Best Thanksgiving Eve Bars in Connecticut

November 17, 2011 11:52 AM

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By Vanessa Willoughby

Picture this: it’s Thanksgiving Eve and instead of going to a rowdy bar teeming with drunken, sloppy and obnoxious college students, you’re searching for a place where you hang with your (21 year old and older) family, knock back a few beers, and enjoy the fact that hundreds of years ago, Native Americans and European settlers put aside their differences and shared a meal together. Or maybe you don’t have much faith in grade-school fables and you’re simply searching for a pleasant bar that accommodates families and doesn’t condone fist fights. Check out the list below for some family-friendly bars for your Thanksgiving Eve.
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Olde School Saloon and Bistro
418 State Street
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 772-0544
Hours: Mon – Thurs 11:30 a.m.– 1 a.m.; Fri & Sat 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Who could beat this location? Perfect for downtown workers and frequent visitors of Wooster Square, Olde School Saloon and Bistro possesses a laid-back, casual atmosphere in addition to a sumptuous menu. Rather than posing as a designated hangout for party-ready Yalies, Olde School Saloon and Bistro is all about creating a congenial, local-friendly environment partnered with satisfying food and a full drink selection. Kick back and enjoy a couple of cold beers.

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Delaney’s Restaurant and Tap Room
882 Whalley Avenue
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 397-5494
Hours:  Mon– Thurs, Sun 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.; Fri and Sat, 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Delaney’s Restaurant and Tap Room appeals to both the patron looking for the typical bar-style food, such as burgers and BBQ wings, but they also offer dishes for a more refined palate, such as stuffed mushrooms, bruschetta, mussels, and filet mignon. If you’re looking for an old-fashioned setting and a wide variety of beer, Delaney’s Restaurant is the place to go.

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Arch Street Tavern
85 Arch Street
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 246-7610
Hours: Mon – Thurs 11:30 a.m. –; Fri – Sun 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.
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Whether it’s live music, a quick bite to eat, or great live music, Arch Street Tavern has all this and more. Conveniently located across from the Connecticut Convention Center, Arch Street Tavern embraces a casual dining experience without the pretension. The tavern recently added an outdoor patio; a perfect addition for hot summer nights. Enjoy an appetizer of New England Clam Chowder or wings to start off your meal.

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Fat and Happy Bar and Restaurant
2095 Berlin Turnpike
Newington, CT 06111
(860) 436-3550
Hours: Mon – Thurs 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.; Fri – Sat 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.; Sun 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
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Fat and Happy Bar and Restaurant prides itself on its family-friendly atmosphere and its preference for fine cuisine. For the sports fans, never fear! Fat and Happy Bar and Restaurant comes equipped with HDTVS, Direct TV football, and sports specials. Live music fills the restaurant every Thursday night. Of course, with a name like “Fat and Happy,” one would expect exquisite food. Although the menu is limited compared to other places, the quality is top-notch and leaves patrons coming back for more.

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Casey’s Tavern
85 Woodside Street
Stamford, CT 06902
(203) 363-0804
Hours: Mon – Weds 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Thurs 11 a.m. – 1 a.m., Fri and Sat 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.; Sun 12 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Well-known for its Irish spirit, Casey’s Tavern boasts equal parts hospitality and delicious food. There are the expected favorites such as a pool table, dartboards, jukebox, and karaoke.  This small pub is also equipped with outdoor seating. Casey’s Tavern is the perfect spot for anyone vying for good, hearty food and good conversation.

Vanessa Willoughby lives in Waterford. A recent graduate of The New School’s MFA program, she also blogs for the entertainment and music website,