Black Bear Saloon


12 Ratings
Black Bear SaloonBlack Bear Saloon

Type: Bar, Eatery

124 Temple St
New Haven, Connecticut, 06510-2603
United States

(203) 562-2327

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Added by dbmcrorie on 06-30-2009

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.06/5  rDev +21.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of CTJman
2.66/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Photo of dipaslife4me
3.94/5  rDev +57%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Dennis-McAllister
4/5  rDev +59.4%

Photo of LutherBrau
3.8/5  rDev +51.4%

Photo of Likewhoa
3.24/5  rDev +29.1%

Photo of eczajac
2.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of mccrackrlm
3.75/5  rDev +49.4%

Photo of Pabs311
2.28/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3

Don't really understand why this place is being evaluated for anyting resembling a "Beer Bar". this place is just ur run of the mill bar. Turns into a club like 90% of the places downtown new haven around 9 or 10pm. Nothin special about the beer selection, i think the most exciting thing i've seen there is sierra nevada pale ale. I guess it's a little better then the other club-type places downtown but if ur in the area and looking for good selection theres about 3 other places within walking distance that put this place to shame. on the other hand if ur out club hopping and want to stop somewhere with a club atmosphere that serves something other than ur generic bud or bud light, i guess its worth the stop. If u go in for a beer during "club hours" bet on waiting a few minutes for a beer no matter how many bartenders are working.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.42/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2

A: I'm not sure why this place is even on the list of "beer bars." It's a thoroughly boring, even cliched, sports bar. Unfinished wood, advertising signs, and lots of TVs. Often uncrowded during the day, and ridiculously loud and crowded at night. Not my cup of tea at all.

Q: Nothing special, but nothing worth complaining about. Thoroughly average.

S: Unimpressive at best, both behind the bar and at table.

S: Draft list is dominated by macro, with Sam being the only thing approaching craft that I remember.

F: Decent burgers, I guess, but not as good as any other place on the same side of the same block of Temple St. (i.e., Playwright, Temple Grill, and Prime 16).

Notes: If you're in the area for a beer, just go to Prime 16. If you're there to get drunk, go to either Prime 16 or Richter's. There's no excuse to be at Black Bear, unless others have made the plans - that's the only reason I've gone as many times as I have.

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Photo of erosier
1.55/5  rDev -38.2%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 2 | selection: 1 | food: 4

It's located at the corner of Crown and Temple. The atmosphere is OK so long as you go before 10pm. The food is pretty good so that's a plus. Nothing special really, just your average bar food - sandwiches, wings, pizza, etc...
The staff is pretty helpful and as long as the place is fairly empty you'll get decent service. That being said, once the place turns into a night-clubish sort of atmosphere, it turns into a really awful place. At that point, it's time to walk a half a block up towards the green and sit down for a beer at Prime 16 - a real tap house.
Black Bear is way too loud for its own good, it's impossible to have a conversation while screaming directly the person's ear you're trying to converse with. The acoustics reverberate and it's just a horrible set-up.
Now on to the beer - they have nothing of value aside from the normal BMC except some Sam Adams, Bluepoint, and Redhook. Oh yea, and sometimes their seasonals as well. In fact, not only is the selection poor, the wait-staff and I had an argument over the price of a Sam Adams because they claimed it was an import, at least as far as the pricing is concerned. Bottle selection is piss poor too.

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Photo of dbmcrorie
3.8/5  rDev +51.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

On the corner of Crown and Temple. Nice little bar with a surprisingly lot to offer. The staff is always friendly, and the beer is always cold. They don't have anything too fancy on tap, but what they do have is always fresh and tasty. During the day it is quite the place for people to gather and watch sports, during the night it is more of a bar than a pub.

I haven't tried the food yet, but I've heard it is worth checking out for dinner some night if you like classic burgers and beer. The prices are about what you'd expect for the area; sometimes a bit higher, sometimes a bit lower.

They usually have great prices during happy hour, and often have specials available frequently. Some weeks it is to advertise a limited available beer, others it is give-aways for free food or drinks. Either way, Black Bear is a good place to rely on for the classics, but is always fun to check out to see what is new.

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Black Bear Saloon in New Haven, CT
2.51 out of 5 based on 12 ratings.
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