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Best Bars for a Boy’s Night Out

November 10, 2011 9:00 AM

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Photo Credit: DamonsTavern.com

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By Vanessa Willoughby

Interested in planning a boy’s night out? Check out the list below for some bars that will surely appeal to your intended crowd. From raucous sports bars to restaurants that offer a variety of meat-centered platters, these bars will make the beginning (or the end) to a great night.
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Christopher Martin’s
860 State Street
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 776-8835
Hours: Monday – Thursday, Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m., Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
http://www.christophermartins.com/

For over twenty-five years, Christopher Martin’s has been known for its excellent food and for using locally grown ingredients and produce; it was recently featured in the book New Haven Chef’s Table. Favorite dishes are the lamb, hamburgers, and the roasted vegetable stuffed pasta in vodka cream sauce. Additionally, this neighborhood hangout spot draws a mixture of locals and first-time patrons. If you’re in the mood for an exceptional meat dish, whether it be pork, beef, or veal, Christopher Martin’s is the place to go.

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Damon’s Tavern
310 Prospect Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 233-9900
Hours: Monday – Thursday, Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m., Friday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Reviews, Directions & More Info:
http://directory.hartford.cbslocal.com/directory/listing/100/6276-Damons-Tavern

Voted “Best Sports Bar” for 2011 by Hartford Magazine, Damon’s Tavern is the ultimate haven for sports lovers. They’re equipped with the standard bar food –wings, nachos, burgers, and pizza, in addition to seafood macaroni and cheese and pulled pork platters. There certainly isn’t a shortage of TV’s; each booth is hooked up to your own personal TV and the bar has 43 high-definition sets. Choose from an extensive wine list or the beer and cocktail menu and get lost in the excitement of that night’s sports offerings.

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Pourhouse
105 Allyn Street
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 297-0237
Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 4 p.m. – 1 a.m., Friday – Saturday, 4 p.m. – 2 a.m., Weekdays, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Reviews, Directions & More Info:
http://directory.hartford.cbslocal.com/directory/listing/100/31040-Pourhouse-LLC

Apparently, it’s an age-old tradition at Pourhouse for the female bartenders to jump onto the bar and pour shots into people’s open mouths when “Pour Some Sugar on Me” roars through the speakers. If that’s not enough of an incentive for all the males out there to speed on down to Pourhouse, then maybe the Friday night no-cover charge and the live music can seal the deal.

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Hula Hanks
261 Main Street
Stamford, CT 06901
(203) 316-0278
Hours: Wednesday & Thursday, 5 p.m. – 1 a.m., Friday, 5 p.m. – 2 a.m., Saturday, 7 p.m. – 2 a.m., Sunday, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.
http://www.hulahanks.com/stamford/home.php

Feeling in the mood for a little island-style? Then head on over to Hula Hanks in Stamford. With three bars and a private cabana loft overlooking a spacious dance floor, Hula Hanks is the place for strong drinks (especially the Fishbowls) and younger twenty-somethings looking for a place to let loose. Hula Hanks also celebrates the kickoff of the NFL season.

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Rookie’s
51 Shunpike Road Ste 14
Cromwell, CT 06416
(860) 635-1860
Hours: Daily, 11:30 a.m. – Midnight
Reviews, Directions & More Info:
http://directory.hartford.cbslocal.com/directory/listing/100/53303-Rookies

A 10,000 square foot sports bar, Rookie’s has 70 TV’s, blasting every type of professional sports event possible: NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, NASCAR, college football and Division 1 college basketball. Heralded as the epitome of the ultimate sports bar, Rookie’s has a fair amount of beers on tap and local drafts. The bar typically attracts a mixture of older and younger patrons.

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Slider’s Sports Bar & Grill
197 Episcopal Road
Berlin, CT 06037
(860) 829-9292
Hours: Kitchen: Open seven days a week, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Lounge: Sunday – Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m., Friday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Reviews, Directions & More Info: http://directory.hartford.cbslocal.com/directory/listing/100/17101-Sliders-Sports-Bar-Grill

Combine great food with a friendly atmosphere and you’ve got Sliders Sports Bar & Grill. If you’re craving wings, Slider’s is often praised for their exceptional wings. Leave any pretentious reservations and elitist thinking at the door– Slider’s is for those looking to relax and kick-back.

Vanessa Willoughby lives in Waterford. A recent graduate of The New School’s MFA program, she also blogs for the entertainment and music website, 411mania.com

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