If you are just looking to grab a drink, there are plenty of bars to choose from. Sometimes, though, you want to enjoy great food with your brew. From burgers and wings to seafood and pasta, here are some Connecticut bars that offer, in addition to a wide selection of craft beers, more than your typical pub food.
Mikro Craft Beer Bar
3000 Whitney Ave.
Hamden, CT 06615
The “Mikro” in this bar’s name is a reference to its size – seating capacity is just 53. But it definitely does not describe the quality or quantity of food on its menu. The small plates feature caramelized onion and ale soup and pork belly lettuce wraps, as well as an assortment of cured meats and cheeses, while smoked pale ale bratwurst and pan roasted flat iron steak can be found among the large plates. The steamed mussels and Mikro burger with its Vermont cheddar and special sauce are popular selections as well.
Prime 16 Tap House + Burgers
172 Temple St.
New Haven, CT 06510
The Prime has frequently won readers’ polls in New Haven for its burgers, of which it offers over 15 varieties. Choose from the menu that offers patties made of bison, turkey, lamb, crab and salmon, or build your own burger. Don’t forget to add fries, which patrons also rave about. In addition to regular french fries, there are cajun, sweet potato and for just a little extra, parmesan truffle fries.
The Half Door
270 Sisson Ave.
Hartford, CT 06105
This Hartford spot bills itself as an Irish “Gastro-Pub,” meaning a bar that takes the food as seriously as the drinks. Popular appetizers include cobblestones, miniature steak and cheese sandwiches topped with onions, mushrooms and mayo. The entrees are an assortment of Irish classics like shepherd’s pie and corned beef and cabbage, and comfort food staples like macaroni n’ cheese cooked with caramelized onions, peas and bacon. Come back weekends at midday for the Scottish eggs benedict.
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488 Summer St.
Stamford, CT 06901
You’ll first want to try this Stamford establishment just for its unique decor. The Dragonfly resembles a medieval cathedral with its red velvet seats and drapes and high, arched ceilings. Once you’ve gotten used to the surroundings, you can concentrate on the menu, which includes favorites like sauteed beef. There are plenty of great seafood offerings such as tuna tacos and lobster nachos, and the Dragonfly provides an extensive vegetarian menu featuring smoked gouda ravioli and eggplant frites.
J Timothy’s Taverne
143 New Britain Ave.
Plainville, CT 06062
J Timothy’s has become renown in the Hartford area for its unique “Dirt Wings” where the wings are fried in between two rounds of saucing. They are the highlight of a starters menu that also includes onion straws and the huge tailgate pretzel. More tasty treats await among the entrees, including portobello and spinach ravioli and the pomegranate pork fillet medallions.
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Joshua Palmes is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut. His work can be found on Examiner.com.