Night Out in Connecticut: Under $30

January 26, 2012 9:00 AM

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By Taylor Trudon

Craving a night out, but don’t want to break the bank? Lucky for you, we’ve found the best of Connecticut entertainment ranging from comedy to concerts to karaoke. Check out our list of affordable restaurants and venues that will leave both you and your wallet happy by the end of the night.
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Treehouse Comedy Productions
1 Castlewood Dr
Monroe, CT 06468

Known as Connecticut’s original comedy showcase, the Treehouse Comedy Club has seen everyone from Jay Leno to Jon Stewart grace the stage. Hailed as “One of Connecticut’s Best Nightspots” by Connecticut Magazine, the Treehouse has been a comedy hub for over 25 years. Based on the venue location, tickets normally ranging from $15-$20 per show with specific locations and comic announced a few weeks in advance. Make sure to check their every changing calendar for the next big act.

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Toad’s Place
300 York Street
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 624-TOAD
Box office: Monday-Friday, from 11am until 6pm.

We all know how overpriced concert tickets can be. The good news? You can still see your favorite bands on a budget. New Haven’s infamous Toad’s Place will allow you to rock out without draining your bank account. Advance tickets will almost always save you more, while buying tickets at the door normally isn’t more than $20.  In the mood for a low-key night? Check out Telsa’s acoustic tour on Valentine’s Day for $29 (advanced tickets).

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Black Bear Saloon
124 Temple St.
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 562-2327
Karaoke Hours: Sun –Thurs: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., Fri –Sat: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

While karaoke may not initially come to mind when you hear “Black Bear Saloon,” don’t be deceived. Voted Best Karaoke Bar by New Haven’s Advocate, this pub-style restaurant is the ideal venue. Only a walking distance from Yale University, Black Bear Saloon’s fun atmosphere is the perfect setting for locals looking to grab some affordable grub (Black Bear Chili is only $5) and belt out some tunes. Starting at 9 p.m., head down to Black Bear on a Wednesday night and get a head start on your weekend.

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Plan B Burger Bar
138 Park Road
West Hartford, CT 06119

By combining burgers and beer, how could you possibly go wrong? With four different locations to choose from, you can’t. Choose from a delicious menu that ranges from Maine lobster rolls to organic portabella fries to “Tavern Classic” burgers for only $9.99 Fun fact: Plan B was given the thumbs up by former Governor M. Jodi Rell, who in 2009 made May 28th officially “Plan B Day” in the state of Connecticut.

Taylor Trudon is a recent University of Connecticut journalism graduate. She has contributed to, The Huffington Post and the USA Today College Blog.

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