Gainesville Ale House

Bar, Eatery

3950 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, Florida, 32608
United States

(352) 371-0818 | map

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scottyshades from Florida

3.58/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

This place isn't too bad if you just want to have some good food and drink a micro. I went here a few times and their food is what really brings me back, not necessarilly their beers...The beers are decent, they have about 5 selections, two of which I wouldn't reccommend drinking again. Their staff is very helpful and knowledgable with both the menu, and the beers that they offer...The atmosphere is very fun, they have pool tables and dart boards which is definitely a plus! Also, at nite, this place is usually crowded with the after-work crowd so ull definitely have a good time

Jul 16, 2008
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IckyT2012 from Florida

3.44/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.75

Jun 15, 2016
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cjgator3 from Florida

2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.5

Jul 12, 2015
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cambabeer from New York

1.95/5  rDev -36.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 1.5 | food: 3

Don't come here for beer. They've got "great craft beer" which means maybe they have shock top, but not always. They're servers are rude and their beer is not good. It's also served icy cold. I don't think I'll be going back any time soon.

Jul 31, 2014
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flbrewdaddy from Florida

2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Jul 02, 2014
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cirtap from Florida

2.38/5  rDev -22.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 2.5

I've been to Ale Houses in different places of Florida and they are pretty much the same. Sports bars which claim to have a great beer selection but its basically 4 types of Miller, 3 types of Bud, Blue Moon, Corona, and Mich Ultra. I'm hard pressed to ever find something I'd really enjoy drinking there. They do have a great setup with TV's everywhere, a pool table, and pretty good service. Food is your standard American like burgers, wings, pizza, etc. Food usually comes out pretty quickly so it's not a bad place to go. I wouldn't go here expecting to be blown away by the tap list though. In that sense "Ale House" is a bit misleading.

May 31, 2011
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drabmuh from Maryland

3.53/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Ale houses are all over Florida, usually with a name like "Gainesville Ale House" or "Jupiter Ale House" -- They are sports bars that serve a lot of, not just ales, but also lagers.

There are big screen TVs everywhere, pool tables, high tops and mostly booths. It is a big football hangout. The wait staff usually dress in either college football jerseys or NFL jerseys on Saturday or Sunday, respectively.

Food is standard fair but I was never once impressed with the food I was served while I was there. Its all really mediocre. The wait staff is usually pretty attentive and helpful. They know nothing about beer though, don't bother asking. They are attractive University of Florida 20-somethings paying for their recreational drinking by slinging local food.

There aer probably about 25 beers on draft at this place. Nothing too special. Sam Adams seasonal, mostly BMCs. Its pretty cheap if you want to have a couple of mediocre beers and watch an out of market game on a big screen TV. Check it out, otherwise just ignore it.

Dec 03, 2009
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mullenite from Florida

3.23/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

It's a sports bar, any night of the week you will find the parking lot crowded with cars and the two bars are usually packed. Wednesday nights is lady night and Thursday nights there is a local car meet in the adjacent parking lot so those are probably the best nights to avoid if you don't want an overly large crowd.

The food is good and on par with other large chain restaurants with similar atmosphere and offerings (Chili's, Friday's, etc.) but they have a bit more to offer on their menu as far as small entrees and appetizers go.

The beer selection here is good for a sports bar I guess but below average compared to most of the places downtown. The best they offer regularly, in my opinion at least, are their special Linenkugel mixes where they will blend flavored Linenkugel's to make a new beer. They cater more to the common drinker however offering extremely cheap domestic macro drafts.

Aug 22, 2008
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joshwlt from Florida

2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 2.5

This place in general is not "worthy" in the context of beer selection. It has your average macros and imports. It lists its "craft beers" as SABL, stella, guinness and some other widely available brew (how do they consider stella and guinness "crafts"? they are made by two of the largest conglomerates in the world!). They have knight's head pale ale and light, and some "fire house red" that is exclusive to the miller's ale house chain; the only three beers that you wouldn't be able to find just about anywhere, but I haven't tried either of them. I don't know how they can call themselves an "ale house". Anyway service is very attentive. The food isn't horrible but is subpar, it can be bested by other chains that run a similar operation. But I guess the daily specials, pool tables and darts and multiple tv's make it an okay sort of hang out.

Jun 10, 2008
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Portertime from Florida

3.73/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This is definitely a sports bar. Just as a restaurant it is so-so. There is a bar in the middle with taps of most American macros you can find everywhere else. They have pool tables and dart boards so there is something to do. There is a multitude of TVs around the bar and by the pool tables so you can always catch a game even though you can never hear it. By the front is some old autographed Gator memorabilia so you always know who to root for. The food is decent with some pretty good selections to choose from. A few cool events are hosted there like every year there is an autograph signing and mini car show for the Gator National drivers and sometimes on Saturday nights there is a mediocore car show with some tuner cars. All in all it is your basic restaurant you take your buddies and knock back a few cold ones while having a good time playing billiards and watching the game.

May 12, 2008
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ridedammit from New Zealand

1.98/5  rDev -35.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 1.5

This is simply another of the chain-beerpub type of establishment for suburbanites that usually drink Bud. The brews are served ice cold, so it all tastes about the same. There is no experimentation, just standard beer type offerings from the company headquarters. This one is located on a 6 lane
highway in a strip mall, so be careful if you drive.

I didn't have the food, but it looked like the typical large plate of fried food type substance. Overall I was not impressed. Its just another restaurant, with a
"we brew beer" gimmick.

Now I undestand they do not even brew there own beer anymore, so errr
whats the point? Swill overly chilled cheap beer?

Mar 04, 2006
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packetknife from Idaho

3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4

FIrst thing to note about the Ale House is that the beers on the menu are always outdating and missing a few key beers. This last time they didn't list tp Blue Moon, Boddes, or most of their better bottles. At the same time I'm told it's a hit-miss and I was just there on a day where they had a few.

The place is located far enough away from campus that you can attack it from Tower road if you're not a student and avoid the worst traffice. Good layout, clean, and friendly. Sports memorabillia with plenty of Gator flare (of course). Mostly students except on game nights where a lot of out of towners occupy the place (tons of T-orange shirts this past weekend).

The food is quite good, I'd say darn near excellent for Gainesville. The service is pretty good and value is reasonable given how expensive Gainesville has become in the past decade.

Sep 21, 2005
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SetarconeX from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +46.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Contrary to the name, the Gainesville Ale House is about 80% fairly common lagers, but I won't hold that against them. It's got a nice dockside atmosphere, despite being 60 miles inland, and we got quite possibly the friendliest waiter I've had the pleasure of meeting in recent memory.

Though the place features maybe 30-odd beers, most of them are fairly common brands, Grolsch perhaps being as obscure as they get, and they're fairly pricy. Still, they have enough of a selection that you're sure to find something tasty.

Where the place really shines is the food, which is absolutely not to be missed. In particular, they seem to do good soups, their chicken soup consisting of a whole diced chicken breast. Highly recommended.

May 08, 2004
Gainesville Ale House in Gainesville, FL
Place rating: 3.08 out of 5 with 13 ratings