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Taps: 18 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
3000 Whitney Ave
phone: (203) 553-7676
(Place added by: naproxen on 09-14-2010)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
My first visit to Mikro and it seemed pretty true to the previous reviews. Overall a good experience. First note, parking on a Friday afternoon/evening is a bit of a bitch. It's a small shopping plaza with a very few spaces for a number of small businesses. We found our way around the back of the building. Then, arriving at 5:20 PM, we still had to put our name on the waiting list for one of the dozen or so small tables in this one-room tiny establishment. It does make for a "happening" sort of crowd-feel but obviously it can be a detraction. There was a little room at the bar and service was friendly and prompt for such a busy place. We were seated about as promised and the menu is limited but decent with fish n' chips, a venison sausage dish, some sort of vegetable pot pie, and a few other interesting choices as well as a featured special of a rib eye steak. The venison I had was very good, I'd have it again and I recommend a little mustard on the side. The fish n' chips got a very good review and the steak was less exciting with perhaps a bit too much extra flavoring pumped into it. But all was good and portions weren't ridiculously small, just not large. Enough I'd say. We had the special Beer-amisu desert which was good but not "beery" in any way. Our server was a young lady who claimed to know all the beers on the extensive tap list and she convinced me that was no lie. She was helpful and knowledgeable. Very impressive, and friendly too. All the beers I had seemed plenty fresh and tasty. They were out of a couple from the beer board but nothing unusual. I enjoyed a Great Divide Titan, a Southern Tier 2XIPA, a Clipper City Black IPA and an Ommegang Witte. No complaints. The atmosphere is obviously close quarters which with less of a crowd should be fine, but at crunch time is a little bit of a put off. They handled things pretty well though. They do have a 2-hour policy on the tables which ultimately is probably a good policy but it can also be a little awkward as they roust you from your seats at the appointed time to make room, even if nobody else is necessarily waiting for your table. We got up and stood at the bar "rail" for another beer while we watched our table sit empty for at least 5+ minutes, though another group eventually came along. Decor is simple, clean cut, a combo of rough cut wood and new age moderne with simple beer items on the walls (framed advertisements and banners, etc.). As a beer geek, I liked it fine but I probably would avoid another weekend dinner engagement there. Prices weren't horrible, just differentiating themselves from your corner bar. Good to see it thriving.
03-05-2011 06:02:43 |
More by Durge
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Our first visit to Mikro last night was great.
Located in a small strip mall on rt 10 in Hamden, they did a great job designing the space. The entire place IS the bar; there is no restaurant side vs bar side. It's a very cool bistro style interior with open rafters above the bar and fabric panel walls, which I assume helped keep the volume down even with a good sized crowd. Very conducive for enjoying beer, food and conversation. The music was kept at a reasonable volume.
We were met by the owner, Mike who is a really nice guy. His entire staff reflects his commitment to offering friendly, knowledgeble, service along with really good food. Our waitress was very cool.
Beer selection was very good. We had BBC Lost Sailor, Southampton Alt, NEB Wet Willy !!, DFH 90, North Coast IPA, Weihenstephan Korbinian ,Stone Smoked porter....there were lots of other good choices.
Food was very good. The Poutine was awesome !..best we've ever had. Roasted, spiced nuts were very tasty...and hot. I had the mushroom and carmelized onion flatbread and my girlfriend had pulled chicken ( free range ?) apple, aged cheddar, pesto flatbread....both were outstanding.Our friends had the Mikro burgers with belgian style fries...which they shared...very good.
So, cool atmosphere, great service ,food and beer. What's not to love ? Goes without saying that we will frequent this place for sure. A great addition to the CT craft beer scene.
I have been back a few more times and have been eating my way through the menu. The bistro steak is awesome ! and a pretty good deal for $14. I'm addicted to the hot spiced nuts. Beer selection rotates often..always good. Supports local breweries: NEBCO, Cavalry,BBC, Capt Lawrence. Gandhi Bot on cask last week !
11-07-2010 13:50:15 |
More by Hautacam
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Stopped in for some food and beer 11/20/10. Upon walking in through the door, there's an interesting cloth curtain that keeps the cold breeze down for the patrons near the door. It is dimly lit to promote an intimate atmosphere and is actually quite inviting. The music is a good mix of stuff that isn't the same stuff you hear at every bar and it is at a lower level so you can have a conversation with the person without having to scream into their ear. It is a small bar with about 8 tables or so and another bar in the middle that separates the seating area from the rest of the bar. It is a good use of the space. Also excellent was the ring on a string game, I can't wait to play that when the bar isn't so crowded...
The beer selection was excellent - they had some local stuff by Cavalry Brewing, some stuff by Captain Lawrence, Southampton, Berkshire Beer Co. (on nitro tap), Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, Delirium Tremens, and much more, there's about 20 taps and an even more extensive bottle list. The service at the bar was great and the bartenders all knew about their beer, along with the waitresses, and especially the owner, Mike. The wait staff was friendly, fast, and knowledgeable.
The food was outstanding, I can't say enough about it so I'll just say this: Anything on that menu is going to be a good choice; you can't go wrong with any of it. The best part is it is reasonably priced food too, stuff that costs less than $20 a plate here would be close to $35+ at most other restaurants around the area. The beer was also priced fairly.
Overall a great friendly atmosphere that is a great place to stop and have a beer (or a few).
11-22-2010 12:12:08 |
More by erosier
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $
Mikro is a small room, with the bar area taking one half the space, with tables fitting in behind the bar. It was a little cramped on a Friday night, but I was able to find a spot at the bar.
The draft list was on a board in front of me, with a wide range of styles covered. Mostly local, New England brews were on tap when I went, with a couple offerings each from Berkshire and Sebago. Price and ABV were listed for all the beers. I decided to go with a Blue Point Oatmeal Stout.
The food menu was small, with a good selection of small and medium sized plates. I ordered a cheese plate that included a cheddar with onions and chives, a smoked blue cheese and a smoked Gouda. All were tasty, but I wish the plate include more of the cranberry-walnut bread. I also had a small plate of mussels steamed in white ale, with an orange in the broth as well as some pepper-spice. The portion for the "small" mussels plate was very generous.
Service was very impressive. Even though it was a busy night, my bartender was attentive, talkative, and even brought me an extra plate of toast for my mussels! The quality of the food was excellent, especially for the price. I think my two plates totaled $16. The beer list was great, and the tap list changes frequently (two or three taps were changed while I was there.) This might be the best beer bar in CT!
12-19-2010 19:58:13 |
More by jeffthecheff
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $$$
I went here for the first time a few weeks ago. Its nice to see anything sprout up around here and compete with the few mainstays of the CT beer scene. This "anything", however, has the potential to become one of my favorite joints around here!
Great beer-centric atmosphere. Dim lighting, tall ceiling, "bier hall-ish" community table in the center. My server was on point, friendly, and beer-smart to boot.
The beer selection is good, with an impressive bottle list. The taps weren't anything much apart from other comparable CT locations. Id like to see more special/unique stuff come through. I was happy to see Oxford CT's own Calvary brewing on tap! Beer prices appear to sporadically range from reasonable to high. Like another reviewer stated... $7 for a Rastafar-rye? Nah, no thanks. Yet on the same bill, my DFH Pala Santo was WAY cheaper than I expected!
The food is excellent and far exceeds pub standards. The menu consists of varying sizes of plates along with full entrées. Sort of like a tapas place with less pork and plantains. The items I had were fresh and tasty as hell. The food is a good value at Mikro, you will surely enjoy.
I will return!
11-29-2010 23:24:51 |
More by zoolzoo
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
We have eaten a few times here now. I must say I am impressed with the food here. You get some interesting twists on the food here. Deviled eggs are made with chipotle to give them just a bit of a bite. Last time there I had the pork chops that among the other items on it were shaved brussel sprouts. My wife liked the cornmeal waffle that was served with her chicken. Unusual, but it all works. And the beer selection is just superb. I believe they have 18 taps of constantly rotating beers. This place’s only drawback is that it is tiny. Get there early if you want dinner.
03-09-2012 14:36:49 |
More by Boto
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
just stopped by for my first beer at mikro bar.
Upon arrival I was impressed with the design and bar. Impressive and rustic with large natural railroad ties framing it. Bar tables on left. Stool bar in middle and nice long bar to admire the tap selection on the right.
The tap selection was really great. DFH, BBC, North Coast, Stone, Rogue, Captain Lawrence just to name a few. 20 different taps to choose from. Real nice bottle selection and all the appropriate glassware for the different styles adorn the bar. The have a mug club available as well.
Menu looked great from what I could see but didn't eat. The smells coming from the kitchen were very enticing though.
EDIT: went back and ate and food was great, had two of the flat bread pizzas, cheese board and fire roasted nuts, all very tasty.
I met mike the owner who was a real nice guy and from the looks of it knows how to run an proper beer/food establishment.
It is great to have a bar like this in hamden and 5 minutes from my house with a parking lot. Gets a bit tiring pumping quarters in the meters in new haven at prime when you are now getting 10 minutes per. (love prime though)
Wish this place the best of luck but fully confident after first visit it will be a staple in hamden offering a unique beer drinking experience for years to come.
10-29-2010 21:38:35 |
More by OatmattStout
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
This place opened up 10 minutes down the road from my childhood house. Figured any place that could get my Dad excited about "some dark beer called Imperial Stout Trooper" was worth checking out.
Pretty sure it used to be a non-descript bar called Jackrabbit Slims mostly catering to a Quinnipiac crowd, but Mikro is anything but unmemorable. The first thing that comes to mind upon entering is a friendly ski lodge, albeit one with fantastic beer taps. 18 on tap, usually a few from New England Brewing Co. down the road, with mostly a Northeast focus (Allagash, BBC, Weyerbacher, Smuttynose, etc.), but also a few West Coast stalwarts for good measure. Pretty extensive bottle list too, all reasonably priced, and flights of four, 4oz pours are nine bucks. They seem to go through kegs pretty quickly, unsurprising because the place is usually packed.
Food consists of a variety of higher end small plates, poutine, mussels & fries, salads, etc., as well as larger entrees and flatbreads. The flatbread with yukon gold potatoes, mozz, and various herbs was completely delicious, as was the chipotle chicken flatbread, and our chopped salad. It's higher end bar food, but reasonably priced, and not obnoxiously fancified.
But maybe most impressive was the knowledge of the servers on the topic of suds. Our waiter was familiar with every brew on the menu, more than willing to talk shop, and was able to recommend brews based upon the food being ordered and the diners' past experiences with beers they liked. Every one of the servers seemed to have similar knowledge, and patience.
Warm environment, great food, excellent taps and service. I'd return in a heartbeat.
02-14-2011 01:14:18 |
More by dmgnyc
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I've been to Mikro three times now, including twice during the soft opening. I waited until they were officially open and I had more experiences there to write up a review for CT's newest craft beer bar.
The atmosphere for me is the winning detail of this place. From the outside, Mikro is a unassuming anchor to a mini strip mall in the hills of the Quinnipiac University area. Once you enter and pass through the heavy curtains (awesome idea to block extra light and those big breezes from the door opening) you are in another world of low soft lighting, exposed beams, and "family". It reminds me of a converted barn interior, lots of wood and wall sconces with a few clothe beer flags and framed pictures. There are around 7-8 tables for 4, the bar, and a middle "bar" that seats another 8-10 a la Armsby Abbey. The clientele so far has been late 20's-early 40's, more grad students than undergrads I would say given it's proximity to Quinnipiac.
Service has been top notch as well, from the servers and bartenders to the owner as well who so far is always there helping out and mingling.
The beer selection here has been above average, there is always at least one beer that I'm excited about drinking. The only downside I feel are some of the prices. A Rastafar Rye rings up for $7, but even worse is that it was not a full pint because it was "over 7%". I'm sorry, but that's not reasonable. Then again, some other beers from other breweries that one would expect to be higher and price were actually lower, between $5.50-6.50. Not sure if it is ABV driving the price or what, but to me the pricing just didn't seem on track with the selection.
From the menu we ordered the cheese curds, chop salad, another salad I don't recall, and the Mikro burger to share between 3 people. The cheese curds are not what I consider "cheese curds", but maybe I'm spoiled with my Wisconsin travels. It was more mozzarella tasting, 5 pieces the size of bonbons, and $8. The chop salad was delicious as well, but for a salad with no meat that comes in a bowl again $8. The burger was worth it though, for $11 it was mighty in size and came with really good fries.
Mikro is a welcomes addition to the desert that is CT's beer bar scene, but I fear that some will be deterred from frequenting this place, especially the younger college kids in the area, due to pricing. I'll be frequenting Mikro, but in my particular situation traveling from Hartford I may find myself saving gas and money by hitting Eli's.
11-09-2010 16:13:44 |
More by naproxen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Been to this one a couple times, definetly has been improving since opening. I was a little disappointed the first couple times I went in....mainly because of a mediocre (for a craft beer bar) tap list, the relatively high cost of the food, and the lack of a happy hour specials....
I've gotten over most of that (though I would def. frequent the place more often if they had a Prime 16 like happy hour) and learned to love the craft beer bar that's 5 minutes from Quinnipiac
A: really nice, laid back feel, the curtains shield the door opening upon entry makes a lot of difference, very homey- barn like feel as others have mentioned, one room that's a little small, but doesn't usually fill beyond capacity....
Q: this has improved significantly over the last couple months (props to Jonathan, who I believe used to man the beer helm at Prime 16) and is consistently solid and usually provides me with at least one nice surprise...not quite up to Prime 16's consistency yet, but getting there... (one small quibble-- almost always have 1-2 selections from Calvary-- whose beer is only average at best?)
S: most of the staff is fairly well versed and friendly with a couple truly outstanding staff members...owner, Mike, can almost always be spotted chatting with customers as well
F: really good, but a bit on the pricey side considering the size of the servings
V: with no real happy hour (maybe a $1 off on their $5 beers from 4-6?) and food that leans pricey, this is the principal reason I only frequent here a time or two a month
Prime 16 is still my favorite beer bar in the area (though Cask Republic is often tempting as well), Mikro is a great addition to the area's scene and the Hamden location is super convenient for all us Quinnipiac Grad students
02-14-2011 17:00:51 |
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