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Huntington Ale House offers dinner specials, late-night music

The Parthenon

Published: Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Updated: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 22:12

A local night spot with a long history is getting a fresh start by getting back to its roots. The Huntington Ale House, located at 1318 Fourth Ave., opened this fall following a number of structural and conceptual renovations.

Ale House owner, Mackie Robertson, a Huntington native, has been in the business for nearly 13 years, starting with the 2001 opening of Marley’s Doghouse. Though blocks and decades apart, Marley’s and 1318 share a rich history as prominent pieces in the local music scene.  Embracing that history is part of Robertson’s new vision.

The stage in the back bar, made popular more than two decades ago thanks to acts such as GWAR, doom metal Marylanders, Shine (later Spirit Caravan) and a solo Henry Rollins, will display live music again this Friday and regularly thereafter. Friday’s performance will feature Huntington’s self-described “Hellbilly Slamgrass Jamband” Moonshine Crossing and the acoustic Americana/Bluegrass ensemble, Knockin’ Spirits, of Portsmouth, Ohio at 8 p.m.

But the updated Huntington Ale House has much more to offer than a fresh sound.  Bar patrons can enjoy the scene while sampling any of the 17 craft drafts, ranging from regional favorites such as Fayetteville’s Bridge Brew Long Point Lager to multiple Southern Tier offerings and even a house micro brew in 2014. The Ale House also offers more than 70 other varieties.

The Huntington Ale House  also features a varied selection of specialty burgers that include the popular “Rodeo” and “Black and Bleu.” The Ale House features their burgers  every Tuesday with a “buy one, get one” special.

As if the appeal of music, brews and burgers weren’t enough, the Ale House offers another new feature sure to set it apart from the rest of the area’s nightlife with its addition of the “Cinema Café.” Guests can enjoy dinner and a drink while watching recent releases on the big screen (for just $3) every Wednesday. Showings begin at 5 p.m. and run through midnight.  
While the changes are still relatively new, Robertson feels excited about their potential.

“We have a lot more than your average bar,” Robertson said. “And with the changes, we really want to relate the place back to the community, make it a place people [locals] can come back to.”

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