Prime 16 Tap House + Burgers
Taps: 20 / Bottles: 45
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by jim102864:
4.28/5 rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
It takes a herculean effort to travel to New Haven from my neck of the woods. Prime 16 was worth the trip.
A small but upscale pub in a grimy area of town, Prime 16 has the look and feel of a steak joint but the beer selection of a top notch beer bar. Though the tap selection presented on a chaulk board is a nice feature, it's located at the far end of the bar which requires half of the patrons to stand up from their seats and walk over to review the list. They should either move it or provide written lists. Maroon is the dominat color with the outlined cattle head logo found at various points in the bar area. A large 8 x 8 (I'm guessing) post and beam mantle frames the tap and liquor offerings which are placed along the wall behind the bar. Steel and wood surfaced bar stools seat about 20 with a rich polished wood bar surface which makes for a classy atmosphere; mind you, not snobby but certainly not "dive bar" either. The bottle list is also listed on a seperate board at one end of the bar but likely not an issue since it faces the patrons unlike the tap list. I started with an Allegash Curieux served in proper glassware. My Cowboy burger...a hearty hunk of meat with a fried egg on top, a crispy piece of romaine, and a slab of canadian bacon was a hit if a bit warm vs hot. The sweet potato fries were very tasty but cold. They were good enough that I opted not to complain. Plus Jennifer the bartender was a sweetheart and more than willing to chat while I sipped and ate. I followed up with a Southampton Triple and finished with a Dogfish 90 minute. The 20 taps included Delirium Tremens, and several other solid offerings. The 50 bottle beer list was also a worthy list.
Prime 16 is a top notch locale for beer enthusiasts. Along with the Playwrite right next door and Bru Room down the road a piece, what a great area for a bar crawl. At the very least, stop in and support this new beer bar in New Haven.
11-15-2008 11:31:24 | More by jim102864
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