Best Live Music Venues In Hartford

January 12, 2011 9:43 AM

Whether you are in the mood for indie rock or looking to chill out with some blues and jazz, Hartford is a venerable melting pot of live music. The best live music venues in Hartford are sure to bring sweet melodies to every music lover’s ear. – Courtney Delong

Black Eyed Sally’s

350 Asylum St.
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 278-RIBS

Black Eyed Sally’s knows how to throw a party. Performers wail out sweetness for the soul at this blues and jazz staple, while listeners hanker down on rib-sticking BBQ and cold beer. There is even a gluten-free menu available. A mural-painted brick wall serves as the back drop to the stage, adding extra soul, while singing harmonicas and weeping guitars gently rock and sway the crowd. Black Eyed Sally’s is king when it comes to blues and BBQ. Lunch is served Monday through Saturday from 11:30 to 4 p.m. Come back for dinner Monday through Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m., or Friday and Saturday from 4 to 11 p.m. (bar open late).

The Webster

31 Webster Street
Hartford, CT 06114
(860) 525-5553

A movie theater turned music venue, the Webster is one of the best live music venues in Hartford for punk and rock bands, both locally and nationally recognized. With five bars, a room catering to the “under 21” crowd and sound stage that really wails, the Webster is a well-oiled machine when it comes to pumping out performances that rock. Opening times depend on the show, so call or check the Web site for hours.

Sully’s Pub

2071 Park St.
Hartford CT, 06106
(860) 231-8881

With a mantra of “being one in the community,” this music venue delivers acts with both heart and talent. Everything from electric to acoustic, harmonicas to tambourines can be found here. There is even an open-mic night. Whether you are looking to hear a personal favorite, or if you want to stand up and try your own original work, Sully’s Pub provides a positive outlet with a positive vibe. Hours of operation: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; and Sunday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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Keys to the City

908 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 624.6200

One of New Haven’s hot spots for years, this is Connecticut’s only dueling piano bar and a lively spot for some of the best musicians on the keys. These talented performers travel all over the United States entertaining tens of thousands of people – from New York to Las Vegas to L.A! You can catch them every weekend. Keys to the City features: Nightly performances of the best Dueling Piano players in the Northeast, 4,000 square feet of outdoor patio space, two 20-foot full service bars with a wide selection of everything, 15 HDTV’s playing all your favorite sports 24/7, parties for up to 300 guests and always plenty of free parking.

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