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Prime 16 Tap House + Burgers
Taps: 20 / Bottles: 45
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
172 Temple St
phone: (203) 782-1616
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-03-2008)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
thought this to be the best bar in downtown New Haven, though still not saying too much. Kind of crowded, a little noisy. Good selecion of taps, quanity-wise in New Haven, some really good ones like Allagash Curieux A few taps were stale, or the gas mixture is off or what, so that thes beers tasted off. A smallish bar, unfortunatley too small for the two bartenders to get around each other. A couple of notches below Delayney's as a bar. Staff was knowledgeable about beer, though not very knowledgeable. Worth a stop as you may find a good tap on, and they do have a cask.
08-20-2010 21:22:38 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Finally had a chance to stop in this place after the 2010 cask ale festival. Very basic setup and decor, one side of the place is the bar, the other evenly divided side is the dining room. Lots of polished metal and bare wood, nothing fancy. Tables are spaced comfortably apart. Service is prompt and attentive, my cowboy burger was delicious and cooked perfectly. Twenty taps promise something to satisfy any beer geek, but I honestly didn't find anything earth-shaking on this visit. Good to see a place in New Haven that offers much better selection than plain old macros and standard micros, but again nothing overly special.
02-01-2010 12:20:24 |
More by far333
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Best deal in New Haven when it comes to happy hour beers - can't complain about a $3 Flower Power ever. Got solid selection, but turn things over quickly. ... Usually land a few special beers from NEBCO during the year. Most of the other stuff is the usual Stone, DFH, Oskar Blues, Weyerbacher, etc. But get a decent variety of craft and belgian stuff as well.
Bar setting is pretty mellow, not loaded with rowdy college kids when I have gone in. It's a beer fans' bar.
The only pain about the place is parking - but that's an issue in all of downtown New Haven.
Also make a really good burger.
10-20-2011 04:51:51 |
More by stearns16
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Luckily I checked BA while I was in New Haven this past week or I would not have known about this new beer bar right in the middle of downtown. I didn't see any local advertising, for what is one of the most significant additions to the downtown area. Also, if anybody is reading this from there, somebody needs to update the website. From what the bartender said, the bar has been open for several months, but the website still says "coming soon." Also, the website says that it is "on the campus of Yale," as if it is a campus bar, but this location is actually blocks away from Yale, right in the middle of a city block. This actually threw me off the first night that I looked for this bar and I ended up at Richter's instead. Of note; I didn't ask to confirm, but I think that this may have been opened by the owners of the Playwright bars. I say this because there was a big poster hanging inside of Prime 16, advertising the Playwright just a couple of doors down the street.
The beer list here is excellent, if maybe somewhat lacking of some local selections on tap. I didn't find the staff to be very knowledgeable about the beers, but they were definitely trying. Also, they were more than happy to pour samples of anything, which I didn't really expect in the middle of downtown. They have their own beer listed on the board, so I asked about it. They said that it is brewed for them by Opa Opa, but warned that this was made intentionally to pour for people asking for Bud.
They have a small selection of top shelf liquors, which is nice because my girlfriend wants these options and took advantage of a gin drink.
I wish that I had more time than just the two beers that I had. Next time that I am in New Haven, I will have to try the food.
08-06-2008 16:40:18 |
More by opwog
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I have a feeling this place will become a frequent stop for BA's in the near future. The ambiance of the place lands somewhere between traditional colonial beer bar and trendy with a mix of southwest swagger. I stopped on a Friday night, enjoyed a trappist rochefort 6, a turbo dog, and some excellent home made chips. The beer selection is excellent, because it offers something for everyone from the hop head to the belgian lover, all served in the appropriate glassware.
The menu looks excellent, primarily a wide variety of salads and sandwiches which have clearly been given a lot of creative thought by someone who knows food. I can't wait for my next visit to dig deeper into the menu.
Prime 16 just opened as I understand it, but I would say they have a lot of success to look forward to amongst the beer loving crowd. I'm anxious to see how this place takes, but would encourage anyone in the New Haven area to give it a try.
05-24-2008 14:39:32 |
More by CHADMC3
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in tonight with my better half. Nice interior decor, fairly modern and a little dark. We were seated within 10 minutes, which isn't bad for walking in on a Saturday night. The beer selection is outstanding; mostly american micro's, with some good imports as well. My one minor complaint was the lack of a beer menu at the tables; there was a chalk board on the wall, but I was informed that it was not up to date and several beers listed were no longer available. I sampled a Clipper City Imperial Stout, an Allagash White, and a Sierra Nevada Torpedo, all on tap and all excellent.
The menu looked tasty, although it was essentially only burgers with a few salads, but the burger selection was quite unique. I tried the Cowboy Burger, topped with a fried egg, canadian bacon, and salsa; very messy, but very tasty.
This is a nice addition to the New Haven bar scene. The ambient noise is a little much to carry on a conversation, even in the dining room, but this will be a nice spot downtown to grab a good brew.
05-25-2008 03:16:34 |
More by medic25
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Staying in New Haven on business, wandered by this place and chose it randomly for dinner. Win!
Went on a Wednesday, no wait, but it was packed and loud, loud, loud. Lots of shouting across the table for us. Felt like a happening place.
Beer quality was fine, taste, temperature, glassware, etc. Good beers, too -- chalkboard with about two dozen beers on tap, 5 (!) of which changed over the nearly 4 hours I was there.
Good service, attentive but not overbearing. There was a free beer tasting at 7pm because it was Wednesday, happened to catch it by accident. This week it was Unibroue, the schedule is posted on the board. Pretty weak "tasting," 1-2 oz (shot glass or slightly bigger) pours of Blanche de Chambly, Ephemere, Maudite, but hey it was free and the guy doing the pours gave an efficient, accurate description of the beers geared toward beer fans and rookies alike... to each table as he went around pouring out of pitchers. That is advocacy.
They had about 4 double IPAs (yes!), Cascazilla, Midas Touch, Delerium Tremens, all on tap. Bottle menu was okay but who'd touch it? I had the Weyerbacher I2PA, a random Saison, and Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Sumpin'.
Food was good, cheap and filling. Mac and Cheese is good, a little smoky and spicy. Blue cheese mashed potatoes were also good. Vegetarian friendly.
Bottom line: get there for happy hour from 4-7pm for half-priced beers and some appetizers. This menu would be killer at half off, too bad I missed it.
08-20-2009 04:04:55 |
More by semihobo
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Being in CT for the weekend, I decided to check out Prime 16 last night. The beer selection was awesome. They have 20 taps and a nice bottle list. They have everything from PBR (the only macro lager) to German lagers to Belgian ales to good old American extreme beers. While I was hoping to see a larger selection of local beers (New England Brewing, Hooker, etc.), They did have a couple Berkshire beers on tap (though I think one had just kicked and was switched to Old Rasputin). I had a Farmington River Hop River IPA, an Avery Collaboration not Litigation, and a Brooklyn Keller-Helles. My wife had an Allagash Black (much better on tap than in the bottle), and my brother had a Berkshire Hefeweizen. We had some food too. The wife and I split a pulled pork flatbread pizza, which was just awesome and we had side salad.
The only thing that I wasn't crazy about was the atmosphere. They had some good tunes playing, but the place had this upper class stuffy kind of vibe. It was sparsely decorated and just seemed to have an air of arrogance to it. The logo (and name) make it sound like it's a steakhouse, but there was no steak on the menu that I noticed (though lots of burgers that looked awesome). I didn't ask, but the logo actually looks like an almost empty pint glass (hence the 16 in the name) with bull horns (the prime, though I think the prime is for the craft beer).
Overall, it was worth the trip into New Haven. I think once they develop a regular customer base and figure out where they want to fit into the New Haven bar scene, the atmosphere will improve (they've only been open about 3-4 months) as I'm not sure the normal bar-going crowd in New Haven is sure what to expect of a bar that doesn't serve Bud Light (though they did have bottles of Sam Adams Light and Prime 16 Light Lager on tap that seemed to be brewed by Opa-Opa).
I did hear the bartender explaining that the only thing they have a half barrel of is the Prime 16 Light Lager. Everything else is logs that they switch to something new when it kicks.
07-05-2008 14:52:13 |
More by RunawayJim
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped here while in New Haven for the weekend. Right around the corner for Louis Lunch, a must! I impressed with the variety of selection they had here. Almost every major style was there along with a nice balance of east and west coast beers and belgiums. There was also 2 cask lines (always a plus). If you are in the downtown New Haven area I highly recommend this place. The crowd was pretty mixed, college aged to 55 plus, not to noisy or quiet and a great deal at happy hour when all beers are half off
01-13-2011 13:07:34 |
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