Old Town Alehouse

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Old Town AlehouseOld Town Alehouse

Type: Bar, Eatery

5233 Ballard Ave. NW
Seattle, Washington, 98107
United States

(206) 782-8323 | map

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by canucklehead:
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3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A great little bar in Ballard that is quite nicely laid out with good comfort food ( I had minestrone soup) and a friendly local clientele. The bartender was a great help on the beers and I had a few ecletic local beers with one on cask. Not the biggest beer list but a well considered one and a nice place to visit when near Ballard (Brouwer's is only 5 minutes away by car). Look for any smaller brewer's on the taps as these are often the most interesting beers.
The pricing on the food was a little high but not enough to scare you away.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

A: Ahhh. A cozy, warming place on the Way in Ballard. Not much really sets itself apart and surely nothign striking but the place was a nice place to grab some hot sandwiches and a beer

Q: My two BA sidekicks had a Cascade Cranberry Sour and I ventured off and ordered a Cask North Sound IPA which was very suspect. Not sure if it were a bad cask or what but the Cranberry Sours at the table tasted just fine

S: Nice, prompt and engaing. No issues.

S: About 10 well chosen handles. Cask of course with Sours, Stouts, porters and pretty much anything for anyone.

F: We all had our sammiches and all was well in the world. Full bellies makes happy BA's. We were alarmed to discover that we amongst the last patrons ofr this place as they were closing.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in here on a Wednesday afternoon for lunch with my wife and father-in-law. He brought us here because he loves the french fries (an alehouse is always a good choice for me). A good mid-afternoon lunch crowd. Looked like an old-school tavern. Lots of brick, large chalkboard beer menu, large glass windows out front, and pub-style seats and table. Service was decent enough; no complaints. Selection was good. I like how they have their beer menu set up. They decide to feature one beer of each style, so the list IPA, Stout, Pilsener, Porter, and then what brewery made it. So there is one of every major style on tap. I actually went with the specialty beer of the moment, which was the Anacortes Dubbel. This place is also known for its sandwiches ($10.75) which dominate the menu, and we all enjoyed a lot. This is a cool place to visit for a beer and some food, but certain people may get a bit bored with the slightly streamlined beer menu.

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

This is a fantastic bar in so many regards. It was one of the first non-smoking bars in Seattle, before the city went non smoking. That used to hurt its business, but they persevered and the new law has leveled the playing field. The bar was purchased by its current owner for a song over a decade ago, before Ballard's yuppaissance and has been in business for 10 years now. The décor is nice, woody, bricky, urban-olde and clean. It features a lovely back bar with hand pumped beers, and a fine bottle selection. They also tend to serve their beer in appropriate glassware. The bartenders tend to be very knowledgeable. They have a somewhat typical pubby menu, but the food is prepared with a bit more care than a typical pub. I have to recommend the Caesar salad, if only because it contains a single large crouton that is often so spicy I cannot figure out what they did to it. I digress. The beer selection is always good with about 8 high quality taps that change frequently and are often focused on great local brews. They also have around 12 bottle conditioned Belgians on hand. Great atmosphere; great place to spend some time and get to know your local saloon proprietors.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Neat little place tucked away in Historic Ballard, just up from the tracks.

Uncluttered, but well decorated interior. It wasn't busy when we went (we were the only ones when we got there), so the staff were quite prompt. A few locals came in while we ate.

Beer selection is outstanding compared to places back home. I only had the opportunity to have one beer, so I chose a local draught. Food is well done, and the fries are great.

Prices were fair, but meals are priced much the same at home. The exchange rate right now makes the meals only slightly more expensive than a similar meal in Vancouver. But the pints are cheaper!

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Photo of MadProf
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The Old Town Alehouse is an attractive, non-smoking eatery and bar in old Ballard. The food is very good to excellent. I'm usually not a big fan of onion rings, but the beer-battered rings and dipping sauce are fabulous. I highly recommend you start with the onion rings while you look over the rest of the menu. The waitstaff is very attentive, and your food comes out as you ordered in reasonable time.

The best aspect of the Old Town Alehouse is the beer selection. There are 15 draughts on tap, including 3 revolving micro- brews, 1 cask conditioned beer pulled on the beer engine, and 3 belgians (Chimay White Label, Lindeman's Framboise, Hoegaarden White). There is a separate Belgian beer menu (if you don't feel like reading the board), which includes those on tap mentioned above and 9 other Belgian bottles. If none of the draughts or Belgian bottles catches your attention (and they certainly should), there are 9 other bottles avaialable (domestic, import). This is a great place!

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Old Town Alehouse in Seattle, WA
Place rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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