Carolina Ale House
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Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Durge:
3.18/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Brought one of my customers here for lunch about a month ago. I was surprised to see an "Ale House" be such a blatant Sports Bar deal. The focus here was not on brewing or even beer, it's just a place trying to make money with the college/business crowd. The food was fine, and service was quite fast and friendly considering that there was a pretty good crowd for lunch that day. Televisions abound boldly broadcasting sports, which is fine by me, but the beer seemed to be an afterthought. I had the Red and it was average at best, kind of flat I thought. I didn't get to try any others but the atmosphere here was enough to send me packing. I would give it another try to test out more of their beer selection but this is your industrial strength sports bar restaurant and the atmosphere does not beckon me back particularly. The staff did not seem beer educated either, judging by our friendly waitress. Then again, judging by the crowd, I doubt anybody much cares at this place.
07-02-2007 12:57:42 | More by Durge
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3.28/5 rDev +0.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
I went here on 12/17/11 friends for drinks, dinner, and to watch the UNC basketball game.
The atmosphere was light. There weren't too many people there. The walls are adorned with sports memorabilia and tv's. It was easy to watch the game because every other tv had it on.
The beer menu was subpar. There was a great deal of macros but few decent crafts. I ended up drinking Lagunitas IPA throughout the game.
The food was decent. My wife had the Pub Burger which she loved, and I had the Philly Cheesesteak which was decent (but didn't live up to cheesesteaks I had in PA).
The waitstaff was friendly. They were always ready to ask if we needed anything more and were very quick to bring food and drinks.
This Ale House is just like all the others. The beer menu was actually worse than other locations, but the service was far better. It was also far less crowded than a few of the other Ale Houses I've been to on Saturday nights.
12-21-2011 23:02:25 | More by tdm168
2.63/5 rDev -19.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $
Not a good beer selection place at all. Mostly macros and stale draft beer. What ut was good for was sports lots of TV's and a crowed hip atompehere. The food was avergae at best, just normal american pub fare. The did have quite a few selections of beer and for good prices. But it was somy, loud, and a little overcrowed. This was a typical college life sports bar. Would not recommend unless you just want to go there for sports. The service was excellent, tons of bartenders and waitress's and the food was delivered fast.
10-20-2008 18:23:35 | More by CampusCrew
3.08/5 rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $
After arriving in Raleigh around midnight on a Friday, the wife and I checked into the hotel looking for a place to buy a couple of beers and head back to the hotel room. On the way and just a few blocks from the hotel, I see a big sign that says "Ale House" and immediately turn around and head there.
We walk in and the crowd was fairly small... but it kept growing and growing until we left at 1:30 AM. Judging by the tab, it appears that they have a late night happy hour. Always a plus. There was some dance club next door, so I'm guessing people would file in from there if they got tired.
About the beer. The waiter flat out recommended against the house Red Ale, and the other ones I tried that aren't available elsewhere (Carolina Pale, for one) weren't overly impressive. They had Hoegaarden on tap, and other than that it seemed like fairly standard and bland selection. They probably have about 25 or so bottled selections...mostly standard with a few non-mainstream ones mixed in (can't quite remember what, though....sorry).
Food. The wife and I split a half plate of nachos and we were very pleased. And they were cheap. In fact, 5 beers and a half plate of nachos came to roughly $23. They also keep their kitchen, with the full menu, open until closing (2 AM).
All in all, there's probably nothing on their beer list that would blow any members of this site away. But, I was very impressed with their prices and their food. Seems like a great place for a college kid that likes beer and has little money to hang out. I'm sure that there are better places in the Triangle, but if you're close and it's late I'd definitely recommend hitting the Carolina Ale House.
06-10-2006 20:03:39 | More by millhouse
3.25/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$
Can a place that has 40 different taps offer more macro brewery selections? I think not! Is it necessary to have every offering available from Miller, AB, Coors Etc?
At any rate, they do have a few other beers on tap and a number of others in bottles that makes this place okay beer wise. Its not someplace youll go to when you want a good selection of micros.
The positive about this place is the food and the sports. Its a great place to hang out with friends to watch football, basketball etc. The food has always been good, nothing extraordinary but always satisfying.
I am giving this place a low score on selection based on the beer but as far as the food is concerned, it has a very good selection.
08-12-2005 19:13:15 | More by Caesar1pup
4.15/5 rDev +27.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
This is definitely the better of the two Ale Houses in Raleigh. Strange that two places, ostensively owned by the same people, have such differing beer selections. A few good selections on tap, and the bottles usually provide the occasional micro that you don't find a whole of around Raleigh. I've never had a problem with the food, though it has usually been limited to appetizers and the such. The few real meals I've had have been quite good. The place is almost split in half, with one side resembling a family sit-down restaurant and the other side ranging closer to sports bar. That said, the restaurant side still has plenty of sports paraphernalia and TV viewing.
11-14-2004 05:09:56 | More by smcdowell
Carolina Ale House in Raleigh, NC
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.