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Delaney's Restaurant & Tap Room
Taps: 56 / Bottles: 165
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
882 Whalley Ave
phone: (203) 397-5494
(Place added by: OatmattStout)
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| Reviews: 61 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
We hit this place after doin' lunch and drinx at Humphrey's for dave's birthday last May. I'm like "tap room?? Westville's got a tap room? Shut up!!" But there it was, right as you come down that little hill into town. Doesn't look like much when you come in from the tap room side, just a bar with a dozen seats or so on the right side of you, some tables and video games to the left of you, and a pool table towards the back in an area that looks like it's perpetually under construction. The taps hold some nice surprises. A good collection of Belgians (Cantillion Lou Pepe Kriek, Dutchess, Delirium Nocturnum, Liefman's Kriek), German (Schneider Edel Weisse, EKU 28, Kapuziner Weisse), American micros (Magic Hat, Ommegang 3 Philosophers, DogFishHead 60 Minute IPA, Rogue Dead Guy Ale & Santa's Private Reserve, New England Elm City Lager), and more (Unibroue Raftman, Maudite, Trois Pistoles & Ephemere Cassis, Old Engine Oil). They seem to be Magic Hat happy which ain't such a bad thing. It's where I first saw the Magic Hat Humble Patience on tap (last May) and my first Single Chair sighting (this past January), as well as the Participation Ale and the Ravell there earlier today. They have some decent bottles but with just shy of 3 dozen beers on tap, you'd have no reason to go there. Oh yeah, they were pouring the Hopback Summer Lightning on cask. I've been there twice now, both times on weekend days and the place has been pretty quiet although I suspect it gets hopping Southern Connecticut State U. mad, but I guess that's to be expected when you're in such close proximity to a big school. Still, a welcome addition to New Haven.
03-04-2003 21:15:35 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
08-20-2010 20:20:00 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The location is 50% bar and 50% restaurant, although both sides seem slightly upscale (not too much).
The highlights of the draft line-up when I visited:
Brooklyn Flemish Gold
Southern Tier Imperial Helles
plus about 20 more beers, ranging from Hoegaarden to Schneider Weisse.
Very nice selection, unfortunately no cask. I chose the restaurant side due to crowds, and the food was very good too. The waitress knew the beers better than the food, she was able to answer most questions. This would be in my rotation for sure if I lived in New Haven.
12-12-2008 10:46:21 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
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.
05-21-2013 07:34:50 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Delaney`s is in New Haven, but slightly out of the downtown area.
With outdoor seating, bar seating, and restaurant seating, there are options to please different personalities. I opted for the outdoor seating (might as well make the most of the last couple weeks of summer).
They have 16 or so draughts and a large bottle list. I was impressed with the bottle list and had one of their belgians that is imported by the Shelton Brothers.
I also had wings which were very good, the menus is american pub fare, sandwiches, burgers, etc. A very good beer bar.
09-14-2008 22:24:00 |
More by mltobin
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
05-01-2010 02:01:31 |
More by Durge
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: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
my experiences with this place are mixed at best... i'll tell you two stories now. one is all the bad things about this place put together to make it sound miserable, and the other is all the good stuff to redeem it in the end. first, the bad.
walked in to see a huge bar with 1/2 the number of chairs needed to fill it. they had been taken by people who needed extra seats at tables, with no resistance. needless to say, not a seat was available. when one did open up, it was next to a nice guy.. at first. then he talked and talked. in 30 minutes time, i was convinced he would hack me up into bits in the dark parking lot. "beer will comfort me", i thought, and began to order some drafts. great belgians i chose, however they were all served to me in a flute/pilsener glass. a definite aroma killer. expect better at $8.75 a pop. the chalkboard isn't updated when something kicks, forcing me to decide on the spot several times. left here annoyed, broke, and almost buzzed but not quite. bah.
the good version:
walked in and saw that lightup delirium tremens sign.. big buck hunter.. and a magnificent beer list. i'm sure they have all those taps and they're all fresh.. the featured brewery (unibroue) had some good offerings, and look! proper glassware for each one! look at those other suckers drinking out of pils glasses. delicious! dogfish head snowblower?! in ct?! wow. what dedication. and look! they wash the glasses with the pressure sensitive jet blaster like in belgium!!! oh, did i forget to mention..
wall to wall drunk college girls!
... now maybe you see. this place is always mama bear or papa bear, never baby bear.. will come when something good is being tapped or there is an event, but its just no eli cannon's.
02-22-2005 10:31:18 |
More by goodbyeohio
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Finally stopped by after hearing about Delaney's from a few friends and a few BA's. I'd say it's above average, and one of the few places in or around New Haven to get craft beers, but it may have a ways to go to be a top class beer bar. 24 taps, but nothing earthshaking. Only one beer on cask, and not a special beer at that. Plus, Coors Light on tap - are you kidding me? And the tap list on the bar and on the tables was out of date. However, the bartender was very attentive, very knowledgeable, and used the correct glassware for the types of beers he served. I'll definitely stop by again, but prefer to go elsewhere in CT for beer bars.
07-28-2003 04:06:48 |
More by far333
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Nice spot. Interesting in that there are two bars with very different feels.
We stayed in what appeared to be the older bar that was more rustic and mostly dark wood. The service was very nice but didn't really understand anything about beer. The selection was pretty good with a small selection of Belgians. They offered us $2.00 Captain Lawrence DPA's since "it wasn't selling" I pointed out that it wasn't on the menu.... The waitress said they sell a lot during the summer. I got one and it tasted very fresh.... Sandwiches and salads were both huge... and very good. We also shared some hummus with toasted pita bread... Nice...
The focus of the place seems to be 50% bar and 50% restaurant.. A pretty good combination. They did have Stout Trooper for $12 per bottle...
In the other bar they were having $2.00 High Life specials..
Kind of a strange combination of good selection//college bar.
One to stop at while your in the area. No need to go out of your way to get here.
01-17-2009 12:13:57 |
More by Reagan1984
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