Best Outdoor Nightlife Hotspots

August 11, 2011 9:00 AM


PhotoCredit: Shea’s American Bar and Grill Facebook

By Mary Fischer

After a long day of work, there is just nothing better than sitting on a patio, having a cocktail, and chilling out with some great music. Check out our list of the best places for outdoor nightlife in the greater Hartford area.


PhotoCredit: Shea’s American Bar and Grill Facebook

Shea’s American Bar and Grill
103 Tolland Tpke.
Manchester, CT 06042
(860) 432-8658
Patio Hours: Music begins at 9:00p.m. to last call
http://www.sheasamerican.comShea’s American Bar and Grill on RT 83 in Manchester, CT is a favorite summer gathering place for friends to meet, especially since it has one of the largest outdoor patios in the state. Complete with a waterfall, gas fireplace, and some of the best live music in the greater Hartford area, Shea’s is the perfect spot to unwind. Its central location is also convenient for everyone, whether you live east or west of the river.

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PhotoCredit: Barcelona Facebook Page

Barcelona Wine Bar
971 Farmington Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06107
(860) 218-2100
Hours: Lunch: 
Mon to Fri – 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.;
Sun to Thurs – 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.;
Fri to Sat – 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Bar: 
Sun to Thurs – until 1 a.m.; Fri to Sat – open until 2 a.m. Wine Bar in West Hartford Center is the perfect spot for those who like to relax and listen to music in a more refined setting. Instead of a loud DJ and tropical concoctions, patrons of Barcelona will enjoy fine wines and specialty cocktails seated on Barcelona’s comfortable patio. Live music is featured every Sunday.

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Sunset Jacks
125 Riverside Drive
East Hartford, CT 06108
(860) 569-3003
Music Hours: Thurs to Fri – beginning at 9 p.m.
http://www.sunsetjacks.comSunset Jacks officially opened on July 1st,2011,in the location that was formerly known as 125 Riverside Drive in East Hartford, CT. 125 Riverside Drive has been a favorite outdoor night life spot in the Hartford area for years. Along with a new name, the spacious patio at Sunset Jacks features a cabana bar and a stage, all with the same picturesque view of the Connecticut River. Sunset Jacks features live music on Thursdays and Fridays along with Happy Hour specials.

Mary Fischer lives in Ellington, CT with her 5-year old son and husband of almost 8 years. She is the owner and author of a popular parenting blog, called The Mommyologist, where she features articles all about the changes in life that go along with being a parent.