BAR New Haven

View from the balcony

Address 254 Crown St, New Haven, CT

https://www.barnightclub.com/

Hours SUNDAY: PIZZA 11:30AM-11PM BAR 11:30AM-1AM
MONDAY & TUESDAY PIZZA 5PM-11PM BAR 4PM-1AM
WEDNESDAY PIZZA 11:30AM-2:30PM & 5PM-11PM BAR 4PM-1AM THURSDAY PIZZA 11:30AM-2:30PM & 5PM-11PM BAR 4PM-1AM DANCING 10PM-1AM
FRIDAY PIZZA 11:30AM-2AM BAR 4PM-2AM DANCING 10PM-2AM SATURDAY PIZZA 11:30AM-2AM BAR 11:30AM-2AM DANCING 10PM-2AM LATE NIGHT PIZZA SLICES
SUNDAY-TUESDAY 10:15-11:15PM
WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY 10:15-12:30AM
FRIDAY-SATURDAY 10:15PM-1:30AM

We inhaled half the pizza before I thought to take a picture. I got meats and onions.

I went on a Wednesday night in January.  It was busy. There are two bar areas. One is more like a bar with a pool table. The other bar had long tables and was obviously more “restaurant” for eating pizza although pizza could be had in both locations. Then there is a tiny little 2nd floor balcony with 2 tables that you can look out over the open room. It is the best seat in the house! I went with a friend, but it is IDEAL for a romantic intimate evening.

The tiny balcony has 2 tables and some vats.

Food: They serve pizza. It is New Haven style pizza, but the crust is a little crisper and less foldy-floppy. It is thin crust. They have lots of topping options! I’m not a huge fan of pizza, but it was quite tasty. I went with a friend and we shared a small. I might, if I were sharing a pizza next time get a medium. While I had enough to eat I could have probably eaten another slice or two. They do also have salads.

Atmosphere/vibe: Fun, urban, young. It definitely seems like a place where 20s-30s hang out. High ceilings with floor to ceiling windows on one side, exposed brick on most walls. Wooden trim and ceiling and rails. Visible beer vats tucked in various corners. There are tiny electric tea lights on the tables for a nice glowing atmosphere.

Service: There are wait staff for the table service of food and drinks. There are also bartenders at both bars in each room. The wait staff were friendly, but because of our unique location we did have to wait a bit longer for waitstaff attention than if we were in the main room. The location was amazing though. We did interact with one bartender at the bar to get my brewery passport stamp. He was friendly and liked my homemade passport.

Beer: I was going to be driving right after leaving, so I didn’t want to drink too much, so instead of getting a flight I got 1 pint. They had 2 IPAs on tap, as well as a Helles, Toasted blond, and peanut butter porter. I would like to go back and try the Helles. It was named Heaven or Helles. I am a sucker for witty names!

I had a pint of the peanut butter porter. It was excellent. It had a wonderful peanut butter flavor, creamy texture, and it went down smooth. I really enjoyed it! Highly recommend. If it becomes available at my local booze store I would definitely buy it! If you like dark beers, this will be a must try on your list of Ct beers.

Peanut Butter Porter goodness!

Parking

Not great. Some metered street parking, some garage parking. I went with a friend who lives in New Haven and she knew of a parking lot a few blocks away that it is free after a certain time so we braved the cold and walked.

The area is very well lit and is a college town with a lot of activity, even later at night.

Overall

I loved this place. I would definitely go again either with a couple of friends or with a group. I know they offer dancing on certain nights. I’m not big on the club scene, but for those who are it combines club and brewery. It is a large building with 2 separate bars so it is easier to get a drink even when it is crowded.

Why you should go: 1. The pizza is worth trying especially if you like pizza. The Peanut butter porter is a must if you like dark beer. The location is fun and has multiple draws, restaurant, pool, dancing, and typical brewery hang out space.

What could be improved: This place is 21+. If you like bringing your kids to the brewery with you this is not the place for you.  If you don’t like crowded club scenes, then certain nights won’t be for you. If you need close accessible parking it might be difficult. A lot of the available parking is paid lots, or metered.

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