Christy's Irish Pub

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Christy's Irish PubChristy's Irish Pub

Type: Bar, Eatery

261 Orange St
New Haven, Connecticut, 06510-1715
United States

(203) 777-5454 | map

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Added by briancroz12 on 05-18-2009

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of dipaslife4me
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of erosier
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This is probably the most authentic Irish Bar in New Haven with an actual Irish feel to it. It's a small place with space for a live band, a decent sized bar with a decent selection of Irish beers and a few crafts. They had the usual - Guinness, Smithwicks, Harp, along with some other local stuff from Brooklyn and Sam Adams. Overall the selection wasn't too great as far as craft beers go, but it's nice to see an Irish lineup in a bar that isn't posing as an Irish bar, but actually is one.
The menu is Irish with some other stuff thrown in like real corned beef with hash and some awesome stews, but they also have crowd pleasers like nachos. The food is good, it's a bit expensive, but they do keep the kitchen open much later than most other places - it was still open at 1am on a Saturday night. That was a big plus, and a great way to keep customers in house.
The atmosphere was great, everyone was nice, the wait staff / bartenders were polite, helpful, and patient even with an overcrowded bar, really impressed with that. Service was quick, I really enjoyed it here.
Overall a good value and I will definitely go back.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Christy's is probably the most authentic Irish pub in New Haven - Anna Liffey's used to hold this title, but only it was founded by Christy before he moved on to this place. Everything about the bar screams Ireland, from the Celtic background music to the Irish-themed decor to the Guinness-dominated selection of draft beers. The beer selection is purely standard for a bar of this sort downtown (i.e., pretty much identical to the Playwright or Anna Liffey's), and falls far short of a serious beer bar like Prime 16. That said, they do pour a great pint of Guinness, and what else would you really want in an authentic Irish pub? I haven't had the food, and therefore didn't rate it, but I've heard people near me compliment it highly. Christy's isn't a large bar, but (St. Paddy's day excepted) I've never had a problem getting a bartender's attention. The patio out back is also nice when the weather permits. While hardly a beer mecca, Christy's is a thoroughly pleasant place to stop in, grab a pint, and relax with friends.


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Photo of dbmcrorie
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Christy's is definitely a classic in New Haven. For the downtown area, it's the most "Irish Pub" you'll get. Lansdowne is a bit more upscale bar/restaurant, and Playwright is a bit too much like a club.

The interior is very homey and earthy; it reminds me a lot of pubs in Europe. Lots of old newspaper clippings, pictures, beer signs, soccer games etc. and everything is aged wood. Very proud to be "Irish" (a bit over the top in some places and not enough in others if you ask me). But overall, the vibe is comfy and welcoming. Celtic music always plays in the background.

The quality is pretty decent. They are proud of properly pouring a pint of Guinness, but to be honest in these parts, there aren't too many bars that don't know how to pour it right (consumer demand at its finest). And it was a pretty weak pint in my opinion.

The selection is about what you can expect at any pub or bar, just a bit heavy on the Irish standards (Bass, Smithwicks, Harp, Guinness, Killians *cough-not Irish-cough*, etc.).

The food is tasty and filling. They have a decent cup of chowder and one of the best French onion soups I've ever had. The fish and chips were also okay. But I probably won't ever go back to Christy's hungry - just thirsty.

The service also leaves something to be desired. I think they have "regulars" who know the bartenders/waitresses well, but if you're not a regular, then they don't really care. Don't get me wrong, they are nice. But nothing that caught my attention.

So all-in-all, a nice place for the Irish effect if you are downtown. And allegedly one of the best places to be for St. Paddy's Day. But in my opinion, if you want a great pint of Guinness, wonderful food, and excellent service, drive up Whitney a few miles and check out the OTHER Playwright in Hamden.

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Christy's Irish Pub in New Haven, CT
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