The Ale & the Witch
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Taps: 32 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 8 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by MarcatGSB:
3.85/5 rDev -14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$
The Ale and the Witch lies inside what appears to be an outdoor, multi story mall? They have a nice courtyard that is centrally located, where people can sit from the surrounding shops and enjoy a beer (or a glass of wine, there is a wine bar next store).
The bar itself is rather small, maybe 10 seats, with about 35 taps. I didn't notice too many foreign taps, focused on American Craft with a few ciders on draft.
The bartender was friendly, and the beer was served in proper glassware. I had a Stone IPA on tap, and it tasted perfect. Definitely a great stop in the St. Petersburg area, and the best part it's not far off the Pinellas Trail, so you can ride your bike from Peg's Cantina if you'd like!
01-15-2013 18:13:32 | More by MarcatGSB
More User Reviews:
3.96/5 rDev -12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
Great atmosphere. Perfect location. open court yard. Music. great beer selections. Constantly rotating their selections. The inside is pretty small. Not mush space but the courtyard really makes up for that. Bar itself is pretty small. Service of staff is great but service itself lacks due to the bar size. Prices are reasonable. Owners & staff are great. Communal support.
07-22-2013 15:13:50 | More by tfsimpkins
4.3/5 rDev -4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2 | $$
They serve only american craft on their 32 taps and new beer engine that are constantly rotating. The bar itself is rather small but it's attached to an outdoor courtyard that hides away from the city. The staff is always spot on with their beer knowledge and if you pick something bad they will let you know before hand. They always seem to have free live music at night, if somewhat to loud. Really, it's the perfect making of an American beer garden.
06-04-2013 22:22:45 | More by maddicts
4.86/5 rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Ale & Witch is a great place with a great atmosphere. They have an extremely knowledgeable staff who obviously love what they do. A very good selection of craft beers with a great courtyard with live music almost nightly. It's truly a hidden gem in downtown St Petersburg.
01-05-2013 20:47:16 | More by mobrockman
5/5 rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
First visit - very impressed. Open air and tons of draft choices. I had my first cask ale and was thoroughly in love with the place. Small, intimate inside, plenty of fresh air and tables outside - and open air is what we're all about in St Pete. Servers know their stuff and make great suggestions. When you haven't tried them all, it's good to have a knowledgeable draftmeister on the other side of the bar.
Their cask ale of the week was Cigar City Jai Alai IPA, a very big, hoppy tasting, cloudy live ale . They feature a different cask brew every week.. The beermeisters are friendly and well informed. A new favorite for me.
I will definitely be back to try the food as well.
09-22-2012 20:28:52 | More by dcmike
4.44/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Great selection of craft beer in downtown St Pete. They just celebrated their 1st anniversary a couple nights before. Very small place inside, with plenty of tables outside. Was there on a Friday afternoon, it was kinda slow, and they were starting to set up for music that night in the courtyard. Came back later that night and there was a good crowd in the courtyard enjoying some decent bluegrass music. The beer selection was quite good, no macros & plenty of Florida beers. Only disappointment was no CCB, but I think I just caught them at a bad time. Service is very good, friendly and knowledgeable. Most drafts were in the $5.50 - $6 range. They do have music in the courtyard on most nights, which is a very nice place to sit and enjoy a great craft beer. The place to go in downtown for craft beer.
02-04-2012 17:03:21 | More by FLBeerGuy
4.35/5 rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I was at The Ale and the Witch for the first time the other night and thought it was great. 30+ taps of American craft brews. Some really unique offerings (instead of having Dogfish Head 60 min they had Dogfish Head Theobroma, instead of cigar city regular Jai Alai they had the Cedar Aged Jai Alai), not just your standard micro brew taps you see everywhere else. I was there on a Mon night, so I can't really accurately comment on the atmosphere as I'm sure it is very different on the weekend, but when I was there it was very chill, not many people there at all. That being said it was a Mon night and they still had live music in the courtyard, which I think would be a great place to sit and enjoy a good beer when its not the summer months. Bartender had a good knowledge of the beers on tap and was very friendly. Food options are limited since they have no kitchen. They do offer some cold food including wraps, "cold pizza" and a beer cheese dip that they make every week with one of their beers on tap. They one I tried was made with Rogue Dead Guy Ale and was very good. If your in the mood for something hot they have the menus of places that deliver to the bar which included a couple pizza places, a couple sandwich shops and the burrito place that's right down the street. I ordered pizza, which was delivered to me at my seat at the bar. Any bar where you can have a pizza delivered without even having to leave you seat is ok in my book. Price was reasonable with drafts ranging from $5.50-$8.00, most of them seemed to be $6-$6.50 which I consider to be pretty good compared to the other local places that have craft beers (Independent, WoB) . My only complaint would be the bottle selection is almost non-existent, I think they only have a handful of different bottles, which are mostly for to go purposes. I also wouldn't mind some foreign varieties on tap, but at the same time I appreciate their All American selection.
Overall a really cool place that is my new favorite bar in St. Pete.
06-23-2011 03:06:45 | More by zac16125
4.44/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I have been to this bar a few times now. It is in downtown St. Petersburg about a block from Baywalk. The bar is inside a courtyard and has live outdoor music every night of the week except for Tuesday. The inside is roughly divided into two sections. The bar section has the bar (ofcourse) and some tables. The other half of the interior is the Witch's Gallary which features art for sale on the walls as well as long benches along two walls complete with cushions and throw pillows. It has 32 taps featuring American craft beers from around the country and occasionally they will have select bottle offerings. They have a very limited food menu (a turkey wrap or some hummus) but they let you bring in food from home or any of the surrounding restaurants. The staff is quick, knowledgable, and friendly; pretty much all you can ask for from a bartender. The beer is served in apropriate glassware, not plastic cups like another beer bar within walking distance of Baywalk. I will definitely be going back again soon.
05-19-2011 16:01:37 | More by robinsmv
The Ale & the Witch in Saint Petersburg, FL
95 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.