The Brü Rm. at BAR
Active Beers: 10
Beer Ratings: 118
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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3.3/5 rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
Located right across the street from Louis Lunch in New Haven.
Big space for Connecticut, with two bar sides: eating pizza and not eating pizza (which looked really tasty by the way). The crowd is a mix of professionals and college kids. Service was fine. The selection was 5 beers, mostly darker, richer styles. I went for the Bru Master`s Rye, pretty tasty, would have paired well a pepperoni pie. I would have preferred a couple more drafts and something light like a pilsner or a wheat on the board this time of they year (May). Worth a visit if you are doing a crawl in New Haven.
05-14-2009 22:51:18 | More by mltobin
4.05/5 rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Very nice place in New Haven across from Louies Lunch. Its got a nice open feel to it, a little rustic, a little industrial with a lot o brewing equipment on display. This place has very solid beer and usually a fairly decent selection. The surprising thing is how good the pizza is- right up there with Sallys and Pepes, and those places have crap for beer. Its also very convenient to downtown and Yale. There are certainly a lot of student types here, and it can get crowded, but I really like this place. Solid.
11-03-2008 00:24:15 | More by Georgiabeer
2.8/5 rDev -21.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place has been around for almost 20 years and should be credited for the revival of Crown Street. Back in the day, this was just a rave club in a dead part of town, right across from Louie's, which is suppose to be the place where the first hamburger was made. But now Crown street is the hottest part of town and quickly Bar started in with brewing and pizza. The pizza is surprizingly good, but this is a city that is unforgiving of bad pizza, so you can't get into serving pizza unless you are going to do it right.
But when it comes to the over all atmosphere and quality of the beers, I wish that I was writing thsi review 5 years ago, after my last visit, instead of what I encountered this last week. It was a hot day, so we sat in the pool room that has the large garage door open. I have no idea why, but they now have white sheets hanging on all the walls that make this place look like it is under construction. I think that they are suppose to be decorative, but they were cheap and dirty looking, that I worried over what bacteria was probably trapped in those sheets.
The selection of their beers was just down to 4 of their standard ales and an average offering of other beers. Last time that I was there, they had a robust list of their beers and an interesting offering of guest beers. We were there in the late afternoon, so it was not very busy, so there was no reason for bad service. But bad service is exactly what we got. The bartender sat back against the bar and despite the fact that we were sitting there with no drinks, we still had to wave him over. Then, when I asked for a sample of the wheat for my girlfriend, we got the heavy sigh. The guy would not smile, would not offer up any information about their beers and while he served us, he just stared out beyond us.
This place has been an on-again, off-again hot spot for the club scene for years and it just feels like they may have decided to concentrate on that now over beers and service. But the pizza is stil good.
08-06-2008 17:38:09 | More by opwog
4.1/5 rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Went to BAR tonight. I have been here before on a couple occasions, but never reviewed it. I spent a few hours there tonight hanging out with my brother and a friend. We ordered a couple pizzas and I tried 3 of the 5 beers they had.
The pizza was phenomenal. I grew up just outside New Haven and the pizza in this part of CT is some of the best in the world, BAR's included. The restaurant had an hour wait, so we sat at the bar and ordered pizza separately. It worked for us. We got a red pie with fresh tomato and basil and a white pie with mashed potatoes (sounds weird, but it's really good).
The beer was great. I had their Damn Good Stout, their Toasted Blonde Ale, and their Pale Ale. All were fantastic. Unfortunately, the stout was on nitro-tap and could've been a whole lot better if it wasn't, but it was still excellent. The blonde was nice and refreshing with a nice toasted flavor to it. The pale ale fulfilled my hoppy desires.
The music was a bit loud, but we could still hold a decent conversation there. The bartenders were great at making sure we had a full glass, and they even kept refilling my water glass without asking. If you're in New Haven, this is definitely worth a try. I would, however, recommend going earlier. At night, it starts to become sort of a night club (there is a night club in the back room). It's probably the only place I know of where you can get both fantastic pizza and fantastic beer.
03-30-2008 04:25:46 | More by RunawayJim
3.46/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Visited Bru Rm. last week to grab a pint and watch a few innings of the Sox game. The atmosphere is that of a dance club within a maze. There seems to be no reasoning to the different rooms as you enter deeper into the establishment. Fortunately, the bar is easy enough to find, and is located along the left hand wall as you walk in. There was also a connected, outdoor patio of the store's front to where the bar is located. It was expectedly busy given the playoff game, and littered with Yale students. On tap was a disappointing three house beers including: Toasted Blonde, AmBar, and the Damn Good Stout. I had the stout and was pleasantly surprised given the depleted selection and the vibe of the place. Service was pleasant and prompt, but nothing in the realm of beer knowledge that was memorable. All in all, the stout was good, but that's pretty much it. Unless I'm walking down Crowne St., I probably won't visit this place again.
11-01-2007 22:47:30 | More by NEhophead
3.95/5 rDev +10.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
This is an interesting place. During dinner hours it is a pizza joint with very very very good pizza and beer. They make alot of beers on site. Damned Good Stout is delicious, as is the Toasted Blonde. The AmBar Ale is also another great choice. Sometimes the Watermelon Ale is on tap and that one is worth trying at least once in your life. As for a New Haven pizza joint, it's not Pepe's or Sally's, but it is an exceptional place. (Try the Bacon Mashed Potato Pizza - It is absolutely delicious). When it opens up to be a nightclub in the back, it looses alot of it's feel for great beer and great pizza. They close the pizza room and the bar and the nightclub in the back are the only rooms open.
As for the prices, they are very fair and the beer they make is almost as cheap as the cheap beer they don't brew there.
My advice - Bacon Mashed Potato Pizza with a pitcher of Damned Good Stout - Try it.
10-05-2007 04:38:05 | More by erosier
3.88/5 rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $$
great place! Nice long tables to fit all your friends. Get there early because around 11 or 12 people start to pile into this place and getting a whole table will be hard. I love their beer, some say it's just ok but I really like it. I suggest the damn good stout. The pizza is great as it should be coming from new haven. I have to agree the mash potato pizza sounds strange but you have to try it! My whole family comes here and we have a great time. My brother is haveing his rehersal dinner at this place, I can't wait.
05-02-2007 18:58:44 | More by pittvkyle7
3.75/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
A few large rooms, some pretty good brick oven pizza, and decent micro suds. This was a nice enjoyable outing, nothing special or out of this world. The most unusual thing was the mashed potato and bacon pizza. I went into an immediate carb coma. The beers were competent across the board, but again nothing stellar, and the selection was a bit limited. I ordered the sampler for $7 which consisted of their four regular taps and one seasonal. The seasonal offering was the second alarm smoked porter, probably my favorite of the ngiht, with the pale ale coming in second.
03-13-2007 02:43:41 | More by dherling
4.2/5 rDev +17.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $
This Brew Pub is one of the better that I have been to. It was a Tuesday night, and I was in CT on business. I was half way between Hartford and New Haven. Having been to the City Steam I decided to head south to New Haven.
I found parking, which I hear was a miracle, and walked 2 blocks to the pub. The door looks like it was pillaged off a medival house. I walked in seeing the big bar room to my left and booth seating to my right. Alone, I of courde chose the bar. I sat down, struck up a conversation with a nice New Haven native, Yale reseacher(?) who was waiting for her friends. I read the Beerfly reviews and thought great pizza, she tells me the pizza is the best!
I asked for a sampler, the bartender said that they only have them on the dining room side. I passed on the Toasted Blonde but was given a "taster to try." A clean crisp beer obviously made to impress the heinekin croud. I stepped up to the Pale Ale. A nice fruity balance. Great smell and good hoppy finish. Also had a Damn Good Espresso Stout. I learned that the brewmaster makes the stout extra hearty in the winter adding more espresso. A very good balanced, chocolatey stout. The Rye Ale was very good also. Dark and delicious.
I ordered a medium white with mushrooms and black olives. It was very good but I am going back to try the Mashed Potato and bacon which my friend at the bar said was unique-ly delicious!
01-25-2007 23:26:29 | More by bierSnob
3.5/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I headed out to the Bru Room with two BA buddies this past Friday while I was in town (Sulldaddy and Stopper). Stopper happens to be one fo the main brewers, so i was in good company along with his girlfriend, my best man Sully and his wife. We parked very close to the bar in a parking lot that you could barely pull in and out of, which was insane, but after parking we entered the main doors where many people stood outside smoking, to which Sully reminded me that in CT smoking is prohibitied in bars in restaurants, which I do happen to smoke from time to time, but I find to be a good thing...let the smokers gross out people outside instead of ruining my beer aroma!
Anyways, we wanted to have dinner but the hostess, who appeared and sounded like a Paris Hilton wannabe informed us that we'd be waiting for 1 1/2 hours, which was totally unacceptable! Therefore, we ordered a pizza with bacon and potatoes on top, which sounds really gross, but was incredible (most of teh potatoes were mashed). We ended up siting at a table in a lowly lit bar area, which even though the hostess gave us "dirty" looks, we managed to keep. We each had brews from teh bar (Bobbiedangler for me), and various other beers or stiff drinks (due to a yeast allergy) for one of our party. The bartenders were solid and atmosphere was decent. The front side wall of teh building (bar area at least) lends itself to appear as a former garage, and it seems like they could open it up during nice days, bur I am unsure about that.
WE did not stay long since Geff Stopper happend to have a sixtel of BobbieDangler back at his house that he said was "free", and he knew I was on a budget. I did check out parts of teh building, in which a dance club was located in the back, which really lowered my feelings about this place, as well as a nice dining room area, in which we didn't get a chance to check out. The bathroom had a huge artistic appearing picture of a naked woman exposing her breasts from the waist-up, and I found that interesting if not "hot".
Overall, good food, good beers, too many "Yaleies" for me. I'd visit again to get a better handle on the establishment.
01-15-2007 23:18:56 | More by Fish113d
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The Brü Rm. at BAR in New Haven, CT
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