10 Must Visit Bars In Connecticut
Connecticut is home to countless great bars, some old and historic, others new and modern. Below we'll list 10 bars we think you should visit based on their drink options, decor, food, and general atmosphere. This list is in no specific order, so you'll have to judge which one is best for yourself!
1. Eli Cannons - Middletown
Located in the North end of Middletown, Eli Cannons has been serving up beer from some of the must sought after breweries in the state since 1994. Their inside which packs some serious attitude when it comes to decor coupled with their patio and beach setting in the back makes them a must visit this summer.
2. Engine Room - Mystic
Located in the restored Lathrop Marine Engine building with views of the Mystic River, Engine Room features sixteen craft beers on tap, the area's largest bourbon selection, multiple craft cocktails, a full wine list and a menu of locally sourced, creative American comfort food, with a focus on a variety of burgers.
3. Tigin Irish Pub - Stamford
Calling Stamford its home, Tigin Irish Pub serves up a wide variety of delicious food menu items and does not disappoint with their drink options as well. Brunch served on Saturdays and Sundays makes Tigin a must stop on your weekend plans.
4. Firehouse 12 - New Haven
Serving classic cocktails, select wines, and one of New Haven's best selection in specialty beer Firehouse 12 is the perfect place to go on a weekday night or the weekends. Firehouse 12 is also home to an in house recording studio, record label, and music venue. Another feature is the split level apartment that can be rented nightly making this truly a one of a piece bar. The photo shows the great room of the apartment.
5. The White Horse Country Pub -New Preston
Modeled on a British pub, The White Horse Country Pub has charming decor along with a scenic riverside dining area. With an Indian Motorcycle greeting patrons behind the bar it's easy to get comfortable and enjoy all The White Horse has to offer.
6. Barcade - New Haven
Barcade is a combination bar and arcade with a focus on classic video games and craft beer. The classic arcade style video games and pinball machines will bring you back in time turning your childhood and adulthood into one.
7. The Pattaconk - Chester
Great beer and a small Connecticut hometown atmosphere helps lands The Pattaconk on our list. Located in historic Chester, The Pattaconk gives you a great bar atmosphere without having to be located in a larger city.
8. Ordinary - New Haven
Ordinary in New Haven will send you back in time with classic detailed wood paneling in a historic building setting. Located close to Yale University great food and drink options along with the previously stated atmosphere makes this an easy pick for the list.
9. Celtic Cavern - Middletown
Located in the basement of Main Street Market in Middletown Celtic Cavern combines a unique craft beer selection along with countless great food options that will make any foodie happy. Home to the award wining bacon burger, along with large plates such as steak and shrimp and grits, Celtic Cavern is a perfect destination for dinner and drinks.
10. The Griswold Inn Tap Room - Essex
Originally built in 1735 as a schoolhouse The Griswold Inn Tap Room was brought to it's current location via oxen rolling it on logs in 1801. In the heart of historic Essex the Tap Room is just a short walk from the Connecticut River as well as countless small shops and historic sites. Besides a great drink menu The Griswold Inn Tap Room also includes a great food menu including burgers, house-made soups and chowders, fish 'n chips and salads.