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Novare Res Bier Café

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

128 Reviews
Reviews: 128
Visits: 242
Avg: 4.45
pDev: n/a
Taps: 26
Bottles: 250
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

4 Canal Plz
Portland, Maine, 04101-4034
United States
phone: (207) 761-2437 | map
www.novareresbiercafe.com

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Place added by: indiapaleale on 05-28-2008

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Reviews: 128 | Visits: 242
Reviews by opwog:
Photo of opwog
3.7/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I had to grab a late dinner when arriving in Portland and saw that NR was rated well on BA and on Yelp. There seemed to be some confusion initially upon arriving of whether the kitchen was open or closed (different hours on the phone while parking, than 5 minutes later after walking in).

The pros: The food was really tasty and the beer selection was good. The prices were also good for both.

The cons (which I mention in hopes that these might change):

1) If the Red Sox are in the playoffs and somebody asks if there is a TV to watch the game in one of the rooms, the reply should not be; "it is all about the beer here." You serve mainly unshaven community college kids in pseudo-vintage t-shirts that they bought at Target. You are not above having a TV set showing the Red Sox game. I have been to half of the top beer bars in the US and all of them have TV sets.

2) If somebody's GF does not want beer and needs a second to look at the wine list (as short as it is), do not leave her for another 15 minutes having to flag wildly to get her order in while the bar is half empty.

3) Loose that "hot chicks and douchebags" soundtrack playing in there. I do not say that as the grumpy old guy, but as somebody equally aware of what far better music is readily available over that guitar-centric BS that reminded me of my worst night having to sit through that dude from Lacuna Coil.

I might be busting balls in this review, but the beer, food and prices are what is right about this place. The rest of this place should be redone from scratch because the crowd that I saw in there are the type who may write you up on Yelp today, but will move on to "farm to table" dining to impress their fake ID dates next year. You need to build a beer bar that will hold interest of the beer community and make members of that community want to come back and spread the word to others. That is far more important in a business model than temporary hipness.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of -Rick
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

This was the best beer bar we visited while in Portland. A bit hard to find (located in a back alley type location), it was well worth the hunt. A great selection of tap offerings, and an even better list of rare/interesting bottles to try. The food was also quite good. We had a great cheese plate, with all the fixins. Will certainly return here if in Portland again.

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Photo of ESCO138
4.95/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

This place was amazing, had CBS on Tap plus too many other great stouts I can't even remember. The staff was very helpful and the atmosphere superb. Would definitely recommend.

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Photo of SenatorSpaceman
2.36/5  rDev -47%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2.25 | food: 2.75

This place ended up being a MASSIVE letdown for a spot that is so highly recommended. The vibe/setup is cool but that's where it ends. The selection of American/Maine beers was very weak. Nowhere near the selection of Bissell, Foundation, Oxbow, etc. found at so many other bars in the neighborhood. They were unapologetically out of almost everything we wanted on the food menu and the service was absolutely rock bottom quality.

I'd have a difficult time conveying how offensive the service actually was, but our stomachs and empty glasses spent the night longing for our waitress' attention as she sat and chatted at other tables.

If you only like foreign beers and have no problem with putrid service, then this is the place for you. Otherwise, go somewhere else. There are plenty of better options within walking distance.

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Photo of MRVermont
4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of jhavs
4.16/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Mid afternoon lunch, bar area mostly full, tables not crowded. They have a well-selected tap list that is more euro-centric as well as a large bottle list. The bottle list has many "hard to get" selections, but you will pay dearly for them. Bartenders did a fine job, were knowledgeable, but seemed mostly uninterested in anything but chatting with each other. I saw a few groups walk in and then leave when they were not helped. Had an item off of the special list as my meal. Food is made with care, looked and tasted good but wished I had went with something else after seeing a few people around me served.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.36/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Scarfer_Brad
5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of crob3888
4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of JonahBrews
4.63/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This place has been a staple for years. The selection is astronomical and I love the fact they have a beer list to keep and check off which beers you have tried and write personal notes. Individual glasses mean a lot for each particular beer, and a very knowledgeable staff. Also, a Hole-In-The-Wall; you have to walk down an plaza in order to find it.

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Photo of Readysethgo989
4.85/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of blisscent
4.61/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of scxcrunner
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of HopsnMalts_NJ
4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of Skellbop
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Ajlvt
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of dailyminefield
4.51/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mendvicdog
3.61/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Not really my scene. Nothing exciting on the menu; they were having a lord hobo event. A decent selection of beers, but the King's head is much better in my opinion.

Would return if they have a better taplist.

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Photo of bostonbeans
4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of hopsrus
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of snansel
4.82/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of MarkSansone
4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great place for a great beer selection..

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Photo of cherche
4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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