TK’s American Cafe
255 White St.
Danbury, CT 06810
Any sports bar that sells over 25,000 wings a week must be a great place to watch hockey – especially if there is a game on Tuesday, when wings are only a dime apiece. Twenty-two years ago, Tom Kennedy (whose initials are the bar’s name) took over what was the first sports bar to open in Danbury and made it his mission to become the best wings and sports place in town. TK’s is steeped in not only sports and barbecue sauce, but also in history, as it is the site of the first bar to reopen in Danbury after the repeal of prohibition. The ninth – and longest – owner in the bar’s nine decades, Kennedy remains committed to pleasing his customers, offering sports fans no fewer than 30 flat screen HDTVs, 40 types of beer (11 on tap) and 52 varieties of wings.
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310 Prospect Ave.
Hartford, CT 06106
Hartford loves hockey, and Damon’s Tavern on Prospect Avenue loves hockey lovers – and all sports fans for that matter. Although it bills itself as a more “upscale” sports bar, with 24 beers on tap and a menu packed with wings, pizza, nachos, burgers, pulled pork sandwiches and other traditional fan foods, Damon’s is still a sports bar at heart – just a bit nicer and a less rowdy than most. Hockey fans can sit almost anywhere in the place and still catch the game, as 43 strategically placed television screens make it almost impossible not to watch. Damon’s offers a full bar with “top shelf” brands, but is also family-friendly, as it offers a kid menu for budding hockey stars and other young sports fans.
Harry’s Sports Grill
201 Washington Ave.
North Haven, CT 06473
“Feel the love – know the score” is the motto of Harry’s Sports Grill, acknowledged by many as the best place in town to watch hockey while downing a beer. With 29 huge plasma televisions, fans will feel like they are at the rink, only with far better food and much better beer. While Harry’s serves burgers and other basic pub food, the place is famous for its ribs and authentic Philly cheesesteak. There are private rooms and free WiFi for customers, and Harry’s is happy to host parties for sports fans, as it already does for fantasy sports leagues and other groups who want to celebrate the game while hoisting a few.
Chicago Sam’s Sports Bar & Grille
51-14 Shunpike Road
Cromwell, CT 06416
Come for the sports and stay for the prime rib – that is what Chicago Sam’s in Cromwell hopes its customers will do. The massive 10,000-square-foot sports bar has 100 televisions, long happy hours, many special nights (Wednesday is sports trivia night) and lots of fine food and good beer to choose from. The menu has 70 items, all of them available until midnight, and there are 20 beers on tap. The bar itself is 120 feet long, and in addition to the 100 TVs, there are three monster 100-inch movie screens, all of which show sports all of the time.
Sliders Grill & Bar
88 New Britain Ave.
Plainville, CT 06062
Sliders Grill & Bar is a family-friendly sports bar, and one that has been voted among the best in the nation by no less a sports authority than ESPN. Since its founding in 1993, the bar has grown from a single sports bar to an enterprise – with its West Hartford establishment bering the fifth and latest in this Connecticut-only empire. Its wings are famous, as is Sliders’ commitment to local and state charities. Sliders has a heart, but it is also first and foremost a sports bar, with famous wings, its own signature brand of beer and something it calls “Hog Wings,” which are made from pork. There is a kids’ menu and a special “4-6-3 Double Play” menu which changes daily, with tasty treats offered at evening and late night hours for $4, $6 or $3 each.
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