Delaney's Restaurant & Tap Room

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Delaney's Restaurant & Tap RoomDelaney's Restaurant & Tap Room
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Delaney's Restaurant & Tap RoomDelaney's Restaurant & Tap Room

Type: Bar, Eatery

882 Whalley Ave
New Haven, Connecticut, 06515-1791
United States

(203) 397-5494

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Reviews by opwog:
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4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I was at the Half Door in Hartford after flying into CT and the bartender there recommended Delaney's when I said that I was staying in New Haven. So when I started driving up Whaley looking for the address, I was surprised to see that this had taken the place of a bar that I use to go to with my Dad when I was younger. For anybody who use to go to SCSU, Delaney's is the old Cape Codder. For those who were not there back in the day, this was one of those old school bars, with older school guys (of which, I would now be considered one) and would have steamed mussels and wrapped mini-hotdogs out as a happy hour buffet. Later, they opened a back room where locals would book bands (mainly hippy rock).

Jump forward to now and the old man bar has been fixed up and turned into a pretty nice lounge with a small set of impressive taps and a full bar. It looks like this is the room for those who want to pretend that they aren't really there with the exact same goals of the beer swillers in the Tap Room. Now the Tap Room is the larger side where the bands use to be. I guess that they still have live music in there, but I couldn't see where. They also have a pool table in this room. This room reminds me more of the old college bars of Boston in the 80's, than it does a beer room in New Haven. It is very comfortable and unpretentious (maybe too relaxed for some) and borders on being a college-kid-getting-shit-faced bar.

The selection is excellent and the bartenders were very knowledgeable about what they were pouring. They were as pleasant, patient and seemingly interested in discussing the beers with me, as they were pouring shots for the local SCSU students. While this may not have the hip downtown feel of the newer Prime 16, Delaney's is definitely the front running tap room in New Haven.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Arrived in NH late night on a Tuesday, stopped in for a few beers & a snack.

Bit of a divey, worn feel to this place. Could use an overhaul. Smelled like stale beer, smoke & urinals...which yeah I'm used to in a bar, but this place was too much.

Female bartender was a bit stand-offish at first, but after a bit warmed up & was pleasant when she realized I knew way around a beer list.

Had the hyped Gandhi Bot for the 1st time in over 5 years, was told they have it on tap regularly. Maybe this was a top-notch DIPA 8 yrs ago, but it isn't now.

As a whole, nice selection...but too much attention to the ABI beers in prominent lit taps on the bar.

Had a few Ithaca Flower Powers that were poured fairly, tasted fresh & priced reasonably.

Had some fried mozz that was serviceable but forgettable.

Glad I visited, but frankly I'd prioritize a visit to Prime 16 on my next visit to NH. Though if I could get the same pleasant bartender again I'd come back.

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Photo of Donker
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

If you are looking for good food, beer and value, this is your place. One visit and you will leave wanting to make this your regular haunt.

This is what to expect with Delaney's:
- Beer, and lots of it. I believe they have 50+ taps plus a well stocked cellar of bottled beer.
- Staff that is knowledgeable about the beers they are serving. Even if you don't like beer, they can find one for you.
- 3 different areas to relax in. Main restaurant, Upper dining area (tavern), and tap room
- Great, casual dining food. Delaney's offers a solid menu that is well prepared. Note: The fancier "specials" are hit or miss.
- If beer is not for you, they also have a sizable wine selection.

- If you come during busy times, service can be slow. The staff is very friendly and are often bombarded with numerous questions which seems to slow things down. Tip: Let them know if you are in a rush.
-Bathrooms need some TLC

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Photo of plutoniumpete
3.99/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Loved the hell out of this place when I lived in New Haven. I typically find one bar wherever I live and its my go to place, and this was it. Great selection, typical bar atmosphere, decent prices. They always had great beers on tap, and being so close to NebCo, you were sure to find Ghandi Bot and Stout Trooper on from time to time. If you like to go in, pick out some music on the juke, play some darts, and drink some quality craft beer, this place is for you.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Thanks to our host at New England Brewing Company for recommending this place to us. A nice place with a rather simple layout, but actually a lot bigger than it seems from the outside. The cramped little parking lot was a bitch and a half, so just don't even bother...go for street parking.

We walked past some outside seating into the bar. Simple decor, kind of sportsbarish-seeming at first glance, with a nice collection of breweriana behind the counter. There's a large area for dining, and on my way to the restroom, I actually discovered a second, larger and somewhat nicer bar in the back. But we were already well-established in the front, so we just stayed put.

Beer selection was very good. While nothing was too out of the ordinary, there was a great variety of styles, and pretty much something for everyone to enjoy, including local selections, e.g. NEBCO and (if you can call it local) Captain Lawrence. Seems like they could get some heavier hitters for events if they wanted to, and I'm sure they probably do.

Service was great. Our bartender was on the ball the whole time, and gave us the opportunity to meet Peter, the owner, so we got to have a nice chat with him, and of course he was quite knowledgeable in all things beer (and wine apparently).

There was a good selection of pub grub, comfort foods, and somewhat Italian-biased entrees. I went with the Guinness burger, and the wife got the enviable blue cheese / hangar steak mac&cheese, which the bartender dared her to finish (she didn't, of course).

A was a little skeptical at first, but we had a great time here, and if you're in town to visit NEBCO, this is a great follow-up for a bite to eat (and another beer or two). I hope to go back sometime soon, and I probably will the next time on my way to MA.

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Photo of nickfl
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This place is an interesting combination of an Irish pub and a white tablecloth restaurant, but with better beer than you would normally find at either. They have a selection of thirty or so taps, all good some rarities, with a comparable bottle selection. The service was good, even on a Friday night and all of the beer was served in proper glassware. I had a couple of regional beers and an extremely good steak. You really have a choice here with a menu ranging from burgers and sandwiches all the way up to lobster ravioli and prime steak. The higher end of the menu is priced accordingly, but my steak wasn't really any more expensive than I would expect it to be in most restaurants that serve food of that quality and it more than justifies the price tag when you consider how much the experience is enhanced by the opportunity to pair it with an appropriate beer. I had a good experience at Delaney's and I would recommend it as well worth a visit when in the New Haven area.

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Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped in for lunch on the way home from guilford. Nice day so got to enjoy the outdoor seating. Inside seating and bar area looked nice as well.

Really robust brew menu. Loads of selection, probably abot thirty tap selections. Since I was right down the road, I went for the nebco sea hag IPA. Could taste anything for free. Would have liked to see flights.

Food selection and quality was good. Lots to choose from, different varieties of sandwiches, salads, and entrees nice mussels with fries app as well.

Overall a good find on the outskirts of new haven. Short shot from Merritt and new England brewing co.

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Photo of chuckhebert10
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

We went to the annual beer fest and chili contest today. The venue was great: plenty of room outdoors for both beer vendors and chili contestants, as well as live music and games. At $35 pre-registration ($40 "day of") the value couldn't be beat.

Parking was more difficult than expected, but perhaps I should have done better research. Still, I was able to obtain free on-street parking within safe walking distance to the venue.

Signage for event registration and pre-registration was clearly marked.

Many competitors in the chili cook-off contest. All were worthy entries.

Also, many beer vendors. Mostly local, nearly all good (drinker's opinion). All were commercial brewers, even if "small" or micro-brewers. Samples included lots of hoppy IPAs -- all VERY tastey -- which overwhelmed this drinker's palate by the end of the day.

Event advertised two pints of drinker's choice, but no one "in charge" seemed to know anything about this. Did I want it? Yes, of course. Did I need it? No, vendors were happy to refill to my content.

Will I go back to Delaney's annual beer fest? Definitely. Will I go back to Delaney's outside of an event? Most likely. Would I recommend Delaney's? Yes.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Been wanting to review Delaney's for a while, finally decided to.

Real nice atmosphere. Indoor taproom, nice dining room, and outdoor patio. This place could please anyone. Great beer selection and good service. Most waitresses know which beers they have that day and will reccomend something else if they are out of the one you requested. I love the happy hour where you buy one beer get one free, and the food is outstanding. The only negative I really have is parking can suck, but oh well, it's New Haven.

I went about a month ago when I went home and I really really miss this bar. I remember being 21 and drinking Magic Hat No. 9 on tap all night long. There are some good beer bars in New Haven, and this one may be my favorite.

Would love for a bar like this to open up in Texas.

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Photo of HarleyRider
4.72/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I very much enjoy stopping at Delaney's for good beer as well as the friendly atmosphere. I have stopped in several times this past summer and have enjoyed each visit. I was made to feel welcome in a suit as well as my biker clothes.

Huge choice of great beers on tap as well as bottled. I haven't had the pleasure but hear good things about all the events held here. Beer knowledgeable friendly staff is exactly what I want in a beer bar. Parking can be an issue depending on what's going on. It's not in the best neighborhood so if it's after dark skip the after dinner walk.

There are 2 separate bars in Delaney's. One is a college type bar with loads of beers, small tables, with a rustic old bar feel. The other side is more food orientated with white table clothes and a mellow atmosphere. There are also some small tables outside perfect for enjoying a nice day with a beer. Food is very good. Average cost for the setting with great service. All beers served in proper glasses and temps. This is the best beer bar in CT IMO. Wish we had a dozen more just like it.

A stop at Delaney's is highly recommended for any beer lovers in the New Haven area.


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Photo of Sammy
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Definately the go-to place in New Haven, though one needs to drive through a more undesireable neighbourhood to be here. Staff and even most other patron are friendly, and give off that neighbourhood bar feeling. One big bar a pool table and dart boards. The other, just that English stle bar place with unobtrusive music. Both with long bars. Several tables for restaurant. he bartender quickly ran to get me extra tastings of stuff, and even cracked open a bottle when I was talking about polish beers, to try something new. 56 taps, with often a theme going on. This week it wasSierra Neveda's, and worth travelling out of the way for. Good carbonation and temperature of beers served, appropriate glassware.

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Photo of donway
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

My first visit, havig previously tried Prime 16. I prefer Delaney's. Went with my wife on a Sunday about 4pm, Decent crowd in the grittier bar section I was in. Will try the more upscale section next time. Good-sized dinner crowd in the nice dining area.
Decent selection on tap, nice that they had an updated menu, though there appeared to be taps that wern't listed. Had a Long Trail Blackberry and a Palm. Couldn't talk the Nrs. out of a martini. More extensive bottle selection..
Bartenders friendly, offered samples.
Will visit again.

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Photo of FishGetter
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Stopped by for a lunch out on the patio after reading a few post on this place. The beer menu is the largest and of finest quality I've ever seen. Very easy to navigate though the 10+ pages. They break it down by draft, bottled, and by style which makes it very user friendly. They even have a impressive vintage section. It's alot to take in.
The quality of beer was great, Captain Lawance reserve on tap was awsome, and the food was good.
The service could use a tune-up. A bit slow and running out of beer is never fun. Well worth the trip down from Mass and will hit it up again if in the area. Highly recomended.

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Photo of Durge
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've stopped in before but I finally had dinner here with my wife and am happy to say we very much enjoyed it. Everyone knows they have one of the best selections of quality beers in the state and the back bar is a real haven for the beer enthusiast. A second bar that connects directly with the main dining areas is a little more organized with fewer and less unusual beer selection. There is a fair size outdoor patio seating area to enjoy your meal but we chose to eat inside. I think the least appealing aspect of Delaney's is the dining area which is pretty bland and not particularly cozy, especially being seated where we got stuck in the heavily trafficked area between the kitchen and the two bars. But that was tolerable in light of solid, friendly service, very quick service, and a surprisingly delicious meal. I had the spicy vegetable stir fry and my wife had the salmon. The beer selection is really great including some local stuff like New England Brewing from just down the street. Plenty of big beers to choose from, great imports and some very quirky numbers to boot. Unfortunately I didn't get too far into it on this dinner outing but I look forward to my next visit. I do think they could stand to inject a little more personality into the decor of the dining area, but that's a minor issue. There's always such a buzz here that it sort of creates it's own atmosphere with the crowds of people.

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Photo of caresville
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here to kill an hour or two between the tickets being released at NEBCO and the actual release of BA IST. it was 10am when we got here and it was pretty packed from people i saw at the release, we were given an extensive beer menu with lots to choose from between on tap selection and the bottle selection. i wish i had a whole day to kill in there and had a fat wallet because i could have a great time. i first drank a hanssens mead the gueze and then split an imperial stout trooper with my buddy (it was either $22 or $24). the food on the menu looked pretty fancy but i was craving a $16 sandwich so i stuck to a BLT which was great.
great atmosphere, great beer variety, great location, pretty good prices, the only thing i could complain about is that it was 10am and there was a good amount of people there and the service was slow. on a busy friday night or saturday night i can imagine it being very difficult to get a drink in that place. but overall i wish it was a lot closer to my house and i hope i go back someday soon!!

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Photo of Jwale73
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Big props to Delaney's & NEBCO for coordinating a 10am opening on the day of the BA IST Release. Staff responded well to being inundated by beer enthusiasts before they even opened. Delaney's is bigger on the inside than it looks. Two separate bar areas, two dining areas and outdoor seating. Lots of wood and our server was great and responsive. Tap list seems to change quite a bit based on the fact that we had a draught list for the previous and current day and there were quite a few differences. Bottle prices were very reasonable too in my opinion. Lots of 750's of IST were being consumed and reasonably priced at $24 a bottle. I also observed a nice selection of sours being consumed. The menu also had a vintage section with several different aged offerings. Food was great. We opted for the brunch menu and everyone was pretty satisfied. I had the Rogue Shakespeare's Stout on Nitro and we all shared the $9 DIPA sampler (Ghandi-bot, Maharaja, DFH 90, Riverhorse Hop-a-lot-amus and Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA) which our server provided for us gratis because our order took a little longer than anticipated. Other beers at the table included Strubbe Pils, Youngs Double Chocolate and Old Speckled Hen. Beer menu was nicely arranged by style and half pints for some offerings were also available. Bottle listing was really quite impressive - tap list was respectable but not mind blowing, but the overall vibe and character of this place makes it well worth your time if you are in the area.

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Delaney's Restaurant & Tap Room in New Haven, CT
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