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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
Photo of taeagan
3.4/5  rDev -23.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A remarkable space for a beer bar. The indoor and outdoor spaces are done really well. A comfortable place to sit and have a beer and hang out even when busy.

The draft selection is very good, though it's the bottle list that really impresses. Love that they're really promoting a great bottle list.

The food is very tasty, though there is not much of a selection at all. Beer and food prices are pretty reasonable.

So basically I really loved this place, except...

The awful service. So bad we had to laugh about it. We were invisible. We were almost done with our food when the beers finally arrived - and we ordered the beers ten minutes before the food. The glasses of water that we asked for showed up with the check. The next day we went back and didn't get a whole lot better.

If they did something about the service and added a few more choices to the menu this place would be an east coast beer destination.

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Photo of joepais
4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Can't say enough about this place .Warm, friendly, great selection of brews on tap and the bottle list goes on and on. I ordered one brew and the server didn't know much about it he tracked down the owner and had him give me a description of it. The only downside is I wish they had some food to go with the fine brews so I could talk the wife into staying for more than a couple brews. It really is dangerous to send them out to all the shops while you sit there and drink. Although you maybe pretty happy when you leave there so It might not matter

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This is the type of place where people who really enjoy beer would like to go. If I lived a little closer than 45 minutes away, I would frequent this place several times a week. You walk past a courtyard with picnic tables to the entrance. There's a European flavor to the place. The interior is brick, with a concrete floor and a metal ceiling. Some beer memorabilia on the walls. A second room with a fireplace and sofas is adjacent to the main room. The bar has wooden shelves behind it with lots of glassware. There are several tables for four with stools and benches, and two longer community tables. The wood is blonde, and the tables and stools are heavy, with wrought iron bases. No TVs, just some jazz on the stereo system.

On our visit, there were 25 draft beers and 230 bottled beers on the menu. Nice selection of draft beers, and an almost overwhelming selection of bottles.

Our server was attentive and knowledgable, as well as being very welcoming.

Really enjoyed this place; can't wait to go back.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.66/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

The best thing about this place is the selection, other places in the area have great selections, but they tend to be dominated by Maine beers (although you can't go wrong with them either, haha). They typically have an excellent selection on-tap, many of which get rotated out cause I imagine they go fast, the bottled list is very extensive (over 200!) and if you try everyone of them (about $2000 total) you get to have a place in the "Chalice Room".

The atmosphere has changed dramatically since opening, they've added more lighting (a good thing because it was really dark at first), added some couches and dart boards, really shaping up to be the "it" place to have drinks and chill out at.

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Photo of lpayette
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Went here on vacation and was overall really impressed with this place. The selection is pretty solid with a few rarities worth seeking out. I had a 1998 JW Lees Harvest Ale for example. The pricing I think is generally a little on the high side, but if you take your time with the menu there are a few bargains to be found. The staff was really helpful and friendly too. Food is limited, but from what we had it seemed to be some quality stuff appropriate for a top notch beer bar- which I'm happy to report that Novare Res Bier Cafe is.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

A very cool place to check out if your in the portland area. The outside deck is especially notable when the weather is nice. Inside is a bit dark and spartan but that will probably change with more time. I found the beer selection to also be quite good, the last time I visited they had over 250 different selections of beers and were planning to get more. The staff seemed both helpful and fairly knowledgable. Price wise some of it was perhaps a bit on the overpriced side (especially the locally brewed Allagash) but for the selection not a terrible mark up. Overall a definite must visit!

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Photo of blackkristos
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

My new home. Seriously. Novare Res is exactly what I look for in a bar. The interior is all brick and wood, slightly dark but not at all dank. There are nice windows raised high for light, but not for gawkers. Overall a very European feel.

And the taps, oh the taps. 25 (+ a cask that may or may not last) beers that you would be hard pressed to find equal to.

The staff is the nicest in an already super-nice town and they try really hard to help you out.

For me, the only downside is the food. Not much for some real eats, especially for the non-beef eater. But everything else makes up for that. It's really all about the beer anyway.

My wallet may suffer, but you couldn't drag me away from Novare Res.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Was there for the "Grand Opening" (5/23). Tucked back off of Exchange St. where Black Tie Bistro used to be. Look for the standing sign on Exchange pointing you in the right direction.

Inside is cavernous, laden with brick and altogether a great beer drinking atmosphere. A little touch of Europe here in the Old Port. Picnic benches, church pews and other assorted tables provide the seating.

25 taps and one cask provide a pretty awesome array of draughts. Lots of great stuff (Old Rasputin, Allagash Dubbel, JW Lees on cask and even some Cantillon on tap as well). Pretty impressive!

Along with the great taplist there is also over 250 bottles and a great outdoor deck that should attract some crowds this summer.

Staff were getting their feet wet the week I was there but all of them were extremely attentive and did all they could to keep everyone happy.

Awesome place. I'm hooked...

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