Bir & Fud

Bir & FudBir & Fud
Bir & FudBir & Fud
Bar, Eatery

Via Benedetta 23
Roma, 00153

+39 6 5894016 | map

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 50
Photo of AlexM
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Bir & Fud is a quaint little craft beer bar / restaurant in the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome. We ate dinner there on a Wednesday around 6:30pm so it wasn't crowded at all. Main restaurant seating is in the back ... handful of tables outside, which seem always occupied (but for good reason - great people watching). Front of the restaurant is a long narrow space which is where the bar is located). Bir & Fud has a very solid tap selection ... definitely one of the better ones in Rome. Food was average ... wasn't really wow'd by anything we had. Service was solid ... prices were fair leaning to a bit high. There's wifi so that's always a plus for the kids. Mostly locals here, which is a good thing. Pro Tip - if you go to Bir & Fud, make sure you visit my favorite craft beer bar in Rome, Ma Che, which is located directly across the street.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

My second stop along Trastevere's beer bars. Bir&Fud features a wide selection of beers on tap. Most are local with the odd Belgium or German thrown in. Service slightly innatentive ('s Europe though) but friendly and knowledgeable. Cool looking space, food looked decent (I didn't have) and the beers I had were good. Really happy to see a thriving craft beer scene and good local beers in this beautiful traditionally wine city. I will definitely visit again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Bir & Fud is in my favorite neighborhood of Roma, Trastevere, just below the Ponte Sisto on Via Benedetta, and right next to Birreria Trilussa and across the street from Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà (which may have similar ownership, or maybe ties). I could skip Birreria Trilussa (boring beer), but seeing as how it's right across from Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà the area becomes a destination. Keep in mind it's a small area, they're just a stone's toss apart from each other; and if you're interested Bierland Trilussa is right down the street by the bridge as well.

The food at Bir & Fud is very good and I'd recommend it as a place to eat. You could stop across the street for a beer either before or after, but keep in mind that Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà is very small and will start filling up around dinner time. Bir & Fud will get equally full as well, so go early.

Another highlight is the decor. It's kind of cavernous with a long bar that's pretty tight to the wall beneath a vaulted ceiling before you get back to the dining area in the rear. That's good because it keeps the bar and dining separate, but it's hard to get out when you're through! It has a little bit of what I consider a Spanish feel, and there are modern fish-shaped wooden structures or sculptures on the walls and ceiling. The lighting also gives it a bit of a cave-like feeling with an underlit bar and a few small lights hanging from the ceiling. At one point I thought of the Mos Eisley Cantina scene from the first Star Wars movie. The bar top is a light wood, and the tap towers are encased in amber glass. It's interesting to see, and probably worth a stop for a beer just to see it (if you're into that kind of thing).

The beer selection is quite good, without any crap on tap, and they have cask beers which are pretty rare in Roma. I doubt that anyone could take exception to any of the beers, and as an added bonus, they seem to be completely different from the beers next door and across the street.

The one drawback is the service. It's not good. It's unconcerned and slow, which is not something that I've found in Roma despite some stereo-types of that. What I've experienced has been the worst in all of Roma, and quite surprisingly, all of Europe (while there is a tie with a place in Prague that I won't bother to go into). On the upside, which gives them extra points, is that they are extremely beer-knowledgable - but that only helps when you're there early and the bartender has a chance to talk to you.

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Photo of NCCIndy
4.04/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Excellent food, decent beer selection, good location within easy walking distance of city center, shuttle dropoffs, and many tourist attractions. Service was lacking but the Zucchini flower/lardo pizza was to die for! And they had the only truly hoppy beer I found in Rome.

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Photo of Redrover
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

I stopped here three times during my recent trip to Roma. Every visit was great.

They have a small outside space that always seems to be filled. People just spill out into the very narrow one-way street. The atmosphere outside lets you know you are entering a special place.

As you enter the long narrow front room, the bar is on your left. They have a great tap selection of local craft beers that will entice you. There are multiple bartenders, so I never had to wait more than a minute or two to grab a refill.

The staff is excellent, friendly, and beer savvy. Everyone I encountered could take your order in English.

The back room reminds me a bit of a green house. Same shape and lots of glass.

The food is excellent. Great pizzas, salads, etc. I had my wife and all four of our kids with us and this was one of the favorite spots we ate at.

While they attract crowds, I was always able to get a seat and a beer. The crowd is friendly and for the most part willing to engage in conversation. The perfect example of how good beer can really bring folks together.

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

Surprised by the large number and quality/variety of taps. Appears to be some serious beer nerds running this joint.

I went during the early afternoon on a Monday (stayed between 4-5:30pm) - sat at the middle of the bar. The place was pretty chill during that time of day. It's a large layout that stretches out into a larger room in the back with a good number of tables. Tables also out front on the lil side street where it's located. I could imagine it and the general area being a zoo at night and on weekends, but probably pretty fun.

I was told by another American at the bar that you really have to track down the bartenders to get served. I suppose it all depends. Probably more true when the place is jumpin'. Since this is in the university district (in which many Rome branches of American universities are located), the staff speak English quite well and conduct themselves rather calmly and professionally when serving American tourists, who probably expect the locals to immediately engage them in English - I would assume they make the bulk of their clientele. I, at least, attempted to first tell them in Italian that I couldn't speak their language well, and the one bartender told me he couldn't speak it well either. Joke appreciated. I did attempt to ask a few simple questions of them in Italian, to which they were receptive and helpful, replying in English.

I had a fish sandwich, "Big Fish", which was remarkably tasty, if unconventional, being served unbattered and packed together like lump crab meat, on a roll that tasted and crumbled a bit like a southern-style buttery biscuit. The sandwich came with a simple side salad of cabbage and carrot crudite, which may or may not have also been mildly pickled. The meal was altogether pretty delicious, if arguably not quite worth the 13 Euro price tag.

The tap list featured many Italian breweries but was also balanced by a good number of British craft varieties and some Belgians, of course. Quite a few Italian and British IPAs, several of them in an American style. The three beers I had were a Kellerbier (German), a saison brewed with chamomile (Italian?), and a lil nip of Xyauyu (from the bottle). Didn't bother checking to see if they had a bottle list. Glasses were spotlessly clean, as was pretty much everything else.

And that's about it. This joint is a touch on the pricier side, but I would without a doubt revisit it next time I'm in town. They apparently have a sister bar across the street, which I unfortunately didn't have the time or dough to check out. Always next time.

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Photo of Arminius757
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Absolutly loved this place.
Down toward the edge of the river, not far from Haydrian's Tomb, lies this little pub/eatery. Seems to be a rather busy place. Good atmosphere with three options for seating: at the bar, outside, or in the back.
Plenty of beers on tap that rotate out daily it seems. Lots of Italian craft with the odd German, American, or English thrown in.
Had the pizza and it was delicious. Thin crust loaded with great, flavorful topings.
A wonderful experience, so good I went twice. Highly recomened.

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Photo of tonyrocknroll
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Was on vacation with my wife and walked by this place. Saw all the beautiful brass taps, and got super stoked. I had no idea Italy had delicious craft beer. This place was wonderful. Had a delicious Birra del Borgo Re Ale and a Duchessa on draft then stumpled around Trastevere. Very rad!

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Photo of Johnct
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%

I've lived in Trastevere for a month and a half, and I've been to Bir & Fud about 8 times. Never been disappointed. Great, always-changing selection of beers (including a lot of Italian brews), and fantastic pizza and other food. Outside seating, indoor room in the back, and a long ass bar with taps all the way down the line. Bartenders know what they're talking about when it comes to the beer. Right across from Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa, which has the same owners. Must stop place in Trastevere, if not all of Rome, if you are a beer fan.

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Photo of Offa
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is a great beer place in Rome serving a wide selection of beers from many countries on tap. They have many beers on tap at any given time, a great selection of Italian craft beers in a huge range, plus many Belgian beers, some German, British, and American beers of various types. Overall, the beer quality seems excellent.

They have some great beer-friendly food, including Italian fare such as arancina (fried rice croquettes) in various flavours, plus takes on Anglo-American food such as fried potatoes with their home-made ketchup, etc. The food we had was all excellent.

The place is stylish and nice inside with a long bar facing the long bank of beer taps and some nice seating outside on the pleasant and quiet little piazza which the place is on. However,the place could get easily cramped and loud inside due to the long narrow bar area and the patio outside, though pleasant, is small and cramped so can get easily overloaded.

Service is good overall, but seems a but uneven. We had great trouble getting the bartender at the bar to pay attention to us even though there were few people in at the time but once we decided that we would prefer to sit down outside service was good.

I highly recommend this as a top beer place to visit when in Rome.

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Photo of Fluffheady
4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Bir & Fud is a great place to visit, but I’m not going to spend my entire evening there. The pizza is really great. The beer is definitely good, and they have some very special things in the cellar if you ask. Bir & Fud is first and foremost a restaurant, and it’s packed with people who know nothing about beer and fast moving waiters who don’t want to take much time to engage with the customers. We had an ordering mishap, and the waiter delivered two of the same exact pizza when we just ordered one. I don’t think we explained that we were sharing very well, and it was more annoying than anything. You definitely should visit here because the pizza is delicious and the beer is good. You can eat dinner here and then you can walk across the street to ma che siete venuti a fà.

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Photo of mrmoustache
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

I love Bir & Fud, not as much as I love Ma Che (the bar across the street), but there's still some great love there. There's always a good number of beers on tap, along with bottled beers to buy inside. The staff are friendly about letting you sample what they have, and once you sit down with your beer, they automatically bring you a bowl of the most incredible house-made potato chips in the world (for free)! I love that they seem to switch staff with Ma Che, or they just all hang out. Basically, the best nights I've spent in Rome have been in the alleyway between these two bars. Great vibes. Do not miss this area of town if you go to Rome.

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Photo of ItinOcean
4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

A good beer store that manages to present interesting Italian food and beer in an enjoyable way. It's Trastavere, so they're busy, but still a long list of beers and a short menu of good food to soak it up with. I enjoyed the home-made chips (crisps) and tried several beers while there. If you're a beer geek looking for an Italian experience, I recommend it highly.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

A must-visit if in Rome but only open in the evenings, unfortunately.

Draft list is entirely Italian but consisted of a good variety of breweries and styles. The bottles were largely Italian as well. Biggest complaint is that it would have been nice to see a few non-Italian beers on tap given the large number of taps (20?).

Service was excellent, especially considering the general slowness of restaurant service in Italy.

The food was outstanding. 3 or 4 of the dishes that our group ordered were all raved about. I had a pizza that was excellent.

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Photo of skimoore
4/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was in Rome on business and luckily had a free night to check out a few places. I was suggested Bir e Fud and its sister bar across the street by some new friends at Moeder Lambic, and I was impressed with the selection and prices (especially given the usual price of Italian micros). The highlight was a perfectly served glass of Bran from Montegioco. I did not get much of a chance to talk with the staff as they seemed quite busy, but I would certainly return in the future to try out more great beers...

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Photo of mszuch
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

First time in Rome, and Bir & Fud was #1 on my list to go to.
I wasnt disappointed! Walked in right before the busy part of the night and hung out at the front bar. Staff all spoke english well, (especially good since my italian was bad) and the place felt like my favorite pub at home. the beer selection was incredible.
Personally I didnt know much about the italian microbrew scene, but after a couple of hours and alot of great examples, it looks like Italy is experiencing what the US did in the 90's.
Lots of enthusiasm and great brews were good, but the service was excellent.
In fact, I liked the local brewers so much, I made space in the suitcase and brought home 8 bombers to share with friends and brewing contacts.
Had so much fun, we almost closed the place down, then we went over their sister place an got blown away by the bottle selection!
Make this the #1 stop when in Rome, you wont be disappointed, and make sure to sit down and enjoy all that Rome has to offer!

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

Came here on a recommendation from the guys at Domus Birrae. Located in the Trastevere neighborhood, Bir&Fud was our last meal in Italy (after 3 weeks) and it did not disappoint. The three of us got here early, 7:30pm on Sunday and were seated immediately but the place filled up quickly. Reserve if going after 8pm. The bar is busy but they do a good job serving.

Bir: The waiter asks what you like "sweet, bitter..." and bases his recommendations on your taste preferences. Great for noobs and those unfamiliar with Italian offerings. We tried a chestnut ale, spelt ale, and American stlye IPA and a Saison. Winners all.

Fud: We started with an appetizer that consisted of three Roman offerings, amazing sauces and fried happiness. The pizza was the best I had in Italy. Thin crust, fresh and flavorful ingredients and some many choices of toppings.

Prices are very reasonable. This place is a must for beer and/or pizza lovers.

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Photo of glid02
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Stopped by here after seeing there was a good selection of local beers.

Atmosphere is very nice. It's down a fairly small side street that is full of people walking through and that reaches its crescendo right around last call. There are a few tables outside and the inside holds the tap lines against the left wall and a booth with an actual bar against the right. Further back is more tables and a spacious back room. The best part about this place is how there are three distinct areas - outside, at the bar, and the back - that are all interesting in their own right.

Quality is very good - all beers are served in proper, if unmarked, glassware at the proper temperature and with large amounts of foam on top when called for.

Service is amazing. The bartenders and servers will do the best they can with the English they have, and I'm sure an even better job if you're conversant in Italian. Alex, one of the two managers and the only one absolutely fluent in English will tell you anything you want to know about the Italian beer scene and of each of the beers available, both on-tap and in the bottle.

Selection is also amazing. There are about 12 beers on tap and 2-3 on cask at any given time, with what I'd guess is 30-40 more that are available in bottles. Of all of these about 90-95% are Italian and they open your eyes to how vibrant the Italian micro scene really is.

Food is very good. We had a couple appetizers and one of their pizzas and the best part was the fresh buffalo mozzarella. Nothing was less than above average and the pizza was stellar.

Value is good. It's a good deal for what you're getting but don't expect a cheap night if you're coming for dinner.

Overall this is a phenomenal restaurant and even better bar. There's really nothing more I can say but definitely stop by if you're in Rome.

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Photo of Soilworker
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I was only in Italy for one week and Bir & Fud was definitely top on my list of places to go. I had quite the adventure trying to find the place (its much closer to the river than I thought) and as a result we ended up making a big 2 mile circle till we made it back to where we started and found the bar. But it was totally worth it.

It was a bit crowded when we were there but that is definitely a good thing. The wait-staff were very helpful (we were personally served by the manager). The manager even went as far to help correct a mistake we made: we unwisely chose a really strong Belgian-style ale as our first beer. The manager helped us clear our palates to work our way back down with some complimentary Xyauyù paired with a delicious chocolate desert. We then had some Demon's Head on tap and he then recommended the Verdi Imperial Stout (bottle) which was a superb way to end the night.

This is a world class bar that I would definitely hit up if I was in Rome...if you appreciate beer it's a must. Note that this bar only serves Italian beers, which is nice because there are many beers on tap that you won't find any other place.

The menu's are very nice but are only in Italian so be sure to talk to the wait-staff and they'll be able to point you in the right direction.

This is a bar in Rome so things are a bit more pricey (especially if you are first coming from the States) but 5euro per beer was an excellent price for what you got. I think for me and my dad it was like 30euro for a whole night which was not bad at all.

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

I must echo all of the previous praises for this great establishment. We had pizzas and a couple of appetizers, and the food and service were both excellent.

As for the beer, they do now have detailed menus-but I didn't need one as the owner (Manuele) set me up with a six beer sample as soon as I walked in and gave a description of each. They serve a hand picked selection of only the best Italian beers, all were excellent. We had talked only very briefly at the Football Pub (his sister venture across the street) about the virtues of the 2006 Lou Pepe Cantillon draft I was enjoying, but our reception at Bir and Fud was as if we'd been long time friends. This was certainly a great beginning to our week in Rome.

The Football Pub opens at 5:30 or so. Go there and then get to Bir and Fud for dinner at 7:30, you'll love it.

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

lil dublin rabbit and i spent our tenth anniversary this week in rome-hit bir & fud twice and left happy and sated both times-

B&F is located in the happenin trastevere n'hood,piazza trilussa, its a small place but packed with just as it says quality beer and food-which is a combination thats not found too often in rome-came here 5 years ago and what seems to be the best place wasnt even on the map yet-beer scene in rome/italy is really starting to kick up-you'll find the odd touriss brit and yank but i heard alot of italian being spoken here which is the coolest thing possible-cant wait to come back in a few years-or soooner-

BIR-we had the panada, keto reporter,quatro punta, and doppio bastardi which were all, ALL delicious-wit, tobbacco porter, lambic, and strong ale respectively-all reccommended-all on TAP-all italian-server tried to warn me about "lambics" in italian."this beer doesnt taste/smell very good", talk about lost in translation- very funny. like at mahars.

FUD-excellent slow food style pizzas, bruschettas and suppli (fried appetizers) avaiable-real roman offal(organ meats) also for those off you brave enuf to eat it-we salute you!

great fun staff not multlingual but you arent either probably and it will all be cool-B&F is very popular, in high season/prime times reserve a table before ten pm after that queue up mate! open til 1/2 am/0100-200hrs.

B&F is just a true pleasure for a craft beer or slow food geek in roma-go across the street to its sister bar, ma che siete venuti a fa' for the last shout, a small but amazing beer tap list for a bar the size of cafe belgique, or the first of the evening. MCSVAF has got the bir but not the fud.

forza roma! NV in rome

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Photo of photomike
4.95/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I get a little nostalgic thinking about this place. My favorite establishment on planet earth. I studied in Rome for 6 months during the first half of 2008, and I came to this place probably 3 nights a week for the duration.

The staff here is unbelievably friendly, and the food and drink is incredible.

The manager, Alejandro, became a friend of mine thanks to his perfect English, and even though he himself claimed to be more of a wine guy, he was always knowledgeable about the beers on tap and how they would work with any of the food dishes available. The rest of the staff spoke no English, but were more than willing to work with my broken Italian.

The menu is mostly comprised of wonderful, Neapolitan-style chewy-crust pizza and fried rice and potato based appetizers (suppli). I highly recommend the eggplant parmesan (melanzane alla parmagiano) pizza.

I believe they had somewhere in the neighborhood of 6 or 7 beers on tap and a couple cask beers. All Italian, and all worthy. A bunch very original beers here were brewed by members of the staff at Bir e Fud under the Birra del Borgo moniker, which really made for a local, authentic experience.

What makes this place really special is its location. In Italy, a forward-thinking restaurant that serves no wine or pasta is unheard of, and that is exactly what this restaurant is successful at.

Between this place and the more bar-like sister spot across the street, Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fa, I always had a good night. I love this place and wear my Bir & Fud staff shirt (a going away present from Alejandro) with pride until the day I can return.

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Photo of damjadi
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Well, going to Bir & Fud then hitting Ma Che Siete across the street kills two birds with one stone.... They now have a beer board, but only lists of the draft, no explanation. Luckily our waiter, Ivan (formerly of 4:20) was awesome!

Ivan lead us through their tap selection (a wide variety of styles, all from Italian breweries). His knowledge and excitement really made this a great visit. At the end of the evening, based on our comments, he recommended two large (and reasonably priced) 750s of beers not available on tap. He hit a home run!

You want to get here early, because it fills up fast if you don't have a reservation, but the food is great and the staff are knowledgeable.

If in Rome...

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Bir & Fud is own by the some person as the football pub across the street. We went over because that's were the food was. This was the only sit down dinner with did in Italy, and it was fantastic. We still ordered pizza, but got a recommendation for a potato appetizer that was excellent as well. The bar serves only Italian brews, so it was a good place to taste the best in the country. Birrificio Troll Palanfrina was one of the memorable beers, made of chestnuts for the holiday season. Interesting, very nutty, and, honestly, the only chestnut beer I've ever had. A must do for the beer geek who wants a sit down dinner in Rome. It was a bit pricey, but well worth it. I never got a feel for when to eat in Rome, because we were always too early. We actually went twice, which the service was better the first time when the owner sent us over and we were served that way. The next time it was different, and harder to come by.

While I don't mind adjusting to the customs of another country, a beer menu with breweries and names would have been great, even in Italian, to be able to see what's on tap. It's a nice place, so I understand not wanting to have a beer board, but a menu wouldn't help. I would think in a wine-centric country, such explanation would help the local clientele as well. Again, the selectin rating is for in Italy--still good for anywhere, but not the range of a top end American beer bar.

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Photo of RomanW70
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Right across the street from Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa, which I also reviewed (in all honesty, the difference between the two are blurred for me, as I just popped back and forth between the two). Just an amazing place. The best service I have ever received in my life. Just a great group of enthusiastic food and beer lovers, all excited to share their knowledge and stories. They have a group of high quality beers on tap, all from Italy. I had an excellent pizza with Buffalo Mozzarella. This is a magical place, filled with people with tremendous warmth and enthusiasm for beer and food. This little corner of Rome is one of my favorite places on earth.

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Bir & Fud in Roma, Italy
Place rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 50 ratings