The Old Corner Cafe
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Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
3.98/5 rDev -3.9%
Well it's about time this place showed up on BA. If you live in the Waterbury, CT area (Naugatuck is the next town south of Waterbury) then you know all too well how little there is to offer the discriminating beer enthusiast in the vicinity. This place is arguably the best one that I am aware of although it isn't so much because of an awesome number of taps or crazy selection, but just the overall package that I think should really hit home for any self-respecting American and beer lover. I was there for an early dinner and a brew with my wife last weekend following a fun afternoon at Delaney's Beer & Chili Festival in New Haven. The Old Corner Cafe specializes in German food but includes all the usual pub grub specialties of any good "bar & grill". The food, as in the past, is very good, reasonable portions, nothing fancy, paper plates and the like, but very satisfying. They often have specials which can feature brautwurst and other German goodies and I believe they still run special German dinner nights that are a bit more exotic but I haven't made it to any of those. Last weekend I noted the following brews flowing behind the bar; Spaten, Saranac Pomegranate Wheat, Harp, Old Corner Irish Ale, Smithwicks, Stella Artois, Guinness Stout, McSorley's Ale, Grimbergen, Hofbrau October Fest and some other macros, of course. Not brewski heaven but all the trimmings necessary for a tastey visit. But what really makes for the full experience is the first thing you notice when you walk in from the bright outdoors through that kitty corner doorway, the charm of hundred-year old decor and general ambience of an old school corner bar. Ceilings and walls are adorned with fanciful old tin and the bar is a fairly massive old piece of woodwork that looks like it has many stories to tell. Big old ceiling fans, a urinal that looks like you could take a bath in it (I imagine an unfortunate overstayed patron may have attempted this at some point). It's clean but well used. There is a nice feel for that "neighborhood" charm, lots of regulars. There's entertainment regularly, Elvis was preparing to take the little stage area when we had to leave (next time, Mr. Presley), many nights have Irish entertainment. There is a bit of an Irish theme mixed in with the German influence (owned by The Woermers). Service is very friendly. You might find it difficult to leave and what more can you ask for? They also had their own brew on tap as noted above. It was OK, don't plan your vacation around it, but very passable. I didn't find out who made it for them but it is definitely contracted to some local brewer I expect. If you are visiting the area or passing through on Route 8 (not too far from the intersection with I-84) it's right next to the highway near the downtown Naugatuck area. Drink it in and enjoy!
07-17-2008 17:43:48 | More by Durge
4.7/5 rDev +13.5%
I have been going to this bar for almost 40 years; going back to when my dad would bring me in for a hot dog and orange soda as a little kid. It is the type of bar that represents all that is good with small New England towns. I have been in an industry that has had me in and out of what are supposedly the best clubs and bars all across the US. Even setting aside personal affinity with this bar, I can still say that it authentically offers what most bars across America attempt to replicate. The staff is local and for the most part have been there for years. The crowd is also local and have also been coming in for years. The atmosphere is welcoming to anybody who pulls off route 8 in search of that perfect shot and a beer. Tin roof, tile entry and giant marble bathroom fixtures all remind you of the history of this pub. Long ago I moved from the area, but no stop back into the Naugatuck area is complete without at least one or two (OK, maybe more) stops back to the Old Corner. You owe it to yourself to stop in here and if you live in the area, I bet that it becomes a regular stop from that point on. Enjoy!
08-02-2008 04:40:20 | More by opwog
3.88/5 rDev -6.3%
Nice local "valley" spot. Neighborhood atmosphere, historic, charming. This isnt really a beer destination, but for those us who are local enough, the beer list is nice. During my visit, the taps included Grimbergen, Sam Seasonal, a couple German selections, Guiness, McSorleys, macros, and the local Cavalry Hatch Plug Ale. I had two pints of Hatch Plug for 3$ a pop, yes!
The food is standard pub fare, still its pretty damn good. My bacon cheeseburger and fries hit the spot, and was easy on the wallet. The bartender was friendly and attentive.
This is really a cozy and warm place, everyone seems friendly and the beer tastes good.
05-31-2011 22:15:17 | More by zoolzoo
4/5 rDev -3.4%
Like others have said the atmosphere here is classically Naugatuck and classically Valley. The people you might meet here could range from local politicians to old timers who use to work in the Naugatuck factories. The building is old and charming with its red tin roof and its corner entrance and of course the famous bathroom.
Service here is always good and always friendly.
Great mix of german and irish food. When we go here we always order the irsh nachos with corned beef on top, just amazing! They have a very well liked black forest melt sandwhich, but I really like the cheeseburger club. I don't know what they do to it but it is the best cheeseburger club I have ever had.
For beer they have our session favorite Mcsorley's Ale, they have Spaten O'fest, Hofbrau O'fest, Bitburger Premium Pils, Grimbergen Dubbel, and the other normal stuff. They have some good bottles too like franziskaner hefeweizen.
On a side note, this place use to allow somking even years after the ban. It was kinda fun to go in here and have a cigar with a pint, but now they completely got rid of smoking.
The one thing I don't like about Old Corner Cafe is when the bands show up around 10pm. It get SO LOUD in this place (tin roof). So we like to leave at this point and go somewhere else. But if you like to scream at your friends while some crappy local band is trying to play then come here around 10:30.
I love this place though, it has Naugy written all over it.
12-24-2008 15:45:17 | More by pittvkyle7
The Old Corner Cafe in Naugatuck, CT
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.