You’ve punched in, punched out and spent at least 40 hours working for the weekend, and guess what? It’s finally here. Celebrate your sweet escape from the corporate grind Connecticut’s capital of culture, with some bites, billiards and bar hopping in New Haven. Friday and Saturday are known as the nights to let loose, but why stop there? Take off to these four locales, and transform your lazy Sunday into a Sunday Funday.

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Bella’s Café
896 Whalley Avenue,
New Haven, CT 06515
(203) 387-7107

Fuel up for your day of fun, and make your first stop at the mecca of brunch: Bella’s Café on Whalley Avenue. Begin with a bellini, available in blood orange, pomegranate and more, before diving into one of the café’s decadent dishes. The “Chocolate Sha-Bang Combo” combines sweet and savory, serving up chocolate bread with a side of maple pork sausage. The “Philly Cheese Steak Omelet” will undo any of the havoc wreaked on your body Saturday night, curing hangovers and heartbreaks with shredded steak, fried peppers and gooey Monterey Jack cheese. With brunch on from 8 am to 4 pm, you can roll out of bed whenever you’re able.

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Stella Blues Bar
204 Crown Street
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 752-9764

After some sustenance, relax with some brews at one of Crown Street’s best neighborhood bars, the Stella Blues Bar. An impressive selection of domestic IPAs, from Sierra Navada to Widmer Hefeweizen, to Connecticut’s own Hooker Blond, pairs well with imported favorites like Guinness and classics like Sam Adams. The easy-going vibe is made possible with a soundtrack of jam band favorites, and a décor drawing on the album artwork of classic rock bands from the Doors to Zeppelin. Come in and take a load off at this low-key locale.

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BAR Nightclub
254 Crown Street,
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 495-1111

Next on the agenda, cue up a round of billiards, at the BAR Nightclub over on Crown Street. Boasting a Front Room, “Bru Room” and “BARTropolis”, the club is well suited for a Saturday night of drinking and dancing with DJ Noelle, or a casual Sunday of pool balls and pints before heading back into the work week. A full-sized pool table and wide-screen TVs will keep your whole group entertained through racking and re-racking the table. If the group is in need of a food or drink infusion to keep the afternoon going strong, BAR offers pizzas and micro-brew beers for your imbibing pleasure.

Café Nine
250 State Street,
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 789-8281

After revitalizing your body and clearing your mind, renew your creative energy for the work week ahead, and in at Café Nine. The State Street venue hosts Roxy Perry’s Traveling Roadhouse Jam, known for joining together Blues, R&B, jazz musicians and more for a three-hour long jam session beginning at 8 pm. Perry is known as the “New York Blues Queen”, so patrons can expect guitar riffs, soulful sax, and every other instrument under the Blues sun. Café Nine operates without a cover charge, so ordering a few rounds won’t bleed your wallet dry. Sit back and let the music fill the room, and forget that you’ll be back in the office in only a few more hours.

Dani Frank is a fashion, travel and culture enthusiast and writer living in Easton, Connecticut. A recent graduate of Hofstra University, she is most happy when traversing the East Coast and beyond and documenting it all for curious readers. Read her further work at