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Playwright Irish Pub Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Irish, Bar, Pub
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1232 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT 06517-2802
(203) 287-2401
11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
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76 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you looking for a reasonable Irish pub, this is your place. Great pub atmosphere and good fare. Food well priced and varied menu

Thank brettb7
Hamden, Connecticut, United States
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

This is a wonderful place to hang out. I hardly go to the restaurant side, since you can get the same food at the bar area, which is about the half of the whole place. I like the atmosphere of that area better. Food is generally great, and they have many drafts to choose from, if you love beer. It... More 

1 Thank mcat8691
Meriden, Connecticut
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324 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

Although we went here for lunch we ordered off the dinner menu (a bit pricier though) the food and service were very good and the overall atmosphere was great. Will return in the future

1 Thank JohnBCt
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I came here for brunch. We ordered a burger and Shepard's pie. The Shepard's pie was tasteless and that is all I could say. The burger we had, we added avocado,eggs,Gorgonzola cheese. With all that it was bland. I had come here with an expectation. Didn't live up to it. Our waitress was wonderful however.

Thank Samrawit G
Hartford, Connecticut
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435 reviews
297 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

Combination pub and diner with Irish decor and good menu selection , including salmon ...Vast amount of Fries, almost a waste since you can't finish them all. Salad or side substitute permitted. Some booths need new seats, but all the rest very comfortable. Outdoor beverage area/deck is a nice feature in good weather.

Thank GringoAlto2000
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143 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

Great food great service so nice to have traditional Irish food cooked right. Great beer selection and prices not to bad

Thank db639
Hamden, Connecticut
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2016

The Playwright is a local pub that's been here "forever" - the food is fabulous and reasonably priced, with some authentic Irish dishes always on the menu; the Irish stew or bangers & mash are both definite winners. Tuesday nights there is live Irish music and Wednesday is Trivia Night - come with your friends, form a team, and play;... More 

Thank Mary E
new haven
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2016

Friendly atmosphere and good fish and chips. The bar is active and the restaurant has a number of choices. They always accommodate my food allergies.

1 Thank spet
Hamden, Connecticut
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2016

Great food and drinks Very reasonable Happy hour Music great but can be loud Parking lot very small need to park on side streets as restaurant can be very very busy Can can crowded especially holidays Has a private room for parties

Thank janetalling
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9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

I've been going here for many years and enjoy it all! They have a group that plays music on Sunday's and Tuesday's. Relaxing music while having dinner. They also have a banquet room and a deck for outdoor dining. Give it a try, you'll be happy!

Thank Nevernotknitting

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Irish, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1232 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT 06517-2802
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Hamden
  • Phone Number: (203) 287-2401

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?