Old school attempt t a British pub and honestly not bad. If they got rid of the ridiculous Seahawks crap it would be much better. 12 taps of decent craft and 5oz pours of anything. Prices are a bit on the higher side. Not bad for a pub and the craft is solid, but nothing rare. With so many options close it is hard to stand out, but this place is OK.
Oakes (816) Vancouver, British Columbia | November 6, 2016
The first and for a long time the only serious beer place in the Ham. Basement pub, great pub vibe, and still worth a visit because there otherwise isn’t a lot in Fairhaven. The selection is ok now, nothing like it was back in the day. I usually find one or two new ones only, and nothing special. I think I had a Pike Pumpkin beer last time. Haven’t eaten lately. I still like it, but if it wasn’t near the train station I’d probably not have visited recently at all because there’s so many better places for beer nerds these days.
Old school British pub-style ambiance with a mature, seasoned clientele. Given its proximity to the train station, the location is convenient for travelers. Not a well-curated beer selection, and geeks might keep their nose in the air, but there is always something decent on tap.One of those places you can keep coming back to, unpretentious.
Awesome place with awesome food. It’s a downstairs joint. This place is dark and woody. Not an amazing selection, but they have a few surprises here in bottles, and on draught. The food was top notch. The Shepherd’s Pie was fucking delicious, and the serving size was ridiculous. The drink prices were so-so, but not horrible. The service was quite good. This place is quite quaint and welcoming. Overall, this place would be an awesome place to get loaded and have an a lot of food. I realize that my score is relatively low, but overall, this score is quite good, so ignore the overall score.
Located in Fairhaven with plenty of street parking around usually. It is located just under street level with stairs heading down that always reminds me of the sitcom Cheers. Small to mid sized establishment with a standing only bartop. They had a slightly above average selection of 9 taps when I was there and 2 cask engines. Looked at the bottle list and albeit not very long, it did have some decent stuff on there including Fred and Adam. I didn’t eat this time around, but I have before and it is nothing special, but very serviceable. Decent pub with and English feel that is worth checking out if you are in Fairhaven.
Fantastic Beer, Service and Food!!!
Went to the Archer for dinner and drinks last night. The Fresh Halibut was DELICIOUS, and the Mussels my wife ordered were steamed in Belgian beer and VERY flavorful. The waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable. My wife and I enjoyed our visit, and plan on returning very soon. Would recomend to anyone!
I’m not sure if this place changed owners or what, but the service is downright rude. The past three times I’ve been in, it’s as if I’m bothering them. They are equally rude to my friends, including a long-time loyal customer who for years has ended his workday with a pint from Archer’s and now has decided to go elsewhere. They advertise cask conditioned ale, have never had it available, and were surly and defensive when I asked when it might be available. Decent selection of beer is not worth the offensive staff and owners.
ahh the archer ale house, one of my favorite bellingham destinations, usually my only bellingham destination. wonderful crowd, wonderful service, "where everyone knows your name." the wonderful beers on tap, not to mention the wonderful bottled beer selection. i’ll see you there!!