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New Haven--Comfy bar?

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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.
any suggestions?

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  1. 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.

    http://www.delaneystaproom.com

    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.

    http://www.elicannons.com

    their beer list on the website, on the other hand, is NOT current at all.

    1. 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.

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      Christy's On Orange
      261 Orange St, New Haven, CT 06510

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      1. re: tripster

        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.