Delaney's Restaurant & Tap Room
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Reviews by opwog:
4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
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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