Take a taxi to find this large place with a totally different feel than the other great bars of Rome. This one is very modern, with an incredible rooftop level with its own taps and grills. Unparallelled (in Italy at least) selection of European and American beers, but little to no Italian stuff. Quick, efficient and knowledgeable staff. Donít miss this one if youíre anywhere in southern Europe.
3fourths (1537) Boulder, Colorado | June 19, 2015| Updated January 30, 2016
The draft list is adequate though not expansive, at least for me, and the bottle list seems full of the strong and the rare, things that Iím not interested in, so take this rating as a matter of personal preference. I found the ambiance and interior a little too loud (visually and acoustically), and the decor and arrangement of the interior awkward. The proprietor was incredibly welcoming and friendly, but this picky beer drinker is looking for more, in terms of beer and in terms of ambiance / mood.
Brasserie 4:20 is a brilliant place. If you are lucky to visit when Alex is around you will experience an amazing host! The venue is a decent walk from the city centre but Im sure buses stop close by. Inside is a harmonious cellar atmosphere with exposed brick and warm glow of dimmed lights. As you walk in you are welcomed by a vintage gueuze cabinet! Fantastic range of beer on tap, with a few Mikkeller brews for example. There are many bottles available and also a vintage bottle menu but expect to pay hefty for the privelidge. Also food is top notch. A must visit in Rome or anywhere in the world for that matter.
Visited a couple of times over my stag weekend in Roma, June í13.
Split over 2 levels the downstairs is the main room and bar, clean cut functional metallic feel to the place with a hotch potch of tables and chairs. Upstairs is a sheltered roof top area with a small bar offering a limited range of the beers available. The night we came up here there was also free buffet food available (6-7pm on Saturday).
A good 50 or 60 beers available on tap, plenty from Rev Cat, lots of other Italian brewers and I stumbled across a real treat in the form of Struise Popaholic (just the 19 rates blended originally for the RBESG í10). Service was prompt although I tended to hit on 420 at non busy times, either early evening or late night 2.30/3 am.
Great bar, a good 30/40 minute walk from the centre of Roma or alternatively grab a tram or train to Trastavere and then a 5 or so minute walk.
Great bar and unlike the previous review we must have had a bar keep with decent musical taste as the Stone Roses album was on in full during both of our visits!
Definitely one of the best bars in the world. The beer selection is outstanding. The venue itself is a joy to pass time in. No detail has been overlooked: the draft system is simply beautiful, the lighting is dynamic and fun, the seating is varied and accomodating. The bartenders were great, very friendly and very attentive. The draft beers are relatively well priced, but some of the bottles are comical. (I saw Magic Hat #9 for over 20 euros, same for Victory Prima Pils. And whatís more, these beers are being marketed as vintage. A 2008 Prima Pils anyone? Anyone?) Another mild qualm would be that the Italian beer selection is minimal; in fact, I canít really remember any Italian beers. The food is exquisite, particularly the desserts. I recommend with my whole heart the Tiramistout and the cheesecake. The ribs were also great. So overall this place is fantastic. You will pay for the experience, but your money will be well spent. Absolutely worldclass.
We made a special effort to get over to this place, it was along a dark road, at night but the neon sign was a welcome indication that we were there. Inside it was warm and friendly, we had booked and we were reserved a table right at the far end. It was a bit of a mission to get to see the beer taps to try, my Italian wasnít up to the job really, but got there in the end. The food is reasonable and the ambiance is good, I would have prefered to be in the bar area, but we enjoyed the experience anyway.
It is a friendly bar and I really wanted to like it. First, the good points, they have quite a few taps of house beers under the Revelation Cat brand, a few guest taps, and their own house liquor. The architecture is unique. It is built into an old railway bridge or similar industrial structure with internal brick barrel vaulting. The staff is very friendly and more than willing to give you tastes. Now, the downsides. The location isnít great, in an outskirt of Trastevere on an ugly main road, and lacking the characterful charm of the heart of the Trastevere district. That could have easily be forgiven, but for the fact that the interior atmosphere inside is that of a corporate student bar. The music ranged from boring to lame or both, ie. Oasis, Weezer. Mason jars are used for almost all pours, which is cute but not for presenting good beer. And the most important thing is the beer, which was unfortunately not good. This could also be forgiven if one or two beers were off, but we tried a lot and I struggled with pretty much everything. The first round was filled with duds--a vegetal pils and a dull IPA. We got a few tasters after that, and nothing was really working. One of the sours tasted immature and yeasty. However, another was a marsala barrel lambic and was nice (I ordered a pint) but not outstanding. It was probably the best thing on offer. The bulk of the menu focus is on higher ABV and wacky beer as opposed to fine craftsmanship. Because of the types of beer on offer and the atmosphere, the place is very American in character. The guest taps were things like Rogue and a barrel-aged dubbel. No one was eating, so I doubt I would either. They do have something called "hop burger." I wish I could say kinder things about the place, as they were super nice to us, but please understand this is not even in the same league as Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa, which is absolutely deserving of its accolades.
Oakes (805) Vancouver, British Columbia | June 19, 2014
Disappointment, and quite frankly not worth the effort of trekking out there. Sterile corporate atmosphere. Mostly Revelation Cat brews, and theyíre not very well made. Other beers were boring, of no real interest to a serious beer drinker. The service was good, but we left quickly and didnít come back. Not even remotely world class - there wasnít a single beer worth the journey on that list.
First of all, from the Termini Area or central Rome, we found the H bus most convenient. Nice modern place. The terrace upstairs is really great too. Great selection of beers on tap, lots of lambics. They have great festivals too. The cellar is very very impressive, and there are a lot of good deals on the menu. Alex is a great host and his staff were friendly and very competent. A great place. Wish they had a few more Italian beers.
GT (672) Oceanside, California | April 19, 2011| Updated April 22, 2011
Brasserie 4:20 is pretty high end looking, pretty posh inside and complete with a sick roof deck that has Cigar City, Lost Abbey, and other American rarities on tap. Bottom floor has tons of random micro brews. Lambic vintage list is stellar with 3F 1999 Geuze and Millennium Geuze. But these are pretty expensive. Over $200 each for the bottles. Food was very good though I did not eat dinner there, just sandwiches and snacks. The only thing I dislike about 4:20 is that it is literally in the middle of nowhere in Rome. You have to walk down Via Portuense, which at night after Sunday market looks like a post zombie apocalyptic abandoned industrial wasteland. Then door after door of non existent businesses that have addresses but no shop continue to pop up until you find yourself at a black garage door panel labeled "4:20" in green, digital clock font. Itís a little creepy. Good thing about 4:20 is that it is open until 4am! So make this your last bar of the evening before probably wanting to find a cab home.