and had a couple beers with my drinking buddy. Bartender was friendly and seemed to know quite a few people, but the clientele seemed mostly to be Cornell students. There were about 12 taps including Arrogant Bastard, Hoegardden, another Belgium lambic, a Saranac, and a Sam Adams. There was also bottled macros. On a Wednesday night there were a fair number of people there until 12 when everyone promptly left (even though it was open another hour...weird). We enjoyed the beer and watching the barside glass rinser (can you get that for a home bar?) and there was a good balance of atmosphere and beer but better places to go for both.

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Ithaca Ale House in Ithaca, NY
88 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.