Happy hour has different meanings for different people. For some it is a location to meet friends or family after work. For others it’s their starting point for a long night out. Whichever your reasoning, Connecticut has a variety of locations to fit your mood. Some of these best happy hour restaurants and bars cater to sports lovers, the after-work crowd or those looking for delicious food to go with their drink.

Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar
971 Farmington Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06107
(860) 218-2100
www.barcelonawinebar.com

Barcelona has a convenient location near other restaurants and bars in the downtown shopping and restaurant district of West Hartford. It is known for its atmosphere, sangria and tapas and is the perfect location to start your night or meet friends after work. Barcelona is open Monday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to “late” and Sundays 4 p.m. to “late.” Barcelona is also a popular weekend night destination. The best parking option is in the parking lot behind Barcelona, which can be accessed by turning off of Farmington Avenue between Grants and the toy store or off of South Main Street.

Trumbull Kitchen
150 Trumbull St.
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 493-7412
www.maxrestaurantgroup.com

With so many employees in the city of Hartford, Trumbull Kitchen is a hot spot for happy hour. Year round, the bar is likely to be busy with the after-work crowd. During the summer its popularity spikes with the outdoor dining option. Summer cocktail specials include the green tea mojito, sangria and painkiller, among others. Choose from its selection of fine liquors, beer, bourbons and wine list.

Chicago Sam’s Sports Bar & Grill
51-14 Shunpike Road
Cromwell, CT 06416
(860) 635-1860
www.chicagosams.com

Cheer on your favorite sports team and watch the game at Chicago Sam’s Sports Bar & Grill. This spot has a ton of TVs including 45 big screens and small televisions in each booth. It’s the perfect place for game lovers in a low-key environment where you don’t have to worry about dressing to impress. Chicago Sam’s happy hour is 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and it features specials on cocktails, beer, wine, margaritas and select appetizers. Entertainment also includes playing pool or arcade games inside the bar. Chicago Sam’s has a second location in Enfield and was voted a 2014 best sports bar winner in Connecticut Magazine.

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Plan B Burger Bar
230 Tresser Blvd.
Stamford, CT 06901
(203) 964-8353
www.planbburger.com

Plan B Burger Bar has multiple locations in Connecticut but one of its most popular is in Stamford. With a convenient location in Stamford’s town center, it has easy access to parking, the mall and other downtown bar and restaurant locations. Of course, that is if you want to leave. Plan B has a full menu of drinks and food items. Its happy hour is every Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the bar area only. Happy hour specials include bourbons, house wines, mini burgers and other smaller menu food items. Plan B has an extensive beer, mini kegs, wine, mixed drinks and a bourbon selection. Bourbon is its specialty but everyone that comes enjoys their drink of choice in a fun atmosphere after work.

Archie Moore’s
188 1/2 Willow St.
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 773-9870
www.archiemoores.com

Archie Moore’s is the type of place that when you frequent, everyone knows your name. It’s your hometown bar that you go to catch a game on TV, meet up with friends or even to meet someone new. Its casual atmosphere will make it feel as if you are at home. Happy hour runs every Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Archie Moore’s restaurants are also located in Wallingford, Milfor, and Derby. Each of these locations would love to make their bar your new go-to spot for happy hour.

Related: Top Sports Bars In Connecticut

Kimberly Ord is a freelance writer and lifetime resident of Connecticut. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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