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The Brü Rm. at BAR

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The Brü Rm. at BARThe Brü Rm. at BAR
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145 Ratings
Place Score: 84
Ratings: 69
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bar_newhaven

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Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 50
Reviews by opwog:
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2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

This place has been around for almost 20 years and should be credited for the revival of Crown Street. Back in the day, this was just a rave club in a dead part of town, right across from Louie's, which is suppose to be the place where the first hamburger was made. But now Crown street is the hottest part of town and quickly Bar started in with brewing and pizza. The pizza is surprizingly good, but this is a city that is unforgiving of bad pizza, so you can't get into serving pizza unless you are going to do it right.

But when it comes to the over all atmosphere and quality of the beers, I wish that I was writing thsi review 5 years ago, after my last visit, instead of what I encountered this last week. It was a hot day, so we sat in the pool room that has the large garage door open. I have no idea why, but they now have white sheets hanging on all the walls that make this place look like it is under construction. I think that they are suppose to be decorative, but they were cheap and dirty looking, that I worried over what bacteria was probably trapped in those sheets.

The selection of their beers was just down to 4 of their standard ales and an average offering of other beers. Last time that I was there, they had a robust list of their beers and an interesting offering of guest beers. We were there in the late afternoon, so it was not very busy, so there was no reason for bad service. But bad service is exactly what we got. The bartender sat back against the bar and despite the fact that we were sitting there with no drinks, we still had to wave him over. Then, when I asked for a sample of the wheat for my girlfriend, we got the heavy sigh. The guy would not smile, would not offer up any information about their beers and while he served us, he just stared out beyond us.

This place has been an on-again, off-again hot spot for the club scene for years and it just feels like they may have decided to concentrate on that now over beers and service. But the pizza is stil good.

More User Reviews:
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3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

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Photo of rorjets
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
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%
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 -34.4%
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%
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

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The Brü Rm. at BAR in New Haven, CT
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