To address Sammyís comment about being crowded and smoky at night: Itís not so bad. My wife and I frequent this place, mostly for the food. The beers are all adequate, but suffer from the common microbrew problem of all tasting very similar. Donít get me wrong, you can obviously tell the difference between them, but they all seem to have a common base hidden beneath all the differences. Itís a little difficult to describe, but a number of friends have agreed with me after tasting the brews. If you go here, I would definitely recommend the Dubbel, especially if they have it on cask.
Nice restaurant type brewpub. Fancier menu with dinners as well as sandwiches and pizza. Full bar and wine list. They had eight of their own beers on tap that ranged from blonde to stout, with a few belgians thrown in. The beers I had were well made. Maybe not a destination but worth the stop if in the area.
Nice spot. Wide open feel, medium to upscale feel for sure. Food was really really good. Wide selection of decent house Belgian style beer with a couple rising above and being quite good. Solid service. Iíd go back again just for lunch, to heck with the ratings. A nice surprise.
I heard about Bastones beers from a friend and had to try them for myself. I ordered the sampler with all the sesonals and they were TERRIFIC! Some of the best beers Iíve had in a long time. The best brewery in Royal Oak. Great job on all the beers. Iíll be returning soon with some of my friends.
(Visited 08/2011): Bastone is located in the heart of Royal Oak at the corner of S. Main and 5th. Metered parking is available in the surrounding area.
The interior is pretty cozy with a small bar area on the right and high backed booths and tables in the restaurant area. They have a patio as well. Brick and tile motif. Above the bar hang signs featuring each of their standard beers.
Bastone serves 8 beers including a seasonal or two, and a sampler is available. They range from Blonde, Pils, and Wit to a Dubbel, Tripel and Saison Noir. All of the beers are above average. They also have a few bottles from Jolly Pumpkin and North Peak.
Service on a relatively slow weekday (I arrived right as they opened). The bartender was knowledgeable about their beers and of other recommendations for the area.
The food at Bastone has a Belgian tilt, and my pomme frites and sandwich were good.
Overall this is a pretty solid spot. Maybe not a fair comparison but I think Brugge is a lot better, however this is still a place worth visiting in the area.
Sort of an upscale lodge feel to it. It definitely doesnít look that way from the outside with itís metal, industrial look, but once you get inside, itís a wood. On a Wednesday night, they had a guitar duo providing tunes at a nice, ambient level and, overall, it was a decent crowd for a Wednesday night. Plenty of restaurant seating, and a decent bar selection with, apparently a downstairs bar too (I didnít get down there on this trip). The table service was prompt and friendly providing decent enough knowledge to talk about the beer and make suggestions. The food was good. It was a bit pricey, but a nice little brewery in the heart of downtown Royal Oak - beware though, street parking is a struggle.
Fairly nice atmosphere, on the high end of the medium upscale. Food was pretty nice, I had a turkey sandwich on some really nice bread with cheddar. Beers were pretty decent with only the Blonde being a real disappointment. Wonít knock your socks off but pretty solid. Service was quite friendly and reasonably attentive. Definitely a fantastic spot to stop for lunch.
This is a pretty solid place. Its in a great location in downtown Royal Oak. The beers are pretty good and the food is good too. Nothing crazy fantastic but solid. I have been here a couple times and will be back at some point.