Top Bars For Hipsters In Connecticut

April 17, 2014 9:00 AM

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Finding the perfect hipster hangout to match your personality can be hard. Some of the best trendy, artsy and unique bars can be found in Connecticut’s major cities, including Hartford, New Haven and Stamford. Hometown musicians have called these bars their home, attracted to the live and authentic performances. Consider one of the five bars listed below to enjoy time out with friends.

Firehouse 12
45 Crown St.
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 785-0468

Firehouse 12 is not your average downtown New Haven bar. It is known for its trendy interior design and relaxed atmosphere. This is a music audio bar and an actual recording studio, making it unique from the average New Haven bar. A popular attraction is the live music in the performance space. This spring, Firehouse 12 will be featuring its spring jazz special every Friday night for an additional small price. This spot serves up your favorite cocktails, wine and beer. A calendar of performances is available on the website. Plan Firehouse 12 as your next outing with friends.

Spigot Cafe
468 Prospect Ave.
Hartford, CT 06105
(860) 236-7663

An adjective to describe Spigot Cafe is real. It takes pride in its ability to relate to its customers, creating an authentic feel. It is a simple bar with your favorite beers on tap. After a busy day and the hustle and bustle of work, Spigot Cafe is the perfect spot to relax. Beer specials are featured every night of the week, except Sundays when the cafe is closed. Local hipsters have found a home at this local bar and continue to return week after week.

Black Eyed Sally’s
350 Asylum St.
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 278-7427

No need for a jukebox when you have live performances from your favorite jazz musicians. Black Eyed Sally’s brings you home to your southern roots. Every Monday night is jazz night from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Jazz Night features the local Hartford Jazz Society. As if that wasn’t enough, every Wednesday night at 8 p.m. is a blues jam session. While you are there, taste a delicious barbecue item from the menu. The atmosphere and food will make it seem as if you are in New Orleans. Black Eyed Sally’s is open for both lunch and dinner.

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Bin 228
228 Pearl St.
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 244-9463

A more sophisticated and exclusive hipster hangout in Hartford is Bin 228. This spot knows how to wine and dine you, featuring both a lunch and dinner menu. The drink menu has over 55 wines available for sale by the bottle or glass. Relax to audio tunes such as Jack Johnson or Radiohead. Bin 228 is open late until midnight on Saturdays and Sundays. Stop by for half-price bottle specials every Monday and consider this your new hangout spot.

Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe
97 Franklin St.
Stamford, CT 06901
(203) 325-1815

Imagine if you could actually hear your conversation with the company you bring to the bar. Murphy’s Townhouse Cafe is a low-key, traditional hangout. It has been termed a hipster’s pub, with a funky and old atmosphere. Simple food items are on the menu. Murphy’s is the perfect escape from the typical Stamford bars in town.

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Kimberly Ord is a freelance writer and lifetime resident of Connecticut. Her work can be found at

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