Top Bars For Groups In Connecticut

July 4, 2013 8:00 AM


There are times when you go to a bar to brood in solitude or maybe take a date. But there are other occasions when you want to surround yourself with good friends or have fun with colleagues outside of the office. Here are some Connecticut bars with enough space – inside, outside or both – to accommodate whatever size group you show up with.

254 Crown St.

New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 495-8924 

This New Haven night spot has four large rooms where you and your crew can hang out. The Bru Room is the main dining area that serves up drinks along with Bar’s acclaimed pizza. Enjoy some beer and a game of pool on the antique table in the Front Room or head to the Back Room for music and dancing at the Bartropolis Dance Floor. And if you and your friends want a quieter place to talk and decompress, then the Lounge is for you.

City Steam Brewery Cafe
942 Main St.

Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 525-1600

You’ll find plenty of room in this capital city pub and restaurant with its nine levels (the highest floors are the quietest and, yes, there is an elevator). Its size makes it an ideal place to book private parties and receptions. Everyone need a laugh? Head down to the basement where the comedy club, The Brew HaHa, presents shows every Thursday through Sunday. 

Central Cafe Bar & Grill
24 Whiting St.
Plainville, CT 06062
(860) 747-0405

Here is the place to go if you and your pals are sports junkies. The Central Cafe has 14 large HD televisions tuned to a variety of pro and college sports. In the fall, every NFL game is shown so no matter how many different teams your friends root for, you are covered. Watch from the long horseshoe-shaped bar or from one of the many tables. You can also meet in the large outdoor patio during warm-weather months.

Related: Best Sports Bars in Connecticut

Butterfield 8
112 Bedford St.
Stamford, CT 06901
(203) 504-8123

Groups from all over Fairfield County have flocked to this elegant establishment in the heart of downtown Stamford since it opened in 2010. The roomy, wood-paneled interior is adorned with 11 HD televisions showing all the latest games, and if your gang loves karaoke, be sure to show up Wednesday nights at 9. DJs and occasional live local bands entertain on the weekends. Butterfield 8 also houses three large private party rooms which can be reserved for special events.

Eli Cannon’s Tap Room
695 Main St.

Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 347-3547

Eli Cannon’s is the perfect place for friends to gather on warm summer evenings and weekends. That’s because of the extensive outdoor dining area. Not only is there a large patio with picnic tables and umbrellas, but a miniature beach as well. Group together some Adirondack chairs, relax your feet in the sand and catch up over some of Eli Cannon’s 36 brews.

Related: Top Summertime Bars In Connecticut

Joshua Palmes is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut. His work can be found on

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