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Delaney's Restaurant & Tap Room
Taps: 56 / Bottles: 165
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
882 Whalley Ave
phone: (203) 397-5494
(Place added by: OatmattStout)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
08-30-2010 14:59:25 |
More by HarleyRider
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
Stopper and I met some friends here last night and we all agreed that this place isn't getting the buzz it deserves on BA. By far the best beer bar in New Haven County, it really should have a higher profile.
With 51 taps and many brands in bottles, the constanty-evolving beer list is mostly the best of the best. The owner will pull any keg after 3 weeks, empty or not, so you won't get anything stale. He works hard to bring in new beers -- there is always something you haven't had when you go there. There is always something on cask.
The staff know a lot about the beers and can help with suggestions. They also know which glassware to use and how to serve each style. They pour samples so you are unlikely to get stuck with a pint of something you don't like. If the owner is there, he is happy to share his knowledge and love of beers with everyone.
I find the "Tap Room" side a bit too loud for may aging ears, but the other bar is delightful. I can't comment on the food because I've never eaten there. But I would still recommend a visit to any serious BA.
08-10-2004 14:21:49 |
More by paulie
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is an absolute must visit if you are in the New Haven area and you love beer. They also have a new food menu which is great. As of March 09, I believe they have 90+ beers available (counting drafts and bottles). Both bars inside have different selections available on tap but make sure you ask to see the drink menu. It is easily the biggest drink menu I've seen in the area. I had a very rare J.W. Lee's that was phenomenal that I previously never even knew existed! They also have tons of high quality scotches and vodkas on top of all the beers. Finally, their happy hour (4 to 6pm) is great b/c it is buy 1 beer get 1 free from their on tap happy hour beer menu - I believe it has about 10 different draft beers on it. You also can get 5 free wings at a time! btw - there are quite a few nice looking females that they employ.
03-23-2009 19:08:00 |
More by Wortmonger
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Next time you're at a pub, downing a pint among friends and acquaintances, here's a topic for discussion - what makes a bar a "destination" bar? You know, the kind of place you're willing to travel out of the way for.
Whatever criteria you come up with, Delaney's Tap Room in New Haven is a textbook destination stop.
Let's start with the beer, of course. Does 52 taps, 2 casks and 96 bottles sound like a good start? Rhetorical question, no need to answer. Both the draft and bottle selections are massive, and run the gamut from your macro needs to quality American craft brews, to some fine imports, sometimes rare ones. Since your head will spin trying to examine all the tap handles, ask for a beer menu or check out the blackboards in the "Tap Room" (more on that later). The menu breaks down the drafts by both country and style, while the chalk is divided into "Draft", "Just Tapped", and "Happy Hour" sections. Why not, when you have 52 beers to show off...
Once you settle in with your first pint, you'll want to check out your surroundings, natch. This is another one of the cool things about Delaney's; you have four distinctive vibes to choose from. Really. Feeling pubby, pretty casual, laid back and peaceful, maybe some quiet conversation? Go to the "Pub Dining Room", a very relaxing "Cheers" kind of a place. Feeling hungry, in the mood for some semi-formal dining with your beverage? Try the main dining room. Feeling playful, boisterous, loud, maybe in the mood to throw some darts, shoot some pool or play a videogame, crank up the jukebox? Head for the "Tap Room". This is where you'll find the blackboards, by the way. And last but not least, did I mention the outdoor patio? Enjoying your beer al fresco on the right day is, well, choose your own adjective. Make it a good one.
Lots of great beer and different atmospheres fine, but how's the service? Very good, thank you. The barkeeps are friendly, observant, and can talk beer to some extent. A shout-out to Mike, one of the best bartenders at any bar, period. You'll know what I mean if you meet him, and when you do tip him well..he deserves every penny.
The food is popular and recommended, especially the chicken wings.
Prices are fine, some of the rare drafts can go up to around $8, but most hover in the 5-6 dollar range.
When nature calls, you'll find the restrooms to be clean and undecorated. And if your wallet starts getting lonely, there's an ATM on site, for better or worse.
So when you're shooting the shit about destination bars, bring up Delaney's. Better yet, go there yourself and see what I'm talking about.
**Stony's Biscuit** - There's happy hours, and there's happy hours. And then there's Delaney's happy hour, which deserves a special mention. Here's why - from Monday-Friday, 3-6 pm, you get to choose from a list of about 12 taps that are 2 for 1. Not the best of the best, but good drinkable choices. And while you're enjoying your half-price beverage, I suggest you order some very tasty chicken wings. After all, during happy hour they won't cost you a thing...
05-04-2009 02:11:25 |
More by StonyB
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been to Delaney's several times but have never written my review till now. I visited last nite as part of my birthday pub crawl. Good times!
The establishment is set up nicely. There is a dining area, a cocktail kinda bar, and finally the tap room. The tap room is the best place to go and try beers inmy opinion. I have eaten dinner int he dining area several times and always been impressed with the food. Some typical pub fare, but also some nice entrees mixed in. There are about 15 booths and 5 or 6 tables inside to eat and a handful of tables outside too. The tableclothes are paper and they give you crayons for coloring (always fun in my mind!)
ONto the tap room.
There is a rectangular bar with about 15 stools. Around 35 taps and a beer engine. Rather heavy lean towards belgians which is cool. 2002 Old Crusty was also a treat this particular nite. Several other nice brews such as Ephemere, Duchesse de Bourgogne, Hoegarrden, and DFH 60 and 90 min. Beers are served in appropriate glassware. They also have a rather extensive selection of bottles maybe 30-50 or so.
There are also several table and chair set ups and a few booths in this area. A dart board and some video games plus a pool table provide a good mix of entertainment.
Service is usually good but tonite was a little lagging with one of the bartenders not asking my fiancee if she needed another drink for about 40 minutes. A new bartender came on and asked her within 5 minutes of starting so perhaps this was an isolated staffer. The bar was not busy either.
I really enjoy this bar and if you are in New Haven COunty I believe it to be a must hit for good beer.
05-16-2004 14:21:19 |
More by sulldaddy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Quick cab ride from the heart of New Haven, it took me a while to figure out that there was two parts to Delaney's- a modest bar on the restaurant side (where I was), and a full bar on the other side. The restaurant bar had a nice laid-back atmosphere while the full bar area was more lively and packed with a definite college bar vibe.
I found the restaurant bar to be quite pleasant but nothing too extraordinary. Being on this side, though, the service was excellent and extremely attentive, a new beer was coming before the last one was ever finished. There is a nice selection of regional beers which was my focus including NEB, Brooklyn, and Smuttynose. I had a great time sampling there fares in a relaxed atmosphere and would definitely return the next time I'm in the area.
01-26-2008 19:16:10 |
More by Stoneman78
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
I love Delaneys( thanks Spencer of New England Bev. for introducing me to this fine beer bar). There are two side to this place;There's the restaurant side which has it's own bar and is a little nicer if you're going to eat there, and there's the Tap Room, which has the majority of the 50+ taps they have. No Bud, Coors, or Lite anywhere to offend the eye. The staff is stellar! The bar girls are knowledgable, friendly and fun. You don't have to ask twice if you want a free sample and they are happy to offer you a repour if for some odd reason your beer is not good. Selection, selection, selection--there is something for every one here. Be it a cask conditioned Rogue Brutal Bitter, Aventinus Eisbock, or a beautifully sour Duchess, you will find a beer you like!!! Yes and the food, while simple pub fare, is delicious. They have the best wings I have ever had in CT. Try this place, you will be hooked!!!
10-20-2004 16:50:39 |
More by AlexJ
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Wow, I just started going to this extraordinary beer bar and I'm impressed with the draft and bottle selection not to mention the one beer engine. I always have a good time no matter if I go with a friend or if I go alone. You can belly up to the bar if you can find a seat or take a table in the back of the taproom. You can also go out side by the restaurant area which is nice.
30+ taps and Bluebird was on cask at the time and was extremely fresh.
Always an eclectic crowd here...so if you like it a little more quiet don't go out on a Saturday night.
06-09-2005 07:16:54 |
More by deBeers
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Took a little beer trip with Jim (GoodByeOhio) and buddies down to New Haven area for an open house event at the New England Brewing Co. Got down there a little early so we stopped at Delaney's. Jim drove since he knew the area pretty well. A yellow building that has a really nice restaurant on one side and the a bar on the other. Hit up the happy hour that features a two-for-one draft special. They offer a pretty long tap list featuring a bunch of locals, regionals, and some good imports. A few rare items on tap, like a vanilla porter that is apparently no longer brewed by Magic Hat that has been saved for two years. One beer list was poured at full price while a separate list of eight or so were buy one get one. I had two beers, Hazed & Infused from Boulder BC. and a Single Chair fro Magic Hat. I really liked the atmosphere, light crowd, good tunes, dart boards in back, the help were all friendly. Free peanuts and wings at the bar during happy hour. I would really like to go down to this place more often.
12-31-2006 16:23:23 |
More by SteveO1231
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
07-19-2010 16:36:11 |
More by donway
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