Dude, Where’s My Bar?: Pacific Beach Ale House

By: Henry Ciocca

I like this bar.  I like it a lot.

Dumb and Dumber references aside, PB Ale House offers the total package: comfortable ambiance, tasty food, an assortment of beers that they brew themselves, and solid happy hour specials.  It is perfect for a low-key hang with friends, or an impromptu meal – they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Most of all, I enjoy PB Ale House for the casual and relaxing atmosphere.  The rooftop bar area is honestly a treat.  Even when it’s a little chilly outside, the heat lamps have you covered.  Grabbing a table with a few friends, enjoying some good beer, as well as each other’s company, is definitely the play here.

But enough of my opining.  Allow me to back this up with some cold, hard facts:  The Ale House brews six beers of their own, varying from very light (Good Times Gold) to very dark (PB Porter).  Personally, I’m a fan of the Pacific Sunset IPA, which is strong and hoppy.  However, if you like the dark stuff, I recommend you try their Shipwreck Stout, which is brewed with black, chocolate, and dark crystal malts and given a sweet taste through the use of espresso and toffee flavors.  I hear the Whitewash Wheat, their Belgian style wheat beer, is also pretty good.  PB Ale House offers a decent sized beer flight for $12 if you wish to sample an assortment.

On to the deals: If you are having a carnivorous urge, on Mondays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., you can grab a burger and a featured house beer for $8.  On Thursdays from 10 p.m. to close, they offer $3 house beers, $3 whiskey/cokes, $3 vodkas, and $2 lemon drops.  And best of all, they offer a free appetizer buffet on Thursday night.  It’s best to get there early to make sure you get to the free food before someone else does.  The normal happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and they serve $3 house beers, $3 wells, and $5 sangrias.

The food menu is pretty extensive, but the main courses aren’t cheap, so I usually stick to the appetizers.  I enjoy the spinach and artichoke dip and the calamari, which they are usually able to keep pretty crispy.  If you are in the mood for something different, the shrimp and lobster wraps are pretty good, but again, pricey ($14 appetizer).

As a side note, PB Ale House advertises a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar on weekend mornings.  I’ve never tried it myself, but it definitely piqued my interest.  It sounds like it’s worth a shot if you’re into Bloody Marys (which you should be).

PB Ale House is a good time.  Go on a nice afternoon and enjoy the view of the ocean from the rooftop.  First floor seating on the patio is also a nice option – there is a trendy-looking fire pit out there providing warmth and a comfortable feel.  It’s definitely a classy establishment worth checking out.


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