Prime 16 Tap House + Burgers
Taps: 20 / Bottles: 45
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 54 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Errto:
4.65/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been a quasi-regular at this place for a year or so, about time I posted an actual review.
The entire place is lined in classic-looking dark wood paneling, which was surprising at first to those of us who knew what had been in that location before but fits the style well. There's a decently long bar, and a partition separating the bar from the tables. They don't try to compete with the "real" sports bars down the block, but there's a TV near the bar if you want to watch the game while enjoying your beer.
There are 20 taps and an occasionally used cask pump. 20 may not sound like a lot, but the key is they change *constantly* and all 20 generally pour North American craft brews with the occasional Tripel Karmeliet or something like that thrown in. Well, plus Guiness. In recent visits I've had some great beers you don't generally see on tap, like DFH Palo Santo, Allagash Burnam Road, Brooklyn Cuvée de Cardoz etc. and there's always a variety of styles. I've been introduced to a number of breweries I hadn't even heard of before like Berkshire and North Coast.
The bartenders are great people and I'm glad to have gotten to know a couple of them a bit. They also know their beer.
Food-wise, burgers are the order of the day, though they make some other stuff too. In a town known for burgers, this has become my go-to burger place. The names of the burgers are slightly odd (Cowboy, Maui, Philly Cheesesteak etc) but who cares, they taste good. Be sure to get the truffle-parmesan fries or bleu cheese mashed potatoes as your side.
Happy hour on weekdays, half price on most draft beers, hard to beat that. Tastings on Wednesdays featuring different breweries - occasionally they get representatives from the breweries in to talk beer. It can be loud if you're there at a crowded time, but not obnoxiously so.
Prime 16 has become my favorite bar, bar none (hehe).
12-20-2009 23:47:54 | More by Errto
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Prime 16 Tap House + Burgers in New Haven, CT
97 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.