Father’s Day is coming up this Sunday, so it’s time to show dad your love and appreciation. Fathers can be notoriously hard to shop for, but one of the best gifts you can give is time together. Taking him out for a beer or cocktail at one of these Connecticut bars and restaurants could be the most meaningful present he receives. Any of these spots would be perfect for catching up with dad.
First And Last Tavern
939 Maple Ave.
Hartford, CT 06114
(860) 956-6000
www.firstandlasttavern.com

The tavern that visitors spot when entering or leaving the city line (hence the name) has been part of the Hartford community for eight decades. The homey capital city gem specializing in pizza and pasta is a great place for you and your dad to share a couple of cold brews along with one of its specialty pies. Or better yet turn the clock back to 1936 with the “Original Special” – spaghetti with meatballs or sausage and a side salad all on one plate. Make sure to pick up a couple of jars of First and Last’s sauce before you go to share with the rest of the family.

Black Duck Cafe
605 Riverside Ave.
Westport, CT 06880
(203) 227-7978
www.blackduckwestport.com

Father’s Day also marks the official beginning of summer, so celebrate both at this unpretentious bar on a barge overlooking the Saugutuck River. Take in the water view then dig in to a platter of steamers, or maybe the an oyster Po’ Boy that’s much enthused about by locals. If seafood isn’t your thing it also offers stuffed burgers filled with cheddar, brie, or chunky bleu cheese. Whatever the two of you have, you’re sure to have a memorable day at the always lively Black Duck.

Windmill Tavern
400 Hollister St.
Stratford, CT 06612
(203) 378-6886
www.thewindmilltavern.com

A Stratford fixture since 1934, the Windmill Tavern looks better than ever since new ownership refurbished in 2012. But it is still the same great neighborhood bar for meeting up with family and friends. You and Dad can grab a seat on the patio and enjoy some drafts from the town’s own Two Roads Brewing Company. They’ll go great with one of Windmill’s acclaimed hot dogs, some of which are topped with Connecticut’s own ultra-spicy Kuhn’s chili. You can even share the Windmill chili dog pizza.

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Billy Tee’s
150 Sebethe Drive
Cromwell, CT 06416
(860) 632-1333
www.billyteescromwell.com

If you inherited a love of golf from your father the two of you will have a great time bonding at Billy Tee’s. This sports bar has a driving range and miniature golf course (and batting cages as well). When you’re finished practicing come on inside and enjoy some of the several rotating craft brews on tap. Don’t leave before trying one of Billy Tee’s excellent red or white pizzas, two dozen in all. If the two of you work up an appetite go for the Memph topped with barbeque sauce, shaved steak and roasted pork belly.

Duffy’s Tavern
241 Campbell Ave.
West Haven, CT 06516
(203) 933-9721
www.duffystavern.net

Even if your family isn’t of Irish descent, you and your father will feel right at home at this welcoming Irish pub. Stop in for Sunday Happy Hour for specials on beer, wine, margaritas, and the 10-ounce Duffy Burger. Or stay for dinner and order the pot roast with Jameson Irish Whiskey gravy or the Guinness short ribs. Eat and drink inside or outside on the modern non-smoking patio.

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