Novare Res Bier Cafe

Bar and Beer Garden$$$$
Downtown Portland, Portland
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  • Cass G.
    Cass GrimmSeptember 25
    HUGE menu. Loved it!! Underground and dark with a big patio outside.
  • Dalvert P.
    Dalvert PolancoSeptember 24
    Unfortunately, no dogs or direwolves allowed...
  • David C.
    David CarrAugust 18
    One of the best beer bars in New England - what else is there to say?!?!
  • Jessica B.
    Chill vibe. Great beer selection. Try their Mead
  • Ryan C.
    This place is pretty much a beer library, so if you're a beer nut such as myself you will not leave disappointed.
  • Sonja
    SonjaJune 28
    Best beer and cider selection in town!
  • Jeff B.
    Absolutely one of the best biergartens anywhere.
  • Cole T.
    Cole TJune 11
    Beer list is incredible. Atmosphere is warm and intoxicating. The artisan cheeses were dynamite.
  • Griffin T.
    We came hungry which was a mistake, this joint is definitely beer-centric with some grub thrown in. That said, great vibes, friendly bar staff and more beer options than you can handle.
  • Brent S.
    Brent SmithFebruary 28
    HUGE selection!
  • Ross N.
    Ross NirensteinJune 17, 2016
    This bar rocks! Extensive draft and bottle list. Bar specialized in european beers. Very few places match this caliber of beer bar and the selection is da bomb!
  • Jenny E.
    Jenny ElkinMay 21, 2016
    Great beer selection, awesome ambience, kind staff!
  • Kate A.
    Kate AdamsMarch 19, 2016
    Great beer selection and a quieter scene than the rest of the old port. You can talk without having to yell.
  • Ian C.
    Ian CoveyJanuary 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Perhaps the best beer bar in Maine (which says a lot!). Tap-list is unreal - so well balanced between quality locals and obscure, though well curated, imports.
    Upvoted Aug 26
  • Ariel W.
    Ariel WelchOctober 15, 2015
    Bartenders are fabulous! Have them pour you something you've never tried before.
  • Jon
    JonSeptember 29, 2015
    Nice beer selection (quite a few Dogfish Head brews, too) and a nice vibe.
  • Julie
    JulieAugust 22, 2015
    Cool underground location. Outdoor seating of it's warm enough. Nice, friendly, and knowledgeable staff.
  • Krishna R.
    Krishna RamaswamyAugust 1, 2015
    Solid outdoor patio
  • Carmen N.
    Carmen NJuly 22, 2015
    Excellent beer selection and a very fine cheese plate,
  • Greg G.
    Greg GJune 20, 2015
    Great beer bar offering a large selection. The deck is a great place to hang out.
  • Morgan A.
    Morgan ApplebeeJune 3, 2015
    Beerbeerbeerbeer
  • todd f.
    todd fMay 7, 2015
    Impressive beer list with a pretty good amount of Belgians. Great meat & cheese plate!
  • Kane S.
    Kane StevensonMarch 21, 2015
    @liquidriot #lumbersmack... Yummm
  • Devin R.
    Devin ReamsFebruary 20, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    This is one of the few bars in Portland where I recommend NOT trying a local beer but instead learning about some of the amazing ones they have from around the world.
  • Marc C.
    Marc CharbonneauFebruary 12, 2015
    Great beer selection! Get some cheese and meat pairings too.
  • Jason C.
    Jason ChalifourDecember 14, 2014
    A great selection of Founders beers.
  • Yelliw E.
    Yelliw EnnaOctober 29, 2014
    Marshal Wharf cream ale! No TVs! Excellent atmosphere for good company.
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzOctober 9, 2014
    One of the few, select American bars that has bottles of Cantillon frequently available to the public. Pricey but incredible.
  • mike p.
    mike popovicSeptember 13, 2014
    They also have locally-made mead
  • Cutter H.
    Cutter HouckAugust 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Interesting crowd and knowledgable bartenders. Cellar like inside but large space. Impressive Belgian Beer/Local selection with appropriate glassware. Bites- cheeses, wild boar salami, lobster roll
  • Joe R.
    Joe ReynoldsAugust 21, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    One of the best places in town for a beer. Great staff. Huge inventory of rare bottles as well as an exceptional draught offering.
  • Danielle H.
    Danielle HuntAugust 19, 2014
    The Crab Rangoon grilled cheese is amazing. Savory, creamy...buttery. Yum. The Foie is awesome as is the jerk tacos.
  • Frank R.
    Frank RichAugust 18, 2014
    Amazing beer selection and atmosphere
  • Brent S.
    Brent SmithAugust 17, 2014
    Huge selection. Belgian beers!
  • Craig D.
    Craig DurgyAugust 9, 2014
    Beer is amazing!
  • Joe G.
    Joe GarlandAugust 2, 2014
    Fantastic place. Great beer and atmosphere!
  • Benjamin H.
    Benjamin H.June 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get any stouts.
  • Justin V.
    Justin VApril 3, 2014
    If you're a member of The Uprising, check out the unofficial companion app for iPhone: http://theuprisingapp.com
  • Chris B.
    Chris BraccoMarch 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Tons of awesome, local craft beer on tap.
  • David P.
    David ParkerMarch 23, 2014
    Directions to Novare: Fly to the Portland (PWM). Get a taxi. Enjoy a big beer or two. Big = 22 oz+, 9%+. Best in Portland, 2nd best in Maine. Best is Ebenezer's Pub Lovell, Maine.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WilliamsMarch 16, 2014
    Draft Victory Oak Horizontal. You will be so glad.
  • Heather B.
    Heather BurchFebruary 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great Beers!
  • Matty G.
    Matty GetlooseFebruary 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Try to order some beer. It's remarkable.
  • Wyngspan
    WyngspanJanuary 27, 2014
    A beer lovers must-do in a city for beer lovers. Open the menu, point to something new and enjoy. Share with your trust network here: http://bit.ly/19XsRgw
  • Ashley T.
    Ashley TJanuary 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome place. Great vibe and really awesome service.
  • Jamie R.
    Jamie RaeJanuary 12, 2014
    Best bathroom wall commentary I've ever seen in the ladies.
  • Abdul H.
    Abdul HakkimDecember 31, 2013
    It’s a rustic, brick-walled beer hall with 25 rotating taps, two hand pumps, and over 500 bottled beers. Offering range from popular American craft brews. - © 2013 BuzzFeed, Inc
  • Philip C.
    Philip ClaesDecember 28, 2013
    Damn, some Belgian beers from the tap that you can't find in Belgium
  • Daniel F.
    Daniel FilsonNovember 24, 2013
    Rose de Gambrinus!!! My favorite. Life is the best
  • Matt S.
    Matt SmithAugust 31, 2013
    Terrific, quaint atmosphere. Excellent choice of brews.
  • JoAnn D.
    JoAnn DonovanAugust 13, 2013
    Mead is yummy!
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SnyderAugust 8, 2013
    Awesome beer list...incredible beer garden! Great spot to soak up some suds and sun!
  • Shelly T.
    Shelly T.August 2, 2013
    Unbelievable beer selection. Be sure to sit outside in the beer garden and be sure to bring friends!
  • Portland Old Port
    Portland Old PortJuly 30, 2013
    The biggest selection of brews in the Portland Old Port.
  • Carla J.
    Carla JeanJuly 11, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The quintessential beer bar in downtown Portland. Bottle list is off the hook, but check out the taps first. Outdoor deck during the summer is where to be!
  • Danny S.
    Danny SJuly 5, 2013
    Bier Belgian waffle
  • Danny S.
    Danny SJuly 5, 2013
    Oxbow and/or in'finiti beer-don't steal the glasses ;)
  • Kelly A.
    Kelly AhearnJune 27, 2013
    If you venture to my old stomping ground and love beer, this is a must visit!
  • Portland Dry Goods Co.
    Make your way up to the bar and order a brew from Marshal Wharf. Stop by and thank us after.
  • Meatloaf
    MeatloafJune 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Phil Brown
  • Tamara H.
    Tamara HMay 27, 2013
    Tucked into the basement level of a back alley, this place feels like the best kind of secret. Order something local at the bar, then head to the back room (yep, there's a back room).
  • Jamie D.
    Jamie DicksonMay 6, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Hands down best bier bar in Maine
  • Lisa M.
    Lisa MinogueApril 19, 2013
    Don't forget your Spock t-shirt. Great place to pregame before you hit up Android's dungeon.
  • Portland Old Port
    Portland Old PortApril 15, 2013
    By far the largest selection of beer in Portland. Stop in to try beers you've never heard of and some of your favorite hard-to-find brews!
  • Aliona А.
    Aliona АленаMarch 24, 2013
    Make sure you know the price before you get them the bottle open for you;)... Its always good, but could be pricy.
  • Tully's Beer & Wine
    Tully's Beer & WineMarch 4, 2013
    Simply the best beer bar in Maine. Novare Res changed everything in terms of what the definition of a beer bar is. Bravo.
  • sorepheet
    sorepheetJanuary 24, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Do. Or do not. There is no try. Join the Uprising! (#32 tells you these are the beers you're looking for)
  • Katherine G.
    Katherine GaskellJanuary 13, 2013
    Everything about this bar is AMAZING!!! The beer selection, the food, and the staff, LOVE it all!!! Definitely awesome!!!
  • Ted P.
    Ted PenningsDecember 31, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Dyson Air Blade in the bathroom!
  • Al S.
    Al SNovember 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Drink a bottle of Cantillon lambic. I recommend St. Lamvinus or Vigneronne. Not cheap, but so worth it. Cheers.
  • Cosmo C.
    Cosmo CatalanoOctober 19, 2012
    Too many babies!
  • Ross T.
    Ross TheriaultOctober 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Named "One of the 12 Best Beer Bars in America" by GQ Magazine
  • Ashley J.
    Ashley JurasSeptember 18, 2012
    Corn hole and an amazing beer selection. Look out for their tap takeovers.
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin W.August 28, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Allagash Trippel in the big gulp (750 bottle) is a great way to savor the evening.
  • Isabelle C.
    Isabelle ChrunAugust 20, 2012
    If you are in Portland and you love beer, this is a MUST. Great selection of beers.
  • Travis O.
    Travis OdellAugust 11, 2012
    Best spot in Portland... Listen to the mayor definitely not the place to be a douche bag
  • Dana O.
    Dana OuelletteAugust 5, 2012
    Corn hole!!!
  • erin b.
    erin butnerAugust 4, 2012
    This place isn't messing around. Get a beer. Sit at a garten style table. Read the menu. It's funny. And it's even funnier after your second biere. Prost.
  • Abbey Road T.
    The largest Beer selection in Portland, Maine
  • Alexander M.
    Alexander MarquisApril 14, 2012
    Jeff is the man. Tip him well
  • lord w.
    lord willin'April 13, 2012
    Green Flash Imperial IPA 4/13/12. Get it while it's here.
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RobertsApril 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Maine Mead Works Novare Sessions will rock your taste buds.
  • Eric W.
    Eric WymanApril 1, 2012
    They have Risk to play. Drink beer and get in a fight with your friends.
  • Justin E.
    Justin EllisMarch 17, 2012
    Best advice ever: Try a beer you know nothing about. Seriously.
  • Steven M.
    Steven MatthewsFebruary 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Pumpkin waffle = Best waffle
  • Beerlady T.
    Beerlady TullysJanuary 11, 2012
    Simply the best beer bar in the state of Maine. No kitchen, so eat a solid meal before you go, and maybe arrange to walk or get a sober driver as the incomparable beer list has many high octanes
  • Benjamin M.
    Benjamin MooreJanuary 8, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Best beer bar in Maine! I highly recommend going! You will find beers that you have never heard of before. Novare's food is also exquisite!
  • Alex B.
    Alex BoenischJanuary 1, 2012
    Try the beer.
  • Phil C.
    Phil C.December 30, 2011
    Awesome low key bar with great beer selections both foreign and domestic. If you love beer and are in Portland, definitely think you need to check this place out
  • Find. Eat. Drink.
    Find. Eat. Drink.December 4, 2011
    Recommended by local chef Erik Desjarlais: "They have Maine beers, but consider the world local. Their keg system is more complex than most computer hard drives."
  • Kyle S.
    Kyle SeeleyNovember 20, 2011
    Big ass bathroom!
  • Jeremy S.
    Jeremy SteinNovember 20, 2011
    Get the Dilewyns "Vicaris Generaal"
  • Cj W.
    Cj WesleyNovember 6, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Great spot to catch a douchebag!
  • Kiisu K.
    Kiisu KatzeSeptember 25, 2011
    I have the fondest memory of enjoying a glass of mead with my good friend while playing dirty word scrabble at the bar. Good times.
  • Robert S.
    Robert SubiaAugust 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The service here suuuuuuuuuuuucks unless you are a hipster, of course.
  • Stephen C.
    Stephen CalebroAugust 8, 2011
    Possibly the best beer bar in New England, and they also have cornhole. Read more
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff StevensJuly 24, 2011
    Finish Your Beer List dude!
  • Edmund D.
    Edmund Davis-QuinnJuly 17, 2011
    The banh mi is surprisingly good
  • terry r.
    terry rJuly 15, 2011
    just tell shahin to surprise you...
  • sorepheet
    sorepheetJune 28, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    To the individual (self proclaimed dick) there are non alcoholic options. I suggest some of the delicious sodas. When in doubt you could sways read the menu before ordering. Just saying...
  • Tim J.
    Tim JohnstonApril 21, 2011
    Only place I know I can order a single beer on a work night and won't remember the walk home.
  • Scott R.
    Scott RaymondApril 16, 2011
    Try the Rogue Chipotle. Nice flavor not spicy.
  • Travis M.
    Travis MunroeApril 12, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't get it twisted, there's plenty of d-bags here too...but its worth it...marshall wharf....marshall wharf...marshall wharf.....
  • Chris S.
    Chris SchultheisMarch 7, 2011
    Check out the dartboards before renting darts here. The "upkeep fee" apparently doesn't apply to buying serviceable boards.
  • Jake W.
    Jake WilliamsJanuary 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Kwak! But make sure to ask for the Kwak glasses too!
  • Joe W.
    Joe WilliamsJanuary 15, 2011
    If u like cider, DO NOT order the organic etienne Dupont!
  • Sean H.
    Sean HigginsDecember 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the beer.
  • Ryan J.
    Ryan JenkinsDecember 22, 2010
    Can I get a bud light NO!!!! That is the way we like it
  • Scott S.
    Scott SchulthessNovember 13, 2010
    Try the unibroue
  • a A.
    a AOctober 24, 2010
    Can't leave Maine without a visit
  • Dana D.
    Dana DAugust 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    A beer drinkers haven. Check what's on draft, but don't be afraid to venture into the full beer menu. Some potent potables.
  • Nate B.
    Nate BatesApril 11, 2010
    q:"can I get a diet coke?" a:"nope", "um, I guess since you just made me feel like a dick for asking for non-beer at a 'bier' cafe that I'll get a beer and pretend to drink it. yum."
  • sorepheet
    sorepheetMarch 20, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't be a douche, this bar is a great place because of the lack of douches. Take your douchebagery to the Old Port Tavern or Commercial Street Pub and enjoy your shots and Scudweiser.
  • Jim F.
    Jim FlanaganFebruary 10, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Join the Uprising!
  • Sarah
    SarahJanuary 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask about joining their Beer club ($20 *cash* deposit). Wicked fun, and you learn about Beer!
  • Luc V.
    Luc Van SteeneSeptember 21, 2014
    Bonne dégustation entre amis!
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