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Best Bars to Watch UConn Basketball

December 8, 2011 9:00 AM

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Photo Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

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By Vanessa Willoughby

It’s that time of year: UConn fever has swept Connecticut and you’re searching for a sports bar that will televise the game. At a loss of where to go? Check out the list below to narrow down your selection. These sports bars know how much you’re dying to cheer over every point, agonize over every miss and celebrate every win.
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Huskies Restaurant and Bar
28 King Hill Road
Storrs Mansfield, CT 06268
(860) 429-2333
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
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Conveniently located near the University of Connecticut campus, Huskies is the most popular sports bar among the UConn crowd. If you’re looking for patrons that are passionate about the team and unafraid to showcase their loyalty, be sure to stop at Huskies and join the action. Enjoy drink specials while watching the game on one of the eight televisions.

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Ted’s Restaurant & Bar
16 King Hill Road
Storrs, CT 06268
(860) 429-9545
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 1 a.m., Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m., Sunday, Noon – 1 a.m.
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Another favorite among the UConn crowd, Ted’s Restaurant & Bar is located right near campus and currently holds the title of being the longest standing bar at the university. Choose from a variety of 16 beers on tap or treat yourself to pizza, grinders or wings.

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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.
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Equipped with 43 high-definition TVs, you won’t miss one second of the action at Damon’s Tavern. With a generous selection of bar favorites and 24 beers on tap, Damon’s is sure to gather a lively crowd on game nights. Although regarded as an “upscale” establishment rather than a dive bar, Damon’s Tavern may appeal to those UConn fans who want to appreciate the excitement of the game without being locked in a frenzied sea of college-age spectators.

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The Sports Bar
157 Boston Post Road
North Windham, CT 06256
(860) 423-6789
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 4 p.m. – 1 a.m., Friday, 4 p.m. – 2 a.m., Saturday, 12 p.m. – 2 a.m., Sunday, 12 p.m. – 1 a.m.

There couldn’t be a more appropriate name for The Sports Bar, located in North Windham. In addition to weekly specials and live music, The Sports Bar has plenty of TVs for the eager UConn fan. With reasonable prices and a pleasant staff, The Sports Bar attracts just as many students as it does an older clientele.

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Harry’s Sports Grill
201 Washington Avenue
North Haven, CT 06473
(203) 654-4191
Hours: Open daily

Whether it’s for happy hour or to check out the latest game, Harry’s Sports Grill provides an amiable atmosphere for just about any kind of sports devotee.  Don’t expect rowdy, rambunctious crowds at Harry’s, as it does cater to families. Nevertheless, the restaurant is happy to accommodate UConn fans looking to tune into the team’s games.

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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