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Circa

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7 Ratings
Ratings: 7
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 7.11%
Taps: 8
Bottles: 6
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

37 Main St
High Bridge, New Jersey, 08829-1902
United States
phone: (908) 638-5560

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(Place added by: yen157 on 05-08-2006)
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Reviews by bonbini26:
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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

09/25/08 on tap:

Founders Red Rye
Founders Centennial IPA
Treogs Dead Wreckening Porter
Old Speckled Hen
Ommegang Rare Vos
Rogue Juniper Pale Ale (kicked and replaced with Sixpoint Bengal Tiger)
Riverhorse Octoberfest
Abitia Turbodog

I love bars that maximize their selection with only a few taps. A little something for everyone (except the guy next to me who asked for henienken light) Beers were either $5.50-$6.00, i thought that was a little high, consider when im in Manhattan, i pay the same amount for a beer. The Menu is more on the small plate side, only 6 dinner options. Had the tomato salad (which was excellent) and the cheese platter (nice selection but small portions. Nice crowd, friendly bartenders, overall good vibe there.

bonbini26, Sep 26, 2008
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Zimm, Feb 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Varkias41, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of claspada
4.1/5  rDev -6%

Small little quaint restaurant located in the middle of hicksville NJ.

Food is clearly the highlight here. Seasonal changing menu with various seafood, pasta, meats/cheese platters, etc. High end for the area. They usually have a nice local seasonal from River Horse and a few Belgians on draft. Tap selection changes by season which is nice and offers stuff from Rogue and Troegs; 7-10 beers from Hunterdon Distributors (if you know what they supply).

Nice date restaurant but too fancy for everyday visits. Service has always been above average. Wait staff not too knowledgeable about beers but what can you expect for the area.

claspada, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%

Circa- High Bridge, NJ

Popped in here on a Tues. evening for a pint. Located on 513 N. Beautiful place actually quite hoity toity feeling but sit at the bar and its quite homey feeling. Bartender named Jamie was friendly, talkative, and really knew his beer.
I had a pint of Ramstein Oktoberfest and Lagunitas Gnarley Wine ate the Hummus which was very good. Beers are $5 a pop the bottles are a bit on the pricey side with a Brooklyn Local 1 going for $18. On tap they had Rogue Hazelnut Nectar, Rogue Half E weizen, Ramstein Oktoberfest, Lagunitas Gnarly Wine, Otter Creek Copper, and a few other good offerings

Overall- A very nice restaurant with slighty fancy food, a small but excellent tap and bottle selection, and a good eat and drink atmosphere. Off the beaten track out here but if you're in the area this is a MUST stop.

NJpadreFan, Oct 24, 2007
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

I've been waiting to find a bar like this in New Jersey for a long time. The first thing I felt when I walked up the front steps and into the bar was that this is the kind of bar I could hang out in.

It has the vibe of a place you would find in Boulder, Co., Burlington, Vt, Seattle, Wa. or Portland Oregon. Just a cool place, with cool people, great beer, and great food and wine.

They have 8 taps that they rotate on almost a weekly basis. When I was there they had Lagunitas IPA, Ramstein Blonde, Lagunitas Sirius,Reissdorf Kolsch, Slyfox Pikeland Pils, Stoudts Double IPA,Youngs Double chocolate Stout and there own beer which is brewed by High Point. A very nice alt.

The bottle list was not huge but every bottle they had was great. I think it's a good move to keep the bottle list manageable to stay on top of fresh beer. Too many bars load up there bottle menu and when you order something out of the ordinary it ends up being 2 or 3 years old.
Circa had Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale, BFM Swiss Golden ale, Slyfox Saison, La Chouffe, Chimay Premiere and Chimay Grande Reserve. You can't beat that!

The food was excellent and the staff was friendly and helpful but not in a "TGIF - fake friendly" kind of way.

Some places have something about them that you just can't put into words. They just have "IT". Circa has "IT", in spades.

BillyB, Jul 08, 2007
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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

Day 84, but later, like at night.
It had been a good day in the rain. The sun was down but we weren't. Not yet. Close, but the Bunofsky's were still somewhat ready and raring, and as Dicke Frau gets irritated when left unfed, it seemed like this would be a good opportunity to cash out at the Schnitzel bank and head out for food and drink, circa now...
Nice, modern bistro style place, upscale, well done. A wooden "C" shaped bar seats upwards of a dozen and a half. Behind the bar, a shiny copper plated bar back, booze on the counter and more above on a shelf below central wine rackish units holding the grape in increments of the dozen. Stone wall sections to each side of center below the Orange sponge painted wall uppers holding flatscreens to both sides and TV's mounted up in the corners. Drop colored lamp lighting over the bar, wall mounted lamps and candles on the half dozen low flat tables in the bar area and the few round raised tables that sit in the front window along the large front windows looking out on Main Street. Couch & chair in the corner over there, waiting, waiting, waiting. Nice big 18" x 18" slate floor blocks. Curtains over panelled glass doors and a stained glass window on the far wall separating the bar from the dining area, a dozen+ tables, chandalier lighting, patterned wallpaper, wood slat floors and large forward windows there.
8 taps on a single tower on the bar, half micros (Ramstein Blonde & Golden, DogFishHead 60 Minute IPA, Rogue Dead Guy Ale) and half imports (Paulaner Hefe, Reissdorf Kolsch, Jever, Guinness). And um, yeah, 7 bottles (Orval, Westmalle Triple, Rochefort 8, Chimay Grand Reserve, Saison Dupont, Kwak, Corsendonk Brown) served in appropriate glassware. A small but tight beer selection and a very extensive wine list. Solid.
D caught a light snack to ward off the evil spirits and I marvelled at the awesomeness of Orval (as usual). Nice wind down to the day.

slander, Aug 08, 2006
Circa in High Bridge, NJ
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.