City Steam Brewery and Cafe | Hartford, CT


With its upscale casual menu, award-winning brewery, and historic setting in our 1870’s H.H. Richardson brownstone, City Steam Brewery has something for everyone!

The Finest Architecture in the United States.

The Cheney building is regarded as the finest example of Romanesque architecture in the United States. Designed by the architect H.H. Richardson, the building opened in 1877, and housed the largest department store in Connecticut: Brown Thomson and Company. At City Steam, we’ve brought back the warmth and charm of the old days. In fact, many of the cast iron railings and millwork were salvaged from the original department store.

Come For The Amazing Food and Drink…

At City Steam Brewery, we have a simple formula for success: Great beer plus great food equals a great time! We’re not just bar food, we’re serving up classic American fare. Our dishes have been carefully crafted to pare with our beers, spirits, and our extensive wine list. From our char-broiled burgers and rotisserie wings to house specialties like our chicken “coop” in a basket.

We even have a full gluten-free menu.

…Stay For the Ambiance!

Every visit to City Steam Brewery is an adventure. Our multi-level floor plan with breathtaking seating on nine levels offers a truly unique view of downtown Hartford, Connecticut. Meet for a drink in our outdoor “beer garden”, or hang with friends and coworkers in our pool and game room.

And of course, nothing beats our classic brewery bar with over a dozen hand crafted beers on tap at all times! Plus, we have comedy shows and live music every weekend.

Host Your Next Event With Us

This great architecture provides us with many areas for private functions, including the elegant 160 seat Richardson Room. We have 7 private event spaces for 25-300 guests, a 200 seat Comedy Club available for private functions, and unique packages designed specifically for your occasion:
✦ Rehearsal Dinners
✦ Bar & Bat Mitzvahs
✦ Birthday Parties
✦ Retirement Parties
✦ Wedding Receptions
✦ Corporate Socials
✦ Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
✦ Holiday Parties

Please contact our Banquet Department at

City Steam Brewery is set to make your night out on the town a memorable one!


Visit us for lunch or dinner the next time you’re in the area! We’re just minutes from West Hartford, Manchester, Wethersfield and Glastonbury. 

FOR PICK-UP: order to-go at 

FOR DELIVERY: City Steam delivers with our local partners: DINE IN CT and WAITER WHEELS! Ask your server about other delivery options.