New Haven--Comfy bar?
i have just relocated to new haven from providence, and while i am enjoying new haven's unique food charms (hooray for pizza and hamburgers!), i am getting a little homesick for providence. the thing i'm really missing is a comfortable bar where i can settle in, drink good beer, and watch a red sox game. i've been to rudy's, which i loved, but it seems like it really becomes quite a scene as the night progresses (which is all well and good, but sometimes you just want to be a barfly). i'm looking for somewhere where the hip yale students are sort of kept to a minimum, but still a good bar. if anyone else is a providence transplant, i am looking for something like ivy tavern or trinity brewhouse.
most bars in the new haven area (even the 'comfy' ones) tend to get scene-y at night.. that's just new haven for ya. the best place for a game and a good beer in new haven is delaney's. it's too far for yale kids to walk (except the divinity students, but i don't think they're drinking a whole hell of a lot). they have around thirty taps, all but one or two are domestic craft offerings and good imports. a bit pricey, but during happy hour half of their beers are two-for-one. and the jukebox doesn't suck either.
the beer list on there is usually somewhat current.
if you don't mind driving 20~ minutes, check out eli cannon's in middletown. atmosphere is a bit cozier than delaney's, and the food is way better... and the beer list is equally as good. eli's offers NO mass-produced swill though, so it really scales back the meatheads and idiots. and they always show games.
their beer list on the website, on the other hand, is NOT current at all.
I've always liked the Anchor. Despite being close to Yale, I don't generally feel like it's too hipster. Then again, I don't go as much as I used to, so perhaps it's changed. And they're not so big on the TV, even though IIRC they have one.
Recently, I went to Christy's for the first time, and it was very comfortable. Their websites say they'll be showing ball games and while I was there they had a Premier League game on.
Christy's On Orange
261 Orange St, New Haven, CT 06510
I second the Anchor recommendation. Rudy's is my favorite bar in New Haven, partly because I'm a sucker for their frites (truly addictive), but the Anchor's a close second. They're comfy and semi-divey and a little more subdued than Rudy's -- for those times when being around hammered hipsters isn't on the agenda.