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Novare Res Bier Café

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PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

4 Canal Plz
Portland, Maine, 04101-4034
United States

(207) 761-2437 | map
novareresbiercafe.com

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Added by indiapaleale on 05-28-2008

BEER STATS
Beers:
2
Reviews:
0
Ratings:
5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.48/5
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
270
pDev:
10.49%
 
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Reviews by tendermorsel:
Photo of tendermorsel
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I finally had a chance to check out this place on a recent trip to Portland for the Gargamel release. I had high hopes for this place as I knew Eric the owner from his Moan and Dove days. It exceeded all my expections.

First off the location is near perfect. Right in the middle of downtown Portland in the middle of all the action. Perfect scores for atomsphere. Tons of beer decarations. Gorgous wood panneling on the bar and classic tables and furnature. Appearently this was all hand made by Eric and his family. The best looking bar I have been to in a long time.

Great tap and bottle list. We were there for Belgian weeks so the taps were mostly Belgian. I had a Mad Bitch. My buddy had a Cantillon Iris. There were about 15-20 taps and all were high quality.

The service was great. I ran into Eric at Allagash earlier in the day and he offered to call his staff have and have them open an hour early just so we could check the place out and avoid a later drive to Boston. The staff was great. Quick to talk about beer and very knowlegable too. I liked the fact that they were doing a mug club there just like the Moan and Dove.

The food was OK.. One of my friends ordered a small meat plate which looked good. I didn't come here for the food however.

Overall I would highly reccomend this place. I plan on going back again soon. I would be a regular here if I lived aroud here. I wish I could have stayed for more than one beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of xtonytx
4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of orangesol
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of jfcaa193
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Harrypotter7
1/5  rDev -77.7%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1

Not great.

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Photo of dfecteau
3.21/5  rDev -28.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Popped in midday Sunday so there were only handful of folks whom were all at the bar. Looked to be ~ 20 or so taps with a great representation from ME and New England in general. Bottle list is unreal - long, wide-reaching, comprehensive and exotic. Lots of those hard-to-find but oft-heard-of lambics. The vibe is the best part of the place - laid back, comfy but with an air of deep knowledge; like if a beer geek ran a bar: low on fluff, deep on content. These folks know their stuff. Highly recommended.

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Photo of coombski
4.39/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

Photo of KEEPonPOURING
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

First time dropping in at open on a Wednesday. Big place, had it all to ourselves but felt cozy. The bartender was very knowledgeable about the taps and the bottle list, which was INSANE (in an awesome way)! Attentive and welcoming at all times were the staff. Had my first ME lobster roll there. Couldn't beat $12. Best beer bar I've ever been to. I will absolutely be back.

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Photo of Thor-just-umm-Thor
4.87/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Been here many, many times. A must-stop whenever in Portland. Unfailingly good service and the staff knows their stuff. Beer selection is off the charts with an emphasis on foreign and difficult to find beers. Best times are when it's quiet or slow and you can chat with the super-knowledgable staff about beer. Several times after chatting, they have recommended a beer I had never tried -- and it has always been a winner! Schlenkerla Marzen smoked beer on tap? Great recommendation. Now it's one of my favorites. Novare is just wonderful.

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Photo of chiefbender
4.93/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Nomis
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of mig100
4.04/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of zimm421
4.48/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of mynie
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Maybe my favorite beer bar in New England, aside from Three Penny (but that doesn't count because Vermont is a special wonderland against which other places should not be rated).

Lord Hobo is great, don't get me wrong. They never struck me as pompous or hipster-y, as others have complained about. But the place is still hypey, and hype brings crowds and loudness and very long lines on release days. Also, getting to and from Cambridge is difficult. Novare Res has a selection that actually beats Hobo's, and it's way more accessible.

The bar takes up the basement level of an old brick building. It's fairly dark, even during a sunny day, but never dank or creepy. The lighting is warm and amber, the decor is woody, and the place just feels cozy and comfortable.

The bar is long and the basement is spacious. There's also a deck that can easily hold another fifty or so people. It gets a big raucous and loud late on weekends, but if you stop by before 10 or so the vibe is super chill.

They do a decent job of updating their online taplist but often do not list very rare beers. This is good, I think, as it helps dissuade stampedes for CBS. They do frequent tap takeovers and other events, and everything is always handled very well.

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Photo of AirBob
4.3/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

If you have been to the Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, then this is the equivalent up north. 10 page bottle list and some Rares on a chalk board. Draft list and food keep it going. Interesting spot almost under ground. Good sized patio. It is a bit hard to find as you enter a parking lot behind bank to just see the umbrellas. Still awesome.

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Photo of Gavage
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

This place is a bit off the usual path. Old brick filled bar in one section, and a back room that had some couches and more relaxed atmosphere. Large outdoor area with some tables. This is a great place for Belgian beers, they must have had almost 30 on draft. I think there was only one or two local Maine beers here. The bottle selection is incredible so if you are looking for the hard to find Belgian beer it may be here. The place was very crowded but the bartenders were hustling. Very enjoyable visit.

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Photo of texasrat
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great beer spot!

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Photo of illpass78
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

What is there to say about about this place? It's the best. Amazing selection of foreign and Maine beers. Menu is just what it should be - mix of great cheese pairings and cut-above pub food. Justifiably beloved.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

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Novare Res Bier Café in Portland, ME
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