Coach's Sports Bar & Grille

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Type: Bar, Eatery

187 Allyn St
Hartford, Connecticut, 06103-1403
United States

(860) 524-8888

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Added by Dennycurr on 02-18-2012

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1.9/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 1 | food: 2.5

Went there with my kid & some of his freshmen friends a year ago for Parents Weekend at Hartford Univ.
Was an ok place for sports...but ...whew...the beer selection was the most God-awful selection I have ever seen for a big city sports bar.
My kid never cared, cause he couldn't drink it anyway....but...I did care.
I know this is a beer people should know---there are nothing but domestic beers there except for the basic, Guinness, (NOT stout), and maybe 1 or 2 other basic imports. You all know the ones I mean. Only about 20 beers in all. Draft and bottle..and not 1 that is rated even in the top 250 in BA.
Heck...maybe in the top 350

Ok...that being said.
One thing they have going for them, is a good college crowd with UCONN and U of Hart. Plus---it is a Jim Calhoun owned bar..(Basketball coach of UCONN). My kid went there a bunch of times. He even watched the 2011 Super Bowl there. Was at the very least a great sports bar for students. Many of whom, of course, only came for dinners and drank Cokes, but could enjoy the feel of the atmosphere at a sports bar in a college town.

Apparently..Coaches, has done away with that.

This yr...I went up there to treat my son and his friends to a Super Bowl dinner and enjoy the game there at Coaches. The quality of the crappy beer selection didn't matter. Kid and his friends liked the SB experience the yr before and wanteds to do it again.
ME, being along was a bonus.
Anyway---I dropped the kids off at the door to grab some seats and went to find a parking spot, since this was a Super Bowl.
We went early and it was still a crowded parking lot. my surprise----my 19 yr old son and his buddies of 19 and 20 yr olds, were there at the entrance waiting for me to take them elsewhere. They had summarily---been thrown out!
They were being led to their seats by a waitress, when the manager, reprimanded the waitress in front of my son & co, and then told my son's crowd---"You HAVE to be 21 to be in this place"!! My son and the others wanted to know why---but the manager, just, shushed them away saying, "That is our rule. No one under 21 allowed"!
Kid was flabbergasted. So were the others.
Of course---especially since they had been there over a dozen times before.
The manager made it clear....WITHOUT giving a legit reason....
They were not getting seated.

I could have ranted and raved, but...this place, to me, wasn't worth it before.
NOW---it became totally worthless.

We went back to my hotel, where it was standing room only for the game.

Kids went back to dorm at half and had pizza.

Coach's Bar and Grill, just can not get anything right.

Bad beer. a--don't go alone--location, and either bad management or ambiguous rules--(most likely--- both)...spells---bad place.

They could be a player up there in the capitol of CT, being right there, in the center of the action in downtown Hartford...but they just don't seem to know how to do it.

Get your act together Coach's


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Coach's Sports Bar & Grille in Hartford, CT
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