Whale And Ale

Bar, Eatery

327 W 7th St
San Pedro, California, 90731
United States

(310) 832-0363 | map

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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

After the excellent and highly enjoyable San Pedro Brewing Company, along with BA’s (Seagoat) Scott and Jess, we took a short walk East down 6th, right onto Centre Street, then right again up onto 7th Street. Halfway up the block and across the street is the Whale and Ale.

Dark painted frontage and large multi-paned windows all add lots of character to this place. The entrance seems to get smaller as you enter. Dark woods abound and mix with the plush looking carpet to deaden any sound. Has a grotto like feeling once inside the front room where there are several Tables of varying sizes all neatly laid and ready for the next guests. Lots of dark wood paneling and quality fittings throughout. As you walk through the front room you pass a small area to your right which looked like a serving place of sorts, but it was all quiet & shut when I was there so who knows, maybe it was the Kitchen even!?. Past this and to your right spread back against the wall was a lovely Victorian style wooden bar with lots of glass décor and brass fittings. This is set in area where the ceiling rises into a glass atrium, a nice feature which accentuates the solid wooden staircase that leads up to a large open and classy looking Balcony area that seats over a 100 people allegedly. Bare brick walls and discrete but tasteful décor all contribute to give the Whale and Ale a high quality feel.

However, we arrived at a quiet time, it seemed like they were closing, but the woman behind the bar was kind enough to stay open a little longer to serve us a couple of beers. Six fonts; five wit double taps and one treble tap jobbie; gives a total of 13 brews all together. On offer were; Boddingtons Pub Ale, Bass, Fullers ESB, Guinness, Firestone Double Barrel Ale, Newcastle Brown Ale, Alaskan Summer Ale, Young’s Special, Pyramid Hefeweizen, Pilsner Urquell, Whale Amber & Whale Lager, the 12 beers are wrapped up with 1 Cider, Strongbow. A good range numerically speaking, but my first impression was that there wasn‘t much here that you couldn’t find elsewhere, I also wondered just how fresh the Alaskan *Summer* Ale was too, being as it was December!!! Nevertheless, I was drawn to the two House Beers, Whale Lager and Whale Amber, each with snazzy looking tap handles; they are allegedly brewed by the Riverside Brewing Company I think, though I could be wrong so don't quote me on that.

I started with the Whale Amber, as did Scott, to say it was flat is being polite. Smoother than my Ironing Board, it had zero residual carbonation. It tasted strange too…..like a flattish Bass-Shandy, sweet with a “beer-like” taste. The second was not that better either, I went the whole hog and did the Brit thing and opted for a Young’s Special, that was probably worse. A little more life but it was past its best, tannic with a feint oxidized feel, not what I remember Young’s Special to be, even from a pasteurized Keg. I sampled Scotts secon, a Fuller’s ESB, which was sweeter than usual and relatively flat also, it tasted tired. The only beer that tasted passable was the Firestone Ale that Jess had.

I didn’t come for food, and I didn’t really come to look at the furniture and fittings, though it is undoubtedly extremely well appointed with a high quality interior. The bottom line is that I came for the beer as I had already eaten earlier, just a quiet couple of Pints with friends. Sadly, the beer was below par quality wise and not just once, 1 out of 4 is not a good hit rate, regardless of the beer itself the quality was disappointing - I should add here that my quality mark totally reflects that simple fact and not anything else. This was a big let down and it leaves me with mixed feelings about this place. It’s nicely appointed and a cozy place with a good atmosphere, and the bar staff were friendly enough, but I’m not really sure that I would recommend drinking here to friends, especially if they are not eating. The quality of the beers we had was extremely disappointing to say the least, and it wasn’t just the ones I had so I know it wasn’t just me, or just one of the beers as I saw similar faces pulled by Scott and Jess with different brews also. The Whale and Ale is really a British-themed Restaurant, and that side of things looked good enough, but as a Bar for a few beers, it lacks the layout to accommodate that, and drinkers will feel surrounded by "foodies" I feel if they can’t get a seat at the Bar.

I may give the Whale and Ale a whirl again next time I am in San Pedro, but to be honest I feel there didn’t seem to be anything here, beer wise at least, that would get me out of the nearby San Pedro Brewing Company, esepcially if I got comfy in there. A nice enough place, fantastic interior and I’m sure the food is great, but very disappointing beer quality.

Last Visit: Wednesday 28th December, 2005.

Dec 31, 2005
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Drew_V_dt from California

3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

Apr 29, 2015
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4

I've never been in San Pedro...until 6 hours ago. And why would I be? Well, I've never been to San Pedro. Is that good enough? Do I get a beer to celebrate my achievement? Ah, the real reason. Let's tick off some places that serve craft beer...

The first stop in San Pedro was this English styled pub. Now, I was surprised to see downtown looking nearly devoid of human activity, but at least there looks to be some points of history around here. Anyway, back to the pub. Interior looks like a pub, which means wood, wood, and wood. A dartboard. A bar. Bangers. Dark inside, and there's a second level of potential fun.

Sure, there may not be a wide variety of beers by BA standard (only Hoegaarden, Fuller's London Pride, and a house amber being notable on-tap, Fuller's 1845 and Anchor Steam from the bottle), though the array of glassware scattered around the bar gave me hope that there's a little rotation in the selection. Would there be any other reason to carry a Leffe glass if your bar doesn't carry that beer? At least you can find the more common UK and Ireland beers here.

Happy Hour doesn't end till 7pm, so that gives me some time to take advantage of those $4 pints and whatever I feel like snacking on. London Pride and Guinness were the chosen ones for the stay, tasting fine. The happy hour snack chosen were a couple of small bangers wrapped in puff pastry, which turned out to be a good choice.

This wouldn't be a bad place for a beer in San Pedro (especially during happy hour). Just don't expect a bunch of options.

Jun 01, 2012
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theautorestorer from Washington

5/5  rDev +33%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My wife and I stopped in for dinner and was delighted to find an English pub in San Pedro. The owner Andrew was very attentive and was interested in our needs. I had half and half's and the wife had Pilsner Urquell. Both were very fresh. They have English ales and a very authentic English menu. Kidney and beef pie, prime rib. and fish and chips. I had the mushroom and beef pie and my wife had the fish and chips. The pie was very bold with a puff pastry on top. The fish and chips had a large piece of breaded sole and authentic English chips. The walls are wood paneling with a dark stain . A beautiful and comfortable setting and great service. A must see if your in San Pedro.

Dec 18, 2005
Whale And Ale in San Pedro, CA
Place rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 4 ratings