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Novare Res Bier Café

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99
world-class

195 Ratings
Ratings: 195
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

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 zamboni1:
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4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I'm not a tourist but not a Portlander either, and Novare is one of my go-to places in Portland. Really like everything about this place: the atmosphere (12 degrees below zero in the dead of winter as well as hot & humid summers on the big hops-laced beer garden / deck), the selection, the clientele, and the staff.

The bottled beer selection is great and the draughts are fresh (super-clean tap lines!) and are rotated very frequently. Check their website for the latest draught lineup -- as others have said here, they update their list online faithfully (seemingly daily). Prices are a bit high *for Portland* but are still lower than any comparable place in Boston, Burlington, Providence, or NY. I've always -- and I mean always -- found the staff very helpful and engaging and have been recommended some amazing beers I would not have otherwise tried on my own. They know their stuff and will share their knowledge if you're not a jerk.

Yes, they do a 2-day Octoberfest fun thing where they have but two O-fest beers on tap and served in 1 liter maas mugs. Surprised some people find that annoying; most of us sorta regulars look forward to it and take it in the fun spirit in which it's intended. Novare also does other events nights / weeks that are cool: Caskfest, Smuttfest, Belgian Bier Fest, Roguepalooza, and so on.

I like me my Novare a lot and appreciate it for what it is -- one of the top beer bars in my state of Maine.

More User Reviews:
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

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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.

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Photo of Jimmyknows
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Great selection!

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4.32/5  rDev -4%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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Novare Res Bier Café in Portland, ME
99 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.