Delaney's Restaurant & Tap Room
Taps: 56 / Bottles: 165
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 61 | Display Reviews Only:
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
3.99/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
Loved the hell out of this place when I lived in New Haven. I typically find one bar wherever I live and its my go to place, and this was it. Great selection, typical bar atmosphere, decent prices. They always had great beers on tap, and being so close to NebCo, you were sure to find Ghandi Bot and Stout Trooper on from time to time. If you like to go in, pick out some music on the juke, play some darts, and drink some quality craft beer, this place is for you.
06-12-2013 17:20:30 | More by plutoniumpete
4.06/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
Thanks to our host at New England Brewing Company for recommending this place to us. A nice place with a rather simple layout, but actually a lot bigger than it seems from the outside. The cramped little parking lot was a bitch and a half, so just don't even bother...go for street parking.
We walked past some outside seating into the bar. Simple decor, kind of sportsbarish-seeming at first glance, with a nice collection of breweriana behind the counter. There's a large area for dining, and on my way to the restroom, I actually discovered a second, larger and somewhat nicer bar in the back. But we were already well-established in the front, so we just stayed put.
Beer selection was very good. While nothing was too out of the ordinary, there was a great variety of styles, and pretty much something for everyone to enjoy, including local selections, e.g. NEBCO and (if you can call it local) Captain Lawrence. Seems like they could get some heavier hitters for events if they wanted to, and I'm sure they probably do.
Service was great. Our bartender was on the ball the whole time, and gave us the opportunity to meet Peter, the owner, so we got to have a nice chat with him, and of course he was quite knowledgeable in all things beer (and wine apparently).
There was a good selection of pub grub, comfort foods, and somewhat Italian-biased entrees. I went with the Guinness burger, and the wife got the enviable blue cheese / hangar steak mac&cheese, which the bartender dared her to finish (she didn't, of course).
A was a little skeptical at first, but we had a great time here, and if you're in town to visit NEBCO, this is a great follow-up for a bite to eat (and another beer or two). I hope to go back sometime soon, and I probably will the next time on my way to MA.
05-21-2013 07:34:50 | More by Rifugium
Delaney's Restaurant & Tap Room in New Haven, CT
91 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.