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The Ale House

Not Rated.
The Ale HouseThe Ale House
very good

28 Ratings
Ratings: 28
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 23.78%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

3744 Vestal Pkwy E
Vestal, New York, 13850
United States
phone: (607) 729-9053

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Reviews by JimFalzone:
Photo of JimFalzone
4.33/5  rDev +17%

I love the Ale House. I lived in Binghamton for 16 years, and visited this place regularly. I never had a bad experience there.

At last count there were 36 taps, and the owner(s) did a good job of keeping everything clean and cold. I had my first Belgians on tap here. And with the "around the world" club, I had plenty of beers that simply were not available anywhere else in the county.

There seems to be a few slams on the food. But I regularly purchased the pizzas and loved them. Maybe people don't like the slightly oily NY style? And the cheese and cracker plate was awesome. I especially liked the spicy mustard. Other menu items were average, but nothing too bad like I've encountered at other bars.

I thought prices were great but compared to the Boston Area, anything under $5 a pint is great. I think craft beers were right around $3.50, which seems reasonable.

The place is defintiely too small. And it's less fun if you don't get a seat. People will constantly be banging into you on their way to the bathroom.

The vestal parkway location is fairly isolated, but there is plenty of parking out back.

I remember some amazing waitstaff that played great alternative rock on the CD player. And if it passed inspection, they would even play customers' personal cds. Some folks would bring their own "mix tapes".

The Ale House was like an oasis in the middle of an otherwise bleak beer scene in Binghamton, NY. You were more likely to run across $1 Gennesse drafts than anything from a microbrewery.

JimFalzone, Dec 27, 2006
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dwoolley1, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of jlancemiller
1/5  rDev -73%

Pulling into my hotel I noticed a small strip mall place called "The Ale House". Thinking I had lucked out and found a place that might provide me with a place to relax during the evenings while in town on a consulting gig I checked into my room and crossed the street.
Upon entering I noticed a small bar with maybe 12 stools and maybe 6 tables. All the stools were occupied so I grabbed a table. Found a menu on my own decided what I wanted to eat from options that included about 5 types of sandwiches and a hot dog. Bar help seemed overwhelmed.
Time passed.
People came and went. Noticed there were actually two people behind the bar, but that only one was helping customers. Got my phone out and looked the place up on BA. Found many negative comments regarding service and that the help won't come to tables. Wonderful. So now I have 30 minutes invested, no beer in hand and not one person has bothered to beer me.
Final straw was when i did go to the bar. After about five minutes standing there like an idiot, during which time 3-4 more people came to plead for beer. One by one, the bar tender took orders from people who showed up after me. I left at that point and went across the street to an Applebees where they were really nice and responsive albeit without any beer I could drink.
Still not sure what their deal is. So can I recommend this place? Not really - unless you are fascinated by how bad bad can be and just want to see it for yourself - I would say avoid at all costs.

jlancemiller, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of nova73
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%

36 Taps. Some are usually not available. Often have to go with my third choice. Bar service is good. Table service is non-existent. They need to hire a waitress, not just have the bar staff deliver food that you have ordered at the bar. You need to go to the bar to get your own beer. Beer is pricey at $6.00 a pint. Best beer selection in the Binghamton-Vestal area. Many New York state beers available. Only a few macro's. Food is decent. Pizza is good for a bar. The beer list on their website is almost always out of date.

nova73, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of nh2032
2.73/5  rDev -26.2%

They advertised 36 drafts, but that's not really true. I had to run through my first 5 choices before finding one that was actually available. Why don't they just cross things off the board as they kick? Trying to keep up appearances I guess.

When we were there on a Saturday night the service was poor - bad attitude from our server and a long time for drinks to arrive. The lady working the bar seemed to be doing the best she could while the guy in the back just stood and watched.

The beer prices were pretty high considering the offerings that were actually available were standard selections. Think $5+ a pint.

It seems like this place is graded on a curve - since there are so few options in the Vestal/Binghamton area this looks better than it is, but compared to Syracuse or Ithaca it is pretty poor.

nh2032, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%

My wife booked a hotel for us in Vestal NY not knowing it was across the street from the Ale House, well I had to check it out right? I will start off and say this place is small. You walk in the front door and there are maybe 8 tables against the left side of the wall and a bar with 10 stools off to the right. Bathrooms against the back left and a small kitchen against the back right. I went there around 8pm on a Friday and sat at the bar. The place was fairly slow but became moderately busy by 10pm when I left. 36 taps and only one or two were macros. They had some bottles, but I focused on the taps. I didn't have any food, but what I saw looked good. While the taps are solid this place is a bit pricy. Just about everything that I saw ordered was 6 dollars a pint. I would go back, maybe during happy hour.

johnnnniee, Jul 31, 2011
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The Ale House in Vestal, NY
85 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.