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Barrow Street Ale House

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Barrow Street Ale HouseBarrow Street Ale House
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8 Ratings
Ratings: 8
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 12.94%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

15 Barrow St
New York, New York, 10014-6853
United States
phone: (212) 691-6127

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(Place added by: assurbanipaul)
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Photo of slander
3.14/5  rDev -7.6%

Barrow Street Ale House was the last stop on the near infamous very first "Ubufest". You're confused. You mean "The one when Kup almost kicked Dannos' ass for messin' with the balls on the pool table while he was playing?" Yes!!! that one. Are we all clear now?
16 taps, mostly swill and a handful of micros. We were able to find something to drink. They've also got a collection of bottles of which they were a handful that were pretty good Germans and Belgians.
It's a long narrow joint with the bar in the back on the left side and tables to the right. They've got a basement with a pool table and darts. The funky gnat filled bathrooms live down there too. You can do better in this section of town.

slander, Jul 26, 2003
Photo of Billolick
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%

Central Greenwich Village location...friendly, warm and easy going atmosphere, all sorts of folks hang out here and have a good time. 16 on tap, 41 bottles, trending towards the main stream of the craft beer spectrum. They have joined the craft beer revolution so you can now expect the usual good stuff, like Brooklyn, Six Point, Smutty, Flying Dog, Lagunitas and the like. They also do carry stuff like Bud Light, but don't scare ya away they offer nothing special but you will find a quality pint, a decent burger and a friendly and low key crowd.
Around the corner from the Blind Tiger, so this would seem to be a sensible place to meet friends and enjoy a round or two if the BT is insanely packed.

Certaintly not a special visit kinda spot, but could serve a purpose if in the area

Billolick, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%

The Barrow Street Ale House - This can be a quick review. It's a nice enough looking place on a little traveled street right in the heart of the Village. You're almost a stone's throw from some of the historic bars in the area, and the "tourist trap" Slaughtered Lamb is just down 4th.

Inside it's pretty nice with wood floor, wood paneled walls, and a nice, old wood backbar. Everything is wood, and that at least partially explains the fire barrier sprayed across the ceiling. That, however, is extremely ugly, and considering that they once had a nice tin ceiling I find it repugnant that they've done such a shitty job with that. So for decor I can't give them much, but they lose even more after taking a gander at the upside-down porch lights they've installed in the booths. H I D E O U S .

The taps are OK, nothing special. They've got the games on. Ho-hum. I didn't try the food and the service was just OK and almost 'trying to be friendly to get a bigger tip'. $20 minimum on credit cards.

Overall, probably not worth a trip.

NeroFiddled, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of asabreed
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%

We decided to go to this place after The Blind Tiger, mostly because we thought we'd end up at least having a place to stand at the bar, if not a table. Well, we still didn't have much. It's college football season after all.

Seems comparable, as far as room goes, to The Blind Tiger. Maybe 8 or 10 booths along the right side of the wall and a fairly small bar. There wasn't an empty booth or an empty stool at the bar.

I was pretty disappointed with the selection, especially for a place that calls itself an Ale House. But it seems pretty old school, so the tradition of the name I'm sure has continued instead of getting good beers there. You can see the fairly unimpressive selection on their website. BMC, standard imports, and SN Pale Ale pretty much round everything out.

Basically a place to go, grab pub grub, and watch a game or two. I imagine there are better places to do it, but I wouldn't be against returning if the circumstances came to that in the future when I'm in the area.

asabreed, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%

Hidden down a sidestreet, I must say this pub has one of the better brew selections I found in the City. With 16 taps, they have that much or more in bottles and seem to focus more on the Belgian ales. Nothing unique or hard to find, but more than your standard mass-market stock.

Somewhat of a selection also of whiskeys and scotch. Almost empty when I was there but plenty of room to fill up. Pool and darts in the basement.

assurbanipaul, Jun 03, 2003
Photo of ikats
2.73/5  rDev -19.7%

As far as decor and atmosphere go, it's your average bar. Pub decor. The place is not as small as I thought after reading previous reviews. It's got a bar on one side and tall tables on the other side of rectangular room. I got there about 6pm Friday, and the place was practically empty, but by the time I left at around 7 it was filled with college age kids. I think its special, all you can drink for $15 from 6 to 9, tells a lot about what type of crowd they are trying to attract.

Everything would be all right, but I found Barrow St's selection to be very unimpressive. With about 15 taps they could've had something better. The standouts were Brooklyn Lager, Sam Adams Oktoberfest, Sierra Nevada PA. Just not worth the trip.

I didn't try their food, so I am not sure if it's any good.

Ten minutes after we got there, my friend and I started trying to remember the location of Vol De Nuit (which we did find after all). With places like Vol De Nuit and Blind Tiger, Barrow St Ale House is not worth the trip (at least not for its beer).

ikats, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of mattyrubes
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

mattyrubes, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of villageregular
4.31/5  rDev +26.8%

I walk aroung the West Village looking for craft beer in all its forms. I turned onto Barrow Street and there was the alehouse named for the street.

I would consider it an upscale dive bar with lots of wood and comfortable booths.

The staff was nice enough and had a decent handle on the beers they were peddling.

The beer selection is pretty extensive for 16 taps. I had a sixpoint rye and then noticed they had arrogant bastard on tap! I had one of those as well. I spotted the orval on the bottle list and decided to indulge myself once again...

I had to have a bite to eat or I wouldn't last too much longer. I had a cheeseburger and tater tots. A very fresh burger on a nice soft roll.

With my belly close to full I decided to have one last one for the road...
A beer that I had never seen before! Troeg's Nugget Nectar... Simply deliciuos
A fantastic selection to end my night

villageregular, Mar 09, 2013
Barrow Street Ale House in New York, NY
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.