Archer Ale House
1212 10th St.
Sun 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Mon-Thurs 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Fri 3:00 PM - Midnight
Sat 1:00 PM - Midnight
These days, anyplace that serves a drink can be mislabeled a "bar;" but the bar is the first thing you notice. Archer Ale House is a bar in the traditional sense: A long, dark-stained wooden bar stretches almost the entire length of the main lounge area. The dark wood contrasts with the gold bars and trim that is generously spread through the bar. Holding the massive bar back from spilling out onto the streets of Fairhaven is what could be the most original brick walls in town. The large, bumpy-gray bricks appear to have been built with the idea of holding off an attacking army. Vivid green trim lines the top of the walls that eventually collide with the low, beige ceiling. Authentic English and Celtic music is playing softly through the bar area, giving the extremely clean Archer Ale House a relaxing and warm sense of style.
Sitting at one of the wood tables spread over the multi-shaded green carpet, your mind begins to play tricks on you, and you feel like you're drinking back in England circa 1900. Beer menus at the tables list a variety of local and import beers. A rating scale helps drinkers to choose a brew that is specifically suited to their taste. A five-star rating is considered a "world classic," a four star is "a fine example of the style," a three-star brew is "enjoyable and well-produced," and one and two rating brews are considered average. The beers available at Archer Ale House come from all over the Europe and the United States including Belgium, Germany, Holland and England. Off-menu beer specials are also available.
Appetizers, soups and salads are available to snack on. For less hungry patrons there are -- in the tradition of old England -- pretzels for munching. There are daily chef specials and other dishes like Beer Sausage Pizza and oysters.
From I-5 Fairhaven Parkway exit, drive west to 12th street and turn right. Take a left at Harris Avenue and go right at 10th. Archer's is on the left.
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