Post Street Ale House
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Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by woemad:
3.65/5 rDev -9.2%
EDIT: Since I reviewed, the beer selection has become more adventurous, and they now have an epic Happy Hour: $2 beers from 3-4PM, $3 beers from 4-5PM (or is it 6?). The food has remained unremarkable, and at times lame (tartar sauce that is mayonaise with 2 relish cubes lurking somewhere within) however.
The Post Street Ale House is a place that fits BeerFly eligibility requirements, yet is deficient when compared to other locations in Spokane in every category except, perhaps service. However, if you are staying downtown, or are with some unadventurous drinkers/diners, you might need a place like this.
This used to be a rather highbrow restaurant, attached to the Hotel Lusso. Recently, the Worthys - the couple that bought and restored the historic Davenport Hotel - bought the Lusso, closed the restaurant and announced they would re-open it as an upscale pub. Apparently by pub, they meant a T.G.I.Friday's.
That's what the atmosphere is like. It seems like it was meant to be found attractive by out-of-town yuppies. While furnishings are rather ornate, including some salvaged from Louis Davenport's Restaurant that was too far gone for restoration along with the hotel, this is a place that exudes corporate blandness, a sort of feel that says quality without showing much in the way of identity. It looks it's best when you are walking down the opposite side of the street.
At the rear of the restaurant is a long bar with a full hard alcohol complement and about 20 tap handles. There were about 5 macro/import handles offering the usual suspects (Kokanee, Guinness, etc), with the rest craft. Unfortunately, many of the craft offerings are safe, bland choices that are available at any bar in the Northwest. A few diamonds in the rough - Deschutes Red Chair, Northern Light's Winter Ale (not the ubiquitous NL Crystal Bitter) and two(!) Stone taps (Arrogant Bastard and IPA) - are available, but it's mostly beers from Widmer, Redhook, Sam Adams, etc.
I sat at the bar and received prompt, cheerful service. I didn't ask about IBUs, etc, because I know a bad bet when I see one, but outside of beer savvy, there were no service issues.
Somewhat upscale pub grub like what's served in a lot of places these days. I ordered a Reuben and was not overly impressed. The meat was way too thick for a proper Reuben - much better ones can be had at Hill's or The Elk - and was accompanies by mediocre shoestring fries and a housemade, yet bland, tartar sauce.
Prices were about what one would expect for such an establishment around here. I think the pints were $4, and the food probably came to about $9.
To recap, the atmosphere is nice without having a lot of character. Beer selection is decent without being adventurous. Food is unremarkable but edible. Service is quick and courteous but nothing beyond expectations. You can go to this place and not have a bad time, but there are lots of places in Spokane that are better.
03-26-2010 17:07:16 | More by woemad
More User Reviews:
3.8/5 rDev -5.5%
The small bar seats about 12 or so. There are some booths and large group high tops. There is another larger room past the two unisex bathrooms.
They offer 17 regular taps, 9 rotating taps and a decent bottle list. Good mix of breweries and styles. I think anyone should find something they like.
Great happy hour pricing that slowly moves up as the time gets later. Prices are fair for both food and beer. Most taps and bottles are normally priced at 4 to 5 bones.
I tried the braised short ribs. Really good, I was impressed.
Nice sized, slightly older crowd. The staff was very competent and was beer savvy.
Well worth a stop and is now in my Spokane list of regular stops.
07-29-2012 21:15:38 | More by Redrover
3.4/5 rDev -15.4%
I stopped at Post Street Ale House on a downtown Spokane pub crawl.
Atmosphere inclused a lot of interior brick. It is cave like in back. Windows facing the street. There are a few TVs no and music to speak of during happy hours. A lot of conversation. The place is not real noisy given all the hard surfaces. Finished cement floor.
Quality is just average. Boundary Bay, Pike, Deshcutes. Average NW micros.
Service was good. The place was bsy on a Tuesday happy hour. A lot of staff. Plain looking waitresses wearing jeans and t shirts.
Selection is OK. 16 taps. 30 bottles. Wine and mixed drinks.
Food was good. I had pork sliders. Sweet horseradish pickles were great.
Value is good. $4 a pint. $10 sampler. Appetizers for $5.
A good place for an average beer. If you are in the neighborhood. Not really a destination.
11-07-2011 06:53:01 | More by RJLarse
4.22/5 rDev +5%
The Post St. Ale House is located in the heart of downtown Spokane and is owned by the iconic Davenport Hotel. It looks fairly commercial and family friendly, and that is because it just that. They obviously were not going for the hipster elitest crowd.
This being said; they have a great beer selection and they rotate 8 of their 26 taps. They do a good job of getting involved with different beer related events in town, and always try and get the hardest to find taps. Ive seen some really good stuff there. Abyss, Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere, Tricerahops, and nearly every North West seasonal available. At any given time, there are at least 4-7 ipas on tap.
The food is good and goes great with different beers. I recommend the fried cheese.
The servers are typically knowledgable, and good at what they do. The place does get backed up often though and service kind be a little slow.
Give this place a try if you are in Spokane. It may not look the part, but I do think it is underratted in the Spokane Beer scene.
05-30-2011 15:41:27 | More by checktherhyme
3.56/5 rDev -11.4%
Atmosphere - At the risk of sounding old, they have the TV's and music too loud in this place sometimes. That's my main knock on the atmosphere. Other than that, it's a nice place with lot's of nooks and crannies so you can find a spot that's comfortable.
Quality - Good to great quality brews in both bottles and on draft.
Service - I was not impressed. Every time I go to this place I feel like the server has neglected us at least once during the visit.
Selection - upping my selection score with this edit. They have improved on this front lately. Usually a dozen or more quality offerings including locals. Always a couple great DIPA's.
Food - Normal bar food. You can get fried pickles for 3 bucks. That's nice.
Value - 4-5 bucks a pint for the most part. Reasonable.
02-11-2011 23:10:25 | More by leedorham
Post Street Ale House in Spokane, WA
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.