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The holidays are fast approaching, bringing a busy season to the travel industry. Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport offers residents popular flight routes on many major airlines, but that’s not all the Windsor Locks airport has in store. These popular bars invite patrons to grab a smooth cold one before take off.

Black Bear Saloon
Terminal “A”
Bradley International Airport
(860) 758-7533

The well-known Black Bear Saloon restaurant and bar, with popular locations in downtown Hartford and New Haven, brings patrons the same fun atmosphere from the city to the airport. Featuring American dishes aimed to please all, Black Bear proudly serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to busy travelers who need a rest. Grab your desired cocktail at one of Connecticut’s favorite bars just as you’re about to jet out of the state.

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Travel Tini
Terminal “A”
Bradley International Airport
(860) 758-7975

As the name suggests, Travel Tini is Bradley’s own martini bar featuring classy drinks for those on the go. Travel Tini is relatively new, having celebrated its grand opening nearly one year ago. Wait for your flight in style while sipping a cosmo or another flavorful martini. Of course, classic martinis, dirty or with a twist, are also offered.

Cask & Barrel Bistro
Terminal “A”
Bradley International Airport

Another relatively new addition to Bradley is the Cask & Barrel Bistro. This is a favorite place for many as it is located outside of the security gates so families and friends can gather here before someone’s departure or while waiting for someone to arrive. It also is open later than other pre-security locations (11 p.m. compared to 7 p.m.). Cask & Barrel features local wines and brews, paying homage to the great state of Connecticut, and is the perfect send-off or welcome-home gathering spot.

Lock’s Landing
Terminal “A”
Bradley International Airport
(860) 627-9116

Located in concourse E, Lock’s Landing is clearly full of hometown pride. It is the perfect place to grab a cold drink if you’d like to munch on some tasty cuisine as well. In addition to American classics, Lock’s Landing also offers patrons delicious Atlantic seafood. For travelers who find themselves extra early for a flight, Lock’s Landing is just the place to wine and dine.

Cloud Nine Lounge
Sheraton Bradley Airport Hotel
1 Bradley International Airport
Windsor Locks, CT 06096
(860) 627-5311

For overnight travelers who take advantage of Bradley’s Sheraton Hotel, Cloud Nine Bar is a convenient and tasteful option to grab drinks. Munch on the mouth-watering bar menu as you enjoy a drink. Cloud Nine is a great option for those wishing to relax and drink without dealing with the hustle and bustle of the busy airport. It also serves as a perfect meeting place for families, friends and business colleagues before or after travel.

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Nicole DiCicco is multimedia specialist in Connecticut who enjoys dancing, movies and live music. She writes about all the nightlife Connecticut has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.