Poor Richard's Wexford Ale House & Grill
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Taps: 40 / Bottles: 30
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 11 | Show All Ratings:
3.48/5 rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3 | $$
I went to the Wexford Ale House for the first time last night, and really enjoyed it. It wasn't anything mind-blowing, but it was just about the most ideal yinzer place that a guy could ask for (and that's a compliment).
From the outside, the place looks tiny, more like a house, but after you drive around it and park in the back where the lot is, you're like, "Actually, this place looks like it could be pretty big." But nope. Mirage. You'll see what I mean.
For atmosphere, it definitely leans more on the bar/pub side that the restaurant side. When you first come in (Did I come in the main door? Back door? I don't really know. The door when you come in from the parking lot), the bar sits right in front of you, and it's a great size bar, which takes up pretty much the whole place. There are two smaller seating areas with about 4 - 6 tables each, some high bar tables.
Our waitress was very nice, got our orders right, was helpful, and tried her best not to make us wait for too long at any time, but she wasn't overly attentive. Take your drink order, take your food order, anything else? No? Here's your check. If you are planning on having multiple brews, you might have to flag the wait staff down here and there.
The beer list was excellent, and I like that they do some beer flights (I didn't, but it's good if there's things you're looking to try). The actual prices for the beers were a little high, but it was $3 for anything normally $6 or less during happy hour, which is when I went, so there was about 15 awesome beers to pick from for $3. I had a East End Smokestack Porter. They give you the appropriate glass, which for me isn't all too necessary, but I know some people are into that, so I figured I'd might as well comment that here.
Food was typical bar food. I had a reuben and fries, and it was great.
Overall, I would recommend this place for a beer lover who wants to watch sports and have food that makes you feel like you should run the next day. Especially during happy hour. If you live near the place (which I don't sadly) make yourself a regular.
02-08-2014 05:04:39 | More by justindandoy
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
The Wexford Ale House will always hold a special place in my heart, as this is where the proverbial light bulb went on for me, and my love affair with craft beer was born. The selection is phenomenal and I love the way they have the drink menu laid out, as well as the chalk board on the wall. The normal prices are very reasonable, but the happy hour and daily specials are fantastic.
The food is above average for a pub/bar. I've had at least half a dozen different things and have yet to be disappointed. The service is typically average to slightly below average. The place is not big by any means, but they still usually seem a little understaffed.
02-06-2014 15:58:19 | More by glass_house
4.23/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
The only bad thing about Poor Richard's is finding your way into the parking lot from Route 19. Other than that the food is tasty, the tap selections are very good and the staff is accommodating. One feature of their beer menu I really appreciated was having the BA and Rate Beer ratings printed right on it beside the beer listings. At the risk of sounding like a d-bag, it saved me the hassle of looking it up on my smartphone myself to see if it was something worth trying. I recommend the Blast Furnace Burger. Definitely a place I will begin frequently for lunch and happy hour.
07-14-2013 14:22:43 | More by DWolf
3.73/5 rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Perhaps I came at a bad time?
I went out of my way to visit here and it was not worth the effort.
This spot almost looks like a house on the side of a very busy road. Clean decor. The chalk board along the wall is a good touch. Selection, as many others have noted, was heavy, with a lot of taps. Lots of quality stuff. They had Namaste on-tap, amongst other things of interest.
Service was not very welcoming. I was hungry, but suddenly felt like I didn't want to eat there anymore. All the better after some of the silly behavior exhibited by the middle aged dudes next to me fawning over the bartender, who suddenly became all smiles. When I finally got my bill I paid and got the heck out.
This place has a higher rating than North Country? I don't see how that fits at all. In the future I'll just visit North Country instead.
06-04-2013 03:23:41 | More by RblWthACoz
3.23/5 rDev -21.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Been to the Wexford Ale House several times with varying degrees of satisfaction and success.
Atmosphere - Pretty standard small pub atmosphere. Decent amount of TVs playing the relevant sports events of the day. Two small dining room areas as well as a nice bar.
Quality - The space is small but nice, not too crowded. Entrance to the space is very confusing as it's located on a busy highway and you have to actually cut through a used car lot to get there.
Service - Generally okay, nothing special although I've had a couple of really poor experiences with slow wait staff.
Selection - Beer selection is good, BUT I feel as though they do a very poor job of keeping their menu up to date. They advertise a nice selection of 22 oz. bombers, either to open at dinner or to take to go. I'd say the list has about 20 bottles with about four of them listed as "when available". They had a couple that I was interested in, so when dinner concluded I asked about a couple to take home. Turned out they only had about two from the list and several they were "out" of could be found across the street at Whole Foods. Disappointed, to say the least.
Food - Normal bar/pub fair with sandwiches, salads and a few entrees. Food is generally solid but unspectacular.
Value - Again, nothing outstanding or out of the ordinary. Pretty average prices for a restaurant of this type.
11-25-2012 05:49:15 | More by Preluderl
4.35/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I'm so glad I found this place. This place has about 30 rotating taps as well as bottles and bombers that they'll pour for you. They have great happy hour and after 9pm specials on their beer. I got a Bell's Two Hearted Ale and a Bell's Kalamazoo Stout during their happy hour for $3 each! On Sundays, all drafts are $3 all day.
As for the food, the sandwich I got was huge and delicious.
The atmosphere is okay. The place is dominated by its horseshoe bar with TVs all around it but for the great beer at the great prices it's totally worth it.
07-25-2012 00:11:42 | More by Roos
4.13/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
When u walk in the are two seating areas with a bar in the middle. The place has a very chill atomsphere very laid back. On tap there where somewhere between 20 to 30 beers. The only bad thing was that two of the beers I ordered ended up being kicked. The selection though was impressive. There was some stuff that you don't typically see in the area and more impressive is there was a lot of one off stuff. The food was very good I had a burger that was excellent. I had a jumbo shrimp app which was not my idea of jumbo but I guess jumbo means different thing to different people. Price was every thing was 5 to 7 beer food and the other. Good pricing on the beer with most being 5. I am a big fan of this place espicially if they tap a keg of black and red.
09-04-2011 21:27:47 | More by goblue3509
4.44/5 rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Poor Richard's Wexford Ale House is in a small stone building right on 19. This structure has housed a bar for a long time, but apparently it did not turn into a beer-centric place until a few years ago.
Anyway, this place is very close to my parent's house, and I have visited a few times now.
Walking in through the back door to the parking lot puts you directly in front of a horse shoe shaped bar that takes up most of the space in the bar. On either side of the bar are smaller rooms with tables. The bar itself has a good amount of seats and many flat screen, HD TVs that are usually playing sports. In the past I've heard some people object, but TVs in a beer bar are fine with me. I think if they bother you, you need to relax, but that is just me. Anyway, there is a bank of taps on the back wall behind the bar and in one corner.
There are 30-40 beers on-tap at all times. Four taps are interesting, but those include Yuengling and Boston Lager. The rest of the list is all quality (not that I mind Yueng or BL). The list includes things from all over PA like Weyerbacher, Troegs, Victory, and closer to home Voodoo, Penn, East End and Erie. There are also craft offerings from as far in every direction as you can find in Pittsburgh. It seems like there are always 3-6 Bell's offerings on-tap, and about the same number in bottles. My last few visits I have seen SN 30th Bwine, Bell's 10k, Hopslam, and various other options. There are always a few things on tap that I have not tried, which is a plus. On a recent visit the bartender told me that they are trying to get their hands on as many obscure and rare beers as they can, so I would guess that the tap list will only get more interesting as time goes on. One thing to be aware of is that the tap-list on-line is almost never accurate. Hell, the paper list they hand you at the bar is almost never accurate. I think this is a good thing, because it means the taps are moving quickly. Just check out what is in the "ion-deck" section and ask the tender what is new if you are interested.
The bottle selection consists of 20 or 30 bottles also, with a mix of Belgians and American crafts that for the most part are different from the taps, which is nice.
My service here has ranged from prompt and very good to excellent. All of the tenders are versed in their beer, and the conversations that I have started have shown me that at least some of them are beer nuts. I would guess that at least a few of them use this site.
AWESOME happy hour. Most of the taps are half off. Same thing goes for Monday and Tuesday. The prices for full pints here were already 5-6 bucks, which is fair so half of is very nice. Some bigger beers come in smaller glasses, but those are always clearly marked. For this reason I have been here exclusively during the week for happy hour. The place will get packed on Friday for happy hour, but other days of the week it is almost all regulars. Every time I have visited I have struck up a conversation at the bar, and people have been welcoming and friendly.
North of the city, Poor Richard's Alehouse is the best bar for beer, hands down. It even stands up to a lot of the bars in south side and other areas in and around the city. Worth a stop if you're in the area.
03-24-2011 14:14:14 | More by Hojaminbag
4.63/5 rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped here for lunch yesterday. This place is really easy to find and is on US 19 near the entrance to North Allegheny HS.
Atmosphere-The decor is dark wood with red chairs/stools- pretty much this time period. The central area is a Moderate in size horshoe shape bar and there are two small dining rooms to either side fo the bar. HD TVs abound and this has a pretty common sports bar theme.
Food- The menu is pretty vast and offers pretty common fare for a sports bar- appetizers, wraps, sandwhiches, salads-etc. My wrap with the homemade chips were delicious. There are a few unique items on the menu-but mostly good sports bar food.
QSS- There are 50 taps here-1 is root beer and 5 are domestic-but the other 44 seem to be reserved for craft beer. The tap list is nicely divided up into domestic, seasonal, wheat...etc with price, ABV and serving size listed-so there are no surprises. The waiter/bartender was knowledgable and was able to tell us what was new on-tap...etc. This place probably has the best seasonal selection I have seen at a beer bar-so I give them a lot of credit for that. I had 10 Fidy and Terrapin Hopsecutioner-on tap.
Oh and they have 4 nitro-taps :)
Overall this is a great place-surprised that it hasn't gotten many reviews on here. I like that it offers normal, reasonably priced food-and has a decent amount of offerings for those not into craft beer plus a tap list I've only seen outdone by Fatheads-only this place is not as well known, crazy, or crowded.
01-15-2011 16:35:10 | More by PittBeerGirl
4.63/5 rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Since reopening and revamping the menu and tap situation this hidden gem has become one of my favorite hangouts. A great atmosphere and friendly, knowledgeable staff and patrons are a big plus. Mellow in comparison to the Southside craft beer spots with a very respectable and ever-changing tap list. The bottle selection isn't huge but the 35+ quality taps have a lot to offer. And on monday/tuesday you can take advantage of half off regularly priced drafts; $2.50 for Gubna, Tenfidy, Gonzo, etc is definitely a draw for me. The food is always excellent. Awesome sandwiches and salads and the buffalo chicken mac & cheese and fried bologna sandwich can't be missed. My personal favorite aspect is the true neighborhood pub vibe. No blasting music or throngs of hipsters and college kids; just locals who are friendly and love to chat about beer and brewing. Definitely worth checking out if your visiting or residing in the Northhills/Cranberry area...just don't take my stool haha.
08-11-2010 19:45:56 | More by letsgopens
Poor Richard's Wexford Ale House & Grill in Wexford, PA
91 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.