Prime 16 Tap House + Burgers

BA SCORE
96
world-class

58 Reviews
Prime 16 Tap House + BurgersPrime 16 Tap House + Burgers
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

172 Temple St
New Haven, Connecticut, 06510-2616
United States

(203) 782-1616 | map
prime16.com

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-03-2008

PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
104
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
4.36%
 
 
Taps:
20
Bottles/Cans:
45
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews by RunawayJim:
Photo of RunawayJim
4.1/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Being in CT for the weekend, I decided to check out Prime 16 last night. The beer selection was awesome. They have 20 taps and a nice bottle list. They have everything from PBR (the only macro lager) to German lagers to Belgian ales to good old American extreme beers. While I was hoping to see a larger selection of local beers (New England Brewing, Hooker, etc.), They did have a couple Berkshire beers on tap (though I think one had just kicked and was switched to Old Rasputin). I had a Farmington River Hop River IPA, an Avery Collaboration not Litigation, and a Brooklyn Keller-Helles. My wife had an Allagash Black (much better on tap than in the bottle), and my brother had a Berkshire Hefeweizen. We had some food too. The wife and I split a pulled pork flatbread pizza, which was just awesome and we had side salad.

The only thing that I wasn't crazy about was the atmosphere. They had some good tunes playing, but the place had this upper class stuffy kind of vibe. It was sparsely decorated and just seemed to have an air of arrogance to it. The logo (and name) make it sound like it's a steakhouse, but there was no steak on the menu that I noticed (though lots of burgers that looked awesome). I didn't ask, but the logo actually looks like an almost empty pint glass (hence the 16 in the name) with bull horns (the prime, though I think the prime is for the craft beer).

Overall, it was worth the trip into New Haven. I think once they develop a regular customer base and figure out where they want to fit into the New Haven bar scene, the atmosphere will improve (they've only been open about 3-4 months) as I'm not sure the normal bar-going crowd in New Haven is sure what to expect of a bar that doesn't serve Bud Light (though they did have bottles of Sam Adams Light and Prime 16 Light Lager on tap that seemed to be brewed by Opa-Opa).

I did hear the bartender explaining that the only thing they have a half barrel of is the Prime 16 Light Lager. Everything else is logs that they switch to something new when it kicks.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

On a trip to New Haven, we decided to go to this place. The restaurant is right near Yale with parking on the streets or in garages. The restaurant is a somewhat small with maybe a dozen tables on the right near the entrance and then a large bar area to one's left. However, the size helped to give the restaurant some nice ambiance compared to larger and louder gourmet, craft burger places.

The menu was very attractive. Multiple types of burgers with different sauces for your fries and a build-your-own-burger option. I am not sure about the bottle menu, but the tap list was on a TV screen in the dining room. Lots of good options, like Allagash, Singlecut, New England, and Kent Falls. I had New England Sea Hag IPA and Kent Falls Zep on the Jukebox. My burger was massive and quite delicious.

Our waitress was very attentive to our needs. She took our complicated order, came often to see how we were doing, and attended to our drinks when we wanted more.

Overall, I really enjoyed this place a lot and would recommend it as a hang out spot or a place for a good burger.

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Photo of BeerBucks
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Newport_beerguy
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Modern bar/restaurant feel, bar seats about 20 with tables along the back wall, separate dining area. Solid craft selection - 20 taps. Friendly barmaid. Did not eat there.

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Photo of Invinciblejets
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of jmont04
5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great place that puts most of their focus into 2 things; burgers and beers. Every burger on the menu is fantastic and the beer list is a constant rotation of all kinds of beer.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of rodmanfor3
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Good, quality burgers with a large taplist of ordinary beers.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Been here so many times. Right in the heart of downtown New Haven on Temple Street across from the Omni Hotel entrance. Smaller sized location that gets packed very easily, broken up into two parts: sitting/dining area and bar area with hightop tables. Bar seats about 15-20. Food is mostly burgers, but very well crafted, cajun fries are awesome. Solid rotating tap list of about 15 beers plus stuff in bottles and occasionally a cask offering. Worth a trip if you're in the area, by far the best tap list around given the smaller number of taps they have.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.23/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of MarkSansone
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of dipaslife4me
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of benzalman
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of NateF90
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Macsimus
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of OldCrustacean79
5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

5's across the board!!!

Nothing to complain about except how crowded it can be!!!

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Photo of Sweffin
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of BrewSensei
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of RBCORCORAN
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

passing through New Haven so popped in and was pleasantly surprised. Not the largest selection i seen but everything on the list was worth the visit. Burgers were out of this world. I eat tons of burgers so it's rare that i get one that wows me, Cooked to perfection RAREinside and blackened on the outside. Staff was quick and friendly and knew there beer. Will gladly stop in again if im in the area,

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Photo of HamdenHector
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of StephRai
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of LutherBrau
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of JohnParadee
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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Prime 16 Tap House + Burgers in New Haven, CT
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