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City Steam Brewery Café

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City Steam Brewery CaféCity Steam Brewery Café
BEER AVG
3.72/5
Based on:
21 Beers
590 Ratings
Place Score: 86
Ratings: 92
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.95%
Taps: 10
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

942 Main St
Hartford, Connecticut, 06103-1214
United States
phone: (860) 525-1600

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Reviews by buschbeer:
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3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place was very close to my hotel and was recommended by the gentleman as I checked in. I got there on a Friday during happy hour. The place was very busy. I was glad to see fellow Wolverine fans here. I was in town for the Michigan vs. Connecticut football game. I sat in the bar area. The bar was full and only a couple of seats were open at tables. They had very large tables. There would be two or three people sitting at tables for 6-8. I was not a fan of this. My friend and I sat at a table designed for 6, and it was just the two of us.

We checked out the menu, and the happy hour prices were phenomenal. It was $2 off pints and $7 off one gallon beer towers. They even had certain appetizers that were only $3. I chose to have a sampler to get a feel for their beers. Most were average. A couple were good.

The bar area had a restaurant feel to it. I noticed glass mugs hanging about, so I assume they had a mug club. The waitress was friendly and a little slow, but that was do to the large crowd. I had a couple of the $3 appetizers and the sampler. My friend and I were both very happy about how little we paid. We came back the next day, too.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tkdchampxi
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Not a bad place to have a drink in Hartfood. I went here after a wedding, so I didn't have any food,

Beers are pretty typical of a small city microbrew.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Wyatt_Sasser
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jjboesen
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Located in downtown within the confines of a beautiful Romanesque building that was once a department store, City Steam Brewery Café is the only brewpub in Hartford. The venue sprawls through several floors and includes a patio and a pool room; this review is based on two recent visits to the main floor bar area. The bar is rather large, seating around 50 people with room among a scattering of high tops in which thirsty Hartford office workers can mingle and discuss insurance, no doubt. (Hartford is America's insurance capital.)

The beer selection is decent and runs the gamut of styles; my choices: Acapulco Gold, a session IPA; Blonde on Blonde, an American Pale Ale; Sneak Peek, an amber lager; Pugnacious Porter, an oatmeal stout and the favorite being something called Naughty Nurse, which appears to be an English bitter. Extensive food menu that includes all-day omelets and some attentive servers makes this a popular place to imbibe. They offer a Mon-Fri Happy Hour, when beers are $2.00 off.

All in all, an enjoyable place to quaff fresh beer when in the Nutmeg State.

Photo of LutherBrau
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

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1.5/5  rDev -60.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Suds
3.99/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

During a recent family excursion to Hartford, we visited this brewpub. Located in a beautiful old building, right in the center of town, this is a very inviting brewpub. The architecture, design, decoration, and general feel of the place is amazing. Beer memorabilia and great ambiance are everywhere. The beer selection was deep and varied. I had the Amber, the IPA, and the Stout. All were excellent. The service was professional and light-hearted, and would be worthy of a higher rating other than being a little slow. Food was mostly traditional, although upscale, tavern food. Well made but not really creative. All in all, this is a great brewpub and absolutely worth a visit.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Rifugium
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

I was in Hartford to see a show actually, at Webster Theater, so not finding many local options, I picked this, the only brewpub in the city, which was only a couple miles away. It was a pretty interesting place, with a somewhat vintage Americana / pre-Prohibition theme going on. The crowd was pretty bustling, but the staff seemed on the ball at all times.

For whatever reason, I didn't go with my usual sampler flight option, and just chose a couple quick drinks instead. The beer was all pretty basic stuff, with options ranging from wheat beers to simple pale ales. The could've been a Belgian ale and/or a porter on too, I don't really remember.

The menu was fairly extensive, with options ranging from general pub grub, to salads and sandwiches, to pricier entrees. Good stuff, no complaints here. Prices on food and beer were pretty much middle of the road, again, with some of the higher-end food selections getting more expensive.

Beggars can't be choosers in Hartford, it seems. This was not a bad place, considering there didn't seem to be many (or any) other options in town, at least none that I know of.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of datalager
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

The atmosphere here is awesome. Beautiful woodwork and aesthetics throughout. I love the four tiered open stairway eating layout. My wife and I ate in the small two seater tables on the second tier overlooking the city. Quite a nice view.

Service was fast and friendly, food was delivered hot. We only got burgers but they were done just right. The waffle fries were "eh", the Asian slaw was fresh and tasty. Beer selections were excellent. We arrived at 5:30 on a Saturday evening, so it certainly was getting busy, but not quite peak dinner time. I'd like to go back just slightly later to see how service holds up during the real swing time.

In the end I'd have to say it well worth going, and I'm certainly hoping to go back soon.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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City Steam Brewery Café in Hartford, CT
86 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.