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The Half Door

Not Rated.
The Half DoorThe Half Door
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

26 Ratings
Ratings: 26
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%
Taps: 19
Bottles: 110
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%

We stopped in here for some brew and nourishment after a disc golf tourney at nearby Wickham park, Irish themed all the way, beer was varied upon 15 or so taps, many Irish selections as well as a few Belgians (God I love Delerium Tremins on tap) You'll find several very BA worthy brews here on tap as well as some interesting vintage bottle selections. The food we had, a few differant types of burgers, fish and chips etc was all pretty good, friendly service, funky neighborhood, all adds up to making this a good place to try in the Hartford area.

Billolick, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of mltobin
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

mltobin, May 10, 2009
Photo of Loki
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

Loki, May 08, 2008
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%

half door. jammin on weekends, chill other times.

let me judge this place based on what i had last time.. when i was ready to throw a few bucks down... 33cl bottle of rose de gambrinus, aventinus eisbock, chimay cinq cents draft, la trappe quad draft, and and old engine oil.. not in this order mind you. when i said 'rose de gambrinus,' i didn't even have to repeat myself.

the best bottle selection in connecticut.

love the big knot at the end of the bar, kind of like a mini-table attached to it, perfect for small groups.

only negatives are bands that play too loud, ridiculous weekend crowds, and cover charge.

food is great, especially the cheddar soup and the french dip. the irish nachos or whatever they are are no joke either. good eclectic selection, nice dark pub atmosphere. and this is my neighborhood bar! lucky me.

goodbyeohio, Feb 22, 2005
Photo of far333
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

Great place in an area that needs it. Awesome tap list and bottle list. Great Irish and UK selections and they know how to serve them. Old Engine Oil on tap? How cool is that? Atmosphere reminded me of a real Irish pub. In fact, some Irish tourists came in and were standing near us at the bar and said "This place is great, it feels just like home." The food was average to disappointing, but if you come for the beer, you will not be disappointed.

far333, Aug 31, 2003
Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%

I go to this place just about every time I visit my girlfriend at home and it is absolutely superb. The times we've gone on the weekends they've had very good bands that seem to play a variety of well-done covers, originals and traditional music, and when there was no band, the music was nice as well. The vibe is very nice with a dark wood bar greeting you when you walk in, booths lining posts in the middle, and raised tall-back booths along one the side. It's a dark, very homey place, but the real appeal for me is the beer. I've never been to a bar with this kind of beer selection. There are the typicals for an "Irish pub"--Guinness, Newcastle and so on--but there are always different, rotating taps of exquisite craft beers that I've never seen or heard of anywhere else. The professionally attired (white shirt with narrow black ties) and friendly bartenders are always more than welcome to offer a sample of any of their beers. I haven't had any food as my girlfriend's father is an incredible cook, but it's always smelled very good. The one thing that keeps the wonderful, rotating selection from being a 5.0 is that it seems that there are few beers on tap that aren't pricey. Sure, the regulars are normally priced, but they're something you can get anywhere, and the expensive beers are certainly always worth the price, but I know that there are quality craft brews that financially allow me to indulge in more than one and it would be nice to see them offer a few of these as well... or at least post their prices so I don't feel like a cheap ass asking the price every time. Still, an exceptional place that is unlike any other place I've been. And right in the Rising Star of Hartford!

FrankLloydMike, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of SteveO1231
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%

Stopped in the other night for the first time in a couple years. Tiny place right off of the Sisson Ave. exit of 84. Parking is kind of a pain in the ass. It's really small as you walk in with the bar on the right and some tables and booths to your left. Traditional Irish pub they serve the usual fare and have live Irish music on stage. Service is a bit slow, you're better off grabbing your beers from the bar. Nice tap lineup of European brews, Guinness, Spaten, Boddington's, Killian's, Chimay, Old Engine Oil, Harpe, Bass, etc etc. Even more extensive bottle list ranging from English brews to Belgian and Japanese beers. A bit pricey $7.99 for a Sam Smith Oatmeal. Anyways a pretty cool place, good atmosphere. Nice crowd, good beer list. I like to stop by once and a while for a change of pace.

SteveO1231, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of ybnorml
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%

Very nice little place. I liked the atmosphere and so did the wife. Comfortable and not to shiney. Friendly staff willing to answer questions. It seemed that everyone working took a turn at waiting our table. I overheard that they were short 2 waitresses the night we were there. Very extensive beer list that only suffered from one main weakness....no american craft brews, but also I did not see Bud-slop on the menu Coors and Miller were represented. I had a great Sniender Wiess on draft and the wife really enjoyed her Ephemere Draft. The food was great. I tryed the Cheddar Ale soup as had been suggested by a BA. It was great, deffinitely a hearty pub soup. The only other thing that was a problem is in their present location parking is next to nonexistant. Lastly something the waiter said about thier cask line botherd me " no cask in the warm months because it goes bad and the distributer won't carry any because of the spoilage.

ybnorml, May 31, 2004
Photo of opwog
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

opwog, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of Roguer
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%

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!

Roguer, Jun 14, 2014
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The Half Door in Hartford, CT
91 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.