Novare Res Bier Café

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

122 Reviews
Reviews: 122
Visits: 220
rAvg: 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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @novareresbiercf

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

My GPS told me I was there, but I couldn't see it even after I drove by it, parked, and walked back by. Luckily Matt was already there and saw me circling and provided me with much needed directions. The entrance is at an alleyway/courtyard off exchange st near middle st and they have a 3 by 3 a frame sign there. Anyhow, huge kick ass deck at the entrance where I sat holds a dozen or so long tables, think German beer garden communal seating. There is a remote bar on the deck that was closed on my visit. Inside is the bar area with a cool cellar like feel to it holding maybe 20 tables and some bar seating. Small food menu but the meat and cheese plate that we tried was great and you can pick from a list. Beer, yup they have it. Quality taps and a huge bottle list make this place a winner in my book. Our server was attentive and helpful. A hint on the pricy side, but I feel that most of Portland has the same pricing structure. I will make this my first stop the next time I'm in Portland. (1,000 characters)

Photo of spence3208
4.72/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

WOW! wish I lived closer to this bar. selection is over 6pages long. saw a lot of limited beers on the list as well as great bottle selection. awesome outdoor area and the vibe is real chill. will most certainly be referring my friends to this place and ill be going to this bar again! (285 characters)

Photo of Sudcutter
4.14/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I went on a Thursday evening, so I may not have gotten the typical experience, but the place had a slightly unwelcoming atmosphere. It was self-seating, and it took about 15 minutes for a server to approach my table, and it was difficult to get her attention throughout the night.
The beer selection was tremendous.
The food options are very limited. My party ordered several appetizers. They were all good but not great.
The prices were normal for the offerings. (463 characters)

Photo of mrocksmith
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

I read about this place on BA, and figured out of the bunch in Portland, ME this is the one I had to attend to. Glad I made the decision. Their beer lineup is fantastic, and the atmosphere matches it well. It's not the most massive tap list out there but its very finely procured. Great list of locals (although no Allagash and being a visitor, it would have been cool to try one on tap). The people at this beer joint definitely "get" what's going on with beer culture right now at the nerd level. Which is awesome. Keep it up.

If I'm ever back in Portland, ME I'm going to come here again just to see what they have on tap. Oh and if the Oxbow guys read this.... you make f**king rad beer.

Hit this place up! And get the pork belly tacos if they got them. Just ask the bartender Louis about them. (800 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.76/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

After a long weekend of beer and food greatness in Portland I feel obligated to review a places on here.

This was my second time visiting Novare Res and certainly won't be the last. The atmosphere of this bar is superb. Brick interior with big long communal tables and two bars. It is simple and works very well for a craft beer bar. Very dark, no TVs, just the beer and the people. They have an outdoor patio/Bier Garden if you will but it was extremely cold while we visited. If it was warmer out, I would be there in a second. Just a good mix of dive, beer bar and how did I escape to Belgium.

Quality and service were great both times I visited. There are plenty of bartenders/waiters who are ready to serve you beer in proper glassware in a timely fashion. They know their stuff about the products and will answer any questions you have about pretty much anything they are serving. The staff members who have served me were always nice and did not put up that wall of snark you often find at higher end beer bars.

Beer selection, probably the most important thing in a beer bar review, is stellar. Great draft selections which range from $5-$10 and cover a great deal of styles. The bottle selection is also fairly amazing. The first time I visited they had some of the best lambics in the world and probably stock up on them whenever they possibly can. The second visit I had a delicious Rasputin XII and a Pannepot 2006 with my friend.

Prices are comparable to any other specialty craft beer bar, if not just a tad lower than most of the ones I am used to in MA. Truly one of the best places to get good beer in New England. (1,636 characters)

Photo of zamboni1
4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (1,442 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A classy restaurant with a large patio. Pretty pretty good cellar list and decent tap list, with correct poured temperature and over a large bar. Hard to find, we circled one way streets a few times until I found a tourist map with the clue on how to enter by foot. A number of weird and ordinary people here, they make up a good part of the city but in the end they are harmless. Service was decent and there were people like me there, for the beer. I would come back again. Newer place that can become something. Would like an earlier opening time for the bar. (562 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
4/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Been here many a time. Some thoughts on Novare Res:

The servers have a laissez fair attitude towards service and they'll get to you when they get to you. On a lazy afternoon that's not a bad thing.

Atmosphere is nifty. It’s like a beer cellar. Drinking beer in a beer cellar is indeed nifty.

A bit pricey considering Sebago and Gritty's are right down the street and Great Lost Bear is a few minutes car ride away. Novare does have a better Belgian selection than all three combined though. Sort of a mini Ebenezer's.

I went here once during Octoberfest and in the traditional German manner NR only had 1 festbier on tap. All taps, one beer. That sucked at the time but if I was a local I think it's pretty neat.

A bit of Cambridge has seeped up into downeast Maine as a lot of the stronger or hard to find beers come in 10oz. servings. I hate that. I'm a big boy and I want a big boy glass of beer. (911 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This place is a beer lover's dream. A bit hard to find, as it is not on any of the main drags in Portland, but it is worth seeking out. We went over the weekend, which is currently Belgian Beer Week at Novare, so most of the taps were filled with Belgian style offerings. The place is a little dark, with two separate bar spaces. Because of the insane beer list at Novare, people tend to camp out at the bar, so don't wait for people to move to try and place an order. Belly up in there and make yourself known. They do a really good job of replacing a tap line when a particular beer runs out, as well as marking it up on the wall so people know the MOST current tap list. Huge selection, as I said earlier, including a "vault" where you can get your hands on some rare and aged bottles. Definitely the place to go to knock some whales off of your "to do" list. The beers are a bit on the pricey side, but as I said, this is a place to get some very hard to find beers, so it kind of balances out. Very beer friendly crowd here, and there is a huge patio in front if you don't want to mingle with the crowd indoors. At the back of the patio there is a cornhole/beanbag toss set up to play. A section of the patio is also marked off for the smoking crowd, if that be your pleasure. Definitely a "must go" spot if you are visiting Portland, ME. Awesome time there! (1,363 characters)

Photo of TMath524
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I make sure I always stop by whenever I'm in Portland. Have had some amazing experiences at this place, including Maine Beer Week opening night this past year with Oxbow, drinking Cantillon Fou' Foune on tap for the first time, and showing the place off to family and friends visiting the area.

Honestly, there is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to beer bars in Maine. This place, Ebenezer's in Lovell, The Lion's Pride in Brunswick, and When Pigs Fly Pizzeria in Kittery are all world-class. Nothing more needs to be said about their selection. It's epic.

The food is tasty. They have a good selection to go along with what they serve, and I could even eat there when I was vegan for a month, but I have yet to get a sense that the servers take any pride in the food they serve, which, along with the cold sausage I got one time when it was pretty busy makes me second guess giving them a higher rating. Also, I've only ever heard people praise their cheeses and meats, which is a la carte, but When Pigs Fly in Kittery actually make their own charcuterie meats in house, so I'll reserve being impressed for that over capable ordering, which they obviously have considering their beer selection.

Also, I did find that they listed two Unibroue Anniversary ales on their bottle list that they didn't have in stock, which is a bit annoying, since those particular vintages are incredibly rare and really shouldn't have been in stock for a long time. I had already told my neighbor at the bar, whom I was planning on sharing the bottle with, all about the beer when the bartender informed me of the predicament. Bummer. (1,628 characters)

Photo of mlazzaro
4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Hands down my favorite public place to drink beer. I like that it's a hole in the wall kind of place. Usually not difficult get a seat or get served. Always awesome beer selection. Naheed (sp?) the bartender is incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. Usually serve in proper glassware. They have the most exciting gems in the beer list. Perhaps a bit pricey, but bars usually are. As long as we get what we desire and have good service, I'm happy. And the food is great beer food. Nothing too fancy. (498 characters)

Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Great beer bar nestled into a nice little corner of Portland Maine's Old Port.

Beer selection is great, and ever-changing. I oftentimes troll the draught listing posted on the internet (which is faithfully updated) while at work to see if I need to stop by any particular evening.

Food selection is not huge but is very reasonably priced and very good. A few great sandwiches exist, plus great meat and cheese platers.

Service is great when it's not busy (weeknights and earlier), but on Fridays and Saturdays after about 9PM it can get very busy and service can be slow.

This is a great place to be. Summer is fanastic because they have a large outdoor patio area. Winter is great because it's a cozy bar with exposed brick, the place you want to be drinking beer. A must visit for tourists and locals alike. (814 characters)

Photo of sprucetip
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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)

Photo of bluesplit63
5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

What a score...

A little hidden "Bier Cafe" that only took me and my girlfriend about 20 minutes to find. It is well hidden down an alley if you are not from the area.

A solid 10 page / draft lift. I would say they offered a strong 30 to 35 beers on draft including Dogfish 120 Minute and Pannepot Reserva 2009.

Prices were reasonable. 120 ranging about 12 dollars for an 8 oz pour. Pannepot about the same for a full 12 oz.

Overall a great experience and will definitely be going back.

Cheers! (500 characters)

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

The wife and I got to Novare Res just as it was starting to snow heavily in Portland, October 29. Quite a sight… have you ever seen snow by the beach? This bar is in the Old Port area but not exactly- far enough from the main drags to have no tourists inside. Sweet! The folks at Novare kind of reminded me of Baltimore… homely, sailor-like, red-cheeked and on the ugly side of things but oh-so-friendly.

The atmosphere here is extremely cozy and inviting, more so on a cold snowy day. It feels like a cellar or a private bar at rich man’s house. I would want to hang out here forever! It only needs a fireplace to be perfectly perfect. Communal tables, a variety of rooms, nooks and crannies… yeah.

On tap- 16 “regular” beers (including Maine Peeper, Allagash Malone, Rising Tide Daymark, Brooklyn Companion, Dogfish 90); 1 cask and 20 Harvest taps (including rare ciders and meads, plus Dogfish Pumpkin, Jolly Parcela and a cask of ’08 Allagash Ghouleschip) .

It was “Harvest Day”, hence the outrageous amount of autumn taps. The owner suddenly went over to the bar and said he was buying everyone a round of harvest ciders/beers. How cool is that! We got a bourbon-barrel cider from Mystic, CT (14%),that was absolutely smashing and delightful.

They had a special Harvest Tasting Menu, of which we got the cabbage-wrapped pheasant terrine. Sounds good! But it wasn’t so great… really lame and bland, needed salt and pepper and spice. Still, I appreciate the effort to be creative.

Prices were on the high side ($6-$8) for 8-12 oz pours, but we got a free round so it evened out. Service was excellent at those communal tables and the ambience just so cozy! A great choice, and don’t forget the extensive bottled-beer menu. (1,756 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Entering through a side door on a building in a side alley, one immediately is taken back by the dimply lit interior featuring tons of exposed brick, worn wood and the low, pressed tin ceiling, if anything screams cozy, it was the atmosphere. Tons of table seating, including a long farmhouse style table in the middle. An L shaped bar on the back left joins with a long bar in the back.

About 30 different options on tap with equal parts local, regional, domestic and Belgian craft. Bottle menu is quite outdated, so focus on the "new" bottles on the back of the tap menu or on the chalkboard.

Service handled the large crowds adequately and were knowledgeable about the local brews.

Overall, visit for the fantastic cozy atmosphere and large selection of craft brew. (772 characters)

Photo of mclaughlindw4
3.5/5  rDev -21.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I have been here often and unfortunately do not agree with the high rating it has received. Many of my complaints are mentioned in other reviews but somehow those reviews still end up giving high marks. Perhaps I am spoiled because I used to live in brunswick and frequented the lions pride often.

I guess I feel the tap list is extensive but does not usually have more than a couple beers I actually want to drink. The biggest issue for me is the service. The waits are long even when it is a quiet day. I don't think I have ever been asked how I was enjoying a beer nor do I feel the bartenders are interested in talking about it anyway. I have had issues getting samples that were more than just a quarter shot glass full of foam. I am glad I know what I like and can order what I need but I can't imagine going in there as a newbie and getting any sort of quality direction from this staff.

All this being said they are the only game in town as far as beer
bars go and I do appreciate that. The events are often well worth attending as well. (1,049 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
4.08/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited this place twice on back-to-back weekday evenings in early August 2011. The place has a pretty huge outdoor patio (that was packed both visits) and an inside area that resembles a medieval beer cellar, complete with display bottles, long wooden tables, belgian beer plaques, and lots of brick! Probably worth a visit just to check the inside out.

Quite an extensive beer list with representation from all the good beer countries. I ended up venturing to Sweden and Italy off the menu. Unfortunately, the two days I was there were the two days leading up to their annual Rogue tap takeover. There were only about 10 taps going, and most were Maine staples which isn't bad at all but was hoping to try some belgians on-tap. Would love to go back when they have all 25 taps going.

As the outdoor patio was packed, and our server was working both inside and outside tables, the service definitely suffered for us inside both nights we were there. I remember it took us quite a long time to grab the bill from our waitress at the end of the night. However, both nights the staff seemed quite pleasant and helpful.

Tried some of their food one of the nights and went with the Mediterranean Plate and a Vegetarian Sandwich. Decent food albeit it is more small plate/appetizer sized portions.

Prices were a little steep, both for food and beer I thought. However, for beer it can be justified to some extent for some of the more rarer and special products.

I'd like to return again to try a more extensive variety of belgian product on-tap. I'll just have to check first that there are no tap takeovers planned the night before my visit. (1,644 characters)

Photo of SevaTse
4.26/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This place is a must-visit for any BA in the area(well...unless you really hate Belgian-style beers!).
There's sitting inside, with benches along the back wall, and brick-arch entry ways all around, and there's outside(it would be a very safe assumption, to think that it's a seasonal feature) patio/beergarden.
The selection of beer is probably among the best in Portland, and Novare Res certainly goes for quality over quantity. Lots of Belgian styles from the area, as well as Canadian stuff that is not seen in NH/Mass., and not so common in other Maine establishments.
The service on our visits was friendly and courteous. Def. recommend this to anybody, in fact this would be worth a trip by itself! (705 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

A little late on entering this, but so what, eh? Stopped by here with Artied2 and Al H after playing game 1 of the Old Boars Summer Hockey Tourney on 05AUG11.

We parked up on the hill and found our way here easily. Down Exchange St until a small alley opened on the right; then to a large brick building and a right on the walkway to the Res. You can enter the bar itself on the left, in the basement floor of the brick building, or go right up some stairs to an open-air deck area. Artie and Al grabbed some air on the deck with a bier, while I explored inside. Upon entering, there are some benches on the left with local reading material, with the wall above displaying some fine-looking shirts for sale. A bit more to the left is a doorway to a small room with a few tables. Going right instead, you are in the main part of the pub. The place has a cool, pressed-tin ceiling, lots of exposed brick and worn wood. The lighting gives the pub a warm, inviting feel. Lots of old bier plaques and posters cover the walls. There's a bar to the rear left of this room, a long L-shaped unit. You can sit at one of about a dozen seats there, or at one of the many long, German style tables. I like the concept.

The time needed reading the bier list here rivals that of War and Peace. Shitloads... and it is top-shelf stuff, too. I was quite bummed, though, during my visit to find a Rogue tap takeover. Sorry; I don't give a flying fuck for Rogue; I came for the Belgians. Service? The place was pretty full, but I still stood at the bar for a too-long amount of time before being ackowledged. And then my bill was slow-coming as well. The prices are quite steep, imo. I'd have to plan ahead to come here, and set aside a healthy amount of coin. Seems like Res has jumped on the "gouge the bier-geek gravy train". Oh well.... I might return, under the right conditions. We'll see... Prosit!

4.22 rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$

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Photo of Cmack15
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was really looking forward to trying this place out after seeing ads for it in the magazine. this place was a little tricky to find since its down an alley. Outdoor seating for the warmer months and a old world basement vibe to the interior. The beer selection is really good, decent amount of good beer on tap and a nice bottle list. Food is good and well done. The only complaint I had was we ordered a gueze and the waitress brought us pint glasses, we asked for some tulips and she was happy to get them so no big deal in the end. I really like this bar and would make it a destination for any beer travelers out there.
Cheers (632 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.72/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Wow! I really liked this place. Very hard to find, though. No maps I saw had this street marked. It's behind the Key Bank parking lot in Old Port. A sidewalk sign hitting my shin got my attention, thankfully.

Brick cellar feel to it with German Hall-like indoor seating. Service at the bar was great; service outside seemed awkward. Not much of view outside, but hey, it's OUTSIDE. Indoors is cozy and clean. Some pockets of privacy and comfy seating.

Very large selection of beer. Would like to see more local stuff, but hey I went on a Sunday. Had some Maine Lunch IPA and Peepers and some other goodies. Nice above-head chalk board marking the taps...mostly up-to-date. Some oddball tappings, too. A must hit in Portland! Cheap T-shirts

Didn't try the food. (764 characters)

Photo of Hopilator
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is certainly one of my favorite destinations in Portland. A good combination of dimly lit cellar, and open air beer garden. A friendly, knowledgeable staff. Great food, appropriate portions, surprisingly affordable, when compared to the cost of drinking from their fine beer selection. Seems to be the first place I take friends who come from out of town. If you have a lot of fun there, it can get expensive.

The Beer selection is exceptional, dominated by Belgians, but also a great collection of American Craft brews, and classic British ales and German lagers. Generally, there is two beers on cask. Some offerings are occasionally out of stock, though, it is hard not to find something you would like. (712 characters)

Photo of ChrisPro
4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Awesome atmosphere. Decent music playing as you sit around beer hall style tables or outside on the patio. Couple of dart boards to go with cool brick walls and an impressive bottle collection. Went on a Wednesday night, so the crowd was great. Service was fantastic as we got our menus and orders in quickly. Funny guy who liked to talk, but didn't bother us too much.

The selection is incredible for a U.S. beer bar, no doubt. However, the first two beers my wife tried to order were both gone. We each got a beer, then when I tried to order a second, they were out of both beers I tried to order. I wasn't even trying to get uber rare stuff, but they were just out, so we ended up leaving after one beer (in all honesty, if I didn't have 4 days of drinking in VT ahead of me, there were definitely other beers I would've ordered). I'm impressed when a bar has an incredible draft and bottle list, but I'm even more impressed when it's correct and I don't waste time setting my sights on a beer. Just be aware of this as you're looking at the list.

Still, If you're in Portland, Novare Res is a must hit. If you're anywhere near Portland, it's still probably worth going a bit out of your way for. Definitely a cool place. (1,226 characters)

Photo of TXHops
3.53/5  rDev -20.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The other reviewers have explained the charm and the great selection of this place and they're all right. I'd personally like to see more local beers but the international selection was great and unusual. However, I'll never return as we had the absolute surliest waiter I've ever had in my entire beer drinking existence. Slow with orders, beyond short with answers, put out by every question or order, rolling eyes when I wanted another round... The place wasn't even crowded. Being this rude goes beyond standard apathy and requires real effort, which is utterly unfathomable. It's too bad- he completely ruined my experience at a place that I was really looking forward to trying. (684 characters)

Novare Res Bier Café in Portland, ME
98 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.