Visiting an Irish pub is like stepping into James Joyce's Ulysses without dealing with molemen, teenage detectives, and heavy-handed NASCAR references. Read the Cliffs Notes with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Irish fare and drinks at The Playwright Irish Pub & Restaurant, which was named Best Irish Pub by readers of New Haven Advocate.
The Playwright Irish Pub & Restaurant in Hamden satiates Celtic cuisine cravings seven days a week with offerings chock-full of tasty meats, root vegetables, and beer and whiskey reductions. Take a midday break from rescuing kittens from trees to enjoy a well-deserved lunch. Noontime options include Irish smoked salmon served on brown bread with horseradish aioli, red onions, and chopped egg ($10.95) or Bangers & Mash, a classic Irish dish with sausage, mashed potatoes, and baked beans ($9.95). Those looking for the Irish experience in the evening can sidle into a booth for dinner. As the man on the moon winks his crater-eye, slurp a bowl of potato leek soup ($5.25) or rip into an Irish Whiskey BBQ burger dressed with cheddar cheese and crunchy bacon.
While feasting, nurse a pint of Guinness back to health by drinking it, while picking at a basket of beer-battered onion rings ($9.95). On game night, feast sports-hungry eyes on one of the bar’s four HD televisions, or entertain ears with live Irish music on Tuesdays and Sundays as well as live entertainment on weekends.
Though Restaurant.com features a similar offer, this Groupon has no purchase minimum or day-of-the-week restrictions.
- By day, older locals sip on Guinness and snack on smoked salmon on black bread, at night drink specials make the Quinnipiac set say, "Erin Go Bragh," and the cozy environment makes it all worth the trip. – New Haven Advocate
- Go for the food. The menu is typical bar fare, but way, way better than it has any right to be. Onion rings, until I can prove it otherwise, are the best in the greater New Haven area. Juicy, crispy, fantastic. – Randy S., Yelp
The Playwright Irish Pub & Restaurant
The Playwright's been serving classic Irish pub food and drinks since 1999. The menu features Irish specialties such as Guinness stew and corned beef and cabbage, as well as burgers, nachos, and platters. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday they serve traditional Irish breakfasts, and of course the perfect pint of Guinness is always available. In addition to the pub, this spot also features outdoor decks.
1232 Whitney Ave
Hamden, Connecticut 06517Get Directions