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

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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

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