An extremely odd place that attracts mostly young people, but the beer offered is of very high quality, you’ll have a few german and belgian specialties on top of rarer Italian ones (White Dog for example) which makes for enough stock to spend a nice evening. Very efficient service, quick and apparently happy with their job. Rather loud music, but it feels at place. They really seem to appreciate beer and you would never guess that from the outside which looks like nothing and especially not from the pseudo-modern inside which looks like everything.
GT (672) San Diego, 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. It’s 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.
Quite away out of the beaten track if you are staying on the other side of the river in the city center. But tram line 8 from Piazza Venezia stops a 1 block / 10 minutes walk from 4:20 and makes it easy going there. The bar is very nice and cozy with good ambiance, seating along the bar, and some smal tables, chairs, and a few couches along the other wall. About 22 taps on at our visit, 6 Revelation Cat, 5 from the (for me unknown) Japanese brewery Se Kadoia, De Molen, Schlenkerla, De Molen, Boon, Brewdog, etc.Impressive bottle list, expecially the vintage sours (not that i had any of these, going from 50 - 150 €) Good, freindly and knowable service wich speaks a good english. We didnt eat but the food looked tasty. Good value on the tap beers. Great place
Certainly a great place, but not necessarily my kind of place. Beerwise it seems too focussed on pulling in big names from overseas, and I’m mostly not a fan of most of the big names. (Just because its popular doesn’t make it good applies just as much to craft brewers as it does to macro swill.) Alex was very friendly and talkative, so we got to know all about his beers, so we focussed entirely on those. Looking forward to some of the future beers he’ll have in store. Food was expensive - to me, shocking. Maybe that’s because I come from the land of pub grub, and could feed a family of 4 for the price of 3 fancy prawns here. And at about 10e for a Mariage Parfait, this is more expensive than anywhere I know in Finland, and we’ve got enormously higher alcohol taxes! However, a few freebies were thrown in, which made the final bill more than palitable. So many thanks, Alex, the selection of Roma for RBESG 2010 will hopefully bring us back here - and I hope your [undisclosed new brew] is ready soon!
kermis (548) The Hague / Amsterdam , Netherlands | October 5, 2014
Excellent! A really nicely laid out bar restaurant with a bunch of great beers on tap including some excellent Revelation Cat Cantillon blends when I visited. A small but excellent bottle list and friendly, knowledgeable and helpful service - I had none of the problems described by the previous reviewer so hopefully that person is no longer there. Oh and they also make a superb burger. My favourite in Rome, don’t miss it!
My favorite place in Rome. located way off the beaten track this cavern like bar has an alluring atmosphere and is home to 30 taps + a dozen hand pumps.
The staff here know their stuff & it feels a bit like a pilgrimage coming out here. It is also one of the larger bars I visited in Rome with a good 15-20 seats at the slick bar and at least a dozen tables. Even on a weekday night it got crowded as the night went on.
When I visited they had a bunch of their house lambics & sours on tap which were great plus I tried a trio of excellent dark beers. A great night.
Came a bit early, although the doors were opened they haven’t start working yet so I had to come back later. Can’t say they were too kind, either. So I came back later, early evening, just couple of other people in there, the place was quite empty, felt a bit cold. Industrial interior, I liked it. There is a terrace upstairs, looked pretty basic to me.
Was a bit confused by selection. During my visit 22 taps were on, mostly Italian micros, 1 Boon and 4 German beers I had no interest in (3 Maxlrainer). At least expected more Relevation Cats, only two were on. The Ratebeer says 73 taps, I’ve counted around 50 (I may have missed some of them). Not sure what’s the deal with taps not being used. I’ve asked about bottles and was pointed to 2 fridges containing vintages, around 30 of them. They were rather interesting, Mikkeller, Jolly Pumpkin, Hel & Verdoemenis, Old Viscosity, Struise, Lost Abbey nothing too rare, just old. Oh, and some lambics. Vintage lambics were mostly 3 Fontainen priced from 15 euro for 2009 Kriek (0,375) to 110 euro Oude Geuze (0,75) from 2002. Haven’t seen prices for other beers (didn’t want to bother the guy at the bar and ask for the price of each one), just lambics. Don’t get the 420 bottles listed here, is it some kind of joke (considering the name)? I’ve looked around, was convinced I was missing something, but looks that’s it.
If you’re not willing to pay premium price for the vintages (and that selection is pretty limited) this is an average bar, don’t see how is this one of the top bars in Rome let alone the world.
Outside the tourist area and located on the type of fast driving street where you don’t expect to find a beer bar like this one. You won’t find many typical tourists in there. This bar attracts true beer-geeks as well as local beer lovers. The simple lighten 4:20 on the outside is not too inviting. Interior is surprising, this place is actually quite classy. Medium size, sits about 100. The setting (tables, chairs, décor) is as appropriate for easting as good dinner as it is for a long night of drinking. Food is unusual for a pub, a bit pricy and consists mainly of fish and seafood dishes. You can order snacks (fries, chicken wings, etc.). About one dozen tap lines with mostly non-italian micros. Some interesting items on tap but the tap list is not the main attraction. The bottle list is the reason you go there. Again the Italian micros are under-represented, Brasserie 4:20 is mostly about imported beer. Americans, Danishes, British, Belgians, Dutch, etc. You ask for the bottle list and they give you that long, very long list with a few hundreds of a bottles. A lot of De Molen, Mikkeller, etc. But then you can ask for the second bottle list, the one called the “vintage list” that comes in a nice book. This one has the lambics and various aged and special vintage beers. All kind of old lambics, old vintages of BigFoot and others. You can order 3 Fonteinen Millenium (A LOT of them) or Isabelle Proximus at about 150 Euros a piece (ouch! over US$200). They have a few aged bottles that I personally believe should not be aged but overall this bottle list is to die for. Service is amazing and very knowledgeable. Each bottle is opened and poured as if it was a precious 3 Fonteinen Framboos. And if the owner (Alex) recognizes you as a beer geek he will open crazy bottle after crazy bottle. This guy is nuts. Alex is to Europe what Chris Lively of Ebenezer’s is to North-America. I visited the place twice. This is one of my favourite beer bar on the planet.
Yes Daaamnn. It was true what I read about this place before coming here. World class in every aspect! Rare beers - international. Amazing range of some of the best in the world. Service and interior the dopest. I will return!
Ok this is a Tricky one. Yeah we were treated like Royalty when Alex Organised RBESG 2010 ... but even trying to ignore that This has to be one of the Best bars i have ever been into.
They had UK Cask ales from some of the better UK brewies, they had De Molen, Nogne, De struise and Mikkeller to name just a few from there many taps. Both Downstairs and the Wonderfull roof gardens were comfortableand relaxing places to eat and drink.
The food while too fish based for my liking was superb... so while my choice wasnt great what there was was amazing ... and if you liek fish well im sure this is just the place for you...
While i like the idea of only beer, whisky and water, I cant help but thinking a few choice alternatives would make it easier to get your mates along, and offer a decent soft drink for the driver... But the place seemed busy most of the time so it seems to be working...
The staff were amazing despite being served by three different people over the course of the evening they had my bill spot on (with a hefty discount from Alex) ive no idea how they managed to keep track of what i ordered as i wasnt sitting in one place all night, and some were ordered from the table others from the bar...
Yeah its dear (well normally Huge thanks to Alex for his generousity) but thats because they serve some of the best beers available sourced from all over the world. ... and while value is about the only area this one misses out on top spot on MY WIFE WOULD HATE ME TO LIVE NEAR HERE... as i would be there most nights, scared that i would miss out on the net great beer to appear...
And should i ever win the lottery the first thing i will be doing is picking Alexs brain on how to do the same thing here in Edinburgh ... If every town had a bar like this we could convert the Macro drinkers in there droves
One of the best beer bars I’ve visited. The space itself is awesome. The rooftop area is perfect for events, and the interior has got a ton of character. Lots of interesting beers on tap, especially from their Revelation Cat label. I had a West Coast IPA and the Pinot Blend on tap and they were both delicious. The bottle list is impressive, and the staff is first-class. Really happy I got to visit and meet Alex.