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Taps: 70 / Bottles: 600
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

11 Ratings
Ratings: 11
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 6.85%
$$$ - a bit pricey


[ Bar, Eatery ]

2561 Citiplace Ct
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70808-2722
United States
phone: (225) 248-6457

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @covebr

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(Place added by: LSUPT on 07-05-2011)
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Rohkey

Michigan

4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | $$$

The Cove is a great little place you'd hardly notice driving by as it's in a strip mall tucked away from the road. It's divided into a tap room and a bottle area (with more than just beer), and is a more relaxed atmosphere than the typical bars in BTR.

It has the best beer selection I have seen, anywhere. I'm not sure the exact count but they have several dozen high quality taps (other than a couple local Abitas and such, they really do try to get the best beer), that rotate often, and usually have a lot that I'd never even heard of. As for the bottle selection, well, the bottle menu is nearly a novel, with 5-6 pages of Belgians alone (sometimes Cantillon).

The atmosphere is pretty good. The tap room is much quieter (also has a pool table!) and you can usually have one-on-one time with the bartender if you'd like, who are pretty knowledgable about all of the beers and not shy about letting you sample them. The bottle room is a bit more rowdy, and unfortunately some of the waiters/waitresses aren't so knowledgable about the beer as you'd like and the service drops off a bit. The worst part about it is that smoking is still permitted in the bottle room, so this generally keeps my girlfriend and me away from it unless there aren't that many people.

They don't have a kitchen, but apparently they know offer hotdogs and a couple snacks. There is a pretty good Mediterranen place right next door, though, and they let you bring in food.

Lastly, the pricing is a bit on the heavy side. It's halfway between being reasonable and being pricey, I'd say. I definitely think they could subtract a dollar or two from most of their beers, but you do get what you pay for usually. It does hurt having to pay $60-70 (after tip) for two people to drink 3-4 beers a piece, though.

In sum: If you like craft beer and are in Baton Rouge, you have to check this place out.

01-12-2014 06:59:37 | More by Rohkey
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EricInLA

Louisiana

4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

If you came to town for the football, the tailgating, or the other things that are typical baton rouge streetjamming events, this is not the place I would recommend going to. This bar is a nice step up and step out from the all too common sport fanatic, college kid rage fest bar with ridiculous deals on bud and miller light and so much smoke you feel like you're inhaling exhaust.

The cove is split in two sections, the keg room and the main bar. I rarely frequent the main bar, but from what I've seen, it has excellent liquor selection and they can make a pretty mean cocktail. I am in the keg room weekly, however.

The keg room is a rather modest room with plenty of beers I've never seen before on tap, a pool table, some old arcade machines, and a nice wooden comfortable atmosphere. The service from the bartender, Chris, is top notch and from the conversations we've had I can tell he really has an appreciation for his craft. This room is pretty quiet even on the busy nights, which is nice when you're trying to have a conversation and enjoy a microbrew.

You definitely won't find Bud Light or Miller Light on tap in the keg room.

11-01-2013 07:13:27 | More by EricInLA
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$

I heard about this place all through college and recently (within the past year) decided to try it due to my fairly new appreciation for craft beer.

The Cove is nestled in the corner of a "strip mall" type building with various shops and eateries on either side. Most if not all.of the adjacent businesses are closed at night so the bar basically has the entire area to itself. You almost would not even know it was there if it was not for the vehicles parked in the lot.

The atmosphere is excellent in my opinion. Having recently graduated from LSU, I can say that I am over the "party bar" scene. You walk in with a tap room on your right and the bottle room down the hall. This is not only a craft beer bar, but a fine wine and spirit bar as well. Menus of all of the different beer wine and spirits are available before you enter. The quality of the offerings is second to none, especially in Baton Rouge. The head bartenders that serviced me were very knowledgeable on the selection of offerings. The rookies, not so much, but still very helpful. A+ service. The prices are not bad considering that this is the only place in Louisiana that you can try some unique and rare brews. Overall, this is a place that I would recommend to any local or out of towner looking for great craft or a fine spirit establishment. Can't wait to try its sister bar, Port Royal, right down the road.

P.S. As a side note, the owner came over one night we were there and talked to us about the individual drinks that we had. He knew each ones history and was like a human Wikipedia on each one. Very cool....

05-11-2013 00:49:35 | More by tbryan5
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Casedogg43

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

Was told of this amazing bar by Rob of Flat12!
Thanks bro!

Walk in and you have a tap room to the right. About 15 taps, all of which are rotated with terrific brews of all kinds. Mostly limited availability brews.

Head down the hall way to the rear of the building, and BAM.... Wonder full bar. Gotta be 50' + long. Scotch selection on left side, then 500 + bottles in well displayed glass coolers in the middle and ending to the right is another smaller bar for whisky lovers.

Selection Is terrific. Yes, you will pay for it. I got a beer geek brunch for $20. Great bottle, they chilledit for me on ice, and i sipped a nice oyster stout while waiting for it to be ready for the pour.

Atmosphere is cool. One night it's laid back with 10-15 people, another night it's packed full for trivia.

I'll be back!!

08-05-2012 00:48:20 | More by Casedogg43
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KDawg

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

My friend took me here when I was visiting town. The cove does a good job of keeping away people there just to drink bud or coors. You have to walk back a bit to get to the real bar The staff was very knowledgeable on their ginormous selection.

When I say the selection is ginormous, it’s a bit of an understatement. They have almost 2 pages of mikellers to choose from amongst other things.

The beers were priced pretty well for what they are. I liked that you had to pay $4 for a bud while only paying $4.50 for a quality hefeweizen or something of that nature. They want you to have the good stuff.

I enjoyed the cove a lot. I wasn’t here for too long, so maybe my rating is slightly lower than if I was able to really dig into it here. Still, impressed is the word that best describes things for me

04-27-2012 21:47:23 | More by KDawg
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$

The Cove is an interesting place. It's kinda got a pirate theme going on, but it doesn't really seem to commit to it...that, and the lighting is so low that it's tough to get a grasp on the decor. There's plenty of seating and the bar stretches for the most part the length of the place. There's cooler after cooler stocked with beer, and the other half seems to be dedicated to Scotch. They stock pretty much everything that comes into the state, so quality and selection is fantastic. The downside is that it is bottled beer only, no draft. So, with bottled beer at a bar comes high prices. While they were on the pricey side, since they are bottle only, I think they ease up on the bottle prices because I want to say that I've seen some bottles be more expensive at other places. Service can be somewhat varied. By that I mean that it seems as though some of the female tenders may have been hired more for their looks than their knowledge. Being bottle only, it's really the kind of place that you stop in here and there but keep it to a couple bottles. If you're passing through, it's a can't miss spot. One of Baton Rouge's best, despite it's slightly alienating bottle-only setup.

04-24-2012 20:40:43 | More by EgadBananas
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LSUPT

California

4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

This is the sister bar to Port Royal located near Port Royal but down Corporate St. in Citiplace, but here the focus is more on beer, although, they do have a large scotch selection as well. It's kind of hard to find if you have never been there as, last I checked, it wasn't listed on Google Maps. It's next door to an excellent Mediterranean place called Albasha, which is actually how I found it.

A much larger bar than Port Royal, The Cove has a big open area with tables, booths 1 pool table and a foosball table, with a very long bar. The owners continue the pirate theme in this bar, not my thing, but there is a pretty cool mural with a Kragen on the wall. As with most Baton Rogue establishments, The Cove has its fair share of d-bags drinking Miller from the bottle, yelling and hogging the pool table all night but with such an elongated and open space they are usually avoidable. Some sort of dress code seems to be loosely enforced at times including no white t-shirts.

Service has been great the times I have been there, bartenders are friendly and somewhat knowledgable. They have appropriate glassware but sometimes use the wrong style, but it's no big deal as I usually ask for a tulip anyway.

No taps here but there is a superb bottle selection. Focus is on imports but there are some pretty good, sometimes hard to find, craft selections. Tons of Belgians and Germans available as well as beer from all over the world and a full line of Hitachino beers and tons of stuff from Mikkeller and Brewdog.

Great value here especially considering that they do $1 off specials from different world regions most days and 20% off bombers on the others. On $1 off Euros or Belgians night, Monday and Tuesday respectively I think, a Duvel ends up being $5 which is excellent considering the typical price of 4 packs here. For me, this is the best beer bar in Baton Rouge hands down, as draft beer isn't a must have in my opinion, and it's definitely worth trying to find if you are in the area.

07-05-2011 19:28:32 | More by LSUPT
The Cove in Baton Rouge, LA
94 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.