Delaney's Restaurant & Tap Room
Taps: 56 / Bottles: 165
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 61 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by slander:
4.38/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
We hit this place after doin' lunch and drinx at Humphrey's for dave's birthday last May. I'm like "tap room?? Westville's got a tap room? Shut up!!" But there it was, right as you come down that little hill into town. Doesn't look like much when you come in from the tap room side, just a bar with a dozen seats or so on the right side of you, some tables and video games to the left of you, and a pool table towards the back in an area that looks like it's perpetually under construction. The taps hold some nice surprises. A good collection of Belgians (Cantillion Lou Pepe Kriek, Dutchess, Delirium Nocturnum, Liefman's Kriek), German (Schneider Edel Weisse, EKU 28, Kapuziner Weisse), American micros (Magic Hat, Ommegang 3 Philosophers, DogFishHead 60 Minute IPA, Rogue Dead Guy Ale & Santa's Private Reserve, New England Elm City Lager), and more (Unibroue Raftman, Maudite, Trois Pistoles & Ephemere Cassis, Old Engine Oil). They seem to be Magic Hat happy which ain't such a bad thing. It's where I first saw the Magic Hat Humble Patience on tap (last May) and my first Single Chair sighting (this past January), as well as the Participation Ale and the Ravell there earlier today. They have some decent bottles but with just shy of 3 dozen beers on tap, you'd have no reason to go there. Oh yeah, they were pouring the Hopback Summer Lightning on cask. I've been there twice now, both times on weekend days and the place has been pretty quiet although I suspect it gets hopping Southern Connecticut State U. mad, but I guess that's to be expected when you're in such close proximity to a big school. Still, a welcome addition to New Haven.
03-04-2003 21:15:35 | More by slander
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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
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