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J. Timothy's Taverne

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J. Timothy's TaverneJ. Timothy's Taverne

14 Reviews
Reviews: 14
Visits: 29
Avg: 4.17
pDev: n/a
Taps: 20
Bottles: 28
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

143 New Britain Ave
Plainville, Connecticut, 06062-2021
United States
phone: (860) 747-6813 | map

Place added by: necoadam on 05-13-2005

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Reviews: 14 | Visits: 29
Reviews by mltobin:
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Located in Plainville, which is not far from Hartford, CT.
This restaurant and bar has been around for over 200 years as mentioned by other reviewers, so the place has plenty of character and seems to get a good amount of traffic. Some couples, some friends and some solo diners/drinkers of all ages seem to make up the mix of their clientele. The carry Ten Penny, Guinness, Palm, Bud Light, Flying Dog Doggie Style, Sam Cherry Wheat and some others on tap. For bottles, they carry opa-opa ipa, kona wheat, anchor steam summer and some more. As far as food, they carry the typical pub grub. I enjoyed their "dirt wings" very much and recommend them, their burgers and sandwiches looked tasty as well. This place happened to be near a business meeting and I am glad that I had the opportunity to check it out.

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Photo of musicsherlock
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Wow! Went here on a Thursday night at 6:30 and it was packed! 40 minute wait for a party of two but they have self-serve upstairs. Waited about 15 min for a booth to open.

An excellent selection of Macros and craft beer, I had a Gandhi-bot and ordered an Otra Vez for my friend who is not an aficionado. Waitress didn't miss a step (now called G-Bot).

Stuck with wings and a salad, saving carbs & calories for beer! Be sure to order "Dirty" wings...fried>spun in sauce>fried again>spun again. Tasty!

Went to restroom and kept finding new dining rooms, place went on forever. Left around 8 and dining rooms were thinning. Great place!

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Photo of Kevincredible
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of SenatorSpaceman
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of FruPacalypse
4.81/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of dgherm
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Had the pleasure of visiting here on a travel soccer weekend. Huge cool building. Plenty of beers I'm not gonna see at home. Slight twists on traditional food offerings. Wings are worth it alone.

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Photo of ale2thechief
4.95/5  rDev +18.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is my favorite place to have a beer and some wings. Dirt style buffalo are the best I have every had. Beer selection is outstanding. Last time was fuzzy baby ducks. Gandhi bot and Lawson's rotate through. This place has it all. Dining areas away from bar are very intimate. Many special occasions are celebrated here. Food and service are excellent. Also, beer prices are better than other bars, especially when you consider many pours are 19 ounces.

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Photo of jefftuck47
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

They have about 25 taps and 10-12 are usually local breweries. Eight of them were Connecticut breweries yesterday. Their chicken wings are fantastic, some of the best in the country. They were ranked #2 by The Daily Meal.

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4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Arenbeer
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Great restaurant right outside of my hometown. Real comfortable atmosphere, dim lighting, all wood and stone interior, like eating in a log cabin. Three places to dine, a basment (which is probably my favorite), main floor including a lounge, and an upstairs. The service is always good, even though the place is packed at all times haha there's always somewhere to sit and the waits are always bearable. The brew selection in this place is fantastic with about 17 drafts and over 30 different bottles to choose from (Including there Belgium beers for two menu.) Ontop of there great beer selection the food there is fantastic. Great selections from beef to poultry and of course fish. But don't go there and not try there famous "dirt" wings. They are IMO the best wings i've ever had, whenever I go there i always get a bucket to go they're that good. Overall if your in the area or just looking for some good brews and exceptional food. This is the place.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

What a great place. A decent line up of taps and bottles, only a few rotate but they seem to put on some good stuff that go with the seasons. This really really old building creates a great atmosphere that fits well with chilling at the pub and sitting down for dinner. Location is a good spot for me, because its right across from the movie theater so you can get a few pints then go across the street for a movie.

Last time I went I got a flying dog doggie style ale and a titan IPA that were excellent and fresh. Their glassware consists of only big dimpled mugs, which are really interesting and fitting for just about any beer they had there. Better than just straight sided pints. I also got a beer blend called chocolate covered apricot, which is a blend of young's double chocolate stout and magic hat #9. One of the most interesting black and tans I've ever had, and a really nice dessert. They have a whole menu of about ten different draft blends/black and tans which rotate from time to time.

Service in the small bar area was very attentive. Beer knowledge was acceptable, they aren't going to get into a beer conversation with you, but this is not a "beer geek" type bar. The bartender did have suggestions for their beer blends.

The chicken wings were the best I've ever had. I got honey bbq "dirt style", which means they fry them twice. This is the way you need to order the wings. They had a big burnt meat flavor while still being tender, really sweet, and juicy. Yum. Haven't gotten around to entrees here yet, but these wings are good enough for me any time I go.

Overall, this is a great place to get some good beer, great pub food, and an old pub atmosphere.

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Photo of cyberbmcd
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

This place has been in existance for 218 years (198 of them as Cooke's Taverne)

I have eaten ther 6 times and have yet to be disappointed with either the meal or the service, the selection isn't wide but it varies seasonally.

The Ambiance of eating and drinking in an old stage coach rest stop is just plain fun!!!

Stop in, have the cheddar and ale soup, prime rib and a tap beer you'll go away satisfied with a doggie bag, because you can't eat a whole meal !!!

I recommend this place top anyone within an hour's drive to Plainville Ct.

It's worth driving an hour for the freindly expert wait staff and the exceptional food.

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Photo of Durge
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I Went Here For The First Time This Past Spring To Watch The NCAA Tournament And Have A Few Beers. The Pub Here Isn't Exactly A Great Beer Bar But Not So Bad Considering The Local Choices Are Few. All We Ate Were A Ton Of Wings And They Were Very Good, Advertized As Best In Connecticut (the "dirt Variety Is Very Tastey Though Not Terribly Hot/spicey). The Beer Selection Was Pretty Decent And The Number Of Taps Was Better Than Most But Nothing Real Unusual By Today's Standards. They Had Several Nice Choices For Those Of Us Who Like The More Challenging "flavors" And Higher Alcohol Contents. A Couple Pretty Obscure Ones So I Was Happy. I Have To Say That The Service Was Actually Pretty Impressive In The Pub Section. The Place Is Largely Dedicated To Restaurant Service But The Pub Section Is Good Sized And Was Busy. We Found A Table And Got Immediate And Regular Attention From A Friendly Waitress. Food And Beers Were Delivered Quickly. TV Viewing Was Good From Most Any Angle. Prices Are A Little High But Not So Unusual For The Area. One Of My Favorite Things About The Place Is The Atmosphere. It Appears To Be An 18th Century Sort Of Establishment (said To Date From 1789) With The Big Old Beams And Dark Lighting. Very Warm And Pleasant, Yet A Pretty Lively Crowd In The Pub. It Is Also Quite Convenient To I-84 (Crooked Street Exit). I'll Go Back Again. Enjoy!

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Photo of Hagbard
4/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I've been to J. Timothy's a couple of times previously and while the beer selection was above average for the area, I didn't think it merited a beerfly review. It seems that sometime in the last 6 months or so they've really done a lot to bolster their beer selection, which is now divided into two sections "The Usuals" and "The Winter Seasonals" for both draft and bottles. The Usuals, consisted of all the boring choices you'd expect from a place like this (BMC, Bass, Newcastle, Guiness, etc...). The Winter Seasonals though, were all very nice craft beers (On Tap: Spaten Optimator, Rogue Chocolate Stout, Boulder Never Summer Ale, Hooker IPA, Brooklyn Winter, Unibroue Trois Pistoles, and maybe 1-2 others). I didn't pay very much attention to the bottle list, but I do remember that the Winter Seasonals were all fairly solid craft beer choices, while The Usuals were typically uninspiring. Both my Chocolate Stout and Never Summer Ale tasted very fresh and were served in dimpled mugs.

I love the atmosphere in this place with all the fireplaces and old woodwork. I much prefer to sit at a table in the restaurant area than the bar, which tends to fill up every night of the week with business men/women drinking BMC and getting loud. My wife and I sat at a nice private two-person table next to a window.

The food is pub food, maybe upscale pub food. I had a turkey sandwich with melted swiss and roasted peppers. My wife had a steak sandwich with prime ribe. They were both passable, but nothing to write home about. The fries were nice and crispy, but had a weird aftertaste suggesting they were fried in old oil. What increases the food score though, are their wings. As mentioned in other reviews, they are very very good. As is their french onion soup. In fact, rather than order an entree, I'd suggest getting an order of their wings along with a crock of onion soup.

The prices range from reasonable to pricey depending on your definition. The mugs they serve the beer in are larger than regular pints, though probably not the 20oz they advertize. The Chocolate Stouts were $6, while the Never Summer was $4.75.

Service was very attentive and brought our beer extremely fast.

I was very happy with our visit as the beer selection seems to have improved immensely in a rather short period of time. We go to a lot of movies and being across the street from Plainville's theater it's the perfect place to go afterwards for a pint and some wings to discuss it. It will be interesting to see what their "Winter Seasonal" list turns into when it becomes the "Spring Seasonal" list. Hopefully they maintain the high standard they set for themselves.

I can't say I'd go far out of my way to visit J. Timothy's (when Eli Cannon's is 20-25 minutes down the road), but it's a great spot to check out if you find yourself in the area.

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J. Timothy's Taverne in Plainville, CT
92 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.