Pratt Street Ale House

Your Rating: None

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

206 W Pratt St
Baltimore, Maryland, 21201
United States

(410) 244-8900 | map

Baltimore’s Brew Pub – The story begins in 1888 when 202, 204 and 206 W. Pratt Street were constructed.

At that time, the port of Baltimore was still young and the surrounding neighborhoods quickly became home to many prominent merchants who wanted to live near their businesses. By the mid nineteenth century, W. Pratt Street grew along with the port. In the late 1940s, the building was acquired by the Pratt Furniture Company and remained as such until 1980 when it housed it’s first bar and grill, P.J. Cricketts. Then in 1992, the Olivers turned P.J. Cricketts into the Wharf Rat.

The brewery produced beer in-house starting in 1993 (until 2015) and has created award-winning ales ever since, making Oliver Breweries one of Baltimore’s longest-running brew pub.

The building that has been home to some of Baltimore’s favorite bars now houses the city’s best ale house and brew pub, Pratt Street Ale House. Whether you’re looking for a great happy hour or nightlife spot, a place to enjoy delicious burgers, pizza and more or your new favorite sports bar to watch the game, Pratt Street Ale House has something for everyone. We also offer a private party room where you can host your next banquet, event or private party. And with our friendly and experienced staff, your visit to Pratt Street Ale House is guaranteed to be unforgettable.

BA Score:
View: Beers | Place Reviews | Events
User Reviews & Ratings
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 123
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

On vacation with the family. Reminds me a lot of the Iron Hill brewery chains in PA/NJ. The thing I can say differently than Iron Hill is the food is amazing. Top of the line. The staff is good and attentive... But the beers are mediocre. A lot of them to choose but nothing that really pulls you in. Even with it's mediocrity it's a must try if you're in the area. Also watch the can dates. I just bought a mix a six and noticed it was 22 months past it's bottling date or expiration date. No way too tell. Not a biggie if it was something worth holding on to but not for a pale ale.

 584 characters

Photo of TominGermany
4.43/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

The bar food was outstanding and the beer wasn't too shabby either. We went t five breweries with Pratt Street being the last on the list. It was a nice way to end the day.

 174 characters

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Sports bar vibe with lots of big screen TVs; across the street from Convention Center and a block from Camden Yard baseball park. Oliver's Brewing makes beer (on site?) which is good with a nod toward English styles. The food is very good, from soups, salads, sandwiches and even fish tacos, all were tasty and reasonably priced. Large outdoor seating area. Other regional/national beers on tap too. And they have 3 or 4 cask beers on tap, with growlers to go!

 460 characters

Photo of eluvah
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Staying at a hotel a few blocks away. The place had a nice crowd. I only tried one beer, the COVENTRY Cream ESB Nitro. It was so good I didn't want to try anything else. The selection was good for a place that sells its own beer. The fish tacos were ok, nothing great. I never had to wait for a beer so the service was good. Would recommend if you are in the inner harbor and don't want to travel walk to Max's or Alewife.

 425 characters

Photo of Lucular
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Overpriced flights. Really noisy atmosphere. All of the beers had a sourish taste and not in a good way. I didn't get food but my friend's burger looked all right, nothing special.

 180 characters

Photo of johnnnniee
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Sits across from the convention center in downtown Baltimore. A smattering of tables outside, bar against the right side wall tables to the left in two rooms. They had a dozen or so beers on tap with a couple of guest taps as well. Their beer was decent, nothing earth shattering, I tried a stout and a dark ale and both were serviceable. Friendly attentive staff even as an influx of beer geeks filled the place up for lunch. I had a pretty good chicken ceaser salad. Pricing was about what I would expect in a touristy area. I'd stop in if in the area again.

 560 characters

Photo of JOldewurtel
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped here before a concert at the Royal Farms Arena. Really good vibe, with pretty good food... Service was just so-so. Thinking I caught them on an off night with service. Probably the go-to spot if your heading down to the arena

 233 characters

Photo of Lettsgo3
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Not a bad place to drink if you are in the Baltimore area. Service was a little slow when I was there but the bar was packed. The selection is decent and the food was pretty good. Worth a stop in if you have time to kill.

 221 characters

Photo of DoubleJ
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Watch out for bronies! A My Little Pony convention that was happening across the street sure added a little oomph to the area, and indeed the Pratt Street Ale House. Tables spilling out onto the street, and nearly all tables full. The ale house is large, and there is a second floor which me and my brother were taken to. Even on the second level, multiple rooms were found, giving each area its own feel rather than a single large potluck of drunks. There was even a small bar near us! Great activity going on inside and outside, and it looks like little has changed with the cosmetics since its opening.

I knew that I was coming for a good time based on its beer menu. Many of the beers are based on the British tradition, and there were 14 listed (but out of two). It's hard enough to find mild ale or bitter, so I was thrilled to find both styles being brewed here. In addition, there was an Irish Red, English Porter, English Strong Ale, and Oatmeal Stout brewed in house. I had the mild and bitter, and both light ales had enough flavor to keep me drinking without bloating me. To top it off, several guest taps were welcome to the scene (Bells, Unibroue, Yards, Southern Tier, DC Brau).

Crab mac n' cheese....yum. It came in a very generous portion too. Matching the food was the service, which came at a good pace, and plenty of checking up on our statuses.

Well, that was worth the hour drive from northern Virginia, now let's go back. But wait, there's more of Baltimore to see!

 1,494 characters

Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place was pretty good, but it made it difficult to enjoy their beers because they were out of 6 of the dozen or so that they offer. Luckily I was able to try the Ironman Pale Ale, which was pretty tasty. Wish I could have tried their Draft Punk IPA though, or the Wheat Ale they offer.

 290 characters

Photo of malprep
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

On a business trip and wanted to stop in a cool Gastropub. Great location - right outside of the Convention Center and not far from Camden Yards. Had a real nice selection of craft beers, both local and out of town. To eat, had the crabcake/chicken sandwich. Cool creation and really enjoyed it. Staff was really nice but something did not click. There was a good amount of staff but always felt I needed to wait on everything. Wait for beer order, wait for beer, wait for meal, and wait for check (10-15 minutes after I asked for it). Really were not overly busy to justify. I would go back.

 593 characters

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
3.24/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

The bar tender was not the level of kindness I anticipate when leaving New York, but I try not to generalize. I don't want to deduct too much for that. I didn't order any food but I did have a couple beers. I had low expectations considering the sporty nature of the decor and the assumption that this place was mostly frequented by tourists after an Orioles game. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the first brew, "Sea of Spears," which was apparently a Red Wheat Ale. It smelt very hoppy and was more reminiscent of an IPA than any wheat beer I had, but it was actually a very good beer. This gave me high expectations for my next choice, an actual IPA, Draft Punk. This was not a good beer t didn't even have a scent. I didn't finish it. This was the kind of brew I've come to expect from run-of-the-mill brew pubs. Didn't feel a need to continue on after that and play the guessing game on what may be good or bad. This was a great choice because we then went to Max's Taphouse, which is my new favorite bar, hands down. If you're main goal is to find quality beer, skip here and go straight to Max's. They have an unbelievable selection.

 1,149 characters

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

New to the city so have been checking out all the new beer places... this place popped up on a Living Social deal so decided to check it out.

Went on a Wednesday night, patio and outside were chock full of people, bar was mostly empty... hey I'm good with that. Service was really quick and pretty friendly, with a nice beer menu provided. There was something like 10 or so house drafts, 5 house seasonal drafts, a few macro drafts (yuengling, bud light, sam adams), and 3 beers on cask at the time. Big variety of beers, but a lot of them in the "good, not great" category... but everything from cherry beers to imperial stouts. Typical bar food menu with burgers and sandwiches from $10-15 with a heaping side of fries. Pints ranged from $5-6, not bad for being brewed in house and some of the beers nearing 10% ABV.

Kind of in a touristy location near Camden Yards and the convention center, but definitely worth checking out.

 932 characters

Photo of MrGossett
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

The cask ales at this place are AWESOME. I had the Oliver's Extra Special Bitter cask ale and the Oliver's Winter Wolf Scottish cask ale. Both were fabulous. They were running a special on Yelp, so I got the first pint for free when I checked in on Yelp.

I had a Crab Cake Sandwich which was okay. The bar was really busy right at 5pm, which means the locals love it. Indeed, I asked for a recommendation from the guy who writes, and he said "you can't go wrong with Pratt Street Ale House."

 512 characters

Photo of hdf561
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This place has been staring me down for a few years.

Baltimore hosts Firehouse EXPO annually and I have been going for several years and always pass this place since it is right across from the convention center.

So finally we decided to hit it up for lunch. Overall it was not that bad, however the smell inside was so strong with the brewing being done on the premesis. It also made the inside very hot which was already a HOT baltimore day.

Overall the beers and food were average I hade the Blonde ale and it was good nothing special just a good beer. I also had the buffalo chicken sliders which again was good not great.

Overall I would go there again just not with kids.

 685 characters

Photo of Daniellobo
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nice pub atmosphere with a sturdy tap selection where their English style, and seasonal brews shine.

Finally had a chance to make it to the Pratt Street Ale House after having had many of their nice brews elsewhere. Staff was polite and accommodating. We had informal lunch outside, which worked pretty well. We were a couple of families with kids and they were very child friendly with predictable if fair kid pub food. Inside the atmosphere was of a modern exposed brick pub, rather luminous, with a strong sports vibe, more so being the opening day of the NFL season and with the Ravens playing around the corner.

Nice tap selection, with a couple of perfunctory macros and other common choices to satisfy mainstream needs. Then a nice offering of their ales, most of them on tap, with a few nitrogenated, and the flagship selections of ESB and Extra ESB on cask, with a nice pick of seasonal rare offerings closing the menu.

The server was eager and nice, but did not offer the special menu on time and we lost some time hitting regular stuff instead of the most intriguing offerings, both on the food front but more so on the beer one. Besides the cask ESB, which was truly notable, we tried the Draft Punk, and in particular the Sorachi Strongman Pale Ale, as well as the Juniper Batch 3500, which were quite stellar.

Food was pretty good pub fare, most everybody had a version of their burger, which were pretty pleasing, and also the crab-cake sandwich was had and apparently it was very tasty too.

All in all this worked great for our group. The beer experience was nice, including picking up a growler to take home. If you know Baltimore or want to really explore it there is plenty more to see and do outside of the tourist trap that is the Inner Harbor, but if you happen to be in that dynamic this is quite a jewel within walking distance of its core.

 1,870 characters

Photo of clayrock81
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Went before a baseball game crowd showed up (there were fans starting to pour in as we were leaving) so there service was attentive and knowledgeable - only downside was that they were in shift change and for about 10 minutes my wife and I felt like we disappeared. Clean, trendy, roomy - it has the look of a city sports bar and you'll pay those prices. However, the brews they make are pretty good, they have other beers and a full bar for people not into micros and I was surprised at how well the food is (got wings and pizza). Def worth a stop in and trying both beer and food.

 582 characters

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

The Pratt Street Ale House sits right at the heart of the "touristiest" area of Baltimore, the annoying and cheesy Inner Harbor. Right across the Convention Center, no less.

Perhaps as a result, the atmosphere is pretty average... lots of tourists and light-beer drinkers. Didn't see much of the interior as we were seated outside. Nothing spectacular here.

Didn't try food but looked fairly boring. Your standard pub menu, with salads, soups, quesadillas and burgers.

Service was alright, a little slow because the place was jammed but fine.

The beer is the star here, of course! 17 house brews on taps and 3 casks, all from the Oliver Breweries brand and all English style. If you like that, you'll be in heaven. I'm not a fan of British ales so didn't much care for the selection (it is undeniably good, though).

They also sell growlers, which is a rarity in Baltimore/Maryland (due to legal issues and murky legislation).

Beers of interest... an 8% "Bishop Indulgence Stout" I'd like to try next time, "Hot Monkey Love Batch 2" (an Old Ale), "Channel Crossing Vol. 2" (an Abbey brown ale).

Some good stuff, then, at least in name. Because when you have the beers, you realize they are decent, maybe good, but not great. They won't make you feel like you gotta run back to Pratt Street to try them all. They are alright fine.

I had "The Barrel Full of Monkeys Challenge", with three monkeys:

* My Monkey's Got Wood (an American barleywine aged in American Oak)

* My Minkey's Got Wood (the same beer, aged in French Oak)

* Hot Monkey Love Batch #2 (a Strong Ale aged for three months)

I appreciate that Oliver/Pratt are brewing interesting beers beyond the IPA/Brown/Stout typical lineup. But I was not impressed by these monkeys. They were all too woodsy, too hot and fairly one-dimensional.

That plus the off-putting location makes this my least favorite stop in the Great Baltimore Beer Trail.

 1,919 characters

Photo of 86sportster883
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Needed to kill an hour prior to the Stone T5 event at the Ale Wife, so I wandered down toward the Baltimore Convention Center and found the Pratt St. Ale House across the street. Since it was a beautiful afternoon, I sat out front and ordered a pint of cask conditioned Oliver's Best Bitter ($4.50) and the crab cake appetizer ($12.95). Outside, the music was mostly lame (when was the last time you heard, Little Willie Willie won't, go home, ...), flies swarmed my beer and the street traffic added an endless cacaphony of urban noise. That said, the early afternoon sidewalk scenery wasn't bad.

Always on tap: Pagen Porter (English-style Porter), Ironman Pale, Blond Ale, 3 Lions Ale (a strong English-style Brown), Amber Ale, Summer light, Dark Horse (an English style mild) and Irish Red.

Oliver Breweries' Seasonal Ales included Jacob's Summer Celebration (amber ale, 8.8%), Bishop's Indulgence (stout, 8%), and two different versions of Hot Monkey Love (a 10% ale brewed with honey).

Guest beers included Yuengling, Stella Artois, Sam Adams Oktoberfest, Guinness and Bud Light.

On cask: Oliver's Best Bitter (ok, but just a little thin), Oliver's ESB (smooth, flavorful and delicious) and the Dark Horse.

On nitro: Bishop's Brerakfast (oatmeal stout), Coventry Cream and 3 Spices Ale (described as an English-style Golden ale).

 1,339 characters

Photo of gabrielsyme
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place isn't anything out of this world, yet I can't help but love it. They specialize in English beers, which is totally my thing. Lots of good session otpions around ~4.5%, normally about 12-15 of their beers (they also have other brewers, and macros). And all the beers are $4.50 a pint. The food is typical American BAr/TGIFriday's, but decent portions and quality. I like sitting outside. It has never been too crowded when I was there. If you're in B-more and Brewer's Art makes you feel poor, hit this place up.

 522 characters

Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped by here for the first time since this place morphed into the Alehouse from its previous incarnation as the Wharf Rat. I have to say the new owners have done a nice job cleaning the place up, while keeping the sort of faux Brittish pub vibe. The place is not all that large, but the owners make the most of the space they have. There is an upstairs and downstairs dining area, with a decent size bar area in both locations (the upstairs bar is more modest in size and doesn't have quite the number of tap handles you see at the larger downstairs bar). There is also a large size patio area, which was in full use the day I was here. The place now has a considerable number of flat screen TV's for those who want to watch a sporting event with their pint.

Back in the days when this was the Wharf Rat, I typically could expect to see something like 10 or 12 Oliver brewing beers on tap, with several on cask. However, the day I was there I think the pub boasted close to 30 beers, with a decent number of guest beers in addition to their own strong line-up of Oliver beers. In addition, on this particular day there were another 11 or 12 beers on firkin for the ale festival. The alehouse also had what appeared to be a decent selection of bottled beer, but with the tap list they have, it's hard to imagine why I'd want to go with anything bottled.

I have to say that I've always been a fan of the beers from Oliver brewing, and I thought the quality was better then ever the other day. Hot Monkey Love and the Bishop's Indulgence were the standouts on this particular day, with the oak aged 3 lions decent.

As for the food, it's fine for what it is. We tried some nachos, wings, fries and a turkey club, all of which were decent and competently made. Don't expect a gourmet dining experience here, and I think most people will be satisfied with the food here. Prices are the norm for food in this area (nachos and wings both going for around $8 or $9). Service was good I thought. There was a considerable crowd, but the server did his best to make sure our orders were taken and food delivered promptly. My impression is that they could tell you the basics about any of the beers currently on tap, but not much more then that.

I really enjoyed my visit to the Pratt Street Ale House, and would probably stop by here on a fairly regular basis except for one problem. The location. The alehouse is located in the inner harbor area, nearby to Camden Yards, M&T Bank stadium (home of the Ravens), and all the inner harbor tourist stuff. As a result, traffic is often miserable and parking can be expensive. There are all kinds of lots nearby, but near as I can tell, none of them offer any deals or discounts on the weekends, and I've yet to encounter any bar, restaurant or store that will validate parking (Pratt Street Alehouse doesn't either). As a result, it may well be another few years before I ever stop by here again. A shame, but I just have a difficult time tolerating the nonsense and expense that goes with visiting the inner harbor (and so the alehouse).

 3,080 characters

Photo of Seanibus
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I like this place, though it is crowded and touristy given its proximity to the stadiums, the convention center, and the Inner Harbor.

It looks and feels like a crowded British pub, but of a fairly modern sort. Tables are a bit close together and it can get noisy. The service was extremely crisp and attentive and friendly. The food was quite good - tasty crab dip and a very worthwhile crab cake, if you want to do the whole Maryland crab thing.

The beers are good, if not spectacular. I was only able to try three of the dozen or so, but they seem to favor solid U.K. pub styles. I tried the pale ale, the hand-pumped ESB, and the 3Lions. The Pale Ale was unmemorable, but the ESB was exactly like the pub bitters I have had in England, and the 3Lions was tasty, innovative and memorable.

I recommend a stop here if you're in the Inner Harbor area.

 854 characters

Photo of glid02
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped by here during a road trip over the holidays.

Atmosphere is good. There were two sections of the restaurant separated by a wall with wide doorways. Upon entering the left side has a good amount of tables and the right side has a few tables and a bar that runs almost the length of the place. There are a few TV's dotting the place along with a bunch of property out front that's probably populated with additional tables when it's not freezing outside.

Quality is good. All beers were served in tumblers with a good amount of head and at the proper temperature.

Service was good. There weren't a whole lot of people there and we didn't have to wait long to get our glasses refilled.

Selection was solid. Around 15 beers total with four on cask. Almost all of them were English-style so as long as that's kept in mind you'll find something you're looking for.

Food was alright. I had the crab soup and while it wasn't bad I wouldn't order it again.

Value was good. We had quite a few beers and even with tip it didn't hurt the wallet.

Overall I enjoyed this place a lot and I wish we had a place like that in Atlanta. Definitely worth a shot if you're in the area.

 1,179 characters

Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Popped in here because I was visiting friends in Baltimore. This is a cute place that looks (at least the bar portion) like an old English pub. About 20 drafts (mostly their beer), several beer engines, a few nitro-taps (maybe 4), a lot of beer. The descriptions of the beers were not very good in the menus but we all found a beer that we could each enjoy.

We sat at a table in the bar area and the place was pretty dead, it was midday on a Saturday. We were waited on by the bartender, he was prompt and helpful and brought our beers in about 1 minute, seriously, the food unfortunately was a different story. It took FOREVER to come out and there was a mistake so they went back to the ktichen and it took another 20 minutes to get the corrected plate. Very bad service, no explanation, just "here's your food" no apology, I was pissed.

Food tasted fine, beer selection is good. Check it out if you want some English beers.

 928 characters

Photo of thain709
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I visited the Pratt Street Ale House sometime in October during Baltimore Beer Week. The afternoon I was there it was packed, but the service did not peril because of it. Our waiter was great; always smiling and very prompt. The food came out quickly and it was delicious. I had the nachos appetizer and a Oktoberfest specialty...bratwurst. Both were really good...and the service was great.

The beers were all English style, but that's not a bad thing. A great selection with about 20 or so taps. Everything from an ESB to an Oatmeal Stout. Cask versions and nitro taps were also available.

The place looked small from the outside, but it was rather big on the inside. There are two levels, three different bars, and lots of seating.

I had a very pleasant visit to Pratt Street and I will be coming back, one because of the service, and two because of the selection and quality of their beer.

 898 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Pratt Street Ale House in Baltimore, MD
Brewery rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 944 ratings