Old Town Ale House

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3.91 w/ 6 ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

8657 E 116th St
Fishers, Indiana, 46038
United States

(317) 841-0800

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Added by marksto on 10-20-2008

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by Hoppy2Bhere:
Photo of Hoppy2Bhere
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

A buddy of mine is a regular at the Old Town Ale House and I have been dying to try it out based on his recommendations and the incredible beer list on their website. Finally got the chance and have to say this is truly a great beer bar.

The place itself is nothing too extravagant, which suits me perfectly. I guess I was expecting the typical brass railings and fancy furniture. This is not the case at the OTAH. It is very casual with a small stage for live music on one side of the bar and standard open seating in the dining room.

The place was not very busy when we arrived mid afternoon and we were quickly served by the excellent staff. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the 18 or 20 taps, which included 10 or 12 brews I had not tasted before, including Left Hand 400 Pound Monkey Ale, Stone 13th Anniversary Ale and Boulder Cold Hop Ale.

I was also pleasantly surprised that the lunch specials are carried over during the weekends...so many places have specials during the work week, only to gouge you for the same food on the weekend. The $5 lunch specials are all killer and were more than we could eat.

Finally, our staff was extremely attentive to us throughout our visit, making sure we stayed "well-hydrated" and well fed. Overall, a great experience and a place I will definitely be visiting anytime I am in the Fishers area.

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Photo of dfranks
2.63/5  rDev -32.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Well I want to first mention that the first time I went to Old Town Ale House I thought it was great. I went alone and sat at the bar and the bartender was wonderful. She brought me many samples and great recommendations. I enjoyed a Fat Tire and Left Hand Milk Stout from the tap and they were amazing.I was so happy that I invited several friends to meet up a week later and that is where this story goes south...

We arrived a little bit before 7 and they were not very busy. Ordered a few beers and then waited and waited for them to arrive.. Once they finally got there everyone said that there beer tasted slightly watered down.. Good but could tell something was off... Ordered some food and some more beer and that also took forever to arrive and my beer never came. Our waitress admitted that she was new and apologized and said she would be right out with my beer.. About 15-20 mins later she showed back up again and realized that she never brought it.. I then told her I no longer was interested and we asked for our bills, desiring to go get a beer somewhere else. Again another 15 mins for the bill to come and she forgot to split the checks.. We followed her to the register and waited another 15 mins for her to figure out how to ring us up...

The best part was that she had another person help her who came and said how she just really wanted to sit down, relax and enjoy a beer.. Those were my same thoughts coming into Old Town.. To bad it never happened...

If you decide to go here sit at the bar or hope that you get a much better waitress.

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Photo of WhiteRiverSuds
4.3/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I stopped by Old Town with some friends recently (a Saturday night). While not impressed at first glance, don't judge this place until you see their beer menu (draft & bottle) and stick around for a few. When I first walked in I thought it looked like a dark diner. Since OTAH is fairly new, I can only assume as this place gets more attention and business they can give it more of an ale house feel. For now, their beer lineup won't let down any BA. They have an extensive draft selection (3F's, Bells, Victory, DFH, Founders, etc.), a large bottle selection, beer flights, tastes, & great specials. They had a little bit of Kentucky Breakfast left on draft that I was eager to compare to the bottle offering.
The staff is very knowledgeable and efficient. The beer flights are designed to individual tastes (light, dark, specialty, beers you should try, owner's favorites). The light was a great starter for those in our group new to craft beer. The food was mostly pub grub, and everyone was pleased with their orders. I had to try, and of course enjoyed the fried cheese plate. I can only hope they eventually add fried cheese curds and maybe a beer/cheese flight bringing the best of both worlds together.
There was also some very good live music the night I went. I would definitely recommend OTAH.

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Photo of youngblood
4.38/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Just went there after work tonight for a quick pint. Wenesdays are $3.50 pint night. I was impressed with the quality of the taps. They included: FFF Robert the Bruce, Brugge Trippel De Ripple, Two Brothers Dumaine Dupage, Rogue Double Chocolate Stout, and about 12 others. There were about 25 different selections in bottle. The bartender, Andrew, informed me that they try to focus on their taps more. I had a Robert the Bruce and then went after Trippel de Ripple, so I grabbed some food. Had their Ale House Burger. It was pretty good. Quite tasty actually, but at $9 was a bit more than it was worth. Overall, it was a good experience and I'll go back for sure.

Edit: This has become my regular place now. Matt (owner) is always around and helping out the staff, giving advice, etc. Bartenders are great personalities and know their products. Matt's doing a great job of getting fantastic beers in and sponsoring tastings. Environment is nice and low-key, perfect for enjoying the brews or for conversation.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Not very "Ale-houseish" - kinda 4 walls and plain with a standard bar. But then I see the beer list, and hey, things are loooking up. It may be since I'm from Colorado and see the Bells and Three Floyds I get a bit excited, but the beer line up seemed pretty broad and representative. I did a couple flights and was pretty impressed with what they had put togother. Depth was more in bottles than in draught.

Had the lunch menu and food was very good and very reasonable priced - anything with bacon was awesome and you gotta have the onion rings. If your a wings fan, its one piece and standard wet sauce.

Also, I counted about 45 bottle selections - don't know they had them all, but more extensive than what was listed here.

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Photo of marksto
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Had a chance to have dinner here while in town for a recent visit. The OTA is in "downtown" Fishers in a spot formerly occupied by a casual diner. They have a spacious setup, with separate bar and dining rooms, dart board area, etc...

They feature a diverse selection of about 20 beers on tap. Unfortunately, we did not visit on a Tuesday or Wednesday when they have all drafts set at $2.75 a pint, which in some cases is less than half the usual price - easily the best deal in town for quality drafts.

Food wise they have a menu that features basically pub grub but with a bit of a flair - homemade kettle chips, homemade dressing for salads (including a raspberry vinaigrette made with lambic), etc.. The guests in my party enjoyed the food. I had a steak sandwich, and others had burgers and a few had the full meals. All thought the food good, but nothing absolutely exceptional.

Overall, OTA is highly recommended for the Tues/Wed draft specials, and worth a trip at other times if in the area.

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