254 Crown St.
New Haven, CT 06511
This New Haven night spot has four large rooms where you and your crew can hang out. The Bru Room is the main dining area that serves up drinks along with Bar’s acclaimed pizza. Enjoy some beer and a game of pool on the antique table in the Front Room or head to the Back Room for music and dancing at the Bartropolis Dance Floor. And if you and your friends want a quieter place to talk and decompress, then the Lounge is for you.
942 Main St.
Hartford, CT 06103
You’ll find plenty of room in this capital city pub and restaurant with its nine levels (the highest floors are the quietest and, yes, there is an elevator). Its size makes it an ideal place to book private parties and receptions. Everyone need a laugh? Head down to the basement where the comedy club, The Brew HaHa, presents shows every Thursday through Sunday.
24 Whiting St.
Plainville, CT 06062
Here is the place to go if you and your pals are sports junkies. The Central Cafe has 14 large HD televisions tuned to a variety of pro and college sports. In the fall, every NFL game is shown so no matter how many different teams your friends root for, you are covered. Watch from the long horseshoe-shaped bar or from one of the many tables. You can also meet in the large outdoor patio during warm-weather months.
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112 Bedford St.
Stamford, CT 06901
Groups from all over Fairfield County have flocked to this elegant establishment in the heart of downtown Stamford since it opened in 2010. The roomy, wood-paneled interior is adorned with 11 HD televisions showing all the latest games, and if your gang loves karaoke, be sure to show up Wednesday nights at 9. DJs and occasional live local bands entertain on the weekends. Butterfield 8 also houses three large private party rooms which can be reserved for special events.
695 Main St.
Middletown, CT 06457
Eli Cannon’s is the perfect place for friends to gather on warm summer evenings and weekends. That’s because of the extensive outdoor dining area. Not only is there a large patio with picnic tables and umbrellas, but a miniature beach as well. Group together some Adirondack chairs, relax your feet in the sand and catch up over some of Eli Cannon’s 36 brews.
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Joshua Palmes is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut. His work can be found on Examiner.com.