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Merchant Ale House Restaurant Brewpub

 Left: The Merchant Ale House Restaurant and Brewery front facade, facing out onto St Paul Street. Top right:A fresh batch of beer being brewed under the Murray Street Brewing Company sign inside the main restaurant. Bottom right: The Merchant Ale House Restaurant and Brewpub emblum on the entrance welcome sign. Photo: [Jill Donnelly].


The Merchant Ale House Restaurant Brewpub originally began as a beer brewing experiment in a basement; however, it did not take long to become one of St Catherines most unique pubs. Located down town on St Paul Street, The Merchant Ale House is a great place to meet up with friends or family for a hearty meal, live entertainment, and some locally brewed beer. Affectionately nick named ‘The Merch’ by its local patrons; The Merchant Ale House is host to a welcoming atmosphere with friendly staff who are always eager to answer any questions or share a sample of the beers.

The Murray Street Brewing Company is the Merchant Ale House’s own brand of beer that is brewed onsite, fresh, with no preservatives. The Brewing Company name was forged from the street where the initial vision of the Merchant Ale House began, on Murray Street during the 1990’s.

On tap is a variety of beers, ranging from amber ales, lagers, to even berry flavoured brews. Old Time Hockey Ale is an ever popular chocolate malt amber ale, which was the first beer ever produced at the Merchant Ale House. Notoriously favourite is also Blonde Bombshell Blonde. Another crowd pleaser on draught is the Strawberry Blonde Fruit Ale, a surprising sweet blend of The Merchant’s blonde ale and real strawberries. For those who enjoy a more distinctive taste there is a full bodied stout on the menu, made with whole flaked oatmeal, roasted barely and chocolate malt. With other beer styles such as an American Wheat Ale, ESB English Bitter, West Coast India Pale Ale, and Dark Wheat American Wheat beer, The Merchant Ale House is sure to turn anybody into a beer connoisseur. In addition throughout the year, the Merchant Ale House staff is proud to pour several seasonal beers including summer’s Blueberry Wheat Fruit Beer and Ginger Ale Fruit Beer, The Headless Horseman Pumpkin Ale in the fall, and Nut Brown Ale during the winter months.

If you have worked up an appetite, the Merchant Ale House also serves a full menu for busy lunch and dinner crowds, ranging from appetizers, salads, soups and pub grub. It has been described by staff members and local customers that the restaurant consistently “puts as much into the food as they do the beer”. This is reflected through ingredients that are always fresh, never frozen, and often purchase from local producers when applicable. The menu prices are reasonable and the portion sizes are very generous, with consistent quality standards from the kitchen. There are also several different vegetarian options on the menu as well as featured specials announced daily in house.

The rustic wooden tables and interior and large windows facing out onto St Paul Street give The Merchant Ale House the classic feel of the workings man’s pub. The Merchant Ale House is known many nights to draw in a large crowd, and often there is a live band playing.



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Hours of Operation

Monday: 5:00 pm to 2:00 am
Tuesday: 5:00 pm to 2:00 am
Wednesday: 5:00 pm to 2:00 am
Thursday: 11:30 am to 2:00 am
Friday: 11:30 am to 2:00 am
Saturday: 12:30 pm to 2:00 am
Sunday: Check the events page to see what band is playing doors open at 7:30pm




From Toronto:

QEW exit Ontario Street/Regional Road 42
Turn right onto Ontario Street/Regional Road 42 (signs for Ontario Street)
Turn left onto St Paul/Regional Road 81 and drive about 3km and The Merchant Ale House Restaurant and Brewpub will be on right

From Fort Erie
Head Northwest on QEW toward Exit 12
Take the exit toward Regional Road 48/ Niagara Street/ Regional Road 77/ Welland Avenue
Merge on Dieppe Road
Turn left onto Welland Ave/ Regional Road 77 and drive about 1.5km
Turn left onto Geneva St/ Regional Road 46
Slight right onto St Paul Street the Merchant Ale House Restaurant and Brewpub will be on the left


Further Information







Restaurant and bar
Onsite brewery and beer tastings
Washrooms located downstairs

Admission Fee

No admission fee majority of the time May vary depending on what band is playing in the evening


Partially Accessible and must be 19+ to sample beers


98 St. Paul St.
St. Catharines, Ontario



GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.156885
Longitude -79.245307
UTM easting 642659.1905766677
UTM northing 4779731.272029025


John Tiffan
Tel 905-984-4060
Website www.merchantalehouse.ca

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