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BA SCORE
96
world-class

35 Ratings
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 5.75%
Taps: 18
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

3000 Whitney Ave
Hamden, Connecticut, 06518-2353
United States
phone: (203) 553-7676

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @mikrobeerbar

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(Place added by: naproxen on 09-14-2010)
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Reviews by WunderLlama:
Photo of WunderLlama
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Read about this place on Beer Advocate and had to try it. Nice looking joint that oozes fresh beer. Walked in, not crowded and found a seat at the bar. They were running a special event, the 8 beers of Hanaukah. I'm not Jewish, but, when in Tel aviv...selected the very non-kosher Bahn Mi sandwich. Delicious. Asked the bar keep for a recommend draft and he suggested the He'brew Hop Manna. Perfect foil to the Bahn Mi. Would have loved to have sampled more but had to have a clear head. Wish that I had a bar like this near where I live. I would be there all the time. Great little spot in need of multiple revisits. Try it, you'll like it.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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Photo of Zella2010
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

What can be said about Mikro that hasn't already been said. Basically nothing. Owner Mike has done a fantastic job; the staff, in general has been the same group of individuals for a few years (which I suspect means it is a good place to work), and the craft brew selection is amazing. Sometimes I wish they had a bit more of a regular beer menu, i.e. a few staples that would always be on the menu; but on the other hand, I love just walking in and being surprised. As for the food, it is simple, relatively refined and tasty.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of nukem5
4.35/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

While searching for some dinner a friend and I stumbled onto this gem! We were in Connecticut for work and found this place to be super packed and brimming with customers. Happens they were having an Allagash tap take-over with nearly 15 taps of Allagash and a few more with variuos others from the area. People were very friendly and bartenders and staff knew their beers. Most of the time they have a local Berkshire Brewing Co. Coffee House Porter on nitro tap but aparantly they had just run out so had an Old Rasputin nitro. Very nice establishment and hope to return to the area for work to re-visit this place . Great Time.

Photo of oldedog
4/5  rDev -8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of RADRACING
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

always packed and for good reason. food is fantastic.
its a treat for us to go here. we go a few times a year. coast 100 bucks every time we go. which is why its a nice treat.
my only negative is community seating. its your option to or not to. but as a service industry worker myself i feel that it greatly takes away from the romanticism of going out. but again if they did not offer it packed would be an understatement. Don't get me wrong, if you have never been you need to go! in fact you need to go a lot till you try every last bit of food on the menu!

Photo of pjs234
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of swierczt
3.86/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Mikro has an impressive craft beer selection for a place that is in a strip mall. Approximately 20 taps that constantly rotate and are featured on a large chalkboard. Price range was on par with most other craft beer pours ($5 and up depending on what you order). Went for Sunday brunch. The food was absolutely delicious and paired well with the beers on tap. This establishment is small and filled up quickly (folks were waiting for a table within 30 minutes of opening). Overall, I would recommend giving Mikro a try. I plan to return.

Photo of ArrogantBastard203
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I went here for my 21st birthday yesterday and I couldn't be more glad that I did so because this is just a great place to hang out and drink some quality beer with some friends and maybe something fried to nosh on once you're a few beers deep. Its not the type of place where drunks congregate which i liked a lot; its a small place but its a very nice little hideaway from the hustle and bustle of Whitney Ave. outside which one would forget was there from the atmosphere of the place.

I love that they change the beer on "the board" everyday even if its only by 1 or 2 beers. The board is a giant chalk board on the back wall and it lists the 2 dozen microbrews that they have on draft that night and usually one is a cask.

I certainly will be dubbing this place my watering hole especially since its only a 15 minute drive for me :)

Photo of Homberto
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I live a couple miles from this place and only discovered it a few months ago. This place and The Cask Republic in New Haven are my favorite places to go for excellent beer and atmosphere. Great beer selection. All microbrews. They rotate new beers in all of the time so it is a treat to see what they have each time I go in. Plenty on tap and in the bottle. The food is also excellent. Beers are reasonably priced. The food is a bit expensive, but well worth it. I recommend starting out with a flight and move on from there.

Photo of Boto
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We have eaten a few times here now. I must say I am impressed with the food here. You get some interesting twists on the food here. Deviled eggs are made with chipotle to give them just a bit of a bite. Last time there I had the pork chops that among the other items on it were shaved brussel sprouts. My wife liked the cornmeal waffle that was served with her chicken. Unusual, but it all works. And the beer selection is just superb. I believe they have 18 taps of constantly rotating beers. This place’s only drawback is that it is tiny. Get there early if you want dinner.

Photo of BranfordBound
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A - Cool atmosphere of the place, far from a dive and it almost seems more bistro like than bar like. Weekday nights at the table are intimate, but weekend nights are crowded and busy. Cool people all around, though.

Q - Yup, excellent quality everywhere, no real complaints.

Serv. - Exceptional service every time I've been there (twice now). Sit at the bar, get service; stand waiting for a table, get service; sit at a table, get exceptional, friendly, and knowledgeable service. Great team. Helped me to get the beer on cask which was amazing.

Sel. - Pretty darn good selection for Hamden, probably rivals that of New Haven, too. Strong bottle list of the usual suspects and a great tap list, plus the night I was there, there was a beer on cask. Had a Clipper City Loose Cannon (Cask) and a BBC Imperial Stout on Nitro.

F - Food was very "artisanal", typically an interesting twist on a classic food item. Everything perfectly done, though. The cheese platter was dinky but tasty. Reuben was exceptional. Sometimes I wish I could have fries instead of potato chips, though.

Price - Yeah, it gets a little pricey, but mostly for food. Beer is pretty normal valued, though.

Photo of Durge
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My first visit to Mikro and it seemed pretty true to the previous reviews. Overall a good experience. First note, parking on a Friday afternoon/evening is a bit of a bitch. It's a small shopping plaza with a very few spaces for a number of small businesses. We found our way around the back of the building. Then, arriving at 5:20 PM, we still had to put our name on the waiting list for one of the dozen or so small tables in this one-room tiny establishment. It does make for a "happening" sort of crowd-feel but obviously it can be a detraction. There was a little room at the bar and service was friendly and prompt for such a busy place. We were seated about as promised and the menu is limited but decent with fish n' chips, a venison sausage dish, some sort of vegetable pot pie, and a few other interesting choices as well as a featured special of a rib eye steak. The venison I had was very good, I'd have it again and I recommend a little mustard on the side. The fish n' chips got a very good review and the steak was less exciting with perhaps a bit too much extra flavoring pumped into it. But all was good and portions weren't ridiculously small, just not large. Enough I'd say. We had the special Beer-amisu desert which was good but not "beery" in any way. Our server was a young lady who claimed to know all the beers on the extensive tap list and she convinced me that was no lie. She was helpful and knowledgeable. Very impressive, and friendly too. All the beers I had seemed plenty fresh and tasty. They were out of a couple from the beer board but nothing unusual. I enjoyed a Great Divide Titan, a Southern Tier 2XIPA, a Clipper City Black IPA and an Ommegang Witte. No complaints. The atmosphere is obviously close quarters which with less of a crowd should be fine, but at crunch time is a little bit of a put off. They handled things pretty well though. They do have a 2-hour policy on the tables which ultimately is probably a good policy but it can also be a little awkward as they roust you from your seats at the appointed time to make room, even if nobody else is necessarily waiting for your table. We got up and stood at the bar "rail" for another beer while we watched our table sit empty for at least 5+ minutes, though another group eventually came along. Decor is simple, clean cut, a combo of rough cut wood and new age moderne with simple beer items on the walls (framed advertisements and banners, etc.). As a beer geek, I liked it fine but I probably would avoid another weekend dinner engagement there. Prices weren't horrible, just differentiating themselves from your corner bar. Good to see it thriving.

Photo of modernartblues
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Been to this one a couple times, definetly has been improving since opening. I was a little disappointed the first couple times I went in....mainly because of a mediocre (for a craft beer bar) tap list, the relatively high cost of the food, and the lack of a happy hour specials....

I've gotten over most of that (though I would def. frequent the place more often if they had a Prime 16 like happy hour) and learned to love the craft beer bar that's 5 minutes from Quinnipiac

A: really nice, laid back feel, the curtains shield the door opening upon entry makes a lot of difference, very homey- barn like feel as others have mentioned, one room that's a little small, but doesn't usually fill beyond capacity....

Q: this has improved significantly over the last couple months (props to Jonathan, who I believe used to man the beer helm at Prime 16) and is consistently solid and usually provides me with at least one nice surprise...not quite up to Prime 16's consistency yet, but getting there... (one small quibble-- almost always have 1-2 selections from Calvary-- whose beer is only average at best?)

S: most of the staff is fairly well versed and friendly with a couple truly outstanding staff members...owner, Mike, can almost always be spotted chatting with customers as well

F: really good, but a bit on the pricey side considering the size of the servings

V: with no real happy hour (maybe a $1 off on their $5 beers from 4-6?) and food that leans pricey, this is the principal reason I only frequent here a time or two a month

Prime 16 is still my favorite beer bar in the area (though Cask Republic is often tempting as well), Mikro is a great addition to the area's scene and the Hamden location is super convenient for all us Quinnipiac Grad students

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Mikro in Hamden, CT
96 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.