Visited on couple of occasions. On our first visit we had to wait for a table for about 10 minutes. Pretty large place, nicely decorated, can be a bit cold inside due to the A/C. Really good selection, mostly Italian micros with occasional imports. Some stuff which is not to be seen elsewhere. They do serve flights I think at 10 euros. Food was good, decent service. Worth visiting.
Stine (226) Minneapolis, Minnesota | September 11, 2016
Back alley entrance leads to a sprawling three level space, decorated curiously to remind me of a mashup of Alice in Wonderland and the American southwest; it’s whimsical and arty, and weird. Sitting facing the bar is a little more straightforward, and like many bars in Rome, oddly, the stools are simply not comfortable (accepting that bar seating in general is a rarity here). The tap beer menu was being overhauled in the midst of our visit, and as a result our ordering process was rather convoluted. Baladin’s beers are usually not for me but a wide range of other breweries is typically available, though not for us and our poor timing. On a Friday early evening, most tables were marked as reserved, although at other establishments in Rome this same practice seemed sometimes to be a ruse used mostly to control walk-ins.
This is a new review, downgrading from 92 to 80. I have been going regularly to Baladin in the last 2 years, but not in the last 4 months. Yesterday I went there for dinner, and it was a delusion. We were two people and they sat us in the top floor on a tiny (50 x 50 cm) table. We ordered 4 beers from local breweries that are quite familiar to any Roman beer fan. Well, beer was completely not good, it was clearly oxidized, not fresh and with small signs of contamination. Food also has lowered the level, from excellent to ok. It is sad to see that what used to be one of my favorite beer scapes is loosing ground. Still the place is nice and the beer offer is wide, but they are clearly not keeping the standards.