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Taps: 70 / Bottles: 600
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
4.34/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | $$$
The Cove is a great little place you'd hardly notice driving by as it's in a strip mall tucked away from the road. It's divided into a tap room and a bottle area (with more than just beer), and is a more relaxed atmosphere than the typical bars in BTR.
It has the best beer selection I have seen, anywhere. I'm not sure the exact count but they have several dozen high quality taps (other than a couple local Abitas and such, they really do try to get the best beer), that rotate often, and usually have a lot that I'd never even heard of. As for the bottle selection, well, the bottle menu is nearly a novel, with 5-6 pages of Belgians alone (sometimes Cantillon).
The atmosphere is pretty good. The tap room is much quieter (also has a pool table!) and you can usually have one-on-one time with the bartender if you'd like, who are pretty knowledgable about all of the beers and not shy about letting you sample them. The bottle room is a bit more rowdy, and unfortunately some of the waiters/waitresses aren't so knowledgable about the beer as you'd like and the service drops off a bit. The worst part about it is that smoking is still permitted in the bottle room, so this generally keeps my girlfriend and me away from it unless there aren't that many people.
They don't have a kitchen, but apparently they know offer hotdogs and a couple snacks. There is a pretty good Mediterranen place right next door, though, and they let you bring in food.
Lastly, the pricing is a bit on the heavy side. It's halfway between being reasonable and being pricey, I'd say. I definitely think they could subtract a dollar or two from most of their beers, but you do get what you pay for usually. It does hurt having to pay $60-70 (after tip) for two people to drink 3-4 beers a piece, though.
In sum: If you like craft beer and are in Baton Rouge, you have to check this place out.
01-12-2014 06:59:37 | More by Rohkey
4.06/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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
4.65/5 rDev +5.7%
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
The Cove in Baton Rouge, LA
95 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.