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Top Bars With Free Snacks In Connecticut

December 5, 2013 7:00 AM

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The bar cars on trains between Manhattan and Connecticut were making their final run Friday after decades as a gathering place for commuters who played dice, found jobs and had annual Christmas parties with a jazz band. (Photo by DMITRY KOSTYUKOV/AFP/Getty Images)

When you’re out at a bar or club, it’s always nice to have some snacks nearby. Even nicer is not having to pay for them. That’s why it’s always a treat to find a place that generously offers its customers snacks for no charge. Here are some Connecticut pubs that serve up free peanuts and popcorn for you to munch on with your drinks or while you’re waiting for your meal.

JP Dempsey’s
974 State St.
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 624-5991
www.jpdempseynewhaven.com

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
(203) 453-0771
www.kcspub.com

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.

Cafe Nine
250 State St.
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 789-8281
www.cafenine.com

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.

Related: Top Bars For Foodies In Connecticut

Pourhouse
103 Allyn St.
Hartford, CT 06103
www.pourhousehartford.com

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
(860) 524-8174
www.mckinnonsirishpub.com

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.

Related: Top Wine And Cheese Bars In Connecticut

Joshua Palmes is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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