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Richter's / The Taft Tap Room

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Richter's / The Taft Tap RoomRichter's / The Taft Tap Room

Type: Bar, Eatery

990 Chapel St
New Haven, Connecticut, 06510-2515
United States

(203) 777-0400

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Reviews by mltobin:
Photo of mltobin
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2

Richter`s has an interesting history behind it, a moose head on the wall, and a friendly staff, but it is not a beer bar.
They do serve half-yards for your binge drinking occasions that come up from time to time, which is fun with a large group.
But again, if you are interested in your beer, you will find a better selection at your local bodega.
In conclusion, if you are on a general pub crawl, Richter`s is worth a visit. But if you are seeking out a bar in New Haven with a good selection of beers, this is not the place for you.

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Good vibe with an old school feel. Cathedral-like architecture with mohagany and dark stained oak. Old photographs and beer ads on the wall, and a moose head. Mixed crowd of Yalies and locals, young and old.

Quality of beers on tap was ok, not impressed. Bottle selection was BMC bullshit. Better whiskey and single malt selection than beer selection.

Service was friendly,knowledgable, and moved quick. Can't ask for much more...

The beer selection was disappointing, or my expectations were too high. Stella, Guiness, Harpoon, Sierra Nevada, Blue Moon, Narragansett, Harpoon UFO Hefeweizen and Grolsch, amongst others. The half yard glass is gimmick that sells, especially to the college crowd.

This could be a craft beer drinker's wet dream if they pushed craft brews, but it looks like they're letting Prime 16 handle that aspect. A nice spot to grab a beer and meet up with people before moving on for the night.

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Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3

In downtown New Haven, this my be the most convenient place to go. However, if you have a few minutes at all, go rather to the Bru brewpub or to Prime 16 . There were a few micro tops including a couple of Harpoon.A few bottles like Sierra Nevada. So if you are in a big hurry,and it is during the day, you will get a craft beer. Small place, small but attractive bar. Bartender was on top of the patrons. Nicely lit up at lunchtime from sunlight. Place has potential, but must get jammed on the weekend.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Though not exactly a beer destination, Richter's offers excellent atmosphere and friendly service. The bar tender was having a blast talking to everyone and pouring half yards, quite friendly and attentive. I didn't get to try the food but the beer selection consists of common imports and macros; the usual suspects. I'm no scotch authority but apparently their selection is great in that department.

Walk inside and its clear that the building itself is a historical landmark. Richter's is a nice place to grab a pint.

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Photo of Pabs311
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

I like Ricthers mainly for the fact of the atmosphere. It's got an "aged" feel to it. seems like someplace ur great grandfather would have grabbed a pint at. It's also cool because it's one a fw places i'v been to where u can get a half yard of beer! the selection is ok. nothin to write home about. The whole place seems as though it's been placed in a time capsule from the '30s and has just been recently reopened for business. never been there for any of their food so i don't know the quality of food or wait staff. The bar staff seem pretty helpful and attentive considering i've been there either on a thursday or friday when it's realtively busy. the bar area is small and can get packed quick, but there is plenty of overflow seating in the dinning room once the restaurant has been closed for the night.

Not really a "beer bar" but still a nice place to go. don't expect to go in and have the selection of some of the other places in that area downtown, but it's really a neat place to stop in at.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A: Richter's used to be the bar for the Taft Hotel, and the decor accurately recreates the late-Victorian splendor: lots of dark, rich wood all around, as well as a beautiful coffered ceiling. A couple of good-sized TVs are usually tuned to whatever sporting event is on, but without sound; the background music varies, but is usually inoffensive classic rock/oldies, and is always turned low enough to talk over without making too much of an effort, but still loud enough to hear. It can get pretty crowded on weekend nights, but rarely to the point of being uncomfortable. The real highlight, though, is the availability of half-yards - they're just so fun.

Q: While their beer doesn't measure up to their incredible scotch offerings, there's always something worth having.

S: Great, attentive, and friendly bartenders really make this place standout. There's no way I'd be a regular here if it weren't for Joe and Trish. The backroom waitstaff has never given me cause for complaint, either.

S: This is the one real downside to Richter's: especially with Prime 16 only a block and a half away, it's hard to justify spending too much time or money in a place whose draft selection is dominated by macro imports: Guinness, Bass, Smithwicks, Stella, Molson, Pilsner Urquell, and Radeberger are pretty much always on. Other beers often seen include Blue Moon, Magic Hat #9, SNPA, Harpoon IPA, Sam's Seasonal. So, overall, not too bad, but nothing at all to write home about.

F: Much like the beer, nothing too special but nothing to complain about. Solid burger, decent ribs, good-looking reuben (I'm not a reuben fan, but my friends have praised it). Everything is fresh and made to order, at expected downtown prices.

Notes: I love Richter's, and would encourage anyone to go there at least once to enjoy a beer (or scotch). Joe in particular makes a mean Black & Tan in a half-yard: a sight not to be missed.

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Photo of Talisker
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2

Given that the owner used to own and operate an excellent brewery, it's a shame that this bar isn't better for beer fans.

Maybe a dozen taps, essentially all domestic or import macro-style. Literally nothing unusual or particularly local.

A nice vibe inside - sort of an old-fashioned clubroom style feel. The Taft is an historic New Haven building with a lot of history.

But the Anchor Bar across the street has a better selection, and Prime 16 just three blocks away is a downright sensational beer bar by any standard.

Sad to say it, but Richter's is a miss.

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Photo of erosier
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This is a nice place I visited last week. The atmosphere was really good, especially for a Friday night. It wasn't overly crowded, the music wasn't overly loud, and the service was really good. The waitress knew enough about the beers they served as they gave you a decent sized list for a place in New Haven (Delaney's Tap Room is still King of the Area). They had a bunch of macros, but they also had things like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, 3 varietes of Samuel Smith (in bottles), Harpoon, Sam Adams, Boddington's, and some others which I wish I could remember. The price was a little pricey for the good stuff, but not too bad. The service was nice and when I asked for a warm glass the waitress brought me one without any hesitation. I didn't have the food but it looked good enough for a place like this. Overall a decent experience and I will gladly go back. Oh yea, and no cover was great. That extra money in my pocket translates to more beers.

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Photo of deBeers
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Ok, first off you can get 1/2 yards of beer and especially of Guinness! That alone makes this a worthwhile place to visit. Atmosphere is a little sparse/dry in an old-fashioned way but a nice place overall to grab a half yard of beer. They also serve pints and half-pints.

The service was great. Collin who was at the door was very friendly and easygoing. Jim (I think) the bartender that was there this last Saturday night was very friendly albeit busy. Andreas (sp?) the server was nice as well.

The crowd was varied from young drunks or should I say a drunk to older couples and everything in between. I was lucky to find a table after 30 minutes and it was around 10:30 on a Saturday evening when we arrived

I had their clam chowder and it tasted good and was very hearty. Just what I needed to accompany my brew.

Worth checking out.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Nice place to stop in for a pint, but if you are looking for really good beer you would be better off going to BAR, which is only a short walk. Richter's is small, dark, but cozy with plenty of wood paneling and pictures and memorabilia from days of yore at Yale. The prices are a bit steep for run of the mill beers, i.e. Sierra Nevada, Sam, some of the more common british and belgian beers and sometimes if you are lucky a local keg can find its way into the bar. But it is an inviting place and nothing too fancy. Good for a long chat when beer is not the main focus, but still available.

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Photo of far333
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

A New Haven institution and a Yale watering hole. I seem to remember the selection being much better years ago. And the place used to always be packed, but at 8:00 on a Saturday night, it's pretty dead. It would have been good to see more depth in the beer menu, but you can still get yourself a decent beer like a Newcastle or Sierra Nevada. Pretty standard fare as far as most of the tap and bottled beers go though. Service is good, atmosphere is really cool, but cozy. Very small bar area, but great seating area in the back. Maybe stop in to see a piece of history, but grab a quick drink and move on.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.63/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

a good number of taps of the non bud variety probably about ten or so. The atmosphere is really nice with yale memorabilia all over, it has a really nice feel ot it. i couldn't complain about the service, but it wans't anything special. while there was a good selection of some not so common beers, it seems that single malt scotch is this place's specialty. standard pub menu. good place to try out in new haven.

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Photo of beerman599
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

this used to be the place to go in new haven now the beer selection is no better than a T.G.I.Fridays great atmoshere and yale meroblia, the menue is thin to non agsistent though if you like the standerds than this is a fun place. i'm just glad that BruRm @ Bar was just around the corner so i could get a freash local ale!

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Photo of slander
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Richter's/The Taft Tap Room is known as the oldest pub in New Haven. Whether it actually is or not, I cannot say. The crowd is a bit more mature and the atmosphere more upscale than most of your New Haven bars. They got old Yale rowing crew oars with names of long since gone Eli's on the walls and other pieces of nice vintage New Haven decor including bottles on the shelves behind the bar of beers from past tense breweries (Hull's hasn't been in New Haven for almost 30 years now???).
A dozen or so taps, most of which are old standards but always some nice surprises available in half-pints, pints or half yard glasses. And they may have just a fair selection of bottled beers, but they've got an outstanding selection of single malt scotches and small batch bourbons.
They've got about a dozen tables in the back room if you want to get a meal or just hang and grab a few beers. The kitchen is tiny but the food is mighty. The Pastrami sandwich is my lunch of choice.
A stone's throw from the Palace and the Shubert Theatres, nicely situated on Chapel Street across the street from the green.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This place is an establishment in New Haven. It has been around forever and has always attracted a good crown. Almost on Yale campus it is and old dark wooden bar with big thick wood tables and Yale memorabilia. The bar manager is well versed in beer and scotch for that matter to help answer questions. The selection is not that big but good quality. The kitchen is the size of a voting booth right at the end of the Bar but the food is also great. I recommend the Ruben and their chili both fantastic

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Richter's / The Taft Tap Room in New Haven, CT
Place rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 15 ratings
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