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The Ale House

2425 West Alabama, Houston, TX

The structure was once a farm house back when the area known as "River Oaks" was in the boonies. Now it's practically in downtown Houston. According to local legend the house was also a brothel, but no evidence can be found to support that theory. The current owners have a pretty good history on the house and land. They have 2 spirits, one male and one female. Activity reported has included moving candles, pinched guests and such. Most of the activity is reported on the second and third floors.

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The site of The Ale House is now a parking lot in front of Chase Bank.

I cannot go by this property without feeling a pang of remorse. The Ale House was exceptional. It drew people from many different nations, diverse economic classes and cultures, yet there was always a feeling of comradery; everyone felt welcome. People used to bring their kids.

The infuriating thing is the way the developer wrested the property away from an owner who was unwilling to sell. He used the lowest forms of dirty pool. He is not forgiven. I will never patronize any business at that location.

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The Ale House

2425 West Alabama, Houston, TX

The structure was once a farm house back when the area known as "River Oaks" was in the boonies. Now it's practically in downtown Houston. According to local legend the house was also a brothel, but no evidence can be found to support that theory. The current owners have a pretty good history on the house and land. They have 2 spirits, one male and one female. Activity reported has included moving candles, pinched guests and such. Most of the activity is reported on the second and third floors.

Was The Ale House part of Steak & Ale? Years ago there was a Steak & Ale in Beaumont, but it also fell victim to the wrecking ball.

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Nope. Hard to imagine folks getting too worked up over the demolition of a Steak & Ale.

I don't know if anyone got "worked up" or not over its destruction. It was just down the IH-10 service road from Bennigan's restaurant. Were both Bennigan's and Steak & Ale part of a chain? I mean, have there ever been Bennigan's or Steak & Ale restaurants in Houston?

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Was The Ale House part of Steak & Ale? Years ago there was a Steak & Ale in Beaumont, but it also fell victim to the wrecking ball.

Absolutely no relation. The Ale House was an independantly owned Pub.

I don't know if anyone got "worked up" or not over its destruction. It was just down the IH-10 service road from Bennigan's restaurant. Were both Bennigan's and Steak & Ale part of a chain? I mean, have there ever been Bennigan's or Steak & Ale restaurants in Houston?

Yes Bennigan's and Steak and Ale are part of the same chain (Steak n Ale Corporation). There are plenty of Bennigan's left in Houston (11) and Steak n Ale still has a minor presence (5 stores). Check out the website. Notice at the bottom there are links to the other chains in the group.

SteaknAle

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Was The Ale House part of Steak & Ale?

No. It was a very unique place. They served pub grub, had an amazing wooden English style bar, awesome patio and a wonderful selection of draught beer. I really, really miss The Ale House. Damn Chase bank and that overpriced strip center. Also, damn them for killing an amazing and beautiful tree.

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No. It was a very unique place. They served pub grub, had an amazing wooden English style bar, awesome patio and a wonderful selection of draught beer. I really, really miss The Ale House. Damn Chase bank and that overpriced strip center. Also, damn them for killing an amazing and beautiful tree.

Don't forget the upstairs where the live music played. I must have seen Luther and the Healers there 10 times. Anyone else remember him. He is probably still around.

YEP

Magic the bass player is awesome- He just looks cool. His Bass used to have the word MAGIC Strewn across it. :D

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Absolutely no relation. The Ale House was an independantly owned Pub.

Yes Bennigan's and Steak and Ale are part of the same chain (Steak n Ale Corporation). There are plenty of Bennigan's left in Houston (11) and Steak n Ale still has a minor presence (5 stores). Check out the website. Notice at the bottom there are links to the other chains in the group.

SteaknAle

I also remember in Beaumont back in the 1970s a restaurant across IH-10 from Bennigan's and Steak & Ale called Gallagher's. It was an Irish restaurant. Everything in it was green. The pub served Irish coffee (it had a shot of whiskey in it). I think that Gallagher's was a chain. If it was, were there any over there in Houston?

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I also remember in Beaumont back in the 1970s a restaurant across IH-10 from Bennigan's and Steak & Ale called Gallagher's. It was an Irish restaurant. Everything in it was green. The pub served Irish coffee (it had a shot of whiskey in it). I think that Gallagher's was a chain. If it was, were there any over there in Houston?

yes there were numerous locations.

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I miss the Ale House. :( They used to have the Ale House passport, where you drank something like 12 beers from different countries, and then you got a t-shirt.

I don't think that I've ever drank ale. Did you actually drink ale when you went to that place?

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I don't think that I've ever drank ale. Did you actually drink ale when you went to that place?

Sure. Ale is a just a type of beer like Stout, Lager, or Pilsner.

Bass, Newcastle, Sierra Nevada, St. Arnolds Pale Ale are a few that come to mind. I am more of a Pilsner guy myself.

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I worked the door at the Ale House in the early 90's. It was a great college job. You met all kinds of people from "working class" to "preppie types". It was a true pub. I was fortunate enough to have my picture taken and placed on the wall above the main (back?) door leading to the parking lot. It was taken during the 10 year anniversary party at the pub. I wonder where all those photo's went. I have not seen them at Stag's Head.

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The Hydrographic Society used to meet once a month on the second floor of the Ale house (90-94). I was the president of the student chapter of the society throughout college and while I'd like to say we went for the talks, it was really all about the free beer tickets they handed out at the beginning of the meetings. 1 ticket 1 beer... although they never said it couldnt be some 40 oz exotic... and it always was. Yum.

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Sure. Ale is a just a type of beer like Stout, Lager, or Pilsner.

Bass, Newcastle, Sierra Nevada, St. Arnolds Pale Ale are a few that come to mind. I am more of a Pilsner guy myself.

Well, I profess my ignorance about beer/ale. I stopped drinking beer back in 2001. Since then I've drank only "spirits". I keep a bottle of whiskey/gin/vodka, etc. in my cabinet. Whenever I want to get a "buzz" I simply break out the bottle. It doesn't have to be kept cold the way that beer does. I heard that in Germany beer isn't consumed cold. My uncle told me that they drink it at room temperature.

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