In the tavern industry, it’s called Black Wednesday. Thanksgiving Eve sees people across the nation returning to their hometowns to celebrate the country’s bounty with their families. The night before the big Thanksgiving feast is one of the busiest nights of the year in America’s bars. Old friends, who have moved far from their roots, reunite for a drink or two while in town. Whether the holiday brings you to the Connecticut Shore or up North to the Massachusetts border, you’ll find the ideal place to meet with friends on this Top Spot list.
Burger Bar & Bistro
60 North Main St.
South Norwalk, CT 06854
(203) 853-2037

A full bar and fabulous menu (with amazing burgers) make the Burger Bar & Bistro in Norwalk a great spot to enjoy a cold brew. Located on Main Street, it is a short walk to the aquarium and the Norwalk River if you feel the need to stretch your legs and take in a diversion. Is your Black Wednesday companion of the canine variety? No problem. Burger Bar & Bistro is pet-friendly and boasts a special doggie menu.

Harp And Hound Pub
4 Pearl St.
Mystic, CT 06355-2514
(860) 572-7778

Harp and Hound is the place to go if your Thanksgiving plans bring you to the Connecticut shore. This traditional Irish pub in historic Mystic will have you singing sea chanties with an Irish brogue. The 18th Century building, one of the oldest in Mystic, has all the charm and camaraderie you would expect from an Irish pub along with full pints of your favorite stout.

The Diamond Pub And Grill
195 Hebron Ave.
Glastonbury, CT 06033
(860) 659-2002

The Diamond has been a Glastonbury institution for decades. Originally a blue-collar pub, a place where laborers gathered for a pitcher of domestic beer, it has evolved into a sports bar with several large screen TVs, Wi-Fi, an upscale pub menu and a full line of craft, imported and domestic brews. Despite the atmosphere change, it hasn’t lost its local feel. Stop by during Happy Hour, 4 to 6 p.m. on weekdays, for $3 beers and $4 wines.

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Wood Creek Bar And Grill
14 Greenwoods Road West
Norfolk, CT 06058
(860) 542-1200

In the Northwestern part of the state, you will find Wood Creek Bar and Grill at the heart of quaint Norfolk. Housed in the historic Royal Arcanum building next to the Infinity Music Hall, it is a popular pre-concert stop. The pub has an old English feel with cozy dark paneling, dim pub lighting and a large, arched window looking out on Greenwoods Road. Although the dining room tables are draped in white linen, this is definitely a come-as-you-are establishment. The proprietors keep a broad assortment of local microbrews on tap, and patrons rave about Wood Creek’s martinis. The friendly service, comfortable seating and reasonable prices make this an ideal Black Wednesday spot for reuniting with friends.

The Yarde Tavern
1658 King St.
Enfield, CT 06082
(860) 254-5778

With a phenomenal selection on tap (40-plus), a great pub menu, comfortable seating and friendly atmosphere, you can’t miss with The Yarde Tavern. For those flying into Bradley, it is just a 10-minute drive from the airport. The pub boasts 14 LED TVs to keep sports fans entertained. Happy Hour is 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday featuring $3 and $4 beers, $5 Margaritas, Cosmos and house wine.

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Post Author: Gillian Burdett.

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