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Prime 16 Tap House + Burgers
Taps: 20 / Bottles: 45
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
172 Temple St
phone: (203) 782-1616
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-03-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 54 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
good selection available. knowledgable staff. They only have about 12 tap lines but they are always rotating what they have. some of the tap lines are dedicated to particular breweries, but they will rotate which beer they have from the brewery. they also have tastings just about every wednesday that are themed by style of beer or brewery. you can get samplers of a fw different beers or grab a pint of some of your favorites. the burgers are great and they have good sweet potato fries too. beers are relatively well priced for a bar as well. Sorry, but you wont find bud on tap here guys!
02-15-2010 22:38:17 |
More by Pabs311
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
We came here in the mood for a few great beers and burgers. I switched it up and had the chicken, bacon, cheddar, apple wrap which is AWESOME. I washed that down with a Lagunitas Brown Shugga, Avery Maharaja, and a Stone/Brewdog Bashah (the best part of this place is the beer)
Solidly the best beer selection in the area. I say this because while Eli's and Delaney's have a decent selection, Prime 16 carefully chooses what they decide to put on tap. Sure there are a few duds once in a while but I can easily find enough beer I am curious to try/drink to fill up 2 samplers.
It is however getting really crowded during the weekend. To truly enjoy the place, go during the week between 4-7 for happy hour. Half priced beer and half price appetizers, the best deal going.
02-14-2010 21:33:19 |
More by honey740
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Finally had a chance to stop in this place after the 2010 cask ale festival. Very basic setup and decor, one side of the place is the bar, the other evenly divided side is the dining room. Lots of polished metal and bare wood, nothing fancy. Tables are spaced comfortably apart. Service is prompt and attentive, my cowboy burger was delicious and cooked perfectly. Twenty taps promise something to satisfy any beer geek, but I honestly didn't find anything earth-shaking on this visit. Good to see a place in New Haven that offers much better selection than plain old macros and standard micros, but again nothing overly special.
02-01-2010 12:20:24 |
More by far333
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I had a chance to attend the Life and Limb / Limb and Life tapping and overall I was impressed with the place.
Half-price draughts from 5-7 on weekdays was certainly a pleasant surprise, and the rest of the prices were very reasonable. I was a bit disappointed there weren't any imperial stouts flowing on the 20-ish taps (needed one, it was 19 degrees outside), but there were several things on the board that I wanted, so I was still happy.
The food was very good. Artichoke dip appetizer with toasted pita wedges was great, and everyone should experience their "build your own burger."
Cheers to Prime 16!
01-13-2010 15:03:18 |
More by MCG
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
A great beer bar with very good servers, each of them knowledgable about the product they sell. I stopped in with a friend to watch the BCS Championship game and get a few beers, and we were made to feel at home. The tap list was great, I had a DFH World Wide Stout and a cask Berkshire IPA, both were delicious. 2 nights earlier they had cherry infused vanilla imperial stout trooper on cask, sounded epic. Free servings of each and any beer you wanted to try, along with an accurate description of what to expect. This place is VERY good, the service and selection make it a winner.
01-09-2010 01:32:07 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The best part about this place is the constantly rotating taps. I visit here usually once a week and there is always, and I mean always something new on tap. They don't overload with any one style of beer either and if you don't know what you want the bartenders know more than enough to help you decide.
The burgers here are great and I'm a big fan of the sweet potatoe fries. Huge portions at a fair price and great quality: perfect compliment to a great beer.
While I wouldn't consider myself a regular here I feel like it every time I visit. The barteneders remember me each time and usually know what I plan on drinking before I even order.
The only downside is it can get crowded occasionally but I'd rather be here with standing room only then being in most other places.
12-22-2009 03:55:56 |
More by jeffiroth
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been a quasi-regular at this place for a year or so, about time I posted an actual review.
The entire place is lined in classic-looking dark wood paneling, which was surprising at first to those of us who knew what had been in that location before but fits the style well. There's a decently long bar, and a partition separating the bar from the tables. They don't try to compete with the "real" sports bars down the block, but there's a TV near the bar if you want to watch the game while enjoying your beer.
There are 20 taps and an occasionally used cask pump. 20 may not sound like a lot, but the key is they change *constantly* and all 20 generally pour North American craft brews with the occasional Tripel Karmeliet or something like that thrown in. Well, plus Guiness. In recent visits I've had some great beers you don't generally see on tap, like DFH Palo Santo, Allagash Burnam Road, Brooklyn Cuvée de Cardoz etc. and there's always a variety of styles. I've been introduced to a number of breweries I hadn't even heard of before like Berkshire and North Coast.
The bartenders are great people and I'm glad to have gotten to know a couple of them a bit. They also know their beer.
Food-wise, burgers are the order of the day, though they make some other stuff too. In a town known for burgers, this has become my go-to burger place. The names of the burgers are slightly odd (Cowboy, Maui, Philly Cheesesteak etc) but who cares, they taste good. Be sure to get the truffle-parmesan fries or bleu cheese mashed potatoes as your side.
Happy hour on weekdays, half price on most draft beers, hard to beat that. Tastings on Wednesdays featuring different breweries - occasionally they get representatives from the breweries in to talk beer. It can be loud if you're there at a crowded time, but not obnoxiously so.
Prime 16 has become my favorite bar, bar none (hehe).
12-20-2009 23:47:54 |
More by Errto
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
If your in the New Haven area and looking for the best beer bar around look no further. I stumbled upon this place the 2nd day they opened about 2 years ago and have been a very frequent regular since.
If its avaliable in the state of Connecticut you will probably see it here at one point or another. Staff is great and the most knowledgeable around. Whoever takes care of you, be it Jonathan,Larry,Caitlin,Troy etc. you will be guaranteed to have a great time.
To sum it up, GO TO PRIME 16 and help support them so they stay around forever.
12-15-2009 02:27:30 |
More by tpww7
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Having just moved to New Haven, I was struggling to find a bar that would satisfy my beer needs until Prime 16 was recommended by a friend. Though I tend to prefer a more formal atmosphere than a noisy dark bar, I happily put up with it in exchange for their good selection of specialty beers. I enjoyed a Stone Anniversary Ale (The Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout) with my "cheesesteak burger." Both were excellent, and I had a Duvel as I chatted after my meal (though bottled). The service was good; though nothing spectacular, I was given enough attention to be happy.
In sum, this has become my top place to go for drinks, besides the grad student bar.
11-30-2009 08:28:21 |
More by MarsMoose
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I were in town for dinner at Lou Pepe's and a very quick stop at Bru Room which we did not care for. Pulled up Beer Advocate on the iPhone and found Prime 16 as the top beer bar in New Haven (and within walking distance of Bru Room). If not for my quest to visit all brewpubs in North America, this would have been our one beer stop in town.
Very smart staff and a very beer forward place. All taps were appealing and I was able to try a local Smuttynose Hanami. I'm doing this review in Nov. after visiting in June and my notes were a bit short.
11-02-2009 01:37:36 |
More by Yetiman420
Prime 16 Tap House + Burgers in New Haven, CT
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