Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Rose Alley Ale House

Your Rating: None
23 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

94 Front St
New Bedford, Massachusetts, 02740-7262
United States

(508) 858-5123 | map

No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-30-2009

View: Place Reviews | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of mercmoon
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

An exceptional spot here in New Bedford, excellent atmosphere and just a superb feel. Must go if in the area.

109 characters

Photo of ZebraCakez
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Great place, awesome crowd. Great beer, good food. Just wish they were staffed better so the wait times were not as bad. Will definitely be going back, though.

 159 characters

Photo of Masters
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Limbo569
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of lion619
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jwps214
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of ElIndio
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Bla
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Although the beers are pricey here and the list has shrunk over the last two years, Rose Alley is still the perfect place for good beer and even better food. The list still features more than 20 beers, and you'll always find something worth trying--and trying again. Wings are tremendous and the salads (steak and bleu, cobb, etc.)--believe it or not--are excellent. Beautiful view of the waterfront with large windows in period, old stone building. In the summer, the AC pumps and beer is just as cold.

 503 characters

Photo of Kruja5
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Deeps
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of jneiswender
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Place located right on the waterfront in New Bedford MA. Lots of drafts on line. I counted about twenty-plus. Mostly craft brews from the area with a few from out west. Got a great divide I hadn't had before. Had a few other nice IPAs on tap. Place is child friendly I would say in spite of the sports bar and nautical motif. Drafts were cheap. Around three bucks. Ten bucks gets you a massive burger. Good deal. Service was slow for even a slow day. Parking looks like the pay lot is your only choice.

 502 characters

Photo of paulman1813
5/5  rDev +23.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I know that I seem like "That Guy" by giving this place all 5.0s but it is absolutely how I feel about this place. I originally came for the beer selection and now I come back frequently for the Beer AND Wings (Butter Garlic...do it). Though a tap here and there can be kicked, it happens...because its a bar. For the most part I have always been able to find an amazing new beer every time I go.

The best part of Rose Alley is the complete lack of pretentious attitudes. From the staff to the patrons this place exudes friendliness; one person can be enjoying a Coors Light Bottle next to another enjoying a Southern Tier Unearthly with no dirty looks...if you like this sort of attitude, enjoy the Pour Farm down the street.

This is hands down my favorite bar in any State and I highly suggest you try it out.

 813 characters

Photo of tigg924
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I hope the rumors of Rose Alley coming to Plymouth are true. If so, this would be an awesome addition to the area. This is another bar that is worth the drive, much like Union Ale House to the north. The outside of the building looks amazing. It almost looks as though you are going into a federal building. Stone outside, this looks like a different bar. Sadly, once in the bar has a clean wooden floor, well lit windows, and a nice bar. It is very clean, pleasant, and modern, just not the mega bar appearance I was hoping for from the outside. We went in about 3 in the afternoon on a Saturday so the atmosphere was filled with some locals, but I am sure this place is hoping at night. The service was knowledgeable and understanding. There are beer menus at every table and it looks like the selection changes fairly regularly. Gotta love that. What is on there is amazing—hard to find Allagash and Great Divide beers, Firestone Walker, Southern Tier and more. This has one of the most exciting beer lists I have seen in a while. I will admit I am in love with the food at the Pour Farm, but this is the place that I would close out my night in New Bedford. Please please Rose Alley come to Plymouth.

 1,206 characters

Photo of arktos
2.63/5  rDev -35.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5

Checked out their website and their beer lineup looked quite interesting with a few harder to finds so wife and I decided to take a drive.

Atmosphere: Place was very crowded for a Thursday night, but we found 2 seats and cozied up to the bar. A decent looking place and there happened to be some pretty good live music.

Service/Selection: Wife and I sat down, we were asked what we wanted... I asked to see a beer list... Bar: "we're out" / huh? you're out of beer lists? Bar: "yes" / you don't have any list of the beers you have? Bar: "No, but we have 38 beers on tap" / ok, so am I supposed to know what you have or any of the prices? / Bar: (shrugs her shoulders) "it's in the computer" / Thanks. (Fail)

Service/Selection: They have 38 tap handles (with more than a few being different than what they really were) - and I wouldn't say they have 38 beers on draft because when I tried to build a flight; 5 out of the 6 items I asked for were kicked. Not cool.

Quality: I sampled a couple of different beers after my failure and both pours smelled like nice warm bleached glass (why am I still here?). I ended up having a Berkshire Coffeehouse Porter and a Dogfish 90 Minute = Both Good (yeah for me)

Despite being out of practically everything I asked for they still have one of the larger draft selections in the area and the vibe of the place was decent. If they were on top of things or had any sort of organization or service, things would have been a lot better - but it just didn't seem worth the aggravation or the ride.

 1,537 characters

Photo of Burt
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

A. Nice copper top bar with tables next to the bar. Couple of TV's and a couple of tv's used for a trivia game.

Q. Beer was fresh.

S. Bartender was (she) easy on the eyes. Had a sample rack that seemed to be under poured.

S. Been there a couple of times. Website has an awesome tap list, get there and they have a printed one that is different than website and then the kicker is some of the better selections were not available.

F. Had both tacos that they offer but were ok, pub chips saved the day both times.

V. Offered 3 different prices for pours on most of there beers. Don't think the sample rack pours are priced right.

Overall they have a great thing going on here. Was going to try another local beer bar but came here because of their website selection but found 16 out of the 36 taps were different. Still good section but not what we expected. Nice bar set in and old building that they fixed up right. Recommend it to all.

 945 characters

Photo of Jwale73
4.14/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visited Rose Alley after stopping in at the Pour Farm. Right on the New Bedford waterfront, Rose Alley is situated in what looks like a granite block building. Our bartender informed us that the building has some local history and has been open for over 100 years. The main bar area consists of a large, copper-topped bar with approximately 15-20 seats and several high top tables. Most beer on tap had three pricing levels - 5oz. pour, 10oz. pour and pint. A great option considering I had a Fluxus 2010 at 10.3% abv. The downstairs contained most of the quality craft taps, and although the downstairs wasn't open at the time, pours from those taps were still accessible. Total taps consisted of 38 taps (20 up, 18 down). The downstairs was fairly small with only a few seats available at a small bar (maybe 4-6) and a narrow table mounted along the wall with maybe 8 more seats. Menu was your typical bar food and purports to have world famous wings. I didn't partake, having just hit the Pour Farm for lunch, but definitely will on the next visit. The bar also purports to have an extensive "Bottle Bible"; however, I stuck to the draft selections which included Dale's Pale Ale, Mayflower Porter, Just Beer's Golden Flounder & IPA, Geary's Pale Ale, DFH 90, ST Unearthly & Creme Brulee, Harpoon IPA, Widmer Deadlift, BBC IPA on Nitro, Blue Moon Belgian White, Allagash White, Sam Summer & Oktoberfest, Kona Wailua Wheat, Spaten Oktoberfest, Yeti, Fluxus, SA Oyster Stout, Cuvee De Jacobins, St. Bernardus 12 and several others. Definitely something for everyone and well worth your time if you are in the downtown area.

 1,624 characters

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I stopped in to Rose Alley early on a Saturday afternoon. The place was almost empty except for a three piece band playing in the corner. The interior of the bar isn't anything special but the large windows provide for a great view overlooking the harbor.

They had a lot of beer on tap (32 taps) though most of the best of them are in a small basement bar that is open during peak hours. No worries the bartender will go down there to set you up. Highlights included St. Bernardus Abt. 12, Unibroue Ephemene & Trois Pistoles, Cuve de Jacobins, Allagash Victor & Fluxus, Delirium Nocturnum & Tremens, Just Beer Golden Flounder & IPA.

I didn't try the food.

Overall I'd like to check it out again as it has a nice selection and a nice location.

 745 characters

Photo of bbeerman
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A..Good location in New Bedford. Cobblestone streets, lots of little eateries and pubs. Inside is nice and clean.

Q..Beer was of the higher quality. Only had an appetizer, but the portions were very good, as was the taste.

S..Excellent service from the bartender(s) and waitresses. Polite, knowledgeable and sociable. Quite attractive waitresses I might add.

S..Very unique, high-end selection at the second bar downstairs. Excellent choices for all types of palettes.

F..Again, did not have much, but what I had (Gold Digger Boneless Chicken) was great.

I say a "bit pricey" only because the high-end beers cost money, but you expect that when you are getting very good beer. I do not mind paying $15 for a full bottle of Chimay Grand Reserve when I it costs $12-14 in a store.

 784 characters

Photo of Fredk24
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Overall, a good bar.

This bar has two floors, a large upstairs portion with a few TVs and lighter weight microbrews (plus a few macros), and a smaller downstairs portion that has a smaller bar with the finer offerings. In real estate parlance, cozy.

I like that there is a great selection of Belgian beers downstairs, plus a few heavier micros (like Great Divide Yeti, DFH Palo Santo).

This is a historic building, so the basement is a little oddly arranged. There is a short 12" shelf at stool height that you can put your beer (and food), with some stools so you can sit and stare at a wall while drinking your beer, and a small bar with just enough room for a bunch of taps, a few chairs, and not much else.

I think the basement would be a whole lot cooler if the lighting were dimmed a little.

 803 characters

Photo of BeTheBall
4.1/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Went lasr night with my wife, arriving about 6:00. Upstairs bar had maybe 12 people, but we went down stairs where their "specialty beers" are. It was like being in the basement, a bar with about 6 seats in front of maybe 12-15 draft lines. Two walls also had counters on them with stools. 50" plasma behind the bar we sat at and another on one wall. Crowd wise it was totally dead there. We were the only ones down stairs other than a couple of employees on break having a snack.
The first bar tender we had was nice, but beer knowledge seemed forced, and he was mistaken about a couple of beer descriptions he said. Met another guy that worked at a Fall River packy and he really knew his beer. OK, the shift manager is the girlfriend of a guy that is close friends with my daughter and fiance, so this may be biased. She spent lots of time talking and taking care of us that you may not get.
I had Saison Dupont, Southern Tier Unearthly, Houblon Tripel IPA and St. Bernardus Abt 12. Honestly, some of these tasted a little off, different than in bottle, or other drafts I've had recently, but I can't figure out why. They also had Pumking, Punkin Ale, Celebrator, Smutty Maibock, Scaldis, Three Philosophers, Trois Pistoles, and a couple more I can't remember. They also have 750's on a shelf above the bar that they have available, which included Ruination, Racer 5, Ommegang Wit, Ommegang Abbey, and another dozen that fade from memory.
Food is limited; wings, burgers and sandwiches, along with a couple of salads. We split some wings which were pretty good, then had a burger, which was enormous; good, but hard to fit my mouth around (and my mouth is big).
Overall, a pleasantly good selection of beer, so that alone would keep me coming back. Would like to see more food selections in the future. Would also have liked to see the manager's boyfriend there to drink with us, and drive home.

 1,898 characters

Photo of TopherRI
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My wife and I went to Rose Alley last night to see a mutual friend perform. We rarely go to New Bedford but were impressed. The bar had a newly refinished feel. The red sox were on the tv and there was live music. We ordered some apptizers and wings and they were reasonably priced and delicious. Our waitress did a great job of navigating the crowd and making sure we were taken care of. She had very little knowledge of what was on tap, but was quick to get us whatever we ordered.
The crowd was younger and everyone seemed to be having a great time.
They had at least a dozen tap lines with some excellent specialty brews. They rotate the beer list constantly. The beers were a little more pricey than I am used to, but I didn't mind paying an extra dollar or two with the entertainment provided without a cover charge.
All in all, if we lived closer to the Rose Alley it would be a regular hangout for a quick bite and some excellent draughts.

 948 characters

Photo of timmay41
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I spent my childhood driving past this place when it was shotty and run down, and I'm very happy that Cork (wine bar next door) and Rose Alley have spruced up the corner of Route 18 and Union St.

Went in on a Sunday night at 8pm and the rectangular bar was full of patrons. Walked downstairs to the smaller bar, where no one was located. Back upstairs and took a seat at a table. Four high def TVs--three above the bar, one on the back wall. Younger crowd.

About 12 draft lines upstairs--a mixed bag of Offshore IPA and Amber, Allagash White, Sierra Nevada, and then the likes of Moosehead and Bud Light (cringe). The 8 lines downstairs are the real deal--Three Philosophers, Southern Tier Unearthly, GD Yeti Oak Aged, DFH 90 Min, Trois Pistoles. That they offered 16oz. pours on these, which frightened me, and the price on 10oz. pours was steep--a tulip of Arrogant Bastard was $6.75, and other 10oz. drafts were $7+. The Three Philosophers and Trois Pistoles my buddy had both seemed a little flat... might be the same kegs from opening day several weeks ago. The Yeti and upstairs offerings tasted fresher. Tried some wings and they were solid.

Our waitress didn't really know what was going on in terms of beer knowledge, but she was courteous and checked on us often (in a non-annoying way). Both here and at Pour Farm (another beer bar nearby on Purchase St.) it seems like finding knowledgeable help is a difficult endeavor. I actually explained to our waitress what the term double/imperial IPA meant.

Because Rose Alley has food I think it's got something on Pour Farm, but the draft beers are overpriced. Decent value overall. Up until last year, I'd return to NB to visit family and there were no beer bars around, so this is certainly a sign of significant progress.

 1,785 characters

Rose Alley Ale House in New Bedford, MA
Place rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 23 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.