185 Asylum St.
Hartford, CT 06103
This upscale drinking and dining spot has been a fixture in Hartford’s downtown business district for years. Patrons are consistently impressed with the attentiveness of the staff and management, and the establishment has won numerous Readers’ Choice awards from Connecticut Magazine. While Max is popular, it’s not so loud that carrying on an important conversation is impossible. Valet parking is also available.
Traveltini at Bradley International Airport
11 Schoephoester Road
Windsor Locks, CT 06096
Meeting business contacts at Bradley International Airport? Make sure you stop by Traveltini located at Terminal A, Concourse C. The martini bar, which opened in 2011, has been keeping visitors happy with its impressive selection of cocktails and high-quality liquors. Quiet and comfortable with many outlets available for plugging in your laptop, Traveltini was designed specifically for business travelers.
Eleven 14 Kitchen
1114 E. Putnam Ave.
Greenwich, CT 06878
Located in the J House Hotel, Eleven 14 is a elegant new gathering place in the Riverside section of Greenwich. Over the past year, it has won raves for its stylish design and peaceful ambience. Prefer sitting outside? Eleven 14 allows you to do that all year round with an outdoor bar area that’s protected from the elements and cold by trellises and several inconspicuous heaters. It even includes couches and a large brick fireplace.
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Vinted Wine Bar & Kitchen
63 Memorial Road
West Hartford, CT 06107
The cool and classy Vinted is one of the most recent additions to West Hartford’s Blue Back Square. Opened by the owners of Agawam, Massachusetts’ acclaimed restaurant The Federal, Vinted provides a relaxing vibe and clean, modern decor. Its specialty is wine, with 68 varieties available, but it also offers a wide array of craft beers and cocktails. If you want something to eat while you drink and work, Vinted has many creative tapas plates for your group to share.
116 Crown St.
New Haven, CT 06510
Many who have frequented this New Haven locale say that it’s like a piece of Manhattan in Connecticut. That reaction is no doubt partly attributed to 116 Crown’s hip, unique furnishing and glowing bar. It’s also because of the sophisticated, inventive cocktails, which have been honored by the New Haven Advocate. 116 Crown is an especially good place to prepare for the upcoming work week on a Sunday night, when it’s more low key and wine bottles are half-price.
Joshua Palmes is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut. His work can be found on Examiner.com.