Hartford Dive Bar Directory

Scoundrel’s Field Guide only reviews dive bars, diners and breweries after an in-person visit. Because of that, we don’t have deep reviews for every dive bar in America (yet). For cities we haven’t yet visited, we’ve scoured all available sources to take a stab at the dive bars we’d like to visit if we could. Divided into must haves and further options, let’s stress again, these are our best guesses without visiting in person. Have a better idea? We’re all ears. Let us know through the form below.

Absolute Must Visit Hartford Dive Bars


Pigs Eye Pub

356 Asylum St
Hartford, CT 6103
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South End

Maple Café

938 Maple Ave
Hartford, CT 6114
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Other Hartford Dive Bar Options

Baker's Café

85 New Britain Ave
Hartford, CT 6106
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Cherry Street Station

491 N Cherry St Ext
Wallingford, CT 6492
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Digger McDuff's Tavern

195 Shunpike Rd
Cromwell, CT 6416
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Grady Tavern

622 Middle Turnpike E
Manchester, CT 6040
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Michael's Penalty Box

11 Daly Rd
Coventry, CT 6238
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Shamrock Café

1117 East Street S
Suffield, CT 6078
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Speak Easy Café

1089 Highland Ave
Waterbury, CT 6708
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Spigot Café

468 Prospect Ave
Hartford, CT 6105
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State Line Station

4 College Hwy
Southwick, MA 1077
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Sullivan's Café

22 Church St
Naugatuck, CT 6770
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