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Open Baladin, Rome

6 Via degli Specchi
Centro Storico
Italy 00186
Tel: 39 06 683 8989's insider take:

You're only here for the beer—but it's no ordinary brew. This designer beer bar (please don't call it a pub) just off Via Arenula offers up to 40 selections on tap and more than 100 by the bottle. Many come from Italy's burgeoning army of small artisanal breweries, such as Piedmont's Baladin, which runs the place (try Baladin's Erika, flavored with heather honey). Downstairs is the lively main room, with its impressive "beer library"; upstairs, you'll find a series of more intimate rooms, with shabby chic armchairs and sofas for lounging. Dining options consist of fancy comfort food: licorice potato chips (oddly delicious), organic beef hamburgers, fresh mozzarella, and Piedmontese beef tartare. Service is friendly but on the slow side.

Open daily noon to 2 am.

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