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Sarasota Ale House

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7 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

3800 Kenny Drive
Sarasota, Florida, 34232
United States

(941) 378-8888 | map


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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by PorterLambic:
Photo of PorterLambic
1.7/5  rDev -43.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 1

OK, this review is just about the beer, I didn't stay to try the food after I saw the complete lack of quality beer selection. I can eat middle of the road food anywhere (I've eaten here in the past).

This place is all family restaurant meets sports bar. TVs all over the place. The bar in the middle is one of those big U-shaped affairs. Plenty of booths and outdoor seating available. This is a quantity over quality type of place.

Staff is friendly and reasonably attentive but there were so many people eating they were a bit overwhelmed. Additionally, the bartenders are not too well educated on the beer. When I asked for a stout (they only have one), the bartender didn't even seem to know what that was or that Guinness was one. That's when I decided to leave.

On to the main feature: the beer. The selection covers about 40 taps and nearly as many bottles. That sounds good but then you realize that almost every one of those choices is an adjunct lager or light lager from one megabrewer or another. The only standout, and only craft beer, was Rogue Dead Guy. Next best, was Guinness and Blue Moon. In other words, pathetic. They should change their name to the Lager House.

As others have noted, the Cock and Bull is just two miles up the road and Mr. Beery's, Shakespeare's, Darwin's, Growler's and Blue Owl are all within about 10 minutes of here and actually carry a selection of craft beers. Every one of those places has at least 20 craft beers on tap, most more than that plus more extensive and well-rounded bottled choices. Additionally, their staffs know what they have and can tell a stout from an IPA. One thing is certain, I won't be going back to the Ale House again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Flat_Top
4/5  rDev +32.9%

Photo of mattreitz49
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of HighonHops42
2/5  rDev -33.6%

dont waste your time.

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Photo of DCon
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Wow! What a bar! I visited the Miller's Ale House (previously called Sarasota Ale House) this past Sunday to watch all the NFL games and it was perfect. There was a television for every game in focus. I would say they have over 100 flat screens in the place.
The place alone is family friendly on one side, a huge bar in the middle, and bar tables and two pool tables on the other side. This place can accommodate anyone.
Had a problem with the server from the get go with bringing me the wrong beer. I ordered a Yuengling (which we can't get in St. Louis) and was excited to try but instead she brought me a Miller Lite. Also she had no knowledge of any of the craft beers they had (which was few).
There are 30 beers on tap and 50+ bottles, but I stuck to Yuengling and then Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA throughout the day. She couldn't suggest anything else so I didn't bother asking.
Food was excellent. I would suggest their Beer Battered Onion Rings, Sliders, and Chili. The Zingers (their traditional wings) weren't up to par b/c of lack of hot sauce and tasted like grocery store style.
I would definitely go back to this place for watching games next time I'm in Sarasota, but not for their beer selection. I would suggest anyone stopping by Sarasota Brewery, Mr. Beery's, or Shakespeare's Irish Pub if they want both great food AND beer.

Here is their new website since the one above ^ is old and since they have changed their name.


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Photo of Ozone34
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 5

Decent beer selection for a restaurant, I like to stop in here sometimes on my way to the Cock and Bull (to get some awesome beers) for a bowl of clam chowder and a affordable Yuengling on draft. The entrees are way overpriced and also 4-5$ a draft for "imported" beers such as Becks, Heinken, or any macro-lagers is a joke. I gave them a 5.0 for food because they have the best clam chowder I have ever gotten at a restaurant.

If you don't like loud sports bars with a television every you look, this is not a bar for you, if that is your dish, this bar is perfect.

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Photo of dpend
3.68/5  rDev +22.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This Ale house is pretty much like the rest of them, but it's still a good place to eat and watch a game.Their beer selection is above average for a restaurant, but nothing really excitiing. Service fluctuates but for the most part it is good to very good.
I would say it's a good place to ween someone off the big breweries and then take them down the street to The Cock & Bull for some real beers!

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Sarasota Ale House in Sarasota, FL
Place rating: 3.01 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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