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Heavy Seas AlehouseHeavy Seas Alehouse

Type: Bar, Eatery

1300 Bank St
Baltimore, Maryland, 21231-2205
United States

(410) 522-0850 | map

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Reviews by AngusOg:
Photo of AngusOg
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I went here for dinner for my birthday last night.

The place looks pretty nice, i like the open layout of the front room as you walk in. When i wandered back to the men's room later, i noticed there was another area of seating in the back, as well as what appeared to be some kind of outdoor/patio area. Whether they have table service or it's just an area to hang out if your drinking a couple beers, i don't know. They have some Heavy Seas signs hung up tastefully around the place, nothing too overbearing. It was after 8:00 on a Tuesday night, and the place was less than half full.

The beers are all Heavy Seas, with a few "guest" bottles. What they have available is dictated by seasons, but everything is pretty much what you can easily get at any liquor store in the area, although they do have 2 casks. They also have some specialty beer cocktails, which my wife had 2, and they were pretty good and interesting.

The service was good. The waitress was friendly, and i like the fact that they let you know right away what beers they have and a brief description, so you don't go ordering something they don't have at the moment. Other than that the service was pretty standard, nothing extraordinary but nothing to complain about either.

The quality of the food was pretty good. Again, nothing in particular to complain about, but nothing that was phenomanol either.

The one thing for me that was a bit of knock on this place was the prices. 7.50 for a pint from the casks, and 5.50 for the standard drafts. Although if your going to go to this place, Tuesday night might be the night to go, as it is "draft" night-3.50 for drafts, a bit more reasonable. Unfortunately, i did not take advantage of this as i ordered both the cask beers, which are not included in the special. Luckily, the waitress did take one of my beers off the tab when she found out from my wife that it was my birthday. So i thought that was a nice touch. The food was also on the pricey side.

Overall, the place is a bit too expensive while the food and beer just don't have enough to offer to make this a place i would come back to very often. It's a "one and done" kind of place for me. I was glad i tried it once. My wife made samiliar remarks as we were finishing up last night. It might be a place you could bring out of town guests if they were interested in trying some local beers or something like that. But then again, there's plenty of other options too.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.83/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Went on a friday night so I suppose I should have expected the vibe to be loud, but it was LOUD for a place that is basically a restaurant. People were shouting over each other to talk. The decor is a little mismatched too. Like half nautical and half just whatever. Quality of the beer is great, quality of the food is great. Service was good, nothing better or worse than any other restaurant of its style. Good selection of their beers, nice menu variety. The strongest point to me was the food, actually. The Cuban sandwich is excellent.

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Photo of allswells
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5

Heavy Seas Alehouse was my first experience sitting down at a place specifically known for its beer. I had had Heavy Seas before, but went there after work one night and was not disappointed.

It's a pretty small area around the bar, and there have been live performances or trivia every time I've gone, which is nice (although typically makes discussion a little difficult). The selection of beers at Heavy Seas is pretty great, and they usually offer a number of drinks that are cask-conditioned and warmer, which are a real treat. They also offer a selection of traveling beers, which is nice if you've dabbled in Heavy Seas beer before. The food menu is superb though!

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Photo of Tomkob11
4.25/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of seanchai
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of thgreatrandini
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of jmdrpi
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

stopped in here for a lunch and a couple of beers.

this is not a brewpub, just a restaurant location , with mostly Heavy Seas beers. they have a few guest taps. they have all of the year found Heavy seas beers, plus seasonals.

there is a bar up front with booths and tables, then another room in the back, plus a "cigar garden" shared with the place next door.

the food was very good, "gastropub" I'd say.

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Photo of wilhelm_phoenix
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of dcbobcat
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Tindalicious
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Incredible Beers & Good food!. The Cask beers are exceptional!!

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Photo of SicEmChris
5/5  rDev +30.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of lackenhauser
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Located in Little Italy-inside a huge building but I was suprised how small the actual ale house is. Rather dark inside...Around 8 Heavy Seas beers on tap and 2 casks. Nothing special-all standard offerings or a seasonal. Still you cant go wrong with Loose cannon for my money. Service at the bar was very attentive. Had some great hush puppies and a single crab cake that was almost as good as my mom's. Worth stopping by-I wish they had some ale house specials or one offs in here rather then their core line up. May seem pricey but for basically being downtown Baltimore I didnt find it out of line.

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Photo of Jack_Frost79
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.56/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

The wife and I were walking to Max's and strolled right by Heavy Seas Alehouse. Must check it out! Beautiful industrial building, well repurposed. Spacious inside, but a bit corporate looking and not a whole lot of personality. Sort of Applebee's-meets-Google.

Surprisingly busy on a Christmas monday night, but nice at the bar. Tought-but-nice service from a no-nonsense Bawlmer chick. Their food menu is limited but has some interesting things, such as "Rusty Cannon cheese" (beer-washed Taleggio) and local oysters.

Their beer menu is confusing- they list a bunch of seasonals that are actually not available; their "real" lineup is on a chalkboard behind the bar: 6 year-round brews (including Peg Leg Imp Stout), 2 seasonal (Davy Jones and Aarghtoberfest) and 2 casks (Below Decks and Loose Cannon). I was hoping for much more, including some barrel-aged stuff.

We had a good time and would go back, even though this place is far from outstanding.

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Photo of snowghetto
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of cyclonece09
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here for lunch and a few brews on a cloudy rainy Saturday afternoon. Not that many people were there early in the afternoon, but the place looks like it could be rocking on a good evening. Beer was quality and food was good. Our server was very knowledgeable about the beer and even made some recommendations. The selection was awesome with Heavy Seas full selection plus two cask offerings. Food was pretty good, however a tad pricey. Overall somewhere I would come back to but maybe only for a drink.

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Photo of toolg
4.06/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I had been eager to try Heavy Seas Alehouse since it opened, but I was finally able to get here with a small group for my birthday in April. It did not disappoint! If you are going here it is probably for Heavy Seas beer, which they offer the regular line-up and the available seasonals on draft. They also have bottled beer from other brewers, wine, cocktails, and rum. For the less-adventurous drinkers in the group, they had 1 or 2 domestic bottles on the menu which still cost around $5 each, so the restaurant is catering more toward the craft beer drinker. The biggest draw (to me) was the cask ales, which they had 2 when I was there: Loose Cannon and Powder Monkey. The Loose Cannon was a fine choice, very hoppy and flat (but not in a bad way, it is meant to be less carbonated than the usual draft or bottle). But the Powder Monkey was outstanding: sweet and delicious, with the right balance of malt to hop. The cask ales do change often, but they promise to have some available continuously.

While the beer is the obvious draw, the food was phenomenal as well! They had something for everyone: from local oysters, roast duck, and braised rabbit to burgers, salads, and pasta. The entire group was pleased with their meal. For dessert I had the Peg Leg stout Ice Cream float. The creamy, sweet ice cream paired well with the malty, slightly bitter, and creamy stout.

You will probably go here for the beer, but the check out the food as well. While not as fancy as The Brewer's Art, it is still a bit pricey so it will remain more of a place for special occasions to me.

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Photo of Daviddoherty02
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

This place is a great addition to Baltimore's beer venues. The ales are fresh and represent the best that Heavy Seas has to offer. On my last visit, I had a bourbon-barrel-aged Belgian-style Holy Sheet from the firkin, and it was very, very good. For hop heads, they usually have the 70ish IBUs Loose Cannon on cask, but there are some innovative ales also such as the strong and spiced Wit beer Riptide.
Importantly, the service is great - they really try hard here. It is family friendly, and we have always felt welcome there whether we are with a large group of friends or when we are with our two small kids. The food is very tasty, though best value would be the sliders or the burger. Kids menu is awesome.
The decor is beautiful- heavy wood beams, leather, good lighting. The manager is great and bartenders are friendly, and there's a nice outdoor space.
I heartily recommend this place.

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Photo of akorsak
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Walking the Inner Harbor before a flight out. With 2 monsters, ksak, and AnnieK.

Atmosphere: Almost missed it a the corner of Bank and Central. Inside, wood is the theme. A long bar, plenty of tables, even an outdoor courtyard. We took a table near the door. The bar area is very nice - good place to belly up I think.

Quality: Decent food, good service, nice decor. My monsters were even given foam swords to take home with them. The beer list is a little deceiving though.

Service: No complaints on this front. We were visited regularly (including the aforementioned swords).

Selection: The beer list handed to you features all Heavy Seas beers. Beware though, a good many seasonals on that list that are no always available. Six or seven beers on tap, including the 2012 Letter of Marque, an imperial wit (that frankly wasn't very good). A few cask offerings, both the pale ale and Hop3 Loose Cannon. The Loose Cannon, my other choice, was quite good - the cask adding an intense cascade hoppiness.

Food: Food was serviceable - nothing terribly exciting. The menu includes pub grub and more adventurous entrees. Prices are reasonable if not on the high side.

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