The Brü Rm. at BAR
Active Beers: 10
Beer Ratings: 132
Beer Avg: 3.74
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Reviews by opwog:
2.8/5 rDev -22.9%
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.
08-06-2008 17:38:09 | More by opwog
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3.83/5 rDev +5.5%
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!
06-26-2014 12:27:38 | More by rorjets
The Brü Rm. at BAR in New Haven, CT
83 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.