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The Half Door

Not Rated.
The Half DoorThe Half Door

Taps: 10 / Bottles: 110
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N

22 Ratings
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.56%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

270 Sisson Ave
Hartford, Connecticut, 06105-3136
United States
phone: (860) 232-7827

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Reviews by BlueHammer:
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3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$

I went to the Half Door with a friend on Saturday night for some good beer and grub. I had perused the beer list online before going and had picked out those I wanted to sample. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed. My friend and I asked for five different beers before we got to one they actually had in stock. This, according to our waitress, was attributed to a "problem with the distributor". Finally asked for Nostradamus, which they did have and I wasn't disappointed!

The atmosphere was warm and cozy. The bar area wasn't very big and the entire restaurant itself wasn't huge. It's sort of nestled in an unsuspecting corner of Farmington and Sisson Aves. in Hartford. We went in for dinner at around 8 pm and it wasn't crowded. We seated ourselves - no wait time. At around 10 pm a Live band started playing. The music was fun and enjoyable, really a fun atmosphere. After the band started playing it got more crowded. There was a cross-section of ages but more 20somethings than anything else.

The food was very good. As I've said in other beerfly reviews, I am a vegetarian. This was an Irish Pub - generally the two don't mix well. However, one of the first things I noticed on the menu was a vegetarian chili. Delicious! I also partook in the spinach and artichoke dip and the veggie burger (which was a little pricey at $9 considering all you got with it was fries). Also, while the food was excellent, the french fries left something to be desired - I thought an Irish pub would take pride in any potato products but these fries were frozen out of a bag.

The beer was served in the bottle with a glass to pour yourself. Several of the beers we ordered which cost around $7 were brought in the whole pint bottle so you got more than one serving from each. I thought that was a good deal for the price.

Given that there isn't much to pick from in Hartford, I am likely to head back to the Half Door. Given the beers they DID have in stock, I couldn't complain. I might suggest more of a "rotating" beer menu that they can adjust accordingly (the beer menu was more permanent, included in the food menu) so as not to disappoint but once we found something they had, we were happy.

It's a good pick if you're in Hartford. (Despite the lack of parking.)

04-10-2006 13:09:10 | More by BlueHammer
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Photo of Roguer


3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$

Small place, but very nice decor. Dark wood, low lighting. When there isn't a big game on the TV, background music is at a perfectly respectful volume.

Beer taps run the gamut from traditional Euro options (e.g. Guinness, Smithwick's), to really nice offerings a la La Fin Du Monde, Delirium Tremens, et al.

Bartender was friendly and knowledgeable. Can't ask for anything more than that!

Nice tap list size, but about half are on beers that most BAs aren't going to choose. Two bottle coolers with some other very nice offerings: plenty of Thornbridge, along with offerings from Belgium, Italy, Greece, and others.

I echo what another review posted: try the Cobblestones. Sliced steak and mushrooms with cheese, juice, and drizzled with A1. Awesome!

Price was decent, for what you're getting: good beer and good food. I would definitely go back. If you're looking for local craft brews, go elsewhere; but if you want a nice Irish pub, and if you want some tasty Belgian beer on tap, then definitely give this place a try!

06-14-2014 20:12:40 | More by Roguer
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

02-27-2014 12:32:54 | More by brewcifix
Photo of WhiteOak


4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

We hit the Half Door on weekends around lunch, and are always ready for some beer.

First was the Hofbrau Maibock on-tap, very nice, malty with dark fruitiness and much more nutty complexity than the muted stuff out of a bottle.

Next came the Chimay White on-tap, which was outstanding. I am being drawn back there for another one as I recall how good it was. I would have probably not considered a Chimay, but it was the only tripel on-tap so I went for it, and I'm glad I did.

Then we had some Harviestoun Old Engine Oil ON-TAP, that's right, on-tap. Niiice.

Most recent trip: Brewdog DIPA and a Schwartzbier on tap, and bottles of Weihenstephaner HW.

The Half Door is an oasis in an urban setting, and it is like a time- and place-travel, simultaneously. Great Irish pub atmosphere. But I only like bars when they are not crowded, so we visit accordingly. Parking sucks, as in non-existant other than by chance on the street.

Hungry? try the "Cobblestones"!

Great Euro-brew selection.

04-30-2010 19:45:04 | More by WhiteOak
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3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$

Stopped by here on after work on a thursday evening 5-7pm, because I was promised Delirium Tremens and Chimay were on tap. Not disappointed they were.

The Half Door is one of Hartford's better places to go and for now my favorite watering hole in Hartford. It is in Hartford's West End which appears to outsiders as a rough neighborhood. However its gone through some gentrification over the years and some nice restaurants are popping up.

Theres no parking lot so try your luck with street parking and be sure to check the signs twice, they're pretty adamant about towing in Hartford.

This place is very small and you could easily miss it from the road. Inside is small as well. Wooden Decor, a nice bar and a few tables. Light is kept low. I visited this on an early evening and it was fairly quiet. Late on Thursday and Friday is when I hear it gets busy.

Theme of this bar is a Irish Pub/Euro beer bar, so don't expect any American Craft beer to be available.

It appears there are several taps, but when you read them many are wasted on things like Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks, and other run of the mill commercial English and Euro beers. I guess they got to pay the bills somehow. However there are also things like Old Engine Oil, Chimay Cinq Cents, and Delirium Tremens on tap.

Bottle list is decent with plenty of Belgian Beers I've never heard
of. Decent selection of English and German beers as well. Prices are very high. $6.50 for a Sammy Smith Oatmeal stout, $20 for a 750 of Chimay. My beers were 7.25 a piece which I suppose isn't terrible for Belgians on tap.

Bartender was friendly and new about the beers he was serving. Poured properly and used all the right glasses, major points on that.

A nice cozy environment. Would stop in again and I'd recommend it to anyone in the area who is a fan of Belgian European beers, just don't come looking for American Craft Beers or a bargain.

12-18-2009 17:07:29 | More by MaxBrews
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4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$

Picked my husband up at Bradley airport and we stopped in for a bite to eat and a pint. I am on a personal mission to visit as many Irish pubs in CT, NY and MA as possible. So this was on my list. Parking is rough but once inside it made it worth it. I loved the atmosphere to the old bar and the cozy seats. I think they were old church pews at one time. Enjoyed reading the menu and wish I could have tried more. I had the fish and chips which were great. My husband had fried pickles and shrimp which I thought would be really odd but it was so tasty. We came in thinking we might try some different beers. But it was half price Guinness night and well we couldn't pass that up. If your up that way I suggest stopping in. I plan on making a trip there again soon

10-27-2009 22:30:43 | More by Stoutkitten
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4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Located not far off of I-84 (exit 46), on Sisson Ave.

The Half Door is apparently celebrating their 10 year anniversary later this year, and I cannot believe that I waited so long to go there.
It has an atmosphere of an irish pub as noted in earlier reviews, very homey and welcoming. The staff is friendly and familiar with their offerings, both food and beer.
They have about 8-10 taps: hoegaarden, duvel, delerium tremens, rodenbach grand cru, guinness, smithwicks, an italian one whose name slips my memory, and a couple others when I was there.
In addition to the taps, they have a healthy bottle list. It includes a large selection from the United Kingdom, good selection from Belgium, and some from other areas. Their website has a listing of most of their bottles.
And the food is really, really good, be it a soup or entree, it is on point, served by a great waitstaff. I am looking forward to going back to the halfdoor.

05-10-2009 01:04:13 | More by mltobin
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4.13/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Half Door is a great, very authentic Irish pub in Hartford, CT. Atmosphere works for everything. Great spot for a couple beers after work with friends, good for a date, and definitely great Sunday morning for brunch and soccer (sorry, football) games on TV.

Beer selection is largely European. Not surprising, but within that, tends to lean toward UK brews. Several Belgians on the menu as well (primarily in bottles).

This is not a beer bar per se, but in the fashion of an Irish pub, it's right on.

Food and service is great too.

Crowds vary -- Thurs/Fri nights it gets the UHartford and UConn Law crowds, lunch and after work is an older crowd, and brunch is a neighborhood pub crowd.

If you're in the Hartford area, definitely worth a visit.

10-07-2008 20:31:08 | More by chuckd123
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4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$

Found this place doing a search on Yelp, after landing at Bradley and having to wait for my luggage. Red Sox were on the TV, bartender was friendly, waitresses were cute and the beer selection was great (if maybe a little too cold on the bottles). I didn't get a chance to eat, but made the effort to stop back a second time after getting my luggage. Customers (mid afternoon/early evening) were very friendly, asl well.

Old school Irish bar in one of those borderline safe neighborhoods of Hartford. But when you are inside, it is as cosey as your favorite neighborhood bar. Easy access from route 84.

08-06-2008 07:28:16 | More by opwog
Photo of Loki

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

At dinner there last night and the Shepard's Pie was great. The salad was so-so, but who goes to a pub for the salad?

Their draft selection is ok. A little to heavy on the larger production UK/Europe stuff. But they have DT on tap, so its ok. Their bottle selection is where they shine. Lots of rare and some aged stuff. Can get a little pricy, but they are expensive beers and again some are aged.

Had a Belgian Imperial Stout I had never had and it was great. Almost ordered one of the rare 750s for myself, but I had to drive and I felt a little weird getting a 750 for myself (especially the 12% Biere De Garde that I was eying)

Service at the bar was great. I might go back tonight.

05-08-2008 22:21:15 | More by Loki
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The Half Door in Hartford, CT
91 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.