This pub, owned by the Piedmont-based Baladin brewing company and Lazio’s own Birra del Borgo, opened in September 2009 and was quickly canonized as the best place to drink Italian craft beer in Rome. Open Baladin has over 120 labels to choose from, ranging from well-known Italian brewers like Baladin and Birra del Borgo to more obscure (and, frankly, superior) producers like LoverBeer and Birrificio Montegioco.
There is also a handful of American beers such as Sierra Nevada and Brooklyn Brewery. In addition to excellent (and expensive!) bottled beers, there are anywhere from 20-30 beers on tap. The outgoing staff is happy to make recommendations. The food menu includes salads, sandwiches and burgers (do yourself a favor and skip the latter). But DO get the potato chips dusted with licorice (trust us!), or the decadent scrocchette cacio e pepe (potato croquettes with pecorino romano and black pepper).
Ambiance: Several rooms ranging from gypsy living room to industrial chic.
Value: Poor (sorry, Italian beers are too expensive!). Food is good value, however, and €10 3-beer flight is a relative bargain.
Recommended dishes: Handmade Potato chips, scrocchette, Birra del Borgo’s Perle ai Porci beer in the spring.
Open: Daily 12:00-2:00. Closed August 12-18. Closed December 24, 25, 31; open January 1 from 18:00.
How to get there: Various buses to Largo Argentina.
How to book: Necessary for groups and essential most nights. Call ahead.
Credit cards: Yes.
Address: Via degli Specchi 6
Telephone: +39 066838989