Travlr (2486) Washington, Washington DC | July 17, 2011| Updated August 25, 2011
Large modern brewery tap that carries a very wide range of Italian micros on draft and in the bottle, as well as to take away. Friendly young staff. Finger food was very tasty, more substantial fare was limited to burgers. Worth a visit.
High-ceilinged multi-room modern art-ish interior. Roughly 40 birre alla spina and many more in bottles. For a traveler who has not been immersed in the Italian beer scene, most of what is available should be new. Samples are available, the servers are able to give recommendations for levels of sweetness and bitterness. A range of Italian breweries are available to try, with styles including Belgian, German, and American influenced, more hybridized and experimental recipes, as well as one of the few Italian beers made entirely with Italian ingredients . The kitchen’s specialty is American-style gourmet hamburgers. Most tables seemed to have reservations, so it’s best to call ahead for groups.
nate2g (1094) Boomtown!, Australia | March 29, 2010| Updated June 13, 2010
Pleasantly located on a narrow back street not far from the river. Great interior that crosses between funky bar and stylish restaurant but manages to retain a cozy feel. Extensive beer list with something like 40 taps and a couple of hand pumps but as a result the beers are not always kept well. The chick at the bar had no problems with pouring genorous size samples for free. You will find over 100 bottles available here, which are on show adorning the wall behind the bar. Food is simple Italian-American fare like cheeses, burgers, grilled chicken etc. You will find micros from all over Italy as well as the Baladin range. Edit: After a number of visits over the a few months I have found the service to be dreadful at best - ordinary staff and just too expensive for the quality of beers being served.
Visited a couple of times during a recent visit to Roma (Oct ’12).
One large room with a massive wall of bottles behind the bar, then a smaller side room.
When coming here it is a little easy to walk straight past as I did !
Sat at the bar on both occasions, service was a little erratic but overall friendly and knowledgeable.
Beers were E5 for 33cl pours or for a 20cl pour of the Xyauyu range. The latter was a nice touch as despite being bottled they had one of each bottle in a fridge at the correct temperature and would open a bottle and re-cork!
I also hit on the sampler on my 2nd visit. This wasn’t the greatest vfm deal at E20 for 5 20cl pours (excluding the Xyauyu’s) when you bear in mind E20 gets you 1.32l of 4 beers! Still the cheapest way to accumulate new rates tho’!
I had bar snacks on both visits, they were pitching at an American brew pub range, so various fried items and dips. Ok - but not top notch.
Good venue, good choice, a definate must visit on a trip to Roma.
Nice cool place not to far away from Tratevere area. But actually not to easy to find. GPS helped.
Lovely beer selection. Nice food. Buy a couple of power ale and relax in the second floor. Highly recomendable!
Beautiful bar with a huge tap list of almost all Italian micros. It gets crowded in the evening, so you will need a reservation after 19:00 or so, and then the service starts to falter as well. Get there early, and you can chat with the bartenders and take your time. They let me buy tasting sets which were not on the menu and they said it was only possible when they weren’t busy. Get the Baladin strong beers by the glass. Food was very good. An abosulute must for trying Italian beers.
First of all; the service at this particular place was just amazing, easily the best service I have had so far visiting beer bars in Europe. I could buy as many Italian 100ml samples as I was able to drink at the time. The Italian-Danish waitress did an exceptional and knowledgeable job giving me tasters of suggested beers, and was very eager to know my opinion of them. The selection of Italian craft beers was overwhelming added by a few guest ales from the British Isles, USA and Belgium, as well as a few bottled beers to takeaway. I gave up counting all the taps, but according to the useful Italian blog romadabere there should be about 45 operating taps. The place could best be described as a retro, high ceiling café when it comes to design and interior decoration. The first thing you notice when entering Open Baladin is the stunning beer wall behind the counter. Good food, chicken Caesar salad, too. No wine offerings at this place. To be perfect they need to improve the toilet facilities. Anyway, Open Baladin appeared as a very complete beer destination, even playing the right kind of music from Animals, Tom Waits, Led Zeppelin, Smiths and Doors. Frau Eva and I visited the place from 14.00 until about 17.00 on a Saturday afternoon which seemed to be the right time for joyful drinking, eating and rating (visited, 31.03.2012).
Visited several times, and a great, cosy and relaxing place to visit, I mainly enjoy going there for lunch, have some nice food and then work my way through the taps and the bottle list. During the day it is rather quiet, but it can be rather busy later on. Friendly service minded staff, really a place to visit being in Rome.
Nice place with a big seating area. Beer menu with description of the beers on offer.
I found the service to be good, even though the knowledge about the beers could have been better. I liked this place more than the foorball pub, well wort a visit.
Hit this about 3PM. Plaster, stainless steel, modern furniture, tastefully abutted by a much less modern roojm. About 15% full. Service was excellent, and the English was much better than my Italian. Many good beers, and not just Italian. Food was good - and simple. Beers were well kept and excellent. You can buy and take away. Eat your heart out Shelton Bros.