There are plenty of casual sports bars throughout the state where you can watch all the latest games. But if you would prefer to play games, you’ll want to find a spot that provides some of the attractions of your favorite arcade. Here are some of the best local Connecticut bars that give you the opportunity to show off your video and arcade game prowess.

Quinn’s Tavern
28 W. Main St.
Plantsville, CT 06479
(860) 276-9326

The cozy, inviting Quinn’s is located in the Plantsville section of Southington next to the Quinnipiac River. Its drink menu is impressive with lots of signature cocktails and over 40 martinis. Also offered are arcade fixtures like Big Buck Hunter Safari and table soccer. It’s the quintessential neighborhood bar for hanging out with friends to play, drink and eat.

Branford Cue & Brew
131 Commercial Parkway
Branford, CT 06405
(203) 483-1388

Branford Cue & Brew is a bar and pool hall that boasts 19 Brunswick tables and 10 dart games. As for arcade games, you can play Buck Hunter and the bowling game Silver Strike. There are a couple of touch-screen games as well. When you want a break, order one of the daily drink specials and sit out on the patio.

Bradford’s Grill & Tavern
83 Bedford St.
Stamford, CT 06901
(203) 961-9999

During warm weather months, patrons of this Stamford bar can sit outside on the sidewalk. But when it gets too cold, stay inside and play one of the tavern’s many games. Bradford’s lets you choose among Megatouch games, electronic dart boards and the golfing game Golden Tee. Before you play, be sure to try some of the great appetizers, salads and entrees.

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Damon’s Tavern
310 Prospect Ave.
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 233-9900

Damon’s Tavern has become one of the most popular sports bars in the Hartford area with its extensive selections of beer, wines, comfort foods and desserts. In addition to the 43 HDTVs throughout the area, each individual booth has its own set. Damon’s offers a number of video games that can plug into those TVs. Enjoy your own private arcade right at your table without having to wait for other customers to get through playing.

Red’s Tavern
100 Bidwell Road
South Windsor, CT 06074
(860) 282-7337

You’ll probably find the largest selection of video games at Red’s Tavern. That’s because the place is literally surrounded by an arcade. Red’s Tavern is part of Nomad’s Adventure Quest, an entertainment palace that offers laser tag, bumper cars and miniature golf. There’s also over 50 arcade games, many of which test your racing and shooting skills. When you’re done playing, just head over to the bar to celebrate your high score.

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