By Vanessa Willoughby
What could make a good bar night even better? Free food, of course! Check out the below list for the best bars with free food. In addition to their welcoming atmosphere and fine selection of beers and spirits, these bars have the added amenity of free food, ranging from wings to tortillas. Know of any bars that haven’t made our list? Feel free to share such a great find and name drop in the comments section.
Geronimo Tequila Bar and Grill
21 Crown Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Hours: Lunch, Mon-Sat – 12 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dinner, Mon to Thurs- 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Fri to Sat – 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday Dinner – 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Bar Hours: Sun – 5 p.m. to 1.am.; Mon to Thurs – 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Fri to Sat – 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
In the mood for authentic Santa Fe cuisine? Then head on down to Geronimo Tequila Bar and Grill. Geronimo’s prides itself on its plentiful offering of over 100 types of tequila, in addition to an extensive wine list. Named after the famous Apache rebel, the bar adamantly sticks to its Southwestern flare and Apache culinary influence. Stop by for Happy Hour and sample the day’s offerings. In the past, Geronimo’s has been known for its free Marconi and Cheese Friday’s. However, be forewarned, despite Geronimo’s humble roots, you’re more than likely to leave the bar with a bill on the pricier side.
T K’s American Café
255 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810
Hours: Mon to Sun – 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Craving for a casual bar atmosphere with the reliability of a traditional menu? Check out T K’S American Café in Danbury and relax in a no-fuss establishment complete with amazing wings. Locally known as a “historic” Danbury establishment, stop by on your birthday and receive free wings for the corresponding age. Who says that turning older can’t be fun?
Side Street Grille
15 Dickerman Street
Hamden, CT 06518
Hours: Mon to Fri – 12 p.m. to 1 a.m., Fri to Sat – 12 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Located 10 minutes from New Haven, Side Street Grille has a full menu, including lobster rolls, fish and chips, and clam strips for those self-claimed sea food fanatics. With over 70 beers and a 19-tap beer tower, Side Street Grille is equipped for parties large and small. If you’re yearning for wings or popcorn, Side Street Grille is the place to satisfy your craving.
Playwright Irish Pub & Restaurant
1232 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sun – 12 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
For fine Irish and American cuisine, head down to Playwright Irish Pub & Restaurant. Open seven days a week, the pub features traditional Irish music every Sunday, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. and every Tuesday, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Patrons are welcomed to bring in their own instruments and join the fun. Be sure to sample some of the free food, which can include wings, potato skins, and hero sandwiches.
TCB Bar & Billiards
348 Sackett Point Road
North Haven, CT 06473
Hours: Sun to Thurs – 12 p.m. to 1 a.m., Fri to Sat – 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Reviews, Directions & More Info: http://www.tcbnh.com/
With a good beer selection, televisions, and pool tables, TCB Bar & Billiards lacks pretentiousness and opts to create an atmosphere suited for old friends wanting to kick back and enjoy the surrounding company. Free wings? Check. Free ziti? Check. Head down on a Saturday for a night of karaoke.
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