It’s a restaurant, it’s a sports bar, it’s a tavern. And it does them all well. Owned by the beer maker of the same name, Carlsberg Øl is a rustic establishment with exposed brick walls and checkered tablecloths. It also happens to be massive, so if you fancy a quiet dinner away from the football screens, you can certainly have that. But if you want to watch the match with other fans, you can do that too.
You’ll receive a warm welcome when you walk into this Garibaldi establishment, and be asked whether you’d like to sit in the bar area or the more quaint restaurant. No matter what you choose, you’ll be taken downstairs.
The entire place is below street level. Low ambient light sets the tone, and candles drip wax down the wine bottles that hold them in place. Exposed pipework adorns the ceiling. It’s cozy, and the perfect place to warm up on a chilly night. In fact, you may want to stay for hours.
Since Carlsberg owns this lovely establishment, it should come as no surprise that numerous varieties of the Danish beer are on offer. Cocktails are an extremely reasonable €6, and the strawberry daiquiri (shaken, not frozen) will have you begging for a second round.
The food menu is extensive, ranging from typical Italian fare (pasta, risotto, gnocchi) to burgers and pizza. While it’s possible to spend quite a lot of cash in this establishment (there’s a menu that starts at €45), it’s also possible to get a pizza for €5. Burgers average around €15.
If you fancy a pizza and aren’t watching your waistline, be bold and try the Americano, which is topped with hot dogs and french fries. Needless to say, it’s not for the faint of heart. In fact, don’t order this if you have any sort of heart condition.
The pistachio tiramisu is recommended, and served in a rustic glass canister.
But if a sit-down meal isn’t what you’re after, grab a pint of Carlsberg and sit at the bar area, which is a bit brighter and accompanied by large television screens.
Address: Bastioni di Porta Nuova, 9