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The Brü Rm. at BAR
Active Beers: 10
Beer Ratings: 117
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
254 Crown St
phone: (203) 495-8924
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5
Look. When in New Haven, I'm looking to get a pizza at Modern. Not Pepe's and not Sally's,...Modern. The thing is, for the best pizza in New Haven, Modern has a crappy handful of beers with a guest tap or two that may be decent at best. What to do, what to do?? You go to BruRm@Bar. New Haven is the brick oven pizza town and this joint mixes it up nicely. They make an excellent pie AND they brew their own beer and it's damn good beer at that. I've been a fan of the "damn good stout" but recently got to have the "damn good espresso stout" which was just that. Likewise, the golden ale was outstanding.
The place is divied up into multiple areas. As you enter, there's the dining room to the right with a "U" shaped bar serving their beers and the brewing vessels amongst the tables. They also have a table or two on the second floor and if you climb the stairs to the third floor, as we did last month at the CT real ale festival,... hey, what do you know?? there's some decent seating way upstairs too (and the secret bathrooms). However, if you enter the establishment and head to the left, there's a big open room with a pool table and a bar serving their beers and a few crappy macros. This is the bar/club side, weird dancing man and all. The bar/club side is night and day compared to the dining room located a big 20 feet away. And in the far back of the bar/club room is a bigger room where it gets even "clubbier" (I think I just made up a word).
The beer is always good and the pizza is outstanding.
And I've got to tell you, when VENOM ordered the mashed potato pizza, I kind of cringed at the thought of what that might taste like, but it was really fricken' tasty.
03-04-2003 21:44:26 |
More by slander
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
The cool place to go in New Haven. Just their taps, long bar though was fairly busy when I went an everning pre-school session. Their beer is OK, the main reason for going. Lots of tables, including some intimate tables. Looks like a student hangout, with a rustic appearance overall, and everyone coming with their pals as opposed to somewhere to meet people. Average age wa graduate student, and youngerthan at Prime 16 or at Delaney's. Downtown, and easy part of a pub crawl. Sevice was average, but it was fairly busy as I said. The bottles were the macros.
08-20-2010 21:32:46 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The Bru Rm. at BAR used to be, for some reason, my beer-stop of choice when in New Haven/Yale. Maybe because the wife and I stumbled upon it and liked the combination of gourmet pizza and handcrafted beer... and you can walk to the famous Louis' Lunch down the street for an "original" burger too!
BAR is sprawling and huge, a bit confusing and definitely crazy during prime times. Because it is considered a nightclub, they may ask for ID, but then you go in and it is full of families with babies??
The Bru Rm itself is cozy, particularly in the winter, but it is also too loud and -yes- perennially crowded. Service is OK. Most likely it will take a while to get served, the waitress will look like she's going crazy and she may forget your water, but hey, the pizza comes to your table pretty quickly.
The beers are alright. I used to think they were real good, but now that my beer knowledge has broadened, my mind has changed... they have the typical lineup of a small brewpub: amber, blonde, stout, pale ale. The IPA I do like, and the stout is creamy and roasty and well done. But I mean, nothing out of the ordinary.
Pizza is super delicious, but pricey. 20 bucks for a large pizza with one or two simple toppings. Beers are better priced, $4.50 for a pint, $2.75 for a half pint.
This is not a destination, except for the pizza. Next time I'm in New Haven, I think I'll stop here for a quick pizza and then move on to better beer bars in town, like Delaney's or the new Cask Republic.
02-19-2011 19:04:17 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | $$
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
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5
BAR, as they call it, is certainly an interesting place. It consists of several big rooms that all have a unique character to them. Their is a front room with a bar, pool tables, etc. A chill room with big couches, a back room with a stage for live bands. Another back room which is a dance club, which also has an outdoor room for the warmer months. A dining room/brewpub. and two more floors of grain lofts, and private group seating areas. Anyways the atmosphere is certainly interesting as this place is located in an old automobile warehouse. The ceilings are high, the decorations are kitch, the music is bad, and this place seems out of place in ole' New Haven. I kind of liked the chill rooms, and the freaky Men's room is some sort of art nouveau project gone horribly wrong. All things aside, this was an interesting building to witness, but I don't think I will be drawn back here for a concert, or college club night. Anyways, we came here for the beer, and although they had 5 of their own beers on tap, they also had Bud, and other macros on as "guest" taps as well. Thus the selection score takes a hit. The house brewed beers we had were good, but they only have one seasonal on, and the four year round brews were not exactly adventurous. Still the beer turns over very well, and our damn good stouts were indeed, damn good, and more importantly damn fresh. $4 a pint is also a nice price to pay for good beer like this in Yale-Ville, New Haven, CT. The service from our bartender and our waitress was good, and the pizza here is awesome and available with many odd toppings (Mashed potatoes). Still the selection wanes a bit, with ONLY pizzas and ONE salad available on the menu. The pizza is thin crust, brick oven style and a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for. Awesome crust, good quality cheese, fresh toppings. Nice. All, in all this place was a weird, one-off experience. I would not go out of my way to come back here, but if I ever found myself passing through New Haven again, I would probably grab a pie and some fresh brewed beer.
03-08-2005 17:45:28 |
More by francisweizen
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$$
For some reason, based on press, I had a better opinion of Bru Rm @ BAR that maybe I should have. I didn't look at my notes carefully, and didn't notice that I was unimpressed with Bru from samples at a previous GABF. Live and learn--use the list.
The height of the evening was the Watermelon ale that we started the night with. Nothing was any better, and the one ale--AmBARale--was serious flawed and I was surprised that it was even being served. I couldn't even finish the beer. The Chinook Pale Ale redeemed them a bit and was an adequate pale ale.
Pizza look great coming in the door--seeming their specialty. It was good, but the the burning of the bottom was intense even for the type of oven used. Don't get me wrong--I like wood and coal fired pizza, and understanding some high heat burning will occur. It seemed to be assumed that a portion of the pizza will be tossed and that you should eat around it--according to the evidence of tables around us.
07-08-2011 00:01:04 |
More by FightingEntropy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
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
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Atmosphere- A transitional design, blending rustic materials with modern lines; this place can satisfy a range of aesthetic appeals. The large dining and drinking spaces can accommodate groups, and the barstools and little nooks can work well for individuals. The theme throughout this casual restaurant is BEER, and I find this appealing... as if most other patrons are there to worship the Brewer's Art.
Quality- Clean draft lines & clean facilities. Careful consideration was clearly put into their beer line-up, marketing materials, and the education of their staff. All good things.
Service- While the staff was well-educated, they were less than attentive on each occasion I have been to BAR. The barstaff always seem reasonably responsive, but it took 20 minutes after being seated before a waitress took a drink order (and it wasn't that busy). Sparing the details, the wait-staff service was disappointing each of three times I have been here.
Selection- The range of beers is essentially limited to their House Brews, which covers a decent range of styles... however, there were only six styles to choose from in total. Enough to keep me interested, but not enough to make me want to go back in the same weekend.
Food- Excellent pizza. Nice thin, crispy crust... and a range of sauce/cheese/topping options. A wonderful accompaniment to their brews.
Overall- I like this place enough to revisit every six months or so...
07-20-2010 00:46:48 |
More by jgasparine
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Had dinner at Bru Rm tonite. The place wasnt too crowded and we got seated rather quickly. The first floor area is a restaurant and bar on one side and is divided by a foyer from a bar area and pool table. Further on is a clubby area that wasnt happening at 6 pm. There is some limited seating on the 2nd floor balcony area but it was cool to watch them make pizzas.
As all other posters noted, thin crust brick oven pizza is it and it is really tasty.
The beers are very nice too, I had the nightcap which is a nice winter ale and the stout which was incredible! If I wasnt driving home I would have had another stout for sure.
Also the restaurant half is smoke free now and it was nice to be able to smell the pizzas cooking instead of just smoke.
Atmosphere was pretty chill. SOme 70s music playing but not loud enough where you cant conversate with your table.
The bathrooms are really cool to. NIce nouveau styling and some great photography as well. If youve been there you know what I mean.
If in New Haven definitely grab a brew here and some pizza too!
01-11-2004 02:24:36 |
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