L'Oasi della Birra

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L'Oasi della Birra review 2 Users say 4/5 Rate it

In the basement of an enoteca on Testaccio's market square, this 'Oasis of Beer' has over 500 brews on offer. It's one of the few places in Rome where you can track down the products of Italian microbreweries such as the award-winning Menabrea; the selection of wines by the bottle is almost as impressive. The food ranges from full-scale meals with a Germanic/Eastern European slant (goulash, wurstel, krauti) to snacks (crostini, bruschette). The outside tables operate year round, weather permitting. Booking is a good idea.


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L'Oasi della Birra details

Address
Piazza Testaccio 41

Area Rome

Transport Bus 23, 30Exp, 75, 95, 170, 280, 716, 781/tram 3.

Telephone 06 574 6122

Open 7pm-12.30am daily. Closed 2wks Aug.

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Comments & ratings 4/5 (Average of 2 ratings)

By James - Feb 20 2012
2/5

I was having a fairly pleasant time here until the staff started allowing a stream of peddlers to come down into the basement level (where the restaurant is) and try to get money from people at every table. This included one of the pushy flower-peddlers one sees at touristy areas like Trevi Fountain, as well as a guy who was doing some stupid magic tricks and constantly yelling "Hey, look, look!" The room we were in was small and intimate, with about 6 tables, and having these people stand in front of the only way out of the room and hijack the evening was incredibly invasive and off-putting. Unbelievable that the staff would openly allow their customers to be harassed in this way. Really ruined the atmosphere.

Otherwise, it would have been 3 stars. The beer on tap was quite good, but their beer list seemed to be more a "List of Every Beer We've Ever Had for Sale Here" rather than a list of the beers they actually had. They had 1 out of the 4 bottled beers I asked for. The food was tasty - good meats, cheeses and bruschetta. I will NOT go back to this place because of how they allow their customers to be harassed - there are other good places to get beer in Rome. For starters, try Open Baladin near Campo di Fiori.

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