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Taps: 70 / Bottles: 600
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by EgadBananas:
4.18/5 rDev -5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
The Cove is an interesting place. It's kinda got a pirate theme going on, but it doesn't really seem to commit to it...that, and the lighting is so low that it's tough to get a grasp on the decor. There's plenty of seating and the bar stretches for the most part the length of the place. There's cooler after cooler stocked with beer, and the other half seems to be dedicated to Scotch. They stock pretty much everything that comes into the state, so quality and selection is fantastic. The downside is that it is bottled beer only, no draft. So, with bottled beer at a bar comes high prices. While they were on the pricey side, since they are bottle only, I think they ease up on the bottle prices because I want to say that I've seen some bottles be more expensive at other places. Service can be somewhat varied. By that I mean that it seems as though some of the female tenders may have been hired more for their looks than their knowledge. Being bottle only, it's really the kind of place that you stop in here and there but keep it to a couple bottles. If you're passing through, it's a can't miss spot. One of Baton Rouge's best, despite it's slightly alienating bottle-only setup.
04-24-2012 20:40:43 | More by EgadBananas
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4.34/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | $$$
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
The Cove in Baton Rouge, LA
95 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.