974 State St.
New Haven, CT 06511
There are plenty of free peanuts at this New Haven bar and restaurant, which is clear from all the shells littering the floor. It’s not that JP Dempsey’s attracts a sloppy clientele – customers are just doing what they are told. “Please Throw the Shells on the Floor” are the official instructions of JP Dempsey’s – it’s even written on the servers’ shirts. All of the peanut shells actually help to make the floors easier to clean. So crack them open and enjoy, and don’t feel guilty about making a mess.
KC’s Restaurant & Pub
725 Boston Post Road
Guilford, CT 06437
The inviting, unpretentious KC’s advertises itself as a neighborhood gathering place. There are no frills, just a great place for friends to meet over beer or martinis and watch the latest game on one of the six flatscreen televisions. Making you feel at home are the bowls of free popcorn on every table. It’s a great appetizer before one of KC’s panini or grilled cheese sandwiches.
250 State St.
New Haven, CT 06510
Cafe Nine is one of the state’s best clubs for catching live music and comedy acts. The bar offers an impressive array of domestic and imported beers. Although Cafe Nine does not sell food, it does provide complimentary popcorn. Grab a handful as you watch one of the many local, up-and-coming and veteran blues, rock and folk artists Cafe Nine attracts.
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103 Allyn St.
Hartford, CT 06103
The Pourhouse, with two floors for drinking and dancing, is the perfect Hartford bar to visit if you’re running low on cash. There are drink specials throughout the week (for example buy one drink and get another free on Tuesdays) and some bottles are as cheap as a dollar. You can also find plentiful peanuts or popcorn on the house. If you’re hungry, make sure to fill up on them, since the Pourhouse does not have a food menu.
McKinnon’s Irish Pub
114 Asylum St.
Hartford, CT 06103
McKinnon’s is everything you would want from a classic Irish pub. There’s a menu filled with traditional Irish dishes and American comfort food, lots of great drink specials and live Irish music on Wednesday nights. There are also several bowls of peanuts planted throughout the area. McKinnon’s is another bar that doesn’t get uptight about people leaving the shells on the floor, so don’t be afraid to dig in.
Joshua Palmes is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut. His work can be found on Examiner.com.