The Brü Rm. at BAR

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3.8/5
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Place Score: 84
Ratings: 73
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.68
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Cask: Y
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

254 Crown St
New Haven, Connecticut, 06511-6610
United States
phone: (203) 495-8924

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Reviews by mltobin:
Photo of mltobin
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Located right across the street from Louis Lunch in New Haven.

Big space for Connecticut, with two bar sides: eating pizza and not eating pizza (which looked really tasty by the way). The crowd is a mix of professionals and college kids. Service was fine. The selection was 5 beers, mostly darker, richer styles. I went for the Bru Master`s Rye, pretty tasty, would have paired well a pepperoni pie. I would have preferred a couple more drafts and something light like a pilsner or a wheat on the board this time of they year (May). Worth a visit if you are doing a crawl in New Haven.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BranfordBound
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Awesome brick oven pizza in New Haven. The beers they make there are kind of meh (the stouts are decent), but the rotating taps can reveal a treat or two. I've had Lawson's Super Session #2 here recently and a buddy had Sip of Sunshine. Food (pizza) is awesome!

Just watch the time when you are there, the place turns into a popular bar with a nightclub in the back around 10pm. Gets really crowded and noisy, to say the least.

Photo of mzingie
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 5

Best pizza I've ever had. So good it is as if it is not even pizza, but a new kind of food that makes pizza irrelevant. Their "damn good stout" is amazing, and their beers are a great compliment to their world class pizza. I go to bar for the pizza and give, and their above average beer is a bonus.

Photo of rorjets
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Visited mid-week in the afternoon during the Arts and Ideas Festival, after enjoying a lecture on Jackson Pollack at the Yale Art Gallery. We were immediately seated by the hostess (it wasn't busy at all). Got a seat by the windows, looking directly across Crown Street at that New Haven icon, Louis' Lunch. We ordered a flight of beers, which arrived in minutes, then ordered a salad and a pizza.

The flight of five came in fairly large samples, plenty to share. Started with the Toasted Blonde - very light, not much 'toasted' flavor. Next was the Pale Ale - nice hoppy taste, moderate bitterness, clean finish. Followed that with the Am 'bar' Ale - sweet with lots of malt. Up next was the Damn Good Stout - lived up to it's name! Lots of flavors of coffee & chocolate, but not overwhelming. The last sample was the seasonal specialty brew, a Rye IPA. Not bad, but hard to discern the rye taste.

Based on the flight I decided to go with a glass of the Pale Ale, although I would say that the Stout was the star; just not the right choice for our meal.

Both the salad and pizza were fantastic! We had a white pizza with artichokes, which arrived quickly. Thin crust pizza, slightly charred - the both of us agreed it was as good as Pepe's (without the wait!). The medium was quite big, more than enough for the two of us (we hadn't eaten all day and it was already 2:30, so we were definitely hungry); I would love to see the size of a large pie!

Our server was attentive and prompt thru out the meal, and the hostess checked on us to make sure everything was satisfactory. We enjoyed the brewpub ambience, and looking out to the street scene, although Crown Street isn't the best people watching spot.

There are a lot of dining choices in New Haven, but not brew pubs with great pizza and beer! We will definitely be back!

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of OrangeCharlie
2.89/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Photo of woolybear
2.4/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

Photo of Onetrackminded1
1.83/5  rDev -50.3%
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

Photo of FrankLloydMike
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of FightingEntropy
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

Disappointing.

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of crusian
2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

Photo of modernartblues
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of smackfu
3.35/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4

As the only brew pub in New Haven, I wish this place was better.

Four basic beers that they always have, none of which blows me away. An ale, an IPA, a toasted blonde, and a stout. And then one or two seasonal beers which can be hit or miss. Good enough when you just want a pint to go with the pizza, but I'd be hard pressed to spend a whole night drinking the beer. And since the only food is pizza, that gets a bit old if you go there too often, even though it's excellent pizza. I wish they would mix it up a bit, but they've been doing it like this for years and years and its always busy so I guess it is working for them.

Overall, a good place to visit every month or two. But never the place we decide to go to drink beer.

Photo of Sammy
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

The cool place to go in New Haven. Just their taps, long bar though was fairly busy when I went an everning pre-school session. Their beer is OK, the main reason for going. Lots of tables, including some intimate tables. Looks like a student hangout, with a rustic appearance overall, and everyone coming with their pals as opposed to somewhere to meet people. Average age wa graduate student, and youngerthan at Prime 16 or at Delaney's. Downtown, and easy part of a pub crawl. Sevice was average, but it was fairly busy as I said. The bottles were the macros.

Photo of jgasparine
3.35/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere- A transitional design, blending rustic materials with modern lines; this place can satisfy a range of aesthetic appeals. The large dining and drinking spaces can accommodate groups, and the barstools and little nooks can work well for individuals. The theme throughout this casual restaurant is BEER, and I find this appealing... as if most other patrons are there to worship the Brewer's Art.

Quality- Clean draft lines & clean facilities. Careful consideration was clearly put into their beer line-up, marketing materials, and the education of their staff. All good things.

Service- While the staff was well-educated, they were less than attentive on each occasion I have been to BAR. The barstaff always seem reasonably responsive, but it took 20 minutes after being seated before a waitress took a drink order (and it wasn't that busy). Sparing the details, the wait-staff service was disappointing each of three times I have been here.

Selection- The range of beers is essentially limited to their House Brews, which covers a decent range of styles... however, there were only six styles to choose from in total. Enough to keep me interested, but not enough to make me want to go back in the same weekend.

Food- Excellent pizza. Nice thin, crispy crust... and a range of sauce/cheese/topping options. A wonderful accompaniment to their brews.

Overall- I like this place enough to revisit every six months or so...

Photo of zoolzoo
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

BAR..

Large, open, industrial. Blank concrete walls that appear to be cracking, a massive garage door. I like the whole modern/industrial thing but the place seemed a bit drab. Ive never been here at night when the place morphs into a night club, maybe the lighting spruces things up? In the "pool table area", the elongated wooden tables, open space, and light pouring in from the garage door reminded me of a bier hall. Big kettles and other brewing equipment scattered about are a nice touch.

The tap selection was tasty but limited. Most notably, I enjoyed their IPA (which was actually pretty malty), and their Amber (tasted like an "imperial" amber to me, viscous and sweet. Good though!). Two of their house beers were unavailable, and the stout had a sour aspect which in this case I found to be an off flavor.

I tried the mashed potato/bacon pizza at the recommendation of the bar tender. Apparently its a fan favorite. I found the potato to be too prominent and the starchiness really muted some of the other flavors for me. Otherwise the crust, cheese, bacon, and white sauce were well executed. I'm betting I would really enjoy a traditional red pizza from BAR, so Ill be back for that.

The service I received at the bar was excellent. The bar tender was friendly and talkative, knew about the brewing process, recommended house beers and provided samples, and actually seemed pretty proud of his job and his employer. Thats a plus isn't it?

Photo of Pabs311
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

this place is pretty interesting. they have a restaurant in one area, a bar in another and a club/dance floor in another. its a one stop shop for goin out. i've heard they have really good new haven style pizza here, although i've never had it personally (i usually opt for louis lunch across the street). they have a decent selection of beers here and they in house brews are all farely good, my favorite is the damn good stout. they also have regular beer festivals. with surrounding breweries present to taste their beers. the service is ok if the place isnt to crowded, which i feel is the norm no matter where u go. during the summer they open up the front doors of the building which allows for a rather nice atmosphere. all in all a good place to stop in and have a few micro brews at and try the pizza so u can tell me how it is!

Photo of Stigs
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Was here for a wedding "rehearsal" dinner with about 25 other people, had a few tables set aside for us.

First off, service was extremely good given the circumstances. We were just rotating pitcher and pizza orders and everything was accurate, and fast. Kudos to numerous members of the wait staff who put up with us and kept the food and drinks coming.

The place is classic brewpub, very casual with fermentation tanks and brewing equipment throughout the building, very industrial.

Got to try 3 of the 4 in house beers: Blonde, IPA, Stout...the IPA and Stout were VERY good, huge surprise...the Blonde was not my style but a good crowd pleaser.

The food (pizza) was good, and a bit unique...thin crunchy crust with sweet sauce and a myriad of toppings. Highlight was the mashed potato and bacon, and sausage and roasted red pepper pizza. Very good.

Overall, wonderful place..lots of funto be had, will stop here again next visit to the area.

Photo of hoppymcgee
5/5  rDev +35.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My favorite place to go for beers and pizza, hands down. I've been going here for 4 years now.

When you first walk in you see the huge stainless steel brew tanks - a good first impression. The room on the left features tables with long wooden benches, a nice bar, and a pool table. There is also a stairway going up to a nifty catwalk (where they put the 20 and under folks for some reason). The room on the right features 2 bars (one near the ovens and one in the middle of the room). What a great atmosphere!

First off, the pizza is incredible. New Haven pizza is the best around and this tops the chart along with Sally's on Wooster St. I recommend the mashed potato pizza (sans bacon!).

The beer is way above par. They always have the Toasted Blonde, Ambar Ale, and Pale Ale on tap with 2 or 3 rotating taps. My favorite seasonals are the Damn Good Espresso Stout and the Chocolate Porter - both are so tasty and perfectly done!

The prices here are reasonable. I believe it's around $5 for a pint and the pizza starts at $10.

They also host a Real Ale Fest every year (usually at the end of January) that is definitely awesome.

5's all around for these guys.

Photo of Yetiman420
2.99/5  rDev -18.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2

Made a trip to New Haven for a wonderful dinner at Frank Pepe's for New Haven pizza and the opportunity to visit another brewpub in my quest to visit all quality brewpubs in North America (stop #167).

After walking through a very crowded dining area of young professionals and lots of very tasting looking pizza, we managed to make it to the long and limited standing room area bar. The first sign of bad news was that the guest tap list is all macro craft. The second bit of bad news was that house beers were blonde, red, amber, and stout. As pedestrian as a brewpub can get. No seasonal, no cask, and nothing hoppy.

My wife and I (mostly me) had the blonde and amber. They were both acceptable for the style.

We huddled back in the corner with the exposed industrial brewing equipment which looked pretty cool.

A good place for a large group if you're not too critical of your beer.

Photo of woosterbill
3.68/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

A: Ahh, BAR. This is indisputably an interesting place, but how you interpret "interesting" can, I imagine, vary quite a bit. There are three distinct areas in the establishment: on the right as you go in is the restaurant/pizza oven/brewery; on the left is the bar area with bar/pool table/long tables; further back and to the left is the nightclub area with another bar and some ridiculous black-light style columns and such - not my scene. The vibe varies from modern/upscale in the restaurant to loud/crowded and downscale in the bar to urban/techno craziness in the back. Choose your poison.

Q: Pretty solid overall, although a few of their beers have been serious, serious disappointments (I'm looking at you, watermelon lager and Irish red).

Service: BAR has a well-deserved reputation for poor service, especially among their hosts/hostesses and waitstaff. I only rated them as high as I did because their bartenders have always been good about providing prompt, adequate pours. Depending on when you go, be prepared to wait for long periods of time both before and after you get a table.

Selection: Their core lineup of beers has a couple very solid offerings (Pale Ale and Damn Good Stout), and they always have one or two seasonal offerings as well. Additionally, they offer a pretty reasonably priced sampler of all their house brews. I've never ordered anything other than an in-house beer, but I'm pretty sure they have a least a half-dozen other beers on tap - mostly macro, though, if I remember rightly.

Food: This is the real strength of this place: their pizza. I shan't elaborate here, but it holds up well against some of the better-established places in NH, and that's saying a whole lot. It isn't my favorite place to get a pie, but it's still amazing and definitely the only place in town that has both good pizza and good beer.

V: The beers aren't too bad ($5 a pint), but the pizza is pretty pricey and they never have any happy hours or specials that I've encountered.

Notes: If you don't feel like waiting, try coming here for lunch; or, another strategy I've been known to employ is to put my name on the list at 6, go to Prime 16 for a couple beers during their INCREDIBLE happy hour, and then head back 45 minutes later to claim a table.

Cheers!

Photo of dbmcrorie
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 1.5 | food: 4

Hmm... where to start?

The atmosphere is really hit or miss with this place. The overall layout and design is very cool. They have a pool room/bar area. They have an eating room/bar area. And in the back they have a dance club room/bar area. So it depends on where you sit and when. Obviously the dance is only good for after hours (and is quoted by many to be one of the best places for dancing in New Haven), and the pool room is decent during the evening. But they often lift up a garage door and put up sheets as a "wall" instead; but this allows you to smell and hear the busy Crown St. while trying to enjoy some food with friends. Not as cool or chic as they think. But if you are lucky enough to be seated in the other eating room, it's much quieter and easier to relax.

Everything is very rustic; exposed brewing equipment, open spacious rooms, exposed brick walls, and a good view of where they make the pizzas.

The quality of both their pizzas and beer is top notch. Each style of beer is quite tasty and perfect with nearly every pizza they have available. However, their selection sucks. I feel bad for complaining because it is so damn tasty. But they only have 4 standard beers on tap at all times with 1 tap that changes seasonally. I salute them for having 4 beers that they have mastered, but after a few visits, you start to crave something new. They also only serve pizza. The only other item on the menu is one salad. Otherwise, you have your choice of pizzas. Again, they make a damn good pizza and have lots of topping choices, but after a few visits, you start to crave something new.

The service is pretty lousy, I won't lie. I've been many times, and have been ignored, scoffed at, and even yelled at one time (I touched the chalk drawing next to our booth out of curiosity. All of the tables and walls and booth chairs are carved and withered away to hell from people who have carved their names in it with clearly big knives. I swear it looks like a crowd of drunk lumber jacks where trying to carve statues out of the tables. And I get yelled at like a five-year-old for touching the chalk picture with my finger?). I've also had friends turned away at night since they weren't 21 when we just wanted pizza. When I know for a fact that the rules are: under-21 can sit in the pizza room, not the pool room. Yet the bouncer was certain that he knew best and kicked us out.

I apologize for ranting, but I figured while reviewing this place, people should know what to expect. No one wants to talk to you about their beer, they are not too keen on letting you sample the beers, and they sure as hell don't want to check up on you to see if you need a refill or extra napkins unless you stand up and wave them over.

But, like I said, of the 4 beers available, they are tasty. And their pizza is worth comparing to Sally's or Pepe's. But hey, if the food/drink is so good, I guess you have the right to treat your customers like shit?

Oh well. My last complaint is that it is way too expensive. Other than that, it's worth checking out at least once. Especially if you are knew to the area or just visiting. But I'm starting to learn that as a local, maybe once is just once enough.

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4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Very nice place in New Haven across from Louies Lunch. Its got a nice open feel to it, a little rustic, a little industrial with a lot o brewing equipment on display. This place has very solid beer and usually a fairly decent selection. The surprising thing is how good the pizza is- right up there with Sallys and Pepes, and those places have crap for beer. Its also very convenient to downtown and Yale. There are certainly a lot of student types here, and it can get crowded, but I really like this place. Solid.

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