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Merchant Ale House

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The Merchant Alehouse is a beloved brewpub and restaurant in the heart of downtown St. Catharines. Situated on St.Paul Street, The "Merch" is a great place to grab a delicious homebrewed pint, all of which are brewed on the premises. Some of the ones they feature include their own Ironwood cider, Blond Bombshell, Old Time Hockey Ale, and Drunken Money Oatmeal Stout. They also feature a number of seasonal beers such as the Blueberry Wheat, Strawberry Blond and ever so popular Headless Horsemen Pumpkin Ale. In addition they carry a number of drinks by other microbreweries on tap including Niagara's Best Beer, Taps Brewery, and the Great Lakes Brewing Company.


The food is fantastic and features a number of options including many pub style foods such as fish and chips, oatmeal stout burgers, beer battered pickles, numerous sandwiches and salads, pizzas, nachos, chicken fingers and more. Reasonably priced, there are many vegetarian options and the brewpub has a great atmosphere and provides snappy service.  


The Merchant Ale House is a great place to end a nice fall day with a delicious pint of their Pumpkin Ale, a favourite of many. The Pumpkin Ale usually becomes available in early October and lasts until supplies run out, usually in the end of November.  They add roasted pumpkin with the grain in the mash tun to produce a uniquely flavoured wort. The wort is then boiled with a light addition of Goulding hops cinnamon and nutmeg to accent the beer.  It's not one to miss!


The Merchant Ale House has a warm and friendly atmosphere, featuring a wooden decor and big open windows in the front facing out onto St.Paul Street.


Depending on what evenings you choose to go on it can be busy, but it's always worth the trip and there are plenty of tables. On some nights you might also find talented musicians playing live music in the evenings. This is most often free of charge. It's a good choice if you just want to go get a drink and play some darts, or go grab a meal.


As any bar, it requires patrons to be 19 years of age or over.  



Monday - 5pm - 2am

Tuesday - 5pm - 2am

Wednesday - 5pm - 2am

Thursday - 11:30am - 2am

Friday - 11:30am -2am

Saturday - 12:30pm-2am

Sunday -  check websites events page to see what band is playing. Doors at 7:30pm. If no band, not open.



From Toronto:

1. Take Gardiner Expressway to the QEW

2. Continue on QEW  96.5 km
3. Take exit 49 for ON-406 toward Thorold/Welland/Pt. Colborne  1.0 km
4. Merge onto King's Hwy 406  5.0 km
5. Take the Westchester Ave exit  0.7 km
6. Merge onto Westchester Crescent  0.7 km
7. Turn right at St Paul St 

From Buffalo:

1. Take I-190 N via the ramp to Peace Bridge/Canada 
2. Take exit 9 for Peace Bridge toward Ft Erie Can 

3. Slight right toward Peace Bridge Plaza 
4. Slight left at Peace Bridge Plaza
Toll road
Entering Canada (Ontario) 

5. Continue onto Peace Bridge
Toll road 
6. Continue onto QEW 
7. Take exit 44 for County Rd-48/Niagara St toward Service Rd 
8. Merge onto Dieppe Rd 
9. Turn left at Welland Ave 
10. Turn left at Geneva Street
11. Turn right at Westchester Crescent
12. Take the 1st right onto St. Paul Street
Destination will be on the right


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Washroom downstairs.


Public, 19+


Merchant Ale House
98 St.Paul St.
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2R3M2 Municipality St.Catharines


(905) 984-4060

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.156948
Longitude -79.244971
UTM easting 461610
UTM northing 1202078


John Tiffan
Main Owner
St.Catharines, Ontario
Tel (905) 984-4060
Website www.merchantalehouse.ca

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