Archer Ale House
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Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
3.68/5 rDev -12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Down the stairs of a brick walled building, patrons disappear form the (sometimes) busy streets of Fairhaven and enter what looks like to my untrained eye an old English pub. Frosted glass behind the bar and wooden surfaces are moderately lit. More modern, there sre 2 flat screen T.V.'s with sports on. Darts (real ones, not those plastic electronic ones)are on the other side of the seating area, which is relatively small.
8 standard taps and 5 rotating taps give a good selection of beers. A few english beers and some american craft beers are supplemented by Maudite and Chimay white. In addition to these, if you feel so inclined they have a wide selection of belgians in bottles to choose from.
Food is okay pub fare and the service I've had has always been lukewarm to almost rude although I did see more congieniality for some apparent regulars. At least you can get a huge basket of fries for about $5.
When it's quiet, you can't ask for a better environment for a first date or just relax with a beer and a board game. When it's busy, well.. good luck finding a spot or someone to pour you a beer.
08-29-2010 14:15:07 | More by Bfarr
3.75/5 rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
The atmosphere is pretty nice, it's a little place and feels comfortable. One of the types of bars that has board games for people to play (so the TVs aren't the main attraction, which I like in a bar).
The beer selection is pretty good -- they have some pretty nice beers on tap, although they don't have a huge number of taps. They also have some good stuff in bottles, which helps.
Service was pretty good. We had to ask for stuff from time to time, but our server brought it out promptly and food arrived basically at the same time.
The food was kind of spotty -- we got two hamburgers that were mediocre at best, a pizza that was more bread than anything else (almost no sauce), fries that were excellent and shepherd's pie that was very savory. So, it seems to depend on what you order.
04-26-2009 20:09:50 | More by snaotheus
4.18/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A comfortably quiet hideaway in the historic Fairhaven neighborhood of Bellingham. 12 taps, 5 of which are selections that are always on, the rest rotate. A very good bottle list with some wonderful vintage stuff. The staff is friendly and welcoming without being clingy or annoying. The menu is well done versions of pub fare, my favorite being the Toasted Ravioli, which I like to wash down with Chimay White. The food specials are generally very good and worth checking out. There are darts and board games, with a couple TVs with the sound off. If you're visiting my area this is a must stop.
02-19-2009 14:03:23 | More by beertunes
British Indian Ocean Territory
3.9/5 rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Another good find via Beerfly. Definitely worth stopping by, especially after spending the day wandering around Fairhaven's many stores, and an excellent reprive from the madness of Black Friday. Inside is nothing notable, standard pub vibe. The food was what you'd expect from a bar. Had the pulled pork sandwich which was decent. Unobtusive but good service. Overall the number of beer was less then expected but some very solid choices ranging from bottles of HOTD Fred & Adam (reasonably priced @ $5/bottle) to some varied vintages of old ales and barleywines. Seems they have a standard tap selection that wasn't too inspiring. However they have 4-5 rotating releases which was great - had the Scuttlebutt 10 Below and the Widmer Snowplow. I'd say the focus definitely has a European slant, so if you're looking for a sizable PacNW selection you'll be disappointed. Best part of the menu for me was the write ups on the various styles they carried - nice touch.
Worth the visit, and I'd certainly return.
11-24-2007 21:39:52 | More by CBA
British Columbia (Canada)
4.03/5 rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
This is a great beer bar that sits down some stairs in the old Fairhaven district. The place is kind of dark but cozy and English like in style. The beer menu is huge with tons of great hard to find beers at often good prices. I had a 2000 J.W Lees and a Skullsplitter while my dad had a pint of Snipes Mountain Barleywine. The taps are often rotated with some casks available. The service was laidback and very pleasant. The waiter evenm searched out a hard to find bottle of Carnegie Porter. The food is fairly good though not great. Come for the great beer selection and pleasant vibe.
07-19-2005 02:59:33 | More by canucklehead
4.22/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Atmosphere - Awesome. The Archer is located below street level. It is semi-deimly lit, comfortable, and clean. No smoking is allowed inside (thank goodness). It has an old-fashioned feel to it.
Quality - Good to great. All of the beers we ordered were in good condition.
Service - The serive was pretty good. The bartender was friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating. We got our beers served in tulip glasses and goblets, which seemed appropriate for the beers we were having.
Selection - They have a knockout beer list, but it is "subject to availability." They did not have any cask ales when I visited. They did not have Dogfish Head 120 minute, but they did have World Wide Stout (2004), which was righteous.
Food - I did not try the food, but the menu looked great. The selection went beyond just the basics, but otherwise looked like standard pub fare.
Comments - We have nothing like this place in San Antonio, which is a damned, dirty, low-down, rotten, evil-son-of-a-bitch shame. I might move to Bellingham just so I can go to this place on a regular basis.
03-27-2005 18:21:01 | More by mgdeth
4.83/5 rDev +15.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
While I was in school, I'd come here to study, to relax, to get some food, or just to drink some good beer. Archer sits in the basement of an old stone and brick building in the Fairhaven district in Bellingham. Entering the basement is a perfect way to set the mood. The rest of the pub is very reminicent of a English pub, sans layers of dust & smoke. The details in the wood and decoration really make it a stellar place to visit.
The food was always good, but I loved the beer. There were always 12 beers on tap, 1 or 2 on cask, and a large number of bottles. I never found a reason to drink bottled beer there, but I quaffed my share of draught beer. The selection was a balanced between imported lagers and ales, and a selection of west coast craft brews. Beers are served in their approprate glassware. Wine is available, as is chocolate.
Most of the time I've spent there was served by the same 3 or 4 people. They were always kind, kept a tidy pub, were happy to offer tastes.
The food was always good, though sometimes it took a while to receive. Plenty of pint time before hand though. If you're ever in Bellingham and you want a nice atmosphere, want to play some darts, want to escape the college bar crowd, visit Archer.
08-15-2003 23:08:22 | More by freed
5/5 rDev +19.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
I would have to say that this is by far my favorite pub/beer bar I have ever been to. I went to school in Bellingham and once I found this place I couldn't stop going. First of all the atmosphere is great. No smoking, real dart boards (not plastic) and an authentic european pub look. Second the beer (maybe that should have been first): they have ten taps in full rotation with two of those being hand drawn and a selection of bottled beer that could keep anyone happy for years. The beers there are primarily European with a lot of local or hard to find Micros. The food is also great! what more could you ask for good beer, food, and atmosphere.
Bottom line: If you are every in the Bellingham area take some time and head over to Archer's, you won't be disapointed.
02-26-2003 12:37:49 | More by Elemental
Archer Ale House in Bellingham, WA
92 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.