Merchant Ale House | St. Catharines, Ontario
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Merchant Ale House
Exceptional based on 24 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

98 St. Paul Street
St. Catharines, Ontario Canada L2R 3M3 [ print map ]
905 984 4060

merchantalehouse.ca

Hours: Mon-Wed 5p-2a, Thu-Fri 11:30a-2a, Sat 12:30p-2a


Taps: 12 | Bottles: 0


Merchant Ale House

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24 reviews for Merchant Ale House
 Ambiance  76%
 Service  71%
 Selection  69%
 Food  69%
 Value  73%
 Overall  71%
 Rating  76%
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
Ontbeertaster  (159) Ontario | September 11, 2010| Updated February 1, 2011
Nice place, I like that they are a brew pub. They donít always have the greatest service. But definitely worth a trip. As far I know its the only place in the city with any craft beer, it has a nice select of guest taps as well. great spot for locals
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
BierMonger  (3) Ontario | December 12, 2009
Great place. Old pub feel to the place. Lots of stuffed monkeys which is always a good thing. Brew equipment is right there where it can be seen, although iíve never seen it used while iíve been in there. Some beer vats down by the kitchen too. Service is always friendly and honest. Great selection. They got a bunch of different styles of thier own, plus theyíve got a bunch of guest taps so youíll always find something you like... unless you like coors light or some crap like that. Food is good for pub food, I find it odd to put lettuce on nachos though. Overall, Itís a great pub, probably the best in the region.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
j12601  (285) Poughkeepsie, New York | November 27, 2009
Stopped in here for a couple of beers and a bit to eat on the way from Niagara Falls to Toronto. Excellent atmosphere and a beautiful space though the stuffed monkeys above the bar need some dusting Iíd imagine that late into the night with a band blaring Iíd be miserable, but for an early lunch it was great. No samplers offered, but they were happy to pour tastes and half pints. Food was reasonably priced and tasty. Some nice seasonals and a seemingly out of place IPA (it was quite good). Handful of other locals on tap, which is always nice to see.
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  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
mabel  (211) Toronto, Ontario | March 23, 2009
Visited on a Saturday night last July, itís a big open wooden bar with a Western feel and tanks in the corner, overlooking the highway and parking lot from four or five stories up. Live lively music and friendly waitstaff greeted us throughout the evening. The 9 brews on tap are all fairly average, good to try. Food was good, a tasty club and caesar salad. Nice place.
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
PaulHegedus  (26) British Columbia | March 22, 2009
This is a small cozy pub in St. Catharines. On my visit it had five or six house beers on draught and about as many guest taps of local Ontario microbrews. The Anniversary ale and IPA were the highlights. Staff was friendly. We enjoyed our food.
68
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs  (303) Toronto, Ontario | July 28, 2008
2008-07/19. I swear I rated this before. Earlyish on a Saturday night. Service is friendly, waitress suggests I try the McAuslan Apricot when I say I liked the Strawberry Blonde, which would have been helpful if I wasnít being too polite to say that the Strawberry was just the least offensive so far. Luckily, the Old Time and IPA were much better than the rest of their house offerings. The IPA actually being rather good. Food was ho-hum at first but the club sandwich grew on me. Burgers have been decent in the past. Simple but tasty pub food. Generous portions. Atmosphere is pub meets sports bar and lodge, but it works for the most part. Youíre here to tick off ratings, or because theres few other quality joints in town. IPA is the best thing worth having a full pint of imho. The highlights are nice, making the stop worthwhile. A short drive up the 406 from the only movie theater town if you are staying in the area.
58
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 10/20
Lubiere  (448) Ottawa, Ontario | September 19, 2007
To start, the neighboorhood in which this brewpub is located is rather dead, at least for a Saturday. The pub itself is quite nice, with the fermentation tanks located in the dinning area. The menu is pub styled. The Messy platter of hummus, onion confit, and curry mayonnaise was great, but the pizza was a greasy mess. The beer was rather light weight. Overall, was dissapointed with this place. Visited July 28.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
danmalleck  (16) Alberta | June 27, 2007| Updated April 19, 2009
Iím a regular, so biased. John is an excellent brewer, and the only complaint (Iím sure heíd make it too) is that they lack the physical capacity to make more and keep everything on. When they began John was experimenting a lot, with a ginger ale, a pumpkin ale, etc. But they became seasonal staples, to the point that he rarely has the capacity to experiment. That notwithstanding, their house brews are excellent, and they carry no macros, on bottle or tap. No bottles at all (except some coolers). The staff are great; knowledgeable, personable, a little edgy. Music is a great addition to the pub, but at times a little too loud. But it brings in the kids, which means more converts to the microbrewery side of the force. The food could use a revision. Iím very bored with the menu (and even my non-vegetarian friends concur). But definitely worth a visit--call ahead to see whatís on right now, because they are often out of half of their house brews. the IPA, Drunken Mon
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  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
Slabjacker  (34) | July 31, 2006
I always enjoy a stop at the Ale House when Iím in the area. The place is small which tends to make it noisy when a live band is playing. The place needs a/c for those hot, humid Niagara summers. Havenít sampled the food in years. The beer selection is decent but it only rotates one or two features; usually the menu is the same year after year. The Drunken Monkey Oatmeal Stout is fabulous. I find the staff tend to leave you be once youíve received your order. Polite and friendly but sometimes thereís a wait for refills.
68
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
joeycapps  (7) Waterdown, Ontario | August 22, 2005
The Merchant Ale House is a decent brewpub. None of their beers are outstanding, but they have a fairly good selection and quite a few guest taps. The service is friendly and efficient, but the waitstaff is not overly beer-knowledgeable. The food is typical roadhouse/pub fare--edible & none offensive. The atmosphere is quite nice--somewhat rustic and very much a beer hall.

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