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Plan B Burger Bar
Taps: 13 / Bottles: 77
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
138 Park Rd
phone: (860) 231-1199
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-18-2006)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Specializing in beer, burgers, and bourbon. Me too! We could get along!
Atmosphere is a cross between sports bar and saloon. Everything is made of wood which I like.
Arguably the best burger I've ever had and I do love me a good burger (the only other contender is from Craigie on Main in Cambridge MA but that's a somewhat of a different bag altogether). The meat is ground fresh daily and it tastes like it.
Our server was friendly, knowledgable about both beer and food and more than willing to provide beer samples for indecisive me. The other staff worked together as a team to run our food and seat us and were all equally friendly. We left a 30% tip we were so impressed. Plan B's manager deserves credit for such a cohesive unit.
Beer selection was the only qualm I have about this place. The tap list wasn't only not local-centric, it didn't have a single Hooker, Cottrell, NEBCo., Calvary or local CT beer on tap. They did have many of the aforementioned in cans/bottles but I'm a stickler for a well rounded taplist. Plan B has Sabrett hot dogs which I can't find anywhere else and are the perfect hot dog in my mind.
I want one in my backyard.
12-04-2011 15:50:54 |
More by donkeyrunner
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I have been to Plan B in West Hartford twice, both times I ate at the bar and enjoyed several draft beers as well as lunch.
Both of my visits were during the late afternoon, before a dinner rush. During this time there were no problems finding choice seats at the bar and the bar service was excellent. They also have a nice patio out front, perfect for the spring/summer weather.
I visited primarily for the draft beer selection, which is great. About 15 drafts with good 'national' crafts (e.g. Stone, Allagash) and some smaller places (Long Trail, Ithaca). They also have a few mainstream stuff on tap (PBR?) so there is something for everybody. Good mix of seasonals and year rounders. Seemed to be only domestic stuff on draft. I did not take a thorough look at the bottle list but it appaered to be impressive for the area. They have some varied glassware but not proper "beer bar" service. The staff seems to generally know about and respect the beers but not beer-bar level knowledge. Shot-sized sample tastes were happily given.
The food is very, very good. I have tried the mini burgers as well as the standard classic burger. They taste like some of the best, backyard burgers you will have - this isn't prime beef, but its very high quality meat prepared to perfection, cooked nicely and super fresh. The truffle fries are also great. The apps are very good as well.
05-24-2010 13:47:29 |
More by bceagles39
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
This place exemplifies a great neighborhood beer bar--a solid, rotating beer selection with a welcoming environment in a small spot in the heart of the neighborhood.
Whenever we're visiting my girlfriend's family in the Hartford suburbs, we stop by Plan B for a couple beers. I still haven't eaten here, which seems a shame since the food looks so good, but there are few neighborhood bars anywhere where I more enjoy sitting at the bar and sampling some of the draft and bottle offerings.
The room is fairly small with booths and tables filling the rear, and the bar up against the big front windows, with a warmly lit, thick wooden back displaying liquor, wine and beer bottles. The lighting and music levels are spot on. There are only two drawbacks in terms of the space: it can be very cramped in the bar at times, and there are no coat hooks under the small, overflow bar that you can lean against when there are no open seats.
The taplist is always changing and always consists of excellent beers, including many regional breweries and no imports. The bottle and can list is impressive and well-rounded. My only beef with the taplist is that it is often missing any Connecticut beers. I'm glad to see many other New England and Northeast breweries--as well as those from all over the US--represented, but I'd personally like to see at least one tap line dedicated to a truly local beer.
What really makes this a great neighborhood beer bar, though, is the excellent service. Our bartender, who introduced himself as John, on our last visit was extraordinarily friendly and helpful, offering both samples and detailed descriptions of various tap offerings. Multiple times while we were sitting at the bar, he explained to patrons that they had neither Guinness nor Blue Moon, but politely offered samples and descriptions of various similar beers that they might like. This unpretentious approach, rather than the beer snobbery encountered as some other bars, is the way to convert people to good beer, and get people to try something new. Right neighborly.
02-13-2012 21:55:36 |
More by FrankLloydMike
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Visited for lunch after an REI trip with my wife. Hard to find as we drove right past, maybe more distinct signage? It is right on a main road but lots of other food places etc around.
Walking in there are table and chair combos in front of you and a horseshoe bar to the right with about 12 stools. Decor is dark wood and some exposed iron work. some mirrors and other breweriana. Lots of bourbons behind the bar. beer, bourbon, burgers that is what you find here.
Kind of a smaller pub but doesnt feel claustrophobic. menu is pub grub with emphasis on fresh ground beef and humanely treated animals. beer selection is great, a chalkboard details the draft list and the bottles are very extensive. Maybe 20 drafts and 50-60 bottles. I had a 50/50 beef and pork burger that was great! My wife had possibly the best turkey burger ever. I enjoyed a Brother thelonious with my sandwich. Staff was very knowledgeable about the beers and were friendly, nice to see informed servers.
WE are definitely going to hit this place again, next time we go to REI.
Not sure of the other Plan B locations but this one is a good place for a tasty sandwich and excellent beer choices!
12-25-2010 03:43:53 |
More by sulldaddy
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
I've been to this place a few times. Both during the day and at night.
The atmosphere is good. Kind of a small place but you can also sit outside. the bar is also on the small side. Everyone seems to be always having a good time. A mix of every kind of person you can think of.
The service was good. Nothing to complain about. They seem to know their beer good enough.
The beer. They have a huge selection of brews on tap, bottled and even in the can. Only american however. I'm not complaining, it's a burger place. The variety is very good and the beers on tap are always changing.
The prices of the beer is way to high for me. I can only go to this place once in awhile. They should really go down on the prices. Not on the food though, that seems to be reasonable but not the beer. So if your on a budget and want to drink alot. I recommend the Spigot.
The food is exceptional could be the best burgers i've ever had. Nice variety of burgers also. The other entrees are good also. Just wish the beer was cheaper!!
04-02-2010 02:25:24 |
More by mnrider
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
In Connecticut for the holidays and a friend suggested this place after having been here a bunch of times. I wasn't expecting too much going in and left completely satisfied. I can't wait to get back.
The atmosphere was pretty relaxed for a Saturday afternoon, the vibe was quite festive with holiday lights all over the bar area. Seating for tables is rather limited, we were lucky enough to snag a few seats at the bar. The bartenders were friendly, responsive and up for talking beer.
The beer is selection is remarkable with highlights draft highlights that included Anchor 2007 Our Special Ale (delicious!), Avery The Czar, Rogue Santa's Private Reserve, Long Trail Double Bag, Brooklyn Lager, Allagash Grand Cru & Mojo IPA. I noticed about 15 taps and another 50 or so bottles including Dale's Pale Ale in a can. My buddy and I shared a bottle of Thomas Hooker Old Marley barleywine that was incredible.
The food was really good too. Their cheesburgers are the main attraction, offering about 12 different burger combinations including the Cuban burger that features ground pork. Burger combinations are unique and creative. Everything was fresh and had a good quality.
I really dug this little gem of a bar - I wanna get back soon.
12-24-2007 21:54:25 |
More by Hibernator
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
While visiting Hartford for a couple of days, picked this place based on reviews, plus a friend independently gave it a thumbs up. At midweek dinner rush, the place was full, but with no wait. Seats at the bar were at a premium, however, but it was no problem obtaining samples of any of the 12 draughts, including four Stones: Ruination, Ruination 10, Arrogant Bastard and Ruination Small Batch with Habanero. The rest of the taps were good, but not quite at the same level. Bottle selection ranges from great to OK with prices for craft 12s lower than Boston prices for BMC. Monday night special is half-price on bombers. The specialty burgers are quite good, but if you're going to promote the "some pink" and "no pink" options, don't bring a "no pink" burger in response to "pink" (and confirmed by the waitress). Aside from being slightly overcooked for the order, the burger was quite good (all beef burgers are made from premium, on-location-ground beef). The waitstaff is fairly efficient if somewhat harried. I had a rather simple order and knew what I wanted, so could not really test how knowledgeable they were. But the bartenders know what they are doing and are friendly and generous. When I asked for sample of Ruin10, I was also offered the Habanero sample for comparison without prompting. The draught pours are roughly the price of a comparable bomber -- for those that come in bombers, so slightly pricier than bottles. Despite the nearly full house, it was easily possible to hold a normal conversation at the tables. Large outside seating area, perfect for the summer (on a rather quiet street).
06-26-2013 04:29:10 |
More by VictorWisc
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Visited twice recently, once on a Tuesday night, once a Friday night. Huge difference: Tuesday a sparce, relaxed crowd, conversation with the bartender, nice spot for a drink. Friday extremely crowded, wouldn't really want to stand in the tight spaces, 45 minute wait for a table. Always have some very solid brews on tap, seems like often they'll have an Allagash, a Rogue, Sierra Nevada, Avery, Brooklyn, all good stuff, I guess about 12 in total. Bottle list kinda random, lots of different breweries, but only a couple brews from each. Also NOTHING imported, ONLY domestic. I only had an appetizer, some portabella bites and goat cheese, extremely tasty...but not exactly a lot of food for your money...that's an understatement...beer prices seemed pretty reasonable to me, especially considering you can't expect anything better at a bar for miles as far as I know.
01-10-2008 20:21:58 |
More by fredandboboflo
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Walked in on a Sat.night at about 7.The place was really crowded.This is a pretty small place and even finding a spot to lean against the wall was a challenge. The bartender was very attentive; and even though he was working his butt off managed to get us a quick taste of Brooklyn Cuvee d'Achouffe , and that was what we both chose without hesitation. Other taps that I remember were Brooklyn Lager, Lagunitas Censored, Allagash Double, Farmington River, Flying Dog Porter(?), Long Trail, Hooker Irish, High and Mighty... Also, noticed cans of Oskar Blues on the bottle list.
Nice looking place...kind of stark-chic. Exposed brick..dark wood ..hanging lights..Dark...we needed the candle to read the menu.
We were told we had a 40 min wait , but were seated in about 15 mins. We sat in the section to the left of the bar with elevated tables for two on one side and larger groups on the other.Service was pretty fast and the waitstaff were in a constant state of motion.
I had a swordfish "burger" and my girlfriend had a salmon dinner.The swordfish was good , but the small piece of fish on the sandwich with fries was $14 .. Ouch. My girlfriend's salmon was a little over done. Parmesan fries were good.This is a beef burger place and when we go back , that's what we'll order.
The noise level was pretty high , but we were able to converse without shouting .
Overall , a good experience....the Cuvee made up for the short comings of the food.
One of the waitstaff who was not our server stopped to ask us about how we enjoyed our meal, the place in general and really seemed sincerely inerested in our impressions....like it was not just a formality.
Definitely worth a visit.
03-11-2007 14:22:59 |
More by Hautacam
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Been to this place so many times in the last year or so it's time for a quick review.
If you're in the Hartford area, you know we really have no true beer bars. You can go to New Haven or Middletown, or (much) better yet, drive to western MA, Boston or NYC -- but around Hartford the places with a solid selection of taps or bottles are nil.
Plan B brings a great atmosphere; bartenders are attentive & knowledgable, and the selection is about a dozen constantly rotating taps & perhaps 30 or so good bottles to choose from. Worth pointing out they only serve American brews here.
Typical breweries on tap:
Brooklyn, Stoudt's, Great Divide, Rogue, Boulder Beer, Weyerbacher, Southern Tier & Allagash.
Great food too -- probably the best burgers around.
Overall great place, not a hardcore beer bar, but a great neighborhood bar with good food, beer and atmosphere.
09-30-2008 12:38:47 |
More by chuckd123
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