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Ale House

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Ale HouseAle House

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

ulitsa "Hristo Belchev" 42
Sofia, 1000

+359 2 980 1717 | map

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Added by manuel on 12-20-2009

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by rhartogsq:
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3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 1.5 | food: 4.5

This was the only place in Sofia I found with their own beer. It was a refreshing break from the standard European Lagers I had been drinking during most of my trip to France and Bulgaria. They only make one beer, a "live" beer. It is somewhere between a wheat beer and lager. Nothing too special, but very sessionable.
For Sofia, it is a pricy place, but as an American tourist, this place was still less expensive than back home. I thought the service was good, especially during my 2nd and 3rd visits.
I loved the food menu, I found stuff I could order every day!
My only wish is that the place had a true bar you could belly up to. I was traveling with a friend, but if I were alone, it would not be as enjoyable, unless there was a bar.

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Photo of wl0307
3.46/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

There're not many places in Sofia that offer craft beers, even less for good beers on tap. Despite the name and external appearance, this one is no brewpub to start off with. The conditioning tanks at the entrance might lead some to assume the microbrewery is situated somewhere at the back or in the basement, but the truth is the brewery in the suburb of Sofia actually supplies the mobile conditioning tanks straight to the bars/pubs/restaurants so upon arrival the beer can be served through a tap linked to the tank itself. Quite convenient, it seems.

The main area of this Ale House is at the lower ground floor level, quite extensive and decorated rather simply. Each table is served by a tap fitted to the wall against it, with the tap linked by pipelines to the central conditioning tank. Beer, only one type on tap, is served and measured by yourself at your own pace; drink as you go so long as you make the final bill round off to the measures of litters. Not cheap, the beer, neither is the food there, not surprisingly, since it is next to the major shopping area and many tourists are happy to pay the bill seeing menus printed in anything but Bulgarian. My wife and I had some nice catch of the day on skara (grill) plus tasty BG potatoes and shopska salad, as on the daily special menu, so we didn't end up paying a huge one.

All in all, this can be a potentially nice place for a meal with a beer for a holiday lunch, but given only one beer available on tap, I'd hesitate to go back to the same place (plus the same beer is also available in a few other eateries/restaurant in town which serve far better food).

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Photo of FremlinsBest
2.65/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 1.5

Cellar type bar with the unique feature that you can serve your own beer (well the only beer) from individual beer pumps per table. The beer is a weizen style beer notable from Munich. I didn't really like the beer, however my two trusty comrades thought it much better than the standard tripe available in Sofia.
Atmosphere was good and a DJ style set-up spins tunes from over the decades.
I think the pub is worth a visit however they need to beef up there beer selection. Far too many stairs for wheelchair access also.
Plus points:
Good atmos.
Unique (well for Sofia anyway) dispense system.

Minus points:
Single beer selection.
No disabled access.
A little claustrophobic.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Very cool place - underground with a classy cellar-like feel with lots of brick and exposed wood. You enter bast a couple of big brew kettles that show that this place is about beer. When I got in there was a live band playing some covers of British invasion songs. Seems popular for expats and local alike.

The unique feature of this place is that each table features its own tap with a pay as you drink system, not unlike a gas pump. There is only one beer from these taps - the house "Fifth Ocean" brand. Other than that there are some other European brands, but no Bulgarian pal lagers haha.

This is more of a restaurant than a bar, but for BG it's a good place for beer lovers. Service was typical Bulgarian, meaning you have to wait a while and flag the waiters down whenever you need something.

I had the fish and chips which was good, but there was a very large, good looking menu with some interesting options, including some Bulgarian dishes. The food was somewhat pricey though.

Great atmosphere - an awesome place for friends to come together and have a good meal with some house brewed beer. Coming back for sure.

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Ale House in Sofia, Bulgaria
Brewery rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 3 ratings
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