The Brü Rm. at BAR
Active Beers: 10
Beer Ratings: 126
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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3.59/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.5 | $
Visited on a weekday night while in New Haven:
First...go for the pizza...outstanding pies. We tried three different pizzas, different sauces, and different toppings. All were excellent. The beer was good; I only had the Damn Good Stout, which lived up to its name. They only had 4 beers on tap that night, so the selection suffered a little. The building that the place was in was awesome; I thought that it really helped give the place a really good vibe...that and the place was packed. We did have to wait 30 minutes for a table, but I think that a lot of that was due to the fact that they were understaffed. But once we got a table, the service was better than average. The prices were more than reasonable and if I ever end up back in New Haven, I will definitely be stopping in.
05-17-2013 01:54:41 | More by PhillyStyle
2.89/5 rDev -20.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$
I will start by saying the pizza here is great, and I come here nearly every time I'm in New Haven just for it. The clam pizza is out of this world! Food aside, this place could still use some improvements. Overall, come here for the pizza, but don't get too excited for the beer...
Atmosphere is nice. The traditional seating area on the right as you walk in is nice, but the main bar area to the left can get a bit crowded. The whole brewery seems to surround the dining room, which is pretty cool. This place apparently turns into a nightclub on weekend nights, though I have not been there when this happens. Service is OK, not great. Ive had the occasional airhead or bad attitude server.
Beer...I'm trying to be constructive here, because I like this place overall and would really like to see the microbrewery improve. But the house beer is the reason for my quality score of 2. Very inconsistent. I have definitely had good batches of the stout, ambar, and blonde there, but it varies a lot from batch to batch, mostly in yeast character; some are good, others have been ester bombs. My wife on one occasion got a toasted blonde that was phenolic; evident of either wild or weizen yeast contamination. Either case, it's a major flaw when the beer description is "clean and lager-like." With the flaws I've noticed, they need to improve their sanitation and yeast practices. If you are dissatisfied with the in house brews, they do have offerings on tap from other nearby craft and microbreweries.
01-13-2013 16:06:42 | More by OrangeCharlie
2.4/5 rDev -33.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
Visited the Bru Rm@bar 12-8.
The atmosphere is rather chaotic and pieced together. They are trying hard to be "cool" but really miss the mark. The impression we got was more of a college dive than anything else.
There was little to no organization amongst the hostess(s) or wait staff so getting a table or initial service was far more of a hassle than it needed to be. No one check on the people waiting for a table for about 10 minutes even though they kept walking on by (4 of us when we arrived by the time someone stopped to ask us if we had been waiting to be seated, like it took a college degree to figure out, there at least 16+ people waiting in line). Once we were seated service was okay.
The pizza was a surprise as it was very good the beer was less than average to very poor (out of the three seperate beers we ordered 2 were poor in qaulity one was average). They REALLY need to work on there beers. You are better off drinking anything else really. The cost for the actual food was on the high side of average. The cost of the beer was far more than it should have been considering the quality was not there.
So cost for value your paying FAR more than the worth of what your getting. A example of the rip of is the cost of a growler of beer here they want 22$ for a full growler (standard American 64 oz style) were the average at similar institutions with far superior beer is in the average range of 15$.
The run down is Bru Rm is not worth it.
12-09-2012 13:11:27 | More by woolybear
1.83/5 rDev -49.6%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$$
Very disappointed in BAR New Haven. I drove 45 minutes to Bar on Wed in part, due to a special, that they were advertising on their own website. When i got there, i was greeted rudely by some useless tool of a bartender, who claims no such special ever existed. When i pulled out the smart phone to show him his own bars website, and that IN FACT bar was advertising the special, i received NO APOLOGY just a snide "You can have that one and thats it" "The rest are full price" Mind you the special was supposed to last till 11:30pm and it was 8:00pm at that time. I then spoke with the Manager Frank, who was equally useless, stating only "Oh im sorry to hear that ill have a talk with him". How about you at least buy a round on the house you unprofessional twit. I DROVE 45 MINUTES FOR THAT DAMN SPECIAL. I WILL NEVER VISIT THAT SHITHOLE AGAIN. AND DO YOURSELF A FAVOR PEOPLE, stay away, they wanted $17 for two small ass rum and cokes, Their pizza SUCKS go to Pepes and eat a real pizza
05-12-2012 00:20:09 | More by Onetrackminded1
3.69/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
We stopped in here after cruising through the free Yale museums and before grabbing lunch at Claire's. I had read Andy Crouch's not very glowing review of Bru Rm awhile back and had little interest in visiting, but then I saw some photos of the place about a month ago and was really taken aback. They looked like something out of Portland or Seattle, and I knew--nightclub or not--I had to visit this place... during the day.
The space is really incredible--an old industrial building on a leafy side street with two distinct spaces that we saw: the Front Room and the Bru Rm apparently. Both were airy and bright on an overcast, but dry winter day, and both exuded an industrial chic warmth that was just shy of being hip. Its an aesthetic and feeling I really enjoy, with the steel and concrete accented nicely against warn wood bar tops and ceilings, and the giant front windows against the glow of an open wood fire. On a Sunday afternoon, the space was full of couples, families with children and a wide range of New Haven locals and visitors. It was hard to picture the space and vibe I fell so in love with as a nightclub, so I prefer not to.
Service was prompt and efficient. There was no bartender, despite us sitting at the bar, but our waiter was attentive. The beer list was fairly short--the four or so regular beers complimented by two or three specials--and limited in scope, but plenty to get the job done. I ordered the pale ale, which was a pleasant, slightly sweet English version, and my girlfriend ordered the special espresso stout, which was very good. The beers weren't mind-blowing, but they were solid versions of English standards and plenty good for a neighborhood brewpub.
I'm already looking forward to a return daytime visit--possibly trying the pizza, which looked excellent--to try some of the other beers and see how the cozy space fares in warmer weather.
02-14-2012 21:06:16 | More by FrankLloydMike
2.78/5 rDev -23.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$$
For some reason, based on press, I had a better opinion of Bru Rm @ BAR that maybe I should have. I didn't look at my notes carefully, and didn't notice that I was unimpressed with Bru from samples at a previous GABF. Live and learn--use the list.
The height of the evening was the Watermelon ale that we started the night with. Nothing was any better, and the one ale--AmBARale--was serious flawed and I was surprised that it was even being served. I couldn't even finish the beer. The Chinook Pale Ale redeemed them a bit and was an adequate pale ale.
Pizza look great coming in the door--seeming their specialty. It was good, but the the burning of the bottom was intense even for the type of oven used. Don't get me wrong--I like wood and coal fired pizza, and understanding some high heat burning will occur. It seemed to be assumed that a portion of the pizza will be tossed and that you should eat around it--according to the evidence of tables around us.
07-08-2011 00:01:04 | More by FightingEntropy
3.7/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here last night after not being at the place in about 5 years or so. Hasn't changed at all, decent crowd, good house brews, good food.
The building has a kind of industrial look with exposed ceilings and concrete walls, but still has an easy hang feeling about it. The room was crowded but not too tight to move around.
We ordered their Toasted Blonde, AmBar Ale, and Damn Good Stout. Not sure of their bottle selection, but their microbrews are good session drinkers. A limited selection but good quality.
Brick oven "New Haven" style pizza is very good. Mash potato and bacon pie is a must try.
The service was good, especially on a busy night. Attentive waitress handled our party of 9, keeping our glasses filled and the food coming.
This is a good spot to hit if you're looking for pizza and good micros. Nothing that will "wow" you but you won't be let down either.
03-27-2011 16:03:22 | More by ThreeDimesDown
3.4/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The Bru Rm. at BAR used to be, for some reason, my beer-stop of choice when in New Haven/Yale. Maybe because the wife and I stumbled upon it and liked the combination of gourmet pizza and handcrafted beer... and you can walk to the famous Louis' Lunch down the street for an "original" burger too!
BAR is sprawling and huge, a bit confusing and definitely crazy during prime times. Because it is considered a nightclub, they may ask for ID, but then you go in and it is full of families with babies??
The Bru Rm itself is cozy, particularly in the winter, but it is also too loud and -yes- perennially crowded. Service is OK. Most likely it will take a while to get served, the waitress will look like she's going crazy and she may forget your water, but hey, the pizza comes to your table pretty quickly.
The beers are alright. I used to think they were real good, but now that my beer knowledge has broadened, my mind has changed... they have the typical lineup of a small brewpub: amber, blonde, stout, pale ale. The IPA I do like, and the stout is creamy and roasty and well done. But I mean, nothing out of the ordinary.
Pizza is super delicious, but pricey. 20 bucks for a large pizza with one or two simple toppings. Beers are better priced, $4.50 for a pint, $2.75 for a half pint.
This is not a destination, except for the pizza. Next time I'm in New Haven, I think I'll stop here for a quick pizza and then move on to better beer bars in town, like Delaney's or the new Cask Republic.
02-19-2011 19:04:17 | More by DoubleSimcoe
2.7/5 rDev -25.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
Wow, walked in and felt like I was bothering people at 5 pm on a Tuesday. The hostess was doodling in a notebook and barely said 3 words to me. I asked where and atm was and she tried to send me 4 blocks away, there was one next door. Told her about the one next door in case someone asked again, and she said whatever, I am not from this neighborhood.
Sat, ordered a beer and pizza (pizza is really good) asked the server about the beer and she said she didnt know. Then I had to follow up with a, could you please ask someone? She replied the breasted wasn't there and left. Got my pizza, and half way into it, no followup, so had to get up and look for napkins at the empty bar... nothing, so I sat back down... then when I was done had to go ask someone else for some... then I bent the super cheap fork trying to cut my pizza, the fork was reminiscent of elementary school cafeteria forks back in the day... so cheap that if you stabbed someone, it would just bend in half.
Anyway, rant over... awesome pizza, mediocre beer, Piss poor service, great atmosphere.
02-16-2011 00:03:18 | More by crusian
3.45/5 rDev -5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
A: The best part about the place, I love the old Firehouse station feel to the place. Lots of log wooden tables near the bar and the other room is nice and comfy too. I once was once seated up stars in a nice romantic perch that allowed me to view the whole dining room. Its a trendy place that fills up quickly.
Q: The beer selection is weak to alright. Best beer is the damn good stout, would not recommend the Blonde or the house beer (some sort of alt. beer I think- AmBar Ale), the Pale Ale is drinkable.
S: Had mixed service. Really annoyed a couple of times by the hostess- 10-15 minute waits turned into hour waits with no apology. Regular servers are usually decent.
S: 4 beers on tap, sometime a specialty. Would probably visit more often if they consistently had something interesting as a seasonal. With Prime 16 within spitting distance, I only go here if in the mood for Pizza to go with my beer.
F: Good pizza. A little bit of flimsy crust, but good-great New Haven style pizza (doesn't touch Pepe's or Modern, but that's a difficult proposition, and some disagree with me).
V: The food is reasonably priced, but the beers are $5 pints. If they were better, I'd be more forgiving.
12-24-2010 21:44:55 | More by modernartblues
The Brü Rm. at BAR in New Haven, CT
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