Beer Garden in Stamford- Is It Worth The Trip?
So much hype. So, so much hype. All we heard about at CTBoom for months was how there was going to be this ahhh-mazing beer garden in Stamford. It had all the components that made us excited:
1. Beer. Duh, this was a no brainer.
2. On the Water. Yes, we’re suckers for beautiful places on the water… After all, we live in Connecticut.
3. Food Trucks. Oh, there’s going to be food trucks there and you can just wander around and stuff your face with a wide variety? God yes.
I come from a restaurant family. The one thing my father always taught me is that 1. Never have partners and 2. Never do a “Grand Opening”. His reasoning about not having partners? You never want to have to answer to someone when it comes to your business. Makes a ton of sense. But it was his reasoning behind not having a grand opening that makes the most sense. When there’s too much hype you get bum rushed when the doors open. The problem with that? A new business has a lot of bugs in it. People are still trying to figure out how everything works and you don’t want someone to come in for the first time and see your B game. I think this is where the Beer Garden made their first mistake.
I know to stay away from places when they first open, but that didn’t stop tons of people from showing up at Harbor Point in Stamford ready to have the best night of their lives. Through word of mouth and Yelp reviews, the place was being bashed. I read complaints about the bouncers being too cocky, the bartenders were slow and arrogant, they were constantly running out of beer, the crowd was too pretentious- blah, blah, blah, blah. I’m sure a lot of that is true, but that’s why they work out all their problems in the beginning, then judge a place.
I went for the first time yesterday. Months after it initially opened. My experience? Great. I never waited more than a few minutes for a drink. There was tons of seating right by the water. There were games set up on the deck. The place was clean. There was parking. They didn’t run out of beer. Did I give a bouncer an evil look for taking a picture of my friend’s ass? Yes- but I suppose it was all in good fun. The drinks are expensive but then again, you’re on the water in Stamford. It’s Fairfield County. Even though $12 for a shot of Patron makes me want to vomit in my mouth, it is what it is. The real fun here is the food trucks. I almost jumped out of my skin in excitement when I saw Melt Mobile there. They have the absolute best grilled cheese sandwiches that you can find in Connecticut. I may go on record and say they are the best food truck in Connecticut right now. Should you organize all your friends and head to Stamford on a Saturday afternoon and spend a few hours there? Absolutely. Should you go here every single night for the rest of the summer? Probably not. Then again, it depends what you’re looking for. My vision of “beer garden” had me in flip flops and a tank top. This place is certainly much more of a meat market than I expected. I saw a guy there in scrubs. In scrubs. Guys, if you want to land a girl who is looking for a doctor, you should DEFINITELY go there in scrubs. The women are dressed as though they are headed to a Manhattan nightclub and the guys are rocking their plaid shirts with at least three buttons open showing their chests. Ahhh- it’s still fun.