Washington Street Ale House
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 8
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 10 | Show All Ratings:
3.16/5 rDev -16%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
Came here after the Royal Stumble in Philly. It was the first night of Wilmington Beer Week. I was expecting something special on tap for the occasion, but was pretty disappointed to see just your average stuff. Maybe I'm spoiled from other awesome places in the area, but this wasn't doing it for me.
They have their own ale, which is actually made by Sam Adams and the bartender said it was just regular Boston Ale re-named.
They have 24 taps which boasted such greats as Yuengling, Magic Hat #9, Stella Artois, Sam Adams Cherry Wheat and Hoegaarden to name a few. They did have a cask there which was nice and I took advantage of by trying the Evo beer they had in there.
I think as an introduction to the craft beer world, this is nice, but if you're a true beer geek, you may be a little underwhelmed and there are a number of places in the area I would suggest instead.
07-19-2011 18:52:22 | More by pwoody11
4.14/5 rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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 -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
This is pretty much the only game in town for a real beer bar in Wilmington. They have a decent taplist and the bartenders have reasonable knowledge of beer, pretty special for this town. Atmosphere is OK but gets quite noisy and cramped. If you sit by the window there will be a nice array of people walking by that would love for you give them some money, or a police chase, or a speeding ambulance. I had a few 90min IPAs and stumbled out, and fortunately was not robbed or attacked on the fine streets of Wilmington.
05-31-2010 17:28:43 | More by squaremile
3.73/5 rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
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 -4.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$$
A few years ago the this place excited me, today, not so much. The tap selection seemed to rotate a lot more years back, but has largely settled down to almost expected craft beers. The only cool thing would be the large selection of Dogfish Head, but it seems that comes at a price. I was drinking with a friend there one night and I got him hooked on the Indian Brown Ale, to our surprise when the check came, we had been drinking $6/pints. No prices listed on their beer menus, I guess I should have asked, but I never would have assumed $6/pint.
Atmosphere: nice, but can get crowded due to limited floor space around the bar
Service: all the staff is cool
Selection: just average for an 'ale house'
Food: good, but a bit pricey for what it is
07-22-2009 15:36:59 | More by foggylovesbeer
3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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
3.83/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
A nice establishment, especially given the Wilmington locale... Good food, especially the scallop salad... A surprisingly impressive tap display for a smaller restaurant... DFH, Magic Hat, Victory, and Anchor from what I recall... In addition, they have other numerous of other alternatives to the Macros (Sam Adams, Hoegardden, etc...)... Service has always been a pleausre... Not a place to go out of your way to visit, but if you're ever in Wilmington for business or pleasure its worth seeking out...
09-22-2008 17:46:50 | More by philbe311
4/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Nice little spot for Wilmington. Lots of brick and wood inside, some flat panel TVs, and about 20 taps. They had some DFH (Punkin' and Raison), Twin Lakes Greenville Pale Ale (which was pretty tasty), SN, Yuengling, Shiner, New Castle, Magic Hat and others. Not sure of the bottle selection. Food was good and the service was friendly and helpful. Parking garage is right across 12th Street, so parking is pretty easy. The bar area is on the small side and that hurts the whole atmosphere rating. It was fairly crowded around the bar, but they do have a table area and a deck on the side which they enclose and heat for the colder months. Prices weren't too bad, but the mixed drinks seem to be high. We had 7 people food and drinks for about 6 hours and the bill came to about $240. I will go back here again when in Wilmington.
10-28-2006 17:53:53 | More by Imstillthegman
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
Stopped here for a later dinner (7:30) in between working all day and into the night... fun stuff. This was a nice place to take a break though. Crowded on a Thursday night -- I'm not into that type of vibe anymore, but it was tolerable. We passed the bar area and were seated pretty quickly. The waitstaff was really, really friendly and we were served our beer and dinner quick for the amount of people there.
They must have expanded their lineup from when the other reviews were listed because they had DFH 60 & 90, Victory Hop Devil, and a few Magic Hat brews (I had heart of Darkness and loved it). I also thought the beer was nice and cold... the way I like it and the food(turkey club) was very good and pretty nicely priced - I bought and spent about $35 for 2 people, dinner and 2 beers. Not bad at all.
02-12-2005 19:41:44 | More by Gasp100
3.6/5 rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4
Well this is about the only game in town if your looking for a decent selection of brews. 20 on tap with the focus on Irish and English, but nothing that would knock your socks off. Harp, Boddington's, Bass etc. I can also remember have a not so fresh beer on more than one occasion. Nice looking with a square bar in the front with seperate seating in the back and out on the deck on the left. Decor is lots of wood and brick, very well kept. Huge lunch and happy hour spot with good prices. Good place to have dinner and a beer if you're in the area, but certainly don't go out of your way. By the way, how can you consider yourself a beer bar in Delaware and not have Dogfish Head on tap?
09-04-2002 06:22:13 | More by jrancan
Washington Street Ale House in Wilmington, DE
88 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.