Port Royal Lounge

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6 Ratings

Type: Bar

2363 College Dr
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70808-2444
United States

(225) 201-9900 | map

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Added by ryrust5301 on 01-19-2009

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Port Royal was introduced to me about a month ago by a good friend who lives in Baton Rouge. The overall atmosphere of this place is like a much matured college crowd. Very few undesirable types; just predominantly young guys and girls looking to relax and try some unique brews. Can be very smokey sometimes, which is a bit of a personal negative for me.
The beer is served properly in appropriate glassware by competent bar-keeping staff. The place is kept very clean.
The bartenders were very friendly, helpful, and seemed extremely knowledgeable--capable of answering most beer-related questions that any of my friends or myself could come up with. Excellent service.
The selection was great--400 beers (per the website). All bottles, however. One problem is that the first beer I saw on the menu that I wanted to order (DFH 90 min) wasn't there any of the times I've been there. From what I've been told, they have never had it. It just seems odd that it would be on the menu if they haven't got it.

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Photo of Vengeance526
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The type of place in B-R you may have passed by a million times and never realized it seeing as it comes off looking like just this random shed attached to the waffle house. But step inside and it really is a great place to have a beer. Pretty relaxed atmosphere inside, a pool table sits immediately to the left with the wooden bar in front and winding around I guess in an L shape. Nice bathroom art too btw. Usually not too crowded during the week but they do occasionally have trivia night on Wednesdays which can fill the place fast.

Selection is bottles only but I don't think I've seen a bottle selection like it in any other bar in LA. They have a lot of Trappist ales along with Dieu de Ciel, Urthel, some Mikkeller single hops, Unibroue, Lindeman's, Northcoast, Rogue among many others. Every now and then you may find something they're not really supposed to have, say 90 Min maybe. Prices are extremely reasonable as the markup isn't that much more than you would pay at a store for most beers. Actually I usually stay away from the bottles at most bars around here because the selection isn't too special and the prices are too high. Over here you don't have a choice but its not a problem either.

PR doesn't serve food so nothing to rate there. Servers are usually friendly and seem to know what they are doing. Beers are served in their proper glassware to fit the style which is a definite plus and something you don't generally see in this area. Overall PR is a strange looking place from the outside but hides a great beer hangout inside. These guys also have another establishment called The Cove not yet listed on BA, basically the same place on many levels but an even bigger selection.

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Photo of Jablonski
4.4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The atmosphere is great--the classic hole-in-the-wall bar. Not too crowded on a Thursday night, which is rare for a bar in a college town. The service was great, as I've rarely come across someone as knowledgeable as the bartenders. It seemed more as if they had simply tried all the beers rather than actually knowing about them, but it made for good conversation. The selection is the best you can get at a bar in Louisiana. Dogfish was the staple here, but there were other great beers. It was a bit pricey in my opinion, but decent for a bar.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Port Royal, or "the port" as that is what my friends and i call it, is connected to a waffle house on college dr. right past corporate...not so easy to find if you dont know what it looks like. Outside you may pass the windows of people eating at waffle house and you walk into the other half of the building that is pretty much painted all black. Inside looks a bit nicer. I like the atmosphere there as the times i have been, it hasnt gotten too crowded. Music is not too loud and the seems to be a nice place to chill with a beer and have a conversation with friends. It is dark and a bit smokey, but compared to other places, i dont think its so bad.

The quality of the beer selection i think is great. Lots of belgian beers represented, as well as german and english. They also have a decent selection of american beers...i just wish there were some more. But they serve 191 different bottled beers, many that I have not seen offered at other beer bars around here. They offer a wide selection of styles to choose from...check the website for the list of what they have.

Service is good. I have never had to wait for a while to get a beer, the staff sound pretty knowledgable and friendly, and they different glassware to serve the beer in.

Selection...i kinda said that above. Just check their website for what they have. Tehy also have a ton of liquor as well. But everything is from bottles, to taps. I'm giving a 5 because, though i wish they had more american beers available, they have the most offered than any other place (bottle wise...if you want beers on tap go to chimes).

I dont think they serve food there.

Value I think is great. They have many great beers offered that are no more than $1 more than what you would pay at the store. The only beer that stuck out as being bad with the price is fat tire for $5.50 i think. But other beers were at great prices..i want to say they had troegs mad elf for $3.00, but i could be mistaken.

Overall, i have found my new place to go when in br. definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Located in the same building as the College Dr. Waffle House, this is the stereotypical hole-in-the-wall place. Walking in, a nice wooden bar is the first thing that catches the eye, with plenty of glassware hanging above and fridges of beer behind. These fridges are stocked with the best bottle selection in Baton Rouge. 196 of them and counting on the beer list, though there are typically a few more that aren't advertised. De Dolle, Nøgne Ø, Dieu du Ciel, and a lot of other rare (for Louisiana) beers are available.
The staff is both friendly and knowledgeable. Proper glassware, good pours, etc etc. On top of all of this, the prices are unbeatable--I don't think I saw any that were more than 30% above cheap retail prices; some bottles even equal what I've seen in beer stores around here. For me, this is easily the best beer bar in the state

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Port Royal Lounge in Baton Rouge, LA
Place rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 6 ratings