The Half Door
Hartford, Connecticut Rustic Irish pub–inspired craft-beer bar that’s an absolute standout in Hartford’s up-and-coming West-end neighborhood
What it is: The Half Door delivers an authentic pub-like atmosphere coupled with a neighborhood vibe that the Hartford area has enjoyed for more than seventeen years. With more than eighty beers from Europe alone and a location that instills a neighborhood vibe, The Half Door is a gem hidden in plain sight just minutes from downtown Hartford.
Why it’s great: Locals flock for the happy hour every day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. featuring a weekly $4 Mystery IPA can special, while others ponder over an unrivaled selection of European offerings from Rodenbach to Pilsner Urquell to almost the entire Samuel Smith portfolio. In-state beer from Two Roads (Stamford), New England (Woodbridge), and Kent Falls (Kent) complement standard pub fare done right. Weekend brunch dishes range from pulled-pork hash to the fan favorite, Cobblestones—mini steak-and-cheese rolls topped with American cheese, caramelized onions, mushrooms, and mayo. —Tyler Plourd