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Plan B Burger Bar

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Plan B Burger BarPlan B Burger Bar
BA SCORE
89
very good

29 Ratings
Ratings: 29
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 18.48%
Taps: 13
Bottles: 77
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

138 Park Rd
West Hartford, Connecticut, 06119-1753
United States
phone: (860) 231-1199

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @planbwhartford

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-18-2006)
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Bjorn2bWild, Aug 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Westyn, Aug 05, 2014
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4.14/5  rDev +4.8%

I love Plan B, and West Hartford is the original. The food is great and the service is too. If you're looking for a great burger and don't want Budweiser, guiness or Corona, this is your spot. Their bourbon selection is great too.

However, the beer selection has become very stale. There's almost nothing out of the ordinary there anymore, and the taps seem to rotate between a few mainstays and a few other guest beers. I know I can always get an Allagash White and a Brooklyn lager, but those beers are starting to overstay their welcome. Where is the New England Brewing? Where Are all the other good CT craft beers? Where is the variety? Other locations seem to get better beers, so I know it's possible. I'd love to see beers posted on Twitter and beermenus as well,because the recent lull in exciting drafts has kept me from visiting as much.

That being said, there's a good bottle and can selection, and i can't say enough about how great the service and food are . All of the Plan Bs are worthy of being your Plan A.

Csparks33, Jun 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

brewcifix, Feb 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

ChrisChagnon, Jan 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

tylergoov, Jan 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

beer-to-relax, Jan 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

George1005, Oct 08, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%

While visiting Hartford for a couple of days, picked this place based on reviews, plus a friend independently gave it a thumbs up. At midweek dinner rush, the place was full, but with no wait. Seats at the bar were at a premium, however, but it was no problem obtaining samples of any of the 12 draughts, including four Stones: Ruination, Ruination 10, Arrogant Bastard and Ruination Small Batch with Habanero. The rest of the taps were good, but not quite at the same level. Bottle selection ranges from great to OK with prices for craft 12s lower than Boston prices for BMC. Monday night special is half-price on bombers. The specialty burgers are quite good, but if you're going to promote the "some pink" and "no pink" options, don't bring a "no pink" burger in response to "pink" (and confirmed by the waitress). Aside from being slightly overcooked for the order, the burger was quite good (all beef burgers are made from premium, on-location-ground beef). The waitstaff is fairly efficient if somewhat harried. I had a rather simple order and knew what I wanted, so could not really test how knowledgeable they were. But the bartenders know what they are doing and are friendly and generous. When I asked for sample of Ruin10, I was also offered the Habanero sample for comparison without prompting. The draught pours are roughly the price of a comparable bomber -- for those that come in bombers, so slightly pricier than bottles. Despite the nearly full house, it was easily possible to hold a normal conversation at the tables. Large outside seating area, perfect for the summer (on a rather quiet street).

VictorWisc, Jun 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

This place exemplifies a great neighborhood beer bar--a solid, rotating beer selection with a welcoming environment in a small spot in the heart of the neighborhood.

Whenever we're visiting my girlfriend's family in the Hartford suburbs, we stop by Plan B for a couple beers. I still haven't eaten here, which seems a shame since the food looks so good, but there are few neighborhood bars anywhere where I more enjoy sitting at the bar and sampling some of the draft and bottle offerings.

The room is fairly small with booths and tables filling the rear, and the bar up against the big front windows, with a warmly lit, thick wooden back displaying liquor, wine and beer bottles. The lighting and music levels are spot on. There are only two drawbacks in terms of the space: it can be very cramped in the bar at times, and there are no coat hooks under the small, overflow bar that you can lean against when there are no open seats.

The taplist is always changing and always consists of excellent beers, including many regional breweries and no imports. The bottle and can list is impressive and well-rounded. My only beef with the taplist is that it is often missing any Connecticut beers. I'm glad to see many other New England and Northeast breweries--as well as those from all over the US--represented, but I'd personally like to see at least one tap line dedicated to a truly local beer.

What really makes this a great neighborhood beer bar, though, is the excellent service. Our bartender, who introduced himself as John, on our last visit was extraordinarily friendly and helpful, offering both samples and detailed descriptions of various tap offerings. Multiple times while we were sitting at the bar, he explained to patrons that they had neither Guinness nor Blue Moon, but politely offered samples and descriptions of various similar beers that they might like. This unpretentious approach, rather than the beer snobbery encountered as some other bars, is the way to convert people to good beer, and get people to try something new. Right neighborly.

FrankLloydMike, Feb 13, 2012
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Plan B Burger Bar in West Hartford, CT
89 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.