Norway > Bergen
mcberko (526) Vancouver, British Columbia | April 27, 2015
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
A really charming cafe in a neighbourhood packed with more and more beer bars. The interior is darkly lit and feels more like a coffee house than a beer bar. This is the establishment for Baran Bryggeri and featured 9 of their beers on tap. You can order 4-beer samplers for 120NOK, a pretty good deal for Norway. Unfortunately the beer quality is not good, but that didn’t actually diminish the experience. The service was top notch - very personable, informative and helpful. I would go back again for sure to see how the beer quality has improved or at least to have one of the guest taps. Great place, not so much for beer.
JamesAllon (100) , Norway | December 7, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
BarBache (3) , Norway | October 2, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Nice and quit, it is possible to talk. It seems like it is a student place, the beer selection is ok. The bartender should have a uniform (so it is easier and see who is working). And the bartender should be more active to collect empty glasses, taking orders, checking toilet, the total. But the place is good, and i will be back :)
Palme (47) Bergen, Norway | November 15, 2010
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
A well places, cozy little student-bar with a good selection. Most of the time the staff have good time for a beer-talk, and I really like the beer-of-the-month concept they have. Have not tried the food, and probably won’t do do either, but you don’t go to Baran for the food.
ClubGonzo (33) Bergen, Norway | July 15, 2010| Updated April 26, 2011
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 13/20
Baran Cafe is in the center of Bergen, and used to be a hippie-oriented student hangout in the early 2000’s, until a fairly recent makeover has turned it into a more all-round pub. Nevertheless a liberal atmosphere surrounds the place, and both furniture and art point slightly towards the urban "avant garde". Friendly and fairly knowledgeable staff who will engage in a conversation about beer if you are interested. They also serve food, of which I have tried little, but the few things I’ve had there have been decent enough. For Norwegian standards, they have a pretty good selection: 10-13 taps with some international macros and some Norwegian micros, mostly from Haandbryggeriet and Ægir. Baran serves a selection of around 70 types of bottled beer, which is way above your average Norwegian bar. Also, prices are very Norwegian, which is of course to be expected, but nothing outrageous as Baran still caters heavily to the student/young adult segment.The bottle selection is rather sprawled, with no apparent focus areas or system to the beers in stock. However, I did find beers from breweries I’ve never seen other places in Bergen in recent times (such as De Molen and De Dolle) the last time I was there. Beware though; the staff are a bit lazy updating the shelves, so your pleasure of finding something interesting can turn into sudden frustration at times, as they mostly don’t sell the last bottles (I guess they see them as decoration or something). Overall a nice place, somewhat overlooked and definitely a bar with the potential to be a real haven for beer lovers. So far, Henriks and Naboen have a slightly more professional approach to beer and promoting beer culture, but Baran should not be considered far behind.
Holmen1 (98) Stavanger, Norway | October 27, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
Besøkte Baran to ganger i sommer. Desverre veldig vekslende kvalitet på servic og kunnskaper, og vanskelig på få smaksprøver. Brukbart utvalg (selv om mye er standard for dedikerte ølhunder), og Beer of the Month er en god ide. Skal så avgjort besøke dem neste gnang jeg er i Bergen, og jeg er spent å prøve deres egenproduserte øl!
nilsas (120) Bryne, Norway | September 6, 2014
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Koselig pub, helt ok utvalg, god atmosfære. En pub jeg nok kommer til å besøke igjen.
gyllenbock (208) Stockholm, Sweden | September 11, 2014
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Visited in September 2014. A small and cozy place with friendly service. Their own beers were not available during my visit. The selection was good but not outstanding.
Odland (34) , Norway | February 7, 2011
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
Resembles a modern day opium den. The bar is divided in two stories. The cellar - which features a Foosball table is fairly dark and damp. The upstairs is kinda crowded but ok before the drunken students stumbles in. A good selection on tap, in theory, as they are often sold out of most of them. When it comes to bottle you can luck out as it seems that there is no real plan for what they have in the shelves. You might just luck out.
Gulbrandsen (13) Bergen, Norway | December 10, 2013
62 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 10/20
Decent selection. Their inhouse brews vary in quality, but their brown ale is amazing.
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