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Pratt Street Ale House

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BEER AVG
3.75/5
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

206 W Pratt St
Baltimore, Maryland, 21201
United States

(410) 244-8900 | map
www.prattstreetalehouse.com

Notes:
Formerly The Wharf Rat / Oliver Breweries Ltd.

Serves Oliver Ales (brewed on-premise) and guest beers.

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BEER STATS
Beers:
88
Reviews:
322
Ratings:
855
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
89
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
112
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
7.59%
 
 
Taps:
25
Bottles/Cans:
20
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews by jwc215:
Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Old English pub-style bar/brewpub. Dim, but not dark - an old/quaint feeling about it. Bar and small tables (with bottle-cap) decor on right and tables to left.

My friends and I stopped in at lunch time (and I returned after walking around Baltimore a few hours). They had a great special going on - three beers (12 oz.) for five bucks. Normally they are 4.25 each - even that is great). Great variety - all in British tradition. Fourteen offerings of their beers, with several of them on nitro and three casks. There were several guest taps, but most were standard micros and imports. Standard macros and bigger crafts (MH 9, for instance) available in bottles. Their own beer had a (Ringwood yeast?) "house" character to them for the most part, and were good to very good overall.

The menu offers an array of pub grub. A little pricier than I would have expected, but still reasonable considering low cost of beers.

The service was nothing special. The bartender at lunch, while being friendly and minimally attentive enough, seemed more concerned about goofing around with the radio and didn't really know about beers. We asked to see the brewer, just to meet him. He said he would get to it, but didn't get back to us - He seemed "distracted" though it wasn't busy. When returning in the evening, another bartender was there. He wasted quite a bit on the pours, and didn't know that nitro wouldn't hold up in growlers. He didn't seem to know "nitro" anyway. (They called them "soft pours", which is fine, but since it is the same thing, I'm surprised he didn't seem like he knew the alternative name...whatever...) He wasn't undfriendly, but, he just wanted to "do his job" and that's all...rather mechanically. All-in-all, service wasn't "bad", but could use improvement.

Brewer obviously proud of English heritage, as British flag was clearly displayed, old English pub character throughout, and all beers of solid British tradition.

Food was standard Brirish pub-grub. Good enough, though nothing special.

A nice place to stop in if you like English-style brews (which I do, so will be sure to stop in again on my next trip to Baltimore.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of BrettMRogers
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of axxe
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Tomkob11
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of JOldewurtel
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
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

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Photo of Lettsgo3
3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of Iamjeff6
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of elkinbrown
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of dexterk1
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of markgugs
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of DoubleJ
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of TBCE
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

Photo of micromaniac129
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of John_Beeryman
2.79/5  rDev -29.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 1.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Good beer, ok food, horrible, ridiculous service.

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Photo of poppollutesminds
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of greg4579
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of NathanMilesLund
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Devman171
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of ricknelson
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of cyclonece09
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of afbatman83
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of baybum
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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