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Playwright Irish Pub Restaurant

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Irish, Bar, Pub
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1232 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT 06517-2802
+1 203-287-2401
11:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 01:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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Trumbull, Connecticut
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90 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'll start by saying that this is a very average Irish pub. The food is regular bar food. Some items sound better than they taste (i.e. Cauliflower white bean soup). The only good thing about this place that sets it apart from others, is that on Tuesdays and Saturdays they have live Irish music. A group of individuals congregate and... More 

Thank Alon S
2 reviews
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Great atmosphere, bangers and mash are amazing. Whiskey burger is my favorite. They also have many Irish beers. Limerick chicken salad is my wife's favorite

Thank Dan P
Hamden, Connecticut
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35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Very nice, great food & drink, excellent location. Fun place with good music. Plenty of parking so easy to get in and out

1 Thank john g
Lansing, Michigan
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162 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

The Playwright Irish Pub and Restaurant is the cheers of Hamden, CT. The staff is friendly and very attentive. The menu offers something for everyone. Nice selection of local and imported beers. I look forward to the next visit.

1 Thank Trip M
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80 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

I had a meeting scheduled for around the corner this evening, so my partner and I ducked into the Playwright (first time for both of us) for an early dinner and a drink before I had to head out. The open fire was roasting and we were welcomed warmly by the staff. Service was super quick and friendly, and although... More 

1 Thank VancouverBeck
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

I have been here 3 times and each time has been amazing! I have been to Ireland twice in the past 4 years, and to me, the Playwright is the most authentic thing here in the states. CT, RI, Boston, NY, the west coast...Ive been to an Irish pub everywhere Ive ever gone and to me, this is the best... More 

1 Thank Sean G
West Haven, Connecticut, United States
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53 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

I had a vegetarian dish with Portobello mushrooms. It was delicious. The only disappointment I had was the chef adds the cheese to the dish and my daughter, who is vegan, couldn't order this without the cheese. The restaurant has a friendly neighborhood like atmosphere. They have a great kid's menu.

1 Thank Gloria W
Provincetown, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

I stopped in yesterday with a buddy to grab a burger. I wasn't in any particular hurry this Saturday and that proved to be a good thing. The place was empty when we entered. We were seated promptly and our waitress immediately came over. She was super friendly and welcoming. Our beverages were delivered promptly. Our food on the other,... More 

1 Thank mikedubour
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99 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

This is a comfortable neighborhood restaurant with some nice selections. A recent family dinner had some good points, along with a few things that could have been improved. A Caesar salad was okay, but nothing special. The calamari appetizer was also okay, however with a bland marinara sauce. A lobster mac'n'cheese appetizer tasted mostly of butter. It had identifiable chunks... More 

2 Thank bea0101
Hamden, Connecticut
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Stepping into this place is like finding yourself in Ireland. It's the wood, the fireplace and the way the seating works. Wait staff is attentive and the menu is varied. My son and I both opted for fish and chips. Delicious, not greasy and lots of it! I saw other choices around me, most of it typical pub fare but... More 

1 Thank lynncrisci5

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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
Irish, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1232 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT 06517-2802
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Hamden
  • Phone Number: +1 203-287-2401

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