Delaney's Restaurant & Tap Room
Taps: 56 / Bottles: 165
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 61 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by opwog:
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I was at the Half Door in Hartford after flying into CT and the bartender there recommended Delaney's when I said that I was staying in New Haven. So when I started driving up Whaley looking for the address, I was surprised to see that this had taken the place of a bar that I use to go to with my Dad when I was younger. For anybody who use to go to SCSU, Delaney's is the old Cape Codder. For those who were not there back in the day, this was one of those old school bars, with older school guys (of which, I would now be considered one) and would have steamed mussels and wrapped mini-hotdogs out as a happy hour buffet. Later, they opened a back room where locals would book bands (mainly hippy rock).
Jump forward to now and the old man bar has been fixed up and turned into a pretty nice lounge with a small set of impressive taps and a full bar. It looks like this is the room for those who want to pretend that they aren't really there with the exact same goals of the beer swillers in the Tap Room. Now the Tap Room is the larger side where the bands use to be. I guess that they still have live music in there, but I couldn't see where. They also have a pool table in this room. This room reminds me more of the old college bars of Boston in the 80's, than it does a beer room in New Haven. It is very comfortable and unpretentious (maybe too relaxed for some) and borders on being a college-kid-getting-shit-faced bar.
The selection is excellent and the bartenders were very knowledgeable about what they were pouring. They were as pleasant, patient and seemingly interested in discussing the beers with me, as they were pouring shots for the local SCSU students. While this may not have the hip downtown feel of the newer Prime 16, Delaney's is definitely the front running tap room in New Haven.
08-06-2008 17:10:07 | More by opwog
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3.66/5 rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3 | $$
Arrived in NH late night on a Tuesday, stopped in for a few beers & a snack.
Bit of a divey, worn feel to this place. Could use an overhaul. Smelled like stale beer, smoke & urinals...which yeah I'm used to in a bar, but this place was too much.
Female bartender was a bit stand-offish at first, but after a bit warmed up & was pleasant when she realized I knew way around a beer list.
Had the hyped Gandhi Bot for the 1st time in over 5 years, was told they have it on tap regularly. Maybe this was a top-notch DIPA 8 yrs ago, but it isn't now.
As a whole, nice selection...but too much attention to the ABI beers in prominent lit taps on the bar.
Had a few Ithaca Flower Powers that were poured fairly, tasted fresh & priced reasonably.
Had some fried mozz that was serviceable but forgettable.
Glad I visited, but frankly I'd prioritize a visit to Prime 16 on my next visit to NH. Though if I could get the same pleasant bartender again I'd come back.
09-28-2013 00:35:34 | More by SunDevilBeer
4.05/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
If you are looking for good food, beer and value, this is your place. One visit and you will leave wanting to make this your regular haunt.
This is what to expect with Delaney's:
- Beer, and lots of it. I believe they have 50+ taps plus a well stocked cellar of bottled beer.
- Staff that is knowledgeable about the beers they are serving. Even if you don't like beer, they can find one for you.
- 3 different areas to relax in. Main restaurant, Upper dining area (tavern), and tap room
- Great, casual dining food. Delaney's offers a solid menu that is well prepared. Note: The fancier "specials" are hit or miss.
- If beer is not for you, they also have a sizable wine selection.
- If you come during busy times, service can be slow. The staff is very friendly and are often bombarded with numerous questions which seems to slow things down. Tip: Let them know if you are in a rush.
-Bathrooms need some TLC
08-23-2013 19:01:06 | More by Donker
Delaney's Restaurant & Tap Room in New Haven, CT
91 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.