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Novare Res Bier Café

Not Rated.
Novare Res Bier CaféNovare Res Bier Café
BA SCORE
98
world-class

123 Reviews
Reviews: 123
Visits: 226
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: n/a
Taps: 26
Bottles: 250
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @novareresbiercf

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Place added by: indiapaleale on 05-28-2008

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Reviews by sprucetip:
Photo of sprucetip
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this place! Been there enough times to do it from memory though.

Atmosphere is very subjective. It's kind of dark and cavernous. At times it has a Goth or Euro vibe, depending on who is there and how busy it is. But even in that context, there are spaces within where most folks should be able to be comfortable. There are some elements I like, such as couches and low tables that sometimes get shared by more than one party when it's busy. My non-beer geek friends were able to be comfortable here. It's very beer-centric, so if that is your focus, you can work with the atmosphere if it doesn't trip your trigger.

Service has been anywhere from good to extraordinary. I shall not reveal the details of the extraordinary, to protect the perhaps not completely innocent who went above and beyond to hook me up with some hard to get and out of print Allagash special release.

Selection is amazing. The taps are very thoroughly thoughtfully selected, and the bottle list as well. The bottle list includes a vintage section if you feel like splurging on something special. There are special events like "total tap takeovers" by awesome breweries like Marshall Wharf (one I remember), and surely others.

I haven't eaten there, but I think it's artsy-fartsy tapas type stuff, which is probably good, but will likely disappoint some who would prefer a burger.

Personally, I think it's a little bit pricey, but not ridiculous. I think I remember paying $10 for a bottle of Peche Mortel, which is 100% markup over retail. So understandable, but still kinda pricey to me, especially for Maine. Maybe compared to Boston and Manhattan it's not? Whatever, how can you not go there if you are a beer geek visiting Portland? If you like (good) bar (and other standard American) food, go to Great Lost Bear first, have some precious specialty Allagash on tap for less than you can get it in the bottle at the shop, and then go to Novare Res until you've had your fill take a taxi home. (2,013 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of dailyminefield
4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mendvicdog
3.61/5  rDev -18.7%
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. (212 characters)

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

Photo of hopsrus
4.44/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of snansel
4.82/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of MarkSansone
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great place for a great beer selection.. (40 characters)

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

Photo of abridgedatx
4.76/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of rocksteady726
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Flabbyjandro
4.61/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of shekletona
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of RKing44
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of trevorpost
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of mklisz
4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of 52mgtd
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Ok, so you don't go there for the food, you go there for the beer! A fantastic list of on tap and even better bottles, ask any chalice owner, what a great place to enjoy great beer and meet interesting people, chalice #71 (221 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Visited on Tuesday evening. The two of us sat at one of the big multi-party tables. The place was slow.

V - Dark, not well lit, dank, but clean and open and definitely a beer bar vibe. I wouldn't call this a "dive bar" because it is not dirty or inhabited by undesirable folks. 4.5

Q - All beer served in proper and clean glassware. Beer seemed to be at correct temperature. Some might complain that beer is served in glassware not of its own branding, but not an issue for me. 4.5

Ser - Our server Jamison (yeah that's right) was fantastic. Very good in helping my friend pick a beer she would like. He was even ready to send us to a different place so we could find the food we looking for. 5

Sel - Fantastic bottle selection and a very good tap list the night we were there. Had a De Strusie XXX Rye Triple and a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin Oro De Calabaza 4.5

F - Did not eat food during this visit. (905 characters)

Photo of vonnegut21
3.47/5  rDev -21.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2 | selection: 4

An old school dive of a craft beer bar. Solid selection, but underwhelming considering their reputation. There are certainly better taplists in Portland. Service was poor. I get that it was busy, but the bartenders (particularly the one with the man-bun) were more concerned with serving their friends than helping a new customer.

In summary, Novare Res was fine, but it hasn't adapted over time and has been surpassed by some of the other up and coming craft beer bars in Portland. (486 characters)

Photo of ChrisMyhre
4.68/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of chippo33
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Reds76
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Hopstout
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

By far my favorite place in Portland (that IS saying something!). Amazing draft list, even more amazing bottle list. They thrown amazing events and have special tappings constantly. The staff are insanely knowledgeable and can always assist with making top notch selections from their ridiculous Belgian offerings. Cannot say enough good things about Novare. (358 characters)

Photo of jebrew
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

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Novare Res Bier Café in Portland, ME
98 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.