The Spigot Cafe

The Spigot CafeThe Spigot Cafe
The Spigot CafeThe Spigot Cafe
Bar, Eatery

468 Prospect Ave
Hartford, Connecticut, 06105-3916
United States

(860) 231-8556 | map

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Photo of Duffman79
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

The Spigot has been doing craft beer for a while. Although their tap selection mostly still caters to the dive bar crowd (bud, coors light, etc.) they have some nice beers on tap too. The great thing about The Spigot is the sort-of Help Yourself coolers on the far side of the bar. You dig through hundreds of beers to find what suits you, and bring it to the bartender. THAT selection is awesome. Dartboards, arcade games, a jukebox and a bunch of television screens - fun place.

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Photo of BillPullman32
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

This place has kind of turned into hipster central over the last 4 or 5 years, but still remains the best dive in the area. Its relatively clean (no food) and they have 3 dart boards, which are fun after a few brewskis. Beer is pretty cheap and its a great place to throw down a few pitchers of craft beer and watch a game. The selection, for what this place is, is the best in the area. Its a drinking bar first and foremost, but its a fun little place!

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Photo of ianmhall
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Hartford is a barren place on the beer radar (Hartford has gotten so much better since the og review), however, the spigot is a beacon of light for us better beer drinkers, a friendly neighborhood sports bar, all types get together to drink beer, play darts, and watch sports on the 15 tvs'

The specials are the way to go and help to make it affordable--- Monday & Tuesday $2 domestic-macrobrewed bottles Wed, Sat, Sunday $3 Pints | $10 Pitchers Thursday's | Friday $2.50 Microbrews & Import Bottles--- They do change so call to check the current deals!

The beer selection is really good & the cheapest in town (100 or more bottles, 15 or so taps with lots of local) and the staff will always listen to suggestions for the taps and in bottle which rotate seasonally but tend toward standard brewery releases & seasonals, on another note they have a great selection of about 100 whiskeys'... Like other reviewers say: the darts are a big draw, the jukebox is one of those that will download about any song you can tell it the name of... the policy about bringing your own food is boss, awesome! A great dive bar!


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Photo of MaxBrews
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I've heard bits and pieces about this Place. My friends and I have recently made this our place to hang out on Thursday nights. First & foremost I would like to say, this is not a Beer Bar, but they do serve craft beer. I love this place, but my personal review reflects something only in its worth of beerdom.

The spigot is an easily recognizable location because of the red paint work on the outside of the building. It's a bit of a dive lets be honest. Its CASH ONLY. The bars nice but the other seating areas are pretty low rent type of stuff you'd expect to see in VFW halls or town council meetings. There are also oversized baseball cards plastering every inch of the wall in the back. Tacky at its best, but they are friends of and support local sports teams.

If you do like sports however there are plenty of televisions that are constantly on sports channels. I'm not a sports fanatic but this would be a great place to watch a game.

The dart boards offer are quintessential to the Spigot experience. I love darts and if you come early secure your spot.

So far I've discussed the social aspects of this bar and whats really important is the beer. They serve a lot of cheap generic BMC stuff, but they must of gotten some local requests from the Craft Beer community as they serve about 6 craft beers on tap. There's also a very large fridge that has plenty of beer craft and non-craft in bottles. In the last month I've been going the beer on draft hasn't changed. The usual line-up is Stone IPA, Captain Lawrence Smoked Porter, Harpoon Seasonal, Peak Organic IPA, Olde Burnside Sierra Nevada (celebration ale right now in Feb) and occasionally Magic Hat.

This all sounds very boring but they have plenty of specials like $3 drafts $2 import bottles $2.50 craft bottles and of course my favorite $10.50 pictures on Thursdays.

This has become a hang out for UCONN law and UHART students. Its run by friendly people an is a fun place to hang out with friends. They basically provide a place to drink and thats it. No food except microwaveable burritos, but they don't care if you bring outside food. So its just a fun dive bar that happens to serve a few good crafts and sometimes thats what you need a good back to basics bar that doesn't gouge on prices. I just wish they would rotate the taps more, its been a month and nothings changed. I also fear that some tap lines aren't clean, but we will see.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2

right around the corner from where i live, right across from where i ship my beer trades, and next to the best place for chicken wings in town. doesn't make it too hard for me to stop by for a pint now and then.

walk in and the bar runs along the left wall all the way back. room off to the right is huge with cheap tables and wooden chairs.. and huge hi-def tv's. a nice area for darts (no tables, just darts).. jukebox gets a 3 out of 5.. lots of cock rock and 80's stuff, nothing too exciting. allie loves the little machine with all those trivia and puzzle games. they've got one with its own seat. bathroom is through a winding path with strangely dysfunctional doors. don't forget.. "the lot across the street tows at night!"

beer.. always something good on tap. as previous reviewers have said, dedicated taps to anchor steam, dfh (usually indian brown, 60 minute or shelter pale), urquell, and hooker (usually APA or blonde). the cooler is my personal highlight.. probably 75 different bottled beers which seem to have been purchased from local stores. but that would be illegal, so probably not. they've taken my suggestions for beers this fall like dfh punkin and gritty's halloween and my next visit yielded those brews. it's a great place to watch a game and drink single craft bottles around the map. sure, some are old and sure there's smirnoff ice in there.. but hey, it's a college bar.

TIP: get your bottle from the cooler, bring it up to the bar, pay, drink. do not ask the server to get the bottle for you.

food? naah. you can buy microwave popcorn, chips, or those weird hot nuts that have probably been there for years. every once in a while i think they crank up some hot dogs, but they don't mind you bringing the good wings in from across the street. it's available, and it sucks, so eh.

staff? nice. laid back. interested in beer but not beer geeks. its almost impossible to tell who is working because when they're not pouring they're usually sitting at the bar to see the TV at the proper angle. yankee fans.

great neighborhood spot with beyond-decent bottle selection. not a 'beer destination' but great local joint.

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Photo of alexwag
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

As someone who's been going to The Spigot for a while I figured it's time to update the reviews a bit.

Above all, The Spigot is a cool place to go and hang out with some friends or by yourself. It's not huge -- the bar is averaged sized and there are a dozen or so tables usually clustered according to the size of the groups of people who have claimed them -- but it's really relaxed and very friendly. If you're into sports this is a good place for you to come: there are a ton of TVs, especially in the seating area, and you can usually see a few different sports/games simultaneously. A lot of regulars here and it gets crowded as the night goes on. Various clans conquer tables or an amalgamation of them and generally hold court with their friends for a while, but it's all quite social. As I'm sure most people are aware, like in NY and MA, smoking inside is now illegal in CT. Still, smokers will find plenty of company just outside. Bartenders are cool, down to earth and good about recognizing repeat customers.

As for the beer, they have a good number of taps, but the offerings haven't changed much recently. (They still have the Fall 2004 beer listing up with only a few changes). Still, there are definitely some good ones on tap, incl. Anchor Steam and Dogfish Head. The bottle selection is pretty broad, BUT, and this is my main beef with The Spigot, some of them have been sitting in there for god knows how long and can be pretty skunked. It's a real crap shoot as to how fresh the stuff is.

Still, The Spigot is to be recommended for its atmosphere, cheapness and selection, though caveat emptor on the bottles.

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Photo of rabidawg
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Yup. No food here, although they'd probably let you bring some in if you asked nice enough. Also never seen any "real ale" coming from the taps.

Much better bottle selection than tap, but they usually keep some of the New England brews available (Long Trail, Thomas Hooker) and the seasonal offerings aren't half bad (they had SN Celebration on tap last winter).

There's sports memorabilia lining the walls and several dart boards and such. Very smoky, but that'll change next spring. Great wings joint across the street if you get hungry; it should be open pretty late.

Oh yeah. If you need a cab home, just call the "devil taxi." This is the number, I kid you not. (860) 666-6666

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Photo of far333
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This place is worth stopping into if you're nearby, but it's certainly not a craft beer destination. There are about 20 taps, but only a few special selections. Lots of taps wasted on things like Bud, Coors Light, and Lite. They have one beer engine, but nothing offered on cask because it comes out too slow (?). They do have a very good bottle selection, but when I ordered a bottle, the bartender didn't even realize that he had it. Then he asked me if I needed a glass. When I said yes, he gave me a frosted mug that added ice chips into the beer. I just shrugged and made the best of it.

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Photo of MediocreatBest
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

As my freind puts it, the spigot isn't a place to see or be seen, but its a nice palce to sit with your buddies, smoke cigs and drink beer. Can get over run easily by a single group or crowd because of it's size, but tahts why i like it cause it's usally over run by people i know...

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Photo of pbrian
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

First off, contrary to the other review for this place, they don't serve food so don't go here expecting Hartford's "Best Of" pub fare.

The bar itself is basically a solid, friendly neighborhood bar where you go to hang with some friends, not where you go to find a hopping nightlife. In one room there's the bar and beer coolers. Another room has plenty of tables and three dartboards. There are video games and TVs everwhere, to a fault, the place is stimulation overload.

The beer: There's about a dozen taps, half of them are crap the other half are good standards but nothing that would make a BA's head spin. It was good to see Sierra Nevada Brown and Weihenstephaner Hefe. Others include Anchor Liberty Ale, Olde Burnside Ten Penny Ale. There are also two self-serve beer coolers at the end of the bar. Again, nothing too special and some very old beers in there (didn't Old Saddleback close years ago?). Prices are extremely reasonable. $3.75 for an imperial pint, $6 pitchers of Rolling Rock.

Bottom Line: There's not a lot of bars in West Hartford (The Spigot sits on the Hartford/W. Htfd line) where you can go and enjoy a good pint in a relaxing atmosphere. All the bars in West Hartford Center cater to a hipper crowd where you feel a bit out of place if your not wearing black and use hair gel. The Spigot is a mellow place where you'l find the tee-shirt and flip-flop crowd. A word of caution: your clothes WILL smell like an ash tray when you leave.

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The Spigot Cafe in Hartford, CT
Place rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 12 ratings