Washington Street Ale House
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 8
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
3.16/5 rDev -16.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
Came here after the Royal Stumble in Philly. It was the first night of Wilmington Beer Week. I was expecting something special on tap for the occasion, but was pretty disappointed to see just your average stuff. Maybe I'm spoiled from other awesome places in the area, but this wasn't doing it for me.
They have their own ale, which is actually made by Sam Adams and the bartender said it was just regular Boston Ale re-named.
They have 24 taps which boasted such greats as Yuengling, Magic Hat #9, Stella Artois, Sam Adams Cherry Wheat and Hoegaarden to name a few. They did have a cask there which was nice and I took advantage of by trying the Evo beer they had in there.
I think as an introduction to the craft beer world, this is nice, but if you're a true beer geek, you may be a little underwhelmed and there are a number of places in the area I would suggest instead.
07-19-2011 18:52:22 | More by pwoody11
4.14/5 rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited on a business trip, just had time to try a couple of pints. Parking is limited, if you are lucky enough to get a spot on the street after 5pm parking is free on weekdays. Place was jumping for a Monday night. By 6pm or so there was a wait to get in. Great draft beer selection, and bartenders were very attentive as busy as it was. I didn't eat, our group was headed down the block for dinner. Neighborhood is a bit sketchy, so my advice if you have to walk at night is stand tall with your shoulders back and chest out, walk with confidence and don't look anyone in the eye.
04-12-2011 13:24:14 | More by schoolcb
3.5/5 rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
This is pretty much the only game in town for a real beer bar in Wilmington. They have a decent taplist and the bartenders have reasonable knowledge of beer, pretty special for this town. Atmosphere is OK but gets quite noisy and cramped. If you sit by the window there will be a nice array of people walking by that would love for you give them some money, or a police chase, or a speeding ambulance. I had a few 90min IPAs and stumbled out, and fortunately was not robbed or attacked on the fine streets of Wilmington.
05-31-2010 17:28:43 | More by squaremile
3.73/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Nice pub like atmosphere to the place. Exposed wood beams and pipes and conduit running here and there. Service at the bar was good-it was around 3pm on a Friday so things were somewhat quiet. They must have 20 taps or so but I would say the majority are fairly "safe". 3 DFH, Guinness, Boddingtons, Yuengling, Troegs pils, Bass, a Victory, etc. Nothing too far out there or overly exciting. I did have the Fordham Wheat which was very good. Just had bar food though it was good as well and the wings were fantastic. Interesting menu, especially sandwich wise. Prices were a bit high but being downtown in the city they are probably prety much in line with things these days. A decent experience overall, would be interested to dive deeper into the menu.
08-10-2009 01:24:14 | More by lackenhauser
3.6/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$$
A few years ago the this place excited me, today, not so much. The tap selection seemed to rotate a lot more years back, but has largely settled down to almost expected craft beers. The only cool thing would be the large selection of Dogfish Head, but it seems that comes at a price. I was drinking with a friend there one night and I got him hooked on the Indian Brown Ale, to our surprise when the check came, we had been drinking $6/pints. No prices listed on their beer menus, I guess I should have asked, but I never would have assumed $6/pint.
Atmosphere: nice, but can get crowded due to limited floor space around the bar
Service: all the staff is cool
Selection: just average for an 'ale house'
Food: good, but a bit pricey for what it is
07-22-2009 15:36:59 | More by foggylovesbeer
3.93/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
On tap: Washington Street Warped Ale, Yuengling, Gonzo Porter, Anchor Steam, Hoegaarden White, Sam Adams White & Cherry Wheat, Amstel, Magic Hat #9, Blue Moon, Bodingtons, Stella Artois, Delirium Tremens, New Castle Brown, DFH IBA, 90 Min, Aprihop & Palo Santo Marron, Chimay White, Sierra Nevada, Harp, Smithwick's, Guinness.
Music: current, loud, tolerable.
Atmosphere: Urban, dimly lit, lots of wood and flat screen TVs at the bar, brick and wood w/a blazing gas fireplace in the rear dining area.
Bar Service: very good.
Tuesday night crowd: 30s-50s, mostly overweight, middle aged and unattractive.
03-25-2009 03:29:24 | More by 86sportster883
Washington Street Ale House in Wilmington, DE
87 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.