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A Night Out In Connecticut’s Downtown Stamford

November 7, 2013 7:00 AM

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Downtown Stamford is host to a number of theaters, museums and parks. Its Main Street area is also home to a wide range of bars and restaurants. Whether you want comfort food or are craving something more exotic or whether you like a raucous atmosphere or are seeking a peaceful ambience, one of these five spots should fit your taste or mood.

Bobby Valentine’s Sports Gallery Cafe
225 Main St.
Stamford, CT 06901
(203) 348-0010
www.bobbyv.com

Stamford-native Bobby Valentine has played in the major leagues, managed the Texas Rangers, New York Mets and Boston Red Sox and started one of Connecticut’s best sports bars. The walls are covered with baseball memorabilia and over 50 HDTVs showing all of the latest games. The menu is loaded with burgers, salads, Mexican and Italian dishes (bring some friends and share the World Series Tower, a stack of some of the cafe’s best appetizers). Stop by every Wednesday night for karaoke, and who knows, you may just run into Bobby V himself.

Tiernan’s Bar & Restaurant
187 Main St.
Stamford, CT 06901
(203) 353-8566
www.tiernansbar.com

The spacious Tiernan’s is one of the best spots in Stamford to bring a large group of friends. Let loose by dancing to the live local bands that play every Friday and Saturday. There are also electronic darts, an internet jukebox and plenty of televisions for watching sports. And you’ll find something to enjoy from a menu with plentiful salads, pizzas, sandwiches and seafood dishes as well as a variety of beers and cocktails. Tiernan’s isn’t only a great night spot, it also hosts an excellent Sunday brunch.

Bar Q
261 Main St.
Stamford, CT 06901
(203) 316-0278
www.barqstamford.com

It takes a little work to find it (it’s tucked away behind the Black Bear Saloon on Main Street), but Bar Q serves up surprisingly good barbecue for the Northeast. Enjoy standbys like ribs, brisket or pulled pork and pair them with something off the extensive drink menu, which includes unique cocktails and over 20 craft beers from around the country. Bar Q hosts country karaoke every Wednesday night and line dancing on Thursdays. And if you really want a challenge, you can take a ride on the mechanical bull Friday and Saturday nights.

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Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant
222 Summer St.
Stamford, CT 06901
(203) 348-4800
www.barcelonawinebar.com

As the name suggests, Barcelona aims to give you the feeling of a night out in Spain. This upscale establishment is famous for its tapas, from grilled zucchini to spiced beef empanadas to lobster fideos. Barcelona offers dozens of wines by the glass and numerous domestic and imported beers. Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., take advantage of the bar’s wine and food specials, and during warm weather months feel free to sit outside.

The Fez
227 Summer St.
Stamford, CT 06901
(203) 324-3391
www.thefez1.com

The cozy, welcoming Fez is a great place to take a date. Inside you’ll be greeted by Moroccan music while you contemplate a menu of tasty small plates like grilled lamb pita, marinated chicken lollypops and kabobs, and larger plates including braised lamb shank and meatball tagine. Among the drinks offered are beers and wines from South Africa, Lebanon and Greece. It’s all part of owner Eric Monte’s desire to bring a taste of other cultures to America, and satisfied patrons of the Fez are happy he’s making the effort.

Related: Top Late-Night Activities Beyond Bars In Connecticut

Joshua Palmes is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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