The Attic Ale House

4247 E. Indian School Road

It may not have cooled down by the end of August, but fall will still be in the air thanks to the return of football. There are plenty of great eateries around the neighborhood to grab beers and burgers on upcoming Saturdays and Sundays, but one Arcadia favorite is The Attic Ale House. 

Located on the south side of Indian School Road just west of 44th Street, The Attic takes some maneuvering before walking in the front door. Parking is a tight squeeze, with a decent amount of spaces jammed into a narrow lot. Visitors also have to walk up a flight of stairs before reaching the restaurant. 

The inside of The Attic is a lot like a typical sports bar. Televisions are everywhere, and guests can sit at the bar or at one of the dozen or so tables throughout the room. There is also a door that leads outside to a patio. And that is where The Attic becomes unique. 

The outside area gives guests a seat overlooking Indian School Road, with Camelback Mountain front and center. The view is spectacular, and it would be worth the price of admission just to sit and enjoy an evening on the porch even if the food and drinks weren’t anything to write home about. 

Fortunately, this isn’t the case. The offerings are an elevated take on traditional bar fare, with wings, salads and appetizers to start off with. In fact, there are a couple appetizers that could serve as a meal itself, including the Charcuterie Meat Platter and Artisan Cheese Platter. Main courses include pizza and burgers, including the popular Ivan Burger, a char-grilled burger on a pretzel bun, served with chipotle mayo and a choice of cheese. 

If you’re into spicy, a personal favorite is the Holmburger, which covers a half-pound patty with Sriracha candy-coated pancetta and candied jalapeños. There’s also a hot sauce and pepper jack cheese, in case you needed to sweat just a little more. Fortunately, the burger is loaded with a large amount of spring mix to bring a coolness to the proceedings. 

As you can tell from the name, food is only half the story at The Attic Ale House. The beer selection can only be described as extensive, with a large amount of unique and interesting choices on tap or in bottles and cans. The choices are seasonal and rotate often, but the type of beers offered here include some that are very popular and hard to find. One example offered currently is the Birthday Bomb! from Prarie Artisan Ales, an Imperial Stout aged with coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and chili peppers. 

Whether you’re an ale connoisseur, or just a fan of burgers and pizzas, The Attic Ale House is a great place to gather this fall to cheer on your team, or just enjoy the view from the balcony.