The Brü Rm. at BAR
Active Beers: 10
Beer Ratings: 121
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by slander:
4.15/5 rDev +14%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5
Look. When in New Haven, I'm looking to get a pizza at Modern. Not Pepe's and not Sally's,...Modern. The thing is, for the best pizza in New Haven, Modern has a crappy handful of beers with a guest tap or two that may be decent at best. What to do, what to do?? You go to BruRm@Bar. New Haven is the brick oven pizza town and this joint mixes it up nicely. They make an excellent pie AND they brew their own beer and it's damn good beer at that. I've been a fan of the "damn good stout" but recently got to have the "damn good espresso stout" which was just that. Likewise, the golden ale was outstanding.
The place is divied up into multiple areas. As you enter, there's the dining room to the right with a "U" shaped bar serving their beers and the brewing vessels amongst the tables. They also have a table or two on the second floor and if you climb the stairs to the third floor, as we did last month at the CT real ale festival,... hey, what do you know?? there's some decent seating way upstairs too (and the secret bathrooms). However, if you enter the establishment and head to the left, there's a big open room with a pool table and a bar serving their beers and a few crappy macros. This is the bar/club side, weird dancing man and all. The bar/club side is night and day compared to the dining room located a big 20 feet away. And in the far back of the bar/club room is a bigger room where it gets even "clubbier" (I think I just made up a word).
The beer is always good and the pizza is outstanding.
And I've got to tell you, when VENOM ordered the mashed potato pizza, I kind of cringed at the thought of what that might taste like, but it was really fricken' tasty.
03-04-2003 21:44:26 | More by slander
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3.59/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
05-17-2013 01:54:41 | More by PhillyStyle
2.89/5 rDev -20.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$
I will start by saying the pizza here is great, and I come here nearly every time I'm in New Haven just for it. The clam pizza is out of this world! Food aside, this place could still use some improvements. Overall, come here for the pizza, but don't get too excited for the beer...
Atmosphere is nice. The traditional seating area on the right as you walk in is nice, but the main bar area to the left can get a bit crowded. The whole brewery seems to surround the dining room, which is pretty cool. This place apparently turns into a nightclub on weekend nights, though I have not been there when this happens. Service is OK, not great. Ive had the occasional airhead or bad attitude server.
Beer...I'm trying to be constructive here, because I like this place overall and would really like to see the microbrewery improve. But the house beer is the reason for my quality score of 2. Very inconsistent. I have definitely had good batches of the stout, ambar, and blonde there, but it varies a lot from batch to batch, mostly in yeast character; some are good, others have been ester bombs. My wife on one occasion got a toasted blonde that was phenolic; evident of either wild or weizen yeast contamination. Either case, it's a major flaw when the beer description is "clean and lager-like." With the flaws I've noticed, they need to improve their sanitation and yeast practices. If you are dissatisfied with the in house brews, they do have offerings on tap from other nearby craft and microbreweries.
01-13-2013 16:06:42 | More by OrangeCharlie
2.4/5 rDev -34.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
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
The Brü Rm. at BAR in New Haven, CT
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