Whether it is to meet new people or relax and unwind with a group of close friends, the most common options for late-night entertainment are bars. From sports to ethnic, rooftop to basement and singles to jazz, there are many styles to suit everyone’s taste. However, for a change, or for those not inclined towards bars, there are a handful of other options that are as, if not more interesting, exciting and fulfilling.
Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
166 Capitol Ave.
Hartford, CT 06106
There are few entertainment options that offer a more immediate gratification in an atmosphere of intimacy and sharing than watching a live performance of comedy, tragedy, farce or musical. It beats watching a movie or televised performance hands down. Connecticut has a very evolved, mature theater tradition. The Bushnell Center is a “living memorial” from Dotha Bushnell Hillyer to her father, the eminent Hartford minister and civic leader, Reverend Dr. Horace Bushnell. The Georgian Revival, Art Deco, 2800-seat venue was designed by the same architectural firm that designed Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The original auditorium, the newer adjacent facility, a cafe, a gift shop, classroom space, private dining and entertainment suites and reception spaces make up this iconic theater complex in downtown Hartford. It is also home to The Hartford Symphony Orchestra.
99 Redstone Road
Manchester, CT 06042
Rave Cinemas is one of the most recognizable names among theaters in the country. It is known for its state-of-the-art digital and 3-D technologies, as well as its care for customer convenience and comfort. Rave sets the bar for the industry across the nation. Friday nights are looked forward to with great anticipation as Rave Cinemas launches the big motion pictures of the week on its 18 different screens as well as selected ones for the IMAX theater. Tuesdays feature all-day, any show, any movie for just $5. With a choice of restaurants nearby and on-site, a small sports-watching area, variety of eats and concession stands and efficient dispensing of tickets, there is little to complain about and much to enjoy late into the night.
17 Asylum St.
Hartford, CT 06103
There is nothing more relaxing than sitting around a table after a satisfying meal with your significant other or a convivial group of like-minded friends and family and chatting the night away. Enjoy such a night at Koji in Hartford. Koji serves mouth-watering fresh food, served with the legendary Japanese artistry of creation and presentation. The staff is friendly and efficient from the servers to the chef. Happy hour specials are affordable and appetizing. The decor is a modernistic combination of Asian design, innovative and hip in New York style, yet cordial and inviting in a small-town manner. After dinner, the DJ pounds out a vibrant medley of sounds and invites you to stay longer than perhaps intended.
17 Marne St.
Hamden, CT 06514
Described as the premier billiards parlor in Connecticut, Towne is a trendy, upscale, year-round pool hall that welcomes and caters to players of all abilities, including families. Brunswick Gold Crown III pool tables, exceptional lighting and a sprawling elevated lounge fitted with TVs that overlook the pool hall are some special features. Other amenities include videos, free Wi-Fi, music from the Touch Tunes Internet jukebox and a full-service pro shop offering onsite repairs. For those wanting a more active evening, accompanied by shouts, laughter, a healthy competitive spirit and good old American fast food, shooting pool can be a very enticing prospect.
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Foxwoods Resort Casino
350 Trolley Line Blvd.
Mashantucket, CT 06338
Connecticut’s casinos are famous and synonymous with entertainment and nightlife, attracting players and fun seekers from around the neighboring states and beyond. Foxwoods Resort is a hotel-casino in Ledyard, Connecticut on the Mashantucket Pequot Indian Reservation. The complex of hotel, shopping arcades, restaurants, auditoriums, recreation areas, bars and six casinos spreads over 4,700,000 square feet. Just about any kind of entertainment for all ages is on hand and the choices are vast.
Bina Joseph, a resident of Glastonbury, CT is a freelance writer covering all things travel-related in Connecticut.
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