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Prime 16 Tap House + Burgers

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

57 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
www.prime16.com

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-03-2008

PLACE STATS
Place Score:
96
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
102
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
4.59%
 
 
Taps:
20
Bottles/Cans:
45
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 102
Reviews by opwog:
Photo of opwog
4/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Luckily I checked BA while I was in New Haven this past week or I would not have known about this new beer bar right in the middle of downtown. I didn't see any local advertising, for what is one of the most significant additions to the downtown area. Also, if anybody is reading this from there, somebody needs to update the website. From what the bartender said, the bar has been open for several months, but the website still says "coming soon." Also, the website says that it is "on the campus of Yale," as if it is a campus bar, but this location is actually blocks away from Yale, right in the middle of a city block. This actually threw me off the first night that I looked for this bar and I ended up at Richter's instead. Of note; I didn't ask to confirm, but I think that this may have been opened by the owners of the Playwright bars. I say this because there was a big poster hanging inside of Prime 16, advertising the Playwright just a couple of doors down the street.

The beer list here is excellent, if maybe somewhat lacking of some local selections on tap. I didn't find the staff to be very knowledgeable about the beers, but they were definitely trying. Also, they were more than happy to pour samples of anything, which I didn't really expect in the middle of downtown. They have their own beer listed on the board, so I asked about it. They said that it is brewed for them by Opa Opa, but warned that this was made intentionally to pour for people asking for Bud.

They have a small selection of top shelf liquors, which is nice because my girlfriend wants these options and took advantage of a gin drink.

I wish that I had more time than just the two beers that I had. Next time that I am in New Haven, I will have to try the food.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of kevdemers
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of DrunkinYogi
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%

Photo of drewtucker91079
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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Prime 16 Tap House + Burgers in New Haven, CT
96 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.
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