45 Jude Lane
Southington, CT 06489
“Country dancing at its finest” at a club that is “two steps above the rest,” is how the staff at “New England’s Nashville showcase” describe the Cadillac Ranch in Southington.The music is solid country, as is the dancing, and there are lessons and open dancing six nights a week. There is also karaoke and some fine country cooking, from wings and burgers to steaks and chicken. Many top names in country music have also played at Cadillac Ranch recently, including Lonestar, Kellie Pickler, Sara Evans and Lee Ann Womack, just to name a few. This is an “over 21 club” with a full bar – and a mechanical bull lovingly referred to as “Old Thunder.”
Coyote Maverick Sports Bar & Grill
48 Newtown Road
Danbury, CT 06810
Coyote Maverick in Danbury calls itself a “Sports Bar & Grill,” but it is one with a decidedly country theme – and with live dancing and line dancing lessons three nights a week (Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays). There is a DJ on two of those nights, and live entertainment on Saturdays. Wednesdays are “40 cent jumbo wing” nights, and there are also wraps, burgers, ribs, pulled pork and mac and cheese – and a kids’ menu for “Little Mavericks” (children 10 and younger).
261 Main St.
Stamford CT 06901
From “Mustache Masquerade” to “Get Stuffed” holiday parties, BarBQ Stamford is definitely a fun place to get countrified in Connecticut. It has two bars and a “country rock vibe that goes on all night” (or at least until the joint closes at 1 a.m. – or an hour later on Friday and Saturday nights). BarBQ Stamford is also a sports bar when the Jets or Alabama (the team, not the band) play football on weekend afternoons, and the Crimson Tide really rolls in on that 12-foot projector television. The food, by the way, is “Southern style fare” – and, of course, there is line dancing on select nights.
Illusions Dance Club
1639 Wolcott Road
Wolcott, CT 06716
“All request country music” and line dancing is the standard bill of fare at Illusions on nights when Walt and Sean DJ are in charge. There is a “huge oak dance floor” and a “powerful” light and sound system that gets the party started and keeps it going. The club seats 550, and has a full bar and full-service restaurant. There is also a karoake bar at this “one bar, two clubs” setting in Wolcott. For those who need a break from dancing and the music, there are video games, nine free-to-play pool tables, 10 televisions, a rooftop smoking area (the club inside is a no-smoking environment) and five acres of lighted parking.
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