There are two Waterfront Ale Houses on the Good Beer Seal, one in Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill and another in the Kips Bay neighborhood of Manhattan.
Walking into the Waterfront Ale House Brooklyn location (which is really called Pete’s Ale House) you feel like you’re stepping back in time. Jazz music, art deco-ish decor, a vintage popcorn machine, even an old guy with thick rimmed glasses and straw hat sitting at the bar who looks like he’s been there since it opened. It all lends a certain charm to the place.
The bar has a solid beer list of local and imported options like Brooklyn, Chelsea, and Paulaner with a standard pub fare menu.
We expected the same feel at the Manhattan location of the Waterfront Ale House, but it was less laid back. No old-timey feel, instead played modern music. Your standard bar, really. The bartender was very friendly and the popcorn machine was there but we missed the charm.
This should come as a surprise to no one, but we prefer the Brooklyn location.
The Waterfront Alehouse in Brooklyn Heights is located at 155 Atlantic Avenue and is open from 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, noon Saturday and Sunday. Closest subways are the N and R to Court Street, the 2, 3, 4 and 5 to Borough Hall and the A, C, and F to Jay St/Metrotech. The Waterfront Alehouse in Manhattan is located at 540 2nd Ave at 30th Street and is open from 11:30 Monday through Friday, noon Saturday and Sunday. Closest subway is the 6 to 33rd St.