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The Brü Rm. at BAR
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Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
254 Crown St
phone: (203) 495-8924
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$$
Very disappointed in BAR New Haven. I drove 45 minutes to Bar on Wed in part, due to a special, that they were advertising on their own website. When i got there, i was greeted rudely by some useless tool of a bartender, who claims no such special ever existed. When i pulled out the smart phone to show him his own bars website, and that IN FACT bar was advertising the special, i received NO APOLOGY just a snide "You can have that one and thats it" "The rest are full price" Mind you the special was supposed to last till 11:30pm and it was 8:00pm at that time. I then spoke with the Manager Frank, who was equally useless, stating only "Oh im sorry to hear that ill have a talk with him". How about you at least buy a round on the house you unprofessional twit. I DROVE 45 MINUTES FOR THAT DAMN SPECIAL. I WILL NEVER VISIT THAT SHITHOLE AGAIN. AND DO YOURSELF A FAVOR PEOPLE, stay away, they wanted $17 for two small ass rum and cokes, Their pizza SUCKS go to Pepes and eat a real pizza
05-12-2012 00:20:09 |
More by Onetrackminded1
vibe: 4 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3
The place is fairly easy to find, being located very close to Yale. It's in a rather posh section of town, with lots of fancy stores and trendy bars. This place is no exception.
The interior is basically a renovated warehouse, replete with exposed brick, pipes and cinderblocks. Very hip. Copper brewing tanks are scattered about, with a bar area on the left, and a seating and smaller bar area to the right. We sat in the seating area, which has huge windows letting in a lot of natural light. The interior design is pretty nice, with that industrial chic look. I'm not real sure about the expensive looking folks decorating the chairs, though.
We were finally able to corner the waitress and order some drinks and a pizza. About ten minutes later we got our beers, and the pizza arrived about 15 minutes after that, kind of cold. Not impressive. The beers were also pretty awful. I opted for a soda on the second round.
They have five house beers on tap, no make that four, since the stout was out. All the beers tasted the same. I had a sampler with the pale ale, ambar, octobarfest, and blond ale, and all were an overwhelming butterscotchy diacetyl concoction. Gross. Besides being kind of cold, the pizza was decent.
This is probably the worst brewpub in CT, if not in New England. I'm not even sure you could call it a brewpub, since the beer tastes more like a buttery soft drink, no matter which one you get. Definitely the worst place I've been to.
08-28-2003 02:57:02 |
More by UnionMade
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
Visited the Bru Rm@bar 12-8.
The atmosphere is rather chaotic and pieced together. They are trying hard to be "cool" but really miss the mark. The impression we got was more of a college dive than anything else.
There was little to no organization amongst the hostess(s) or wait staff so getting a table or initial service was far more of a hassle than it needed to be. No one check on the people waiting for a table for about 10 minutes even though they kept walking on by (4 of us when we arrived by the time someone stopped to ask us if we had been waiting to be seated, like it took a college degree to figure out, there at least 16+ people waiting in line). Once we were seated service was okay.
The pizza was a surprise as it was very good the beer was less than average to very poor (out of the three seperate beers we ordered 2 were poor in qaulity one was average). They REALLY need to work on there beers. You are better off drinking anything else really. The cost for the actual food was on the high side of average. The cost of the beer was far more than it should have been considering the quality was not there.
So cost for value your paying FAR more than the worth of what your getting. A example of the rip of is the cost of a growler of beer here they want 22$ for a full growler (standard American 64 oz style) were the average at similar institutions with far superior beer is in the average range of 15$.
The run down is Bru Rm is not worth it.
12-09-2012 13:11:27 |
More by woolybear
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
Wow, walked in and felt like I was bothering people at 5 pm on a Tuesday. The hostess was doodling in a notebook and barely said 3 words to me. I asked where and atm was and she tried to send me 4 blocks away, there was one next door. Told her about the one next door in case someone asked again, and she said whatever, I am not from this neighborhood.
Sat, ordered a beer and pizza (pizza is really good) asked the server about the beer and she said she didnt know. Then I had to follow up with a, could you please ask someone? She replied the breasted wasn't there and left. Got my pizza, and half way into it, no followup, so had to get up and look for napkins at the empty bar... nothing, so I sat back down... then when I was done had to go ask someone else for some... then I bent the super cheap fork trying to cut my pizza, the fork was reminiscent of elementary school cafeteria forks back in the day... so cheap that if you stabbed someone, it would just bend in half.
Anyway, rant over... awesome pizza, mediocre beer, Piss poor service, great atmosphere.
02-16-2011 00:03:18 |
More by crusian
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5 | $$
I went here for an event Monday night.
Atmosphere was mediocre. It was too cramped, and there wasn't even that much of a crowd. I can only imagine what it's like when the place is packed.
I think the place seemed too concerned with appearing hip and cool, which granted..is a different approach than most brewpubs take, it just didn't work for me.
I tried two of their beers, the first was the Damn Good Stout, which was the better of the two.
Nothing that knocked my socks off, but it definitely wasn't bad. The second was their Pale Ale which was overhopped. Didn't care for it.
The menu is limited to mostly pizza, which is decidedly in the New Haven apizza style (like Pepe's, Sally's, and Modern). I'm not a fan of the style. I know it's supposed to be more authentic, but apizza is always too burnt-tasting for my taste. BAR/Bru Rm's pizza is no exception.
07-18-2006 06:59:17 |
More by riordan93
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$$
For some reason, based on press, I had a better opinion of Bru Rm @ BAR that maybe I should have. I didn't look at my notes carefully, and didn't notice that I was unimpressed with Bru from samples at a previous GABF. Live and learn--use the list.
The height of the evening was the Watermelon ale that we started the night with. Nothing was any better, and the one ale--AmBARale--was serious flawed and I was surprised that it was even being served. I couldn't even finish the beer. The Chinook Pale Ale redeemed them a bit and was an adequate pale ale.
Pizza look great coming in the door--seeming their specialty. It was good, but the the burning of the bottom was intense even for the type of oven used. Don't get me wrong--I like wood and coal fired pizza, and understanding some high heat burning will occur. It seemed to be assumed that a portion of the pizza will be tossed and that you should eat around it--according to the evidence of tables around us.
07-08-2011 00:01:04 |
More by FightingEntropy
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 1.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Hmm... where to start?
The atmosphere is really hit or miss with this place. The overall layout and design is very cool. They have a pool room/bar area. They have an eating room/bar area. And in the back they have a dance club room/bar area. So it depends on where you sit and when. Obviously the dance is only good for after hours (and is quoted by many to be one of the best places for dancing in New Haven), and the pool room is decent during the evening. But they often lift up a garage door and put up sheets as a "wall" instead; but this allows you to smell and hear the busy Crown St. while trying to enjoy some food with friends. Not as cool or chic as they think. But if you are lucky enough to be seated in the other eating room, it's much quieter and easier to relax.
Everything is very rustic; exposed brewing equipment, open spacious rooms, exposed brick walls, and a good view of where they make the pizzas.
The quality of both their pizzas and beer is top notch. Each style of beer is quite tasty and perfect with nearly every pizza they have available. However, their selection sucks. I feel bad for complaining because it is so damn tasty. But they only have 4 standard beers on tap at all times with 1 tap that changes seasonally. I salute them for having 4 beers that they have mastered, but after a few visits, you start to crave something new. They also only serve pizza. The only other item on the menu is one salad. Otherwise, you have your choice of pizzas. Again, they make a damn good pizza and have lots of topping choices, but after a few visits, you start to crave something new.
The service is pretty lousy, I won't lie. I've been many times, and have been ignored, scoffed at, and even yelled at one time (I touched the chalk drawing next to our booth out of curiosity. All of the tables and walls and booth chairs are carved and withered away to hell from people who have carved their names in it with clearly big knives. I swear it looks like a crowd of drunk lumber jacks where trying to carve statues out of the tables. And I get yelled at like a five-year-old for touching the chalk picture with my finger?). I've also had friends turned away at night since they weren't 21 when we just wanted pizza. When I know for a fact that the rules are: under-21 can sit in the pizza room, not the pool room. Yet the bouncer was certain that he knew best and kicked us out.
I apologize for ranting, but I figured while reviewing this place, people should know what to expect. No one wants to talk to you about their beer, they are not too keen on letting you sample the beers, and they sure as hell don't want to check up on you to see if you need a refill or extra napkins unless you stand up and wave them over.
But, like I said, of the 4 beers available, they are tasty. And their pizza is worth comparing to Sally's or Pepe's. But hey, if the food/drink is so good, I guess you have the right to treat your customers like shit?
Oh well. My last complaint is that it is way too expensive. Other than that, it's worth checking out at least once. Especially if you are knew to the area or just visiting. But I'm starting to learn that as a local, maybe once is just once enough.
08-03-2009 15:41:13 |
More by dbmcrorie
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$
I will start by saying the pizza here is great, and I come here nearly every time I'm in New Haven just for it. The clam pizza is out of this world! Food aside, this place could still use some improvements. Overall, come here for the pizza, but don't get too excited for the beer...
Atmosphere is nice. The traditional seating area on the right as you walk in is nice, but the main bar area to the left can get a bit crowded. The whole brewery seems to surround the dining room, which is pretty cool. This place apparently turns into a nightclub on weekend nights, though I have not been there when this happens. Service is OK, not great. Ive had the occasional airhead or bad attitude server.
Beer...I'm trying to be constructive here, because I like this place overall and would really like to see the microbrewery improve. But the house beer is the reason for my quality score of 2. Very inconsistent. I have definitely had good batches of the stout, ambar, and blonde there, but it varies a lot from batch to batch, mostly in yeast character; some are good, others have been ester bombs. My wife on one occasion got a toasted blonde that was phenolic; evident of either wild or weizen yeast contamination. Either case, it's a major flaw when the beer description is "clean and lager-like." With the flaws I've noticed, they need to improve their sanitation and yeast practices. If you are dissatisfied with the in house brews, they do have offerings on tap from other nearby craft and microbreweries.
01-13-2013 16:06:42 |
More by OrangeCharlie
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | $$
Made a trip to New Haven for a wonderful dinner at Frank Pepe's for New Haven pizza and the opportunity to visit another brewpub in my quest to visit all quality brewpubs in North America (stop #167).
After walking through a very crowded dining area of young professionals and lots of very tasting looking pizza, we managed to make it to the long and limited standing room area bar. The first sign of bad news was that the guest tap list is all macro craft. The second bit of bad news was that house beers were blonde, red, amber, and stout. As pedestrian as a brewpub can get. No seasonal, no cask, and nothing hoppy.
My wife and I (mostly me) had the blonde and amber. They were both acceptable for the style.
We huddled back in the corner with the exposed industrial brewing equipment which looked pretty cool.
A good place for a large group if you're not too critical of your beer.
11-02-2009 01:31:42 |
More by Yetiman420
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