Not just any bar will get you the most delicious cocktail. It takes a special atmosphere, talented bartender, and specialty liquors to mix up the best of the best. Connecticut is home to a variety of bars that will give you different experiences but all provide great taste. Try one or all of these bars and don’t be afraid to stray from your comfort zone.
116 Crown
116 Crown St.
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 777-3116

Whether you are a professional at taste testing delicious cocktails or looking to venture out, 116 Crown won’t disappoint. They are a crowd pleaser in food and drink. Set in an old hotel, they’ve found their home in New Haven. Their extensive drink menu is unique from your usual bar or restaurant. Sample cocktails mixed up from the menu include the ‘Elm City Iced Tea,’ ‘Four Thieves,’ ‘Sake Cosmo,’ ‘Grand Prix,’ and ‘Brand & Vine’ cocktail. They also serve traditional wines, beer, and liquor. It should be known that 116 Crown does above and beyond for great tasting drinks. They freshly squeeze their own juices and make their own syrups in house. They have a full menu with dishes and small plates. Learn to become your own master mixologist and reserve your own private cocktail class of six people or more.

Luxe Wine Bar & Craft Cocktails
190 Main St.
Westport, CT 06880
(203) 349-2634<

Luxe Wine Bar & Craft Cocktails may be of elegant and an upscale design, but don’t let that fool you. Their friendly staff will make you feel welcomed and select the best drink. This cocktail lounge is designed to make you relax and enjoy a good night with friends. They have an extensive list of liquors with master mixologists behind the bar. Flavorful cocktails fill their drink menu including the ‘Billionaire,’ ‘Bee’s Knees,’ ‘Metrosexual,’ and ‘Pimm’s Cup.’ They use fresh juices and high quality liquor.

Vasi’s Restaurant & Bar
1700 Watertown Ave.
Waterbury, CT 06708
(203) 755-3936

When it comes to mixing up the best martinis, Vasi’s bartenders are the experts. Their extensive martini and bar list will make you want to try a taste of each of them. There is something for everyone’s preference including fruity, espresso, vodka, rum, Bailey’s, and flavored liquor. If you’re not a martini fan, don’t fret. They have a full bar stocked with your favorite spirits, wine, and beer. Vasi’s has outdoor seating for those warm summer days and nights when you want a sip of your favorite adult beverage.

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

Trumbull Kitchen is part of the Max group of restaurants here in Connecticut, and they have a well known reputation for a reason. Trumbull Kitchen is convenient for happy hour after work with a prime location in Hartford. Check out their happy hour specials on food and drinks. The bar is a fun atmosphere that can carry into the night. Pair their delicious food and tapas with your cocktails of choice. Drink menu items include the ‘Pain Killer,’ ‘Blackberry Manhattan,’ and ‘Raspberry Infusion.’

180 Black Rock Turnpike
Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 255-0800

At Barcelona they know how to mix up a heavenly tasting beverage. From their sangria to their specialized cocktails, customers rave and come back for more. Fan favorite cocktails are the ‘Summer St. Sling,’ ‘Barcelona Gin and Tonic,’ and ‘Aye Cukarumbal.’ The three flavors of sangria can even be ordered by the pitcher. If you’re looking for a bar that has a bit of everything for your beer lover friends or wine lovers, there are plenty of other options from behind the bar. If you don’t know what to choose just ask your bartender for recommendations.

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