Venice Ale House
Taps: 30 / Bottles: 10
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 5
4.03/5 rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
Vibe: This place is located right next to the Venice boardwalk and has views of palm trees and the ocean beyond a parking lot. There are stools at the bar and a few tables inside but just about everyone was sitting outside, which also offers opportunities for people watching.
Quality: Beers were served at the proper temperature using a variety of glassware, including snifters for high alcohol beers.
Service: Service at the tables outside was pretty good, but then slowed down as the place filled up. I also had a few drinks at the bar - the bartender I talked too was very friendly and knew a lot about the beer.
Selection: The place had over 30 beers on-tap mostly focusing on breweries from Western states and were listed on two chalkboards inside: one for "almost always on-tap" that included beers from Bootleggers, Brouwerij West, El Segundo, Lost Coast and the Venice Hi Hop (brewed by Lagunitas) and another list of rotational beers that included beers from Hangar 24 and Noble when I went. Beers were availabe in 16, 8 and 4-ounce pours. They offered flights of beers that were uniquely served on a skateboard.
Food: I tried the burger and it was pretty good. My friends raved about the salmon cakes as an appetizer and their salads.
11-01-2013 22:49:32 | More by metter98
3.84/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | $
Right on the boardwalk. Went there two days in a row with my sister who was in town visiting. We sat outside on the patio both times. The inner, better-shaded portion of the patio is for dining patrons. If you're just having drinks they'll want you to sit in the front part. Not that it's a problem, just saying.
The draught selection was excellent for such a tiny location. Around 30 beers or so including some rotating handles. We shared a skate of 8 beers. The highlight for me was their house pale ale, Hi Hop XPA. I called them later and found out it's brewed for them by Lagunitas (nice!).
The service wasn't great either time but at least the waitresses were really nice. It was just constantly busy when we were there so I gave them a pass. The food looked good but we just had beers each time (other than a chips and guac).
I really liked this place and I'm definitely going back again. Don't miss it if you're in the area.
09-12-2013 02:17:17 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
3.38/5 rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I knew that I would be drinking with Guilherme and his friend, but I didn't expect it to happen at Venice Beach. We were in Santa Monica and anticipated we would meet at one of the bars there (we would eventually return, but that's another BeerFly), but a few twists to a story and suddently we were driving down to Venice Beach. What does that mean? Well, I had never visited Venice Beach, and we were meeting at a bar with good taps. Another BeerFly tick, I wondered....
Parking is limited on the street, however we got lucky a found a spot on Rose that was within a stone's throw from the beach. The Venice Ale House is at the end of Rose and right along the boardwalk, and offers good views of the beach. There's some outdoor seating to go along the small interior, which feels more like a place to "hang out dood!" than for gastronomy, which is what the food and beer menus looked to be catering towards.
Thrity different taps to choose. Roughly two-thirds stays the same, the other thirds rotate, giving a little fresh life to the selection. No bottles, sorry. All the beers are American, and are represented by named like Oskar Blues, New Belgium, Alaskan, Lost Coast, Cismontane, Port/ Lost Abbey, Stone, Lagunitas, Speakeasy, North Coast, Eagle Rock, Brouwerij West, and Straind. The beers tasted fine, although the glassware offered is nothing really special; just shaker pints, New Belgium globes, and a Widmer pint. No small pours unless you do a sampler; even Double Daddy IIPA was served by the pint. Lots of $6 and $7 pours, with the ocassional $8, $9, and even a $10 pour.
While well staffed, everybody seemed to go in different directions, and away from us. It took tme to flag down somebody to serve us on each trip. Food is pretty good; I got hungry so I ordered a grilled cheese with bacon. Not bad. Choices are limited with the food, and quite honestly, aren't geared for my tastes. No worries, I'll just drink here shall I return.
07-09-2012 04:21:57 | More by DoubleJ
3.83/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Randomly went to this place as my group and i were walking along Venice Beach. It turned out to be a great place to stop for lunch and some GOOD beer.
Atmosphere: typical ritzy cafe along the Venice Beach area. nice outdoor eating area.
Selection: not a huge selection, but it is a very impressive selection. i got Alesmith Speedway Stout on draft which i was very excited about. I expect the list to be constantly rotating with some occasional rarities.
Service: friendly and patient.\
Value: a bit pricey indeed. Food was so expensive that all i could afford was a grilled cheese sandwich and my beer was $10...which upset me when i got the bill...should've asked, but i'm glad i got it.
08-20-2011 20:43:27 | More by AdamBear
3.01/5 rDev -16.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Venice Ale House is a pleasant addition to the Venice boardwalk for quality craft beers. I did not try the food. Visited twice this summer and both times sat in the bar area. Unfortunately I had the same server who for some reason treats you more like an inconvenience than a customer. Life is too short, avoid the bar area all together. Watching the servers outside I could see the service was far better. So, sit outside or about a half mile away is the Library Ale House, it’s a much friendlier place to enjoy a fine brew.
06-19-2011 20:40:48 | More by bernie
Venice Ale House in Venice, CA
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.