Waterfront Ale House

★★★★☆
  • 155 Atlantic Ave

    Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Cross street: Cross Streets Henry and Clinton St.

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  • 718-522-3794

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I am a frequent traveler. Often I get stuck eating at the local "tourist" attraction restaurants, which is horrible. Waterfront Ale House is exactly what you need if you want a really chill place to relax, respond to email on your blackberry, have a few good pints, and be SURPISED by the food. I had the Wednesday special of a Venison burger topped with mushroom ragu....not your typical "neighborhood bar" menu. Food was great, beer was fantastic, company was even better. This truly is a loca place with good flair, good company, and great food. Only a 10 minute walk from the Brooklyn Marriott on Atlantic avenue, it is a easily a place you could go to every night while you stay in Brooklyn for dinner.

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★★★★★

I am a frequent traveler. Often I get stuck eating at the local "tourist" attraction restaurants, which is horrible. Waterfront Ale House is exactly what you need if you want a really chill place to relax, respond to email on your blackberry, have a few good pints, and be SURPISED by the food. I had the Wednesday special of a Venison burger topped with mushroom ragu....not your typical "neighborhood bar" menu. Food was great, beer was fantastic, company was even better. This truly is a loca place with good flair, good company, and great food. Only a 10 minute walk from the Brooklyn Marriott on Atlantic avenue, it is a easily a place you could go to every night while you stay in Brooklyn for dinner.

Pros: Great Beer, Always try the specials

Cons: NONE

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Had the best time ever. Would drink here again.

2
★★★★☆

Had the best time ever. Would drink here again.

Pros: Beer!

Cons: Not a one

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I was a regular customer of the ale house. Service is a bit slow, but the food usually makes up for it. However, on my last visit, we asked for a high chair for our one yr old baby and the waitress told us that it was located in the back and we had to get it ourselves. Unreal!!! ok so now we ordered the Texas dip and usually the brisket is moist and you get a decent size sandwich, but this time it was laughable. Both halves was half the normal size. I felt like i was getting half a sandwich then they cut that in half...and the brisket was dry and burnt. This place used to be good. If you want rude service and get cheated out of your hard earned money then the ale house is for you. No more ale house for us.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I was a regular customer of the ale house. Service is a bit slow, but the food usually makes up for it. However, on my last visit, we asked for a high chair for our one yr old baby and the waitress told us that it was located in the back and we had to get it ourselves. Unreal!!! ok so now we ordered the Texas dip and usually the brisket is moist and you get a decent size sandwich, but this time it was laughable. Both halves was half the normal size. I felt like i was getting half a sandwich then they cut that in half...and the brisket was dry and burnt. This place used to be good. If you want rude service and get cheated out of your hard earned money then the ale house is for you. No more ale house for us.

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This great pub (which I believe is really called Pete's Waterfront Ale House) is my idea of a great pub., A lively bar scene with friendly patrons and staff, eight draught beers and cask ales that change with the seasons and more than 80 domestic and imported Artisan beers in bottle, and great food. What more can you ask for?

4
★★★★☆

This great pub (which I believe is really called Pete's Waterfront Ale House) is my idea of a great pub., A lively bar scene with friendly patrons and staff, eight draught beers and cask ales that change with the seasons and more than 80 domestic and imported Artisan beers in bottle, and great food. What more can you ask for?

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Great selection of beers, always fresh and delicious. The food is very good too. favorites include the ale battered shrimp, grilled baurenwurst and the venison chili. Well worth the trip!

4
★★★★☆

Great selection of beers, always fresh and delicious. The food is very good too. favorites include the ale battered shrimp, grilled baurenwurst and the venison chili. Well worth the trip!

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Pete's moved from across the street about 15 years ago and remains an institution in this neighborhood. one of the best assortments of tap beer you will find anywhere, free popcorn and decent food in a relatively small but comfortable setting.

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★★★★★

Pete's moved from across the street about 15 years ago and remains an institution in this neighborhood. one of the best assortments of tap beer you will find anywhere, free popcorn and decent food in a relatively small but comfortable setting.

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Relaxed, pub-style atmosphere. I was thrilled to find Palm beer on the menu. I fell in love with this beer when I lived in Belgium and have been unable to find it ever since. After four years of searching in many different states and cities I found it on tap at Waterfront Ale House - I was quite excited. The veggie potstickers were also good and the free popcorn was great! Beer and popcorn is definitely a good combo. The service was a bit slow but other than that, I'd recommend the bar for relaxing after work and grabbing a few pints.

2
★★★★☆

Relaxed, pub-style atmosphere. I was thrilled to find Palm beer on the menu. I fell in love with this beer when I lived in Belgium and have been unable to find it ever since. After four years of searching in many different states and cities I found it on tap at Waterfront Ale House - I was quite excited. The veggie potstickers were also good and the free popcorn was great! Beer and popcorn is definitely a good combo. The service was a bit slow but other than that, I'd recommend the bar for relaxing after work and grabbing a few pints.

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Used to live around the corner on Clinton St. and this was our favorite "go to" place. Not living as close now but still worth the trip. It's a local pub not a 4 star establishment, but everything is solidly done and consistently tastes good. The beer selection out does most bar/pubs. The smoked meats are great, (note - the brisket sandwich is a lot of meat and costs a lot less than the plate). As some other reviews point out, the staff can be a little rough around the edges at time, but that just seems to oddly add to the non-pretentious character of the place. On Friday and Saturday it can have a little wait but the popcorn machine and a beer from the bar help it go by fast.

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★★★★★

Used to live around the corner on Clinton St. and this was our favorite "go to" place. Not living as close now but still worth the trip. It's a local pub not a 4 star establishment, but everything is solidly done and consistently tastes good. The beer selection out does most bar/pubs. The smoked meats are great, (note - the brisket sandwich is a lot of meat and costs a lot less than the plate). As some other reviews point out, the staff can be a little rough around the edges at time, but that just seems to oddly add to the non-pretentious character of the place. On Friday and Saturday it can have a little wait but the popcorn machine and a beer from the bar help it go by fast.

Pros: BBQ, Beer Selection, neighborhood place

Cons: small seating area

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My husband and I have refused to come back after an embarrasing incident where a bartender (who has been rude to us in the past) refused to serve us despite the fact that we were well over 21, because he was refusing to accept our NJ DLs as proof of age.

We tried the once again a year later, and was yelled at by a waitress for sitting at a table even though the kitchen was closed. The same bartender once again gave us attitude as well.

The beer selection was great, but the food is terrible considering how much they charge. Very little space at the bar to comfortably sit, if you can get a seat. If you can't get a seat, there is no place to stand.

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★★☆☆☆

My husband and I have refused to come back after an embarrasing incident where a bartender (who has been rude to us in the past) refused to serve us despite the fact that we were well over 21, because he was refusing to accept our NJ DLs as proof of age.

We tried the once again a year later, and was yelled at by a waitress for sitting at a table even though the kitchen was closed. The same bartender once again gave us attitude as well.

The beer selection was great, but the food is terrible considering how much they charge. Very little space at the bar to comfortably sit, if you can get a seat. If you can't get a seat, there is no place to stand.

Pros: Great beer selection

Cons: rude staff, overpriced and bland food

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Stopped by to get a beer; I remember having read good things in The Beer Advocate or some similar beer-oriented publication. I especially wanted a cask ale. Well, the beer selection was truly amazing, for example, I didn't know Monk's Sour Ale was available outside of Monk's in Philadelphia. So I ordered a cask IPA. To my astonishment, the beer arrived refrigerated - truly cold. That's a first for a cask beer for me. Now, I can understand wanting to prolong the life of a cask beer, so I sympathized and waited for it to warm up. However, I lost sympathy when my girlfriend ordered a Long Trail (being from Vermont) and received something that tasted like it had been tapped ages ago. Any flavor was masked by an overpowering nasty metallic taste. So, needless to say, this was disappointing (these two beers set us back $13). We headed back to our neighborhood and to Spuyten Duyvil however, and were soon in beer (and cheese I might add) heaven.

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★★☆☆☆

Stopped by to get a beer; I remember having read good things in The Beer Advocate or some similar beer-oriented publication. I especially wanted a cask ale. Well, the beer selection was truly amazing, for example, I didn't know Monk's Sour Ale was available outside of Monk's in Philadelphia. So I ordered a cask IPA. To my astonishment, the beer arrived refrigerated - truly cold. That's a first for a cask beer for me. Now, I can understand wanting to prolong the life of a cask beer, so I sympathized and waited for it to warm up. However, I lost sympathy when my girlfriend ordered a Long Trail (being from Vermont) and received something that tasted like it had been tapped ages ago. Any flavor was masked by an overpowering nasty metallic taste. So, needless to say, this was disappointing (these two beers set us back $13). We headed back to our neighborhood and to Spuyten Duyvil however, and were soon in beer (and cheese I might add) heaven.

Pros: Amazing Beer Selection, Reputedly Good Food

Cons: Stale and/or Improperly Maintained Beers

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Better fish and chips than neighboring Chip Shop! Great beer selection complemented by free popcorn and super friendly wait staff.

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★★★★★

Better fish and chips than neighboring Chip Shop! Great beer selection complemented by free popcorn and super friendly wait staff.

Pros: fish and chips

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I can't go to other bars any more. They all seem like pretenders to the throne after indulging myself here for a year. The food is fantastic (the specials are the best part, especially the game). The beer selections are great. One or two of the barmen may not be very talkative, but they're all very professional barmen(and women). From a properly mixed martini to a properly chosen scotch or tequila, you can count on their expertise and advice. It ain't cheap (outside of happy hour, when it's pretty reasonable) but they're pretty generous with buy-backs. The music is in general wonderful. Each bartender has his own personality and shows it in the music selections -- mainly jazz and blues, but covering the full gammut.

2
★★★★★

I can't go to other bars any more. They all seem like pretenders to the throne after indulging myself here for a year. The food is fantastic (the specials are the best part, especially the game). The beer selections are great. One or two of the barmen may not be very talkative, but they're all very professional barmen(and women). From a properly mixed martini to a properly chosen scotch or tequila, you can count on their expertise and advice. It ain't cheap (outside of happy hour, when it's pretty reasonable) but they're pretty generous with buy-backs. The music is in general wonderful. Each bartender has his own personality and shows it in the music selections -- mainly jazz and blues, but covering the full gammut.

Pros: Food, selection, music

Cons: a bit expensive

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One of the more established bars in the area; it made a name for itself when it opened across the street in the spot now occupied by super-hip Last Exit. The crowd has followed, and the service remains quite good and the food ranges from fair to poor. Their established following perhaps explains why they seem willing to rest on their laurels beer-wise, and it still has an atmosphere the Smith Street places can only dream of matching. Don't expect Brooklyn chic here; do expect to find the soul of Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill here.

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★★★☆☆

One of the more established bars in the area; it made a name for itself when it opened across the street in the spot now occupied by super-hip Last Exit. The crowd has followed, and the service remains quite good and the food ranges from fair to poor. Their established following perhaps explains why they seem willing to rest on their laurels beer-wise, and it still has an atmosphere the Smith Street places can only dream of matching. Don't expect Brooklyn chic here; do expect to find the soul of Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill here.

Pros: Unpretentious, neighborhood-savvy crowd, good beer

Cons: Boring, tasteless food

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I like everything about this place-the food, the beer and atmosphere. The bartender Alan spins his intellectual jazz mix. The smoker in the back produces super smoked meats. I like the fee popcorn. This is a Brooklyn place, a real keeper. Hope it stays around awhile.

2
★★★★☆

I like everything about this place-the food, the beer and atmosphere. The bartender Alan spins his intellectual jazz mix. The smoker in the back produces super smoked meats. I like the fee popcorn. This is a Brooklyn place, a real keeper. Hope it stays around awhile.

Pros: Atmosphere, music, food

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I can't believe my fellow Citysearch reviewers let me down! I've relied on this site and its members to find so many good places, but this one was a huge letdown. We were one of only 2 or 3 tables, but the waitress managed to forget some of our food and a round of drinks! The food was absolutely terrible; no taste, swimming in oil, and overpriced. I have no reason to go back, and I wouldn't recommend a first trip to anyone.

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★☆☆☆☆

I can't believe my fellow Citysearch reviewers let me down! I've relied on this site and its members to find so many good places, but this one was a huge letdown. We were one of only 2 or 3 tables, but the waitress managed to forget some of our food and a round of drinks! The food was absolutely terrible; no taste, swimming in oil, and overpriced. I have no reason to go back, and I wouldn't recommend a first trip to anyone.

Cons: Bad Food, Overpriced, Poor Service

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A pub that does things right. A very good beer selection, delicious pub fare food (try the venison chili or the fries with cheese and jalapenos) and a surprisingly good selection of single malt scotches, bourbons and higher-end liquors. Good staff that knows their business and what's good to eat and drink: if you're not sure what's good, ask. Customers tend towards local Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill eccentrics and usually good for a conversation if you are so inclined. The house hot sauce is killer and available to take home by the bottle or jug.

2
★★★★☆

A pub that does things right. A very good beer selection, delicious pub fare food (try the venison chili or the fries with cheese and jalapenos) and a surprisingly good selection of single malt scotches, bourbons and higher-end liquors. Good staff that knows their business and what's good to eat and drink: if you're not sure what's good, ask. Customers tend towards local Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill eccentrics and usually good for a conversation if you are so inclined. The house hot sauce is killer and available to take home by the bottle or jug.

Pros: food, beer, booze

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Beer...a thoughtful, well chosen roster of microbrews, Burgers and pulled pig sandwich to die for...AND then to be surprised on a later Saturday evening when a wonderful (I can't believe it came free) jazz ensemble made us stay and enjoy. Perfect.

2
★★★★★

Beer...a thoughtful, well chosen roster of microbrews, Burgers and pulled pig sandwich to die for...AND then to be surprised on a later Saturday evening when a wonderful (I can't believe it came free) jazz ensemble made us stay and enjoy. Perfect.

Pros: Food, Music

Cons: What?

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The barbecue spare ribs are the best I have found in New York so far! I can't belive that this neighborhood pub could have such a great menu!
The hand cut french fries with Sam's Famous Hot Sauce are awsome!

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★★★★★

The barbecue spare ribs are the best I have found in New York so far! I can't belive that this neighborhood pub could have such a great menu!
The hand cut french fries with Sam's Famous Hot Sauce are awsome!

Pros: awsome beers, great bourbons, great burgers

Cons: parking

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Another great Brooklyn bar on Atlantic Ave. This place has quickly become my favorite Brooklyn beer bar. The beer selection is always diverse, interesting, and reasonably priced. You won't find a huge number here but they are obviously carefully chosen. Most of the staff is very friendly and talkative (Mary, Peter, et al). They really make you feel at home and don't complain much when drunks spill the free popcorn all over the floor. As for the menu, it's fantastic. The use of beer in a number of dishes is really a great touch. Don't forget to pick up a bottle of Sam's Famous Hot Sauce on your way out!

2
★★★★★

Another great Brooklyn bar on Atlantic Ave. This place has quickly become my favorite Brooklyn beer bar. The beer selection is always diverse, interesting, and reasonably priced. You won't find a huge number here but they are obviously carefully chosen. Most of the staff is very friendly and talkative (Mary, Peter, et al). They really make you feel at home and don't complain much when drunks spill the free popcorn all over the floor. As for the menu, it's fantastic. The use of beer in a number of dishes is really a great touch. Don't forget to pick up a bottle of Sam's Famous Hot Sauce on your way out!

Pros: Beer selection, Great food, Sam's Hot Sauce!

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A diverse and surprising menu that doesn't seem to fit the plain-ol'-pub decor -- did some master chef lose a bet? If so, Brooklynites are the lucky ones. Good range of beers, great chow (try the venizon chili), entertaining crowd. The one knock: Bring back the waffle fries!

2
★★★★☆

A diverse and surprising menu that doesn't seem to fit the plain-ol'-pub decor -- did some master chef lose a bet? If so, Brooklynites are the lucky ones. Good range of beers, great chow (try the venizon chili), entertaining crowd. The one knock: Bring back the waffle fries!

Pros: Inexpensive, Cheerful, Great food

Cons: Lousy tunes

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Locals keep coming back for happy hour, the friendly atmosphere, beers, and burgers at Waterfront Ale House. There's a good appetizer selection including ale-battered shrimp; the super nacho platter with its warm tortilla chips piled with…

 

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