Open Baladin Rome

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100+ bottled beers, 40+ draft beers


Situated in Rome’s Campo dei Fiori district, Open Baladin is a real ale pub with a party atmosphere. And we arrived with a thirst, having walked a good few miles around Rome enjoying the sunshine today (from Piazza del Popolo, the Spanish Steps, around the Borghese Gardens and zoo, down to the Pantheon and on to Open Baladin on Via degli Specchi).

You can’t reserve a table here and when we turned up (about 7pm) all of the tables were taken. With some effort we managed to squeeze in to the row of tightly-packed high stools snuggling the bar, and climb on to the last two that were free. Some unavoidable leg entangling with strangers quickly led to beer related chit-chat with a neighbouring couple from California.

It’s an intimate, friendly place.


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A selection of today’s drink specials


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Popular bar, friendly staff


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Italian craft beers


Priced at 5 or 6 euros for a glass of beer, it’s not exactly cheap but the choice is vast. We tried a couple of light, hoppy craft beers and dark stouts along with a couple of traditional Italian pub snacks (we were classing that as our very late lunch!) – deep fried mashed potato balls in breadcrumbs and rolled in cheese and black pepper, apparently a local speciality, and a mozzarella and buffalo tomato snack.


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Deep fried mashed potato balls


As we didn’t want to eat a main course perched at the packed bar, and there was – by now – a queue for tables, we decided to explore elsewhere for dinner.

All in all: great bar with an excellent craft beer selection, and very friendly and helpful (if over-stretched) bar staff. Be prepared to wait for a seat (for drinks at the bar) and be prepared to wait a long while for a table if you want to dine here.

 

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
~ Type: Italian pub
~ Address: Via degli Specchi, 6, 00186 Roma, Italy
~ Website + menus: Baladin website
~ Photos on flickr: images of Open Baladin
~ facebook page: Birra Baladin on fb
~ Location: Open Baladin map


RELATED LINKS
More Rome drinking + dining:
~ Bir + Fud – stone baked pizza + craft beers
~ No.au – real ale bar + restaurant
~ Open Baladin – 100+ craft beers
~ Ristorante Archimede Santa Eustachio – typical Roman cuisine
~ Roma Cavalieri – terrace dining in a Mediterranean oasis
~ Virginiae – cucina Romana *best pizza*


		
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