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Novare Res Bier Café

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Novare Res Bier CaféNovare Res Bier Café
BA SCORE
99
world-class

197 Ratings
Ratings: 197
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: n/a
Taps: 26
Bottles: 250
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

4 Canal Plz
Portland, Maine, 04101-4034
United States
phone: (207) 761-2437

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Reviews by Dreadnaught33:
Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.93/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

So I normally don't rate places I only go to once, but I feel I must in this case. Overall the selection is great but the customer service is not great.

Atmosphere: cool vibe in brick, dark lighted 'cave' like bar very cool for beer geeks. Overall the people in there seemed ok but a little on the not so beer informed side, it was a Tuesday night afterall.

Quality/service: the bottles look stored well, most of the taps were ok but here's where personal experience comes in: my friend orders a my Antonia (dogfish) on tap and it comes out extremely oxidized and not true to the beer any of us knew. We told the server we had and she was super defensive about it although we spent enough and bought bottles expensive and rare enough that they should have known we knew what we were talking about. Would not replace or give a refund for it. Not cool, if you ask me, even at the super expensive beer bars I've been to everywhere they would take back and probably ackowledge old taps, give a refund or another beer, not the case here. Overall service was spotty and was not friendly even when we tried to engage on a beer level. Quality of the cantillon 2005 guezue was excellent though.

Selection is outstanding, cool tap choices from the world and local plus a great bottle selection. Check out the website for yourself here. Would have liked a bit more Midwest and west coast selection but perhaps thats the state laws?

Overall great beers for the most part, not caring service. Would try again and hope for better results/ ask for tastes if they do that for hoppy stuff.

More User Reviews:
Photo of psweendogg
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of swalsh666
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of American_Hawk
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of E190DRVR
4.95/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Love this place! Amazing beer selection and friendly knowledgeable bar tenders. Great vibe and very good food. You won't be disappointed!

Photo of tjmackie
4.95/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Fantastic. Cantillon Gueze tapped at 11:30 on NYE!

Photo of atimari
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Love this place. My go to stop for beer in portland

Photo of ChrisinRI
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of kevdemers
4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Flat out best "beer bar" food I have ever had! Must stop while in Portland, wish I had visited here sooner. And my family members who are not beer fans couldn't stop raving about the food, so I would not hesitate to bring anyone here.

Photo of Sweeneydawg
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Cdowd10
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of MtnSoup
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Novare Res is one of the best beers I've ever visited. Their tap and bottle lists are insane, and the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. We visited three times in four days, and each time found a new draft list with beers we'd been searching for everywhere.

Can be tough to find since it's in a back alley, but it only adds to the ambience. They also have a great outdoor terrace for the warmer months.

Highly recommend making it here if in Portland, ME.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Amazing list of rotating taps with events every month or two. Even better is the bottle selection, with multiple vintages of hard to find beer including Cantillon and other European brews. A must-visit.

Photo of ElGallo
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Jimmyknows
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Great selection!

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of jaymo18
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of meb3476
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ferillo
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of meehandennis
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of mrob22278
4.32/5  rDev -4%

Photo of mgigs
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of mbonugli
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of abrodsky
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bcgeiman
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%

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Novare Res Bier Café in Portland, ME
99 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.