Connecticut Nightlife


"Nobodies of Comedy" at The Palace Theatre on Saturday, March 21, at 8 p.m. (Up to 46% Off)

Nobodies of Comedy

The Palace Theatre

Catch big laughs from a curated line-up of rising star comedians

$37 $20

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Wine Class with Tastings for One, Two, or Four at 1249 Wine Bar (54% Off)

1249 Wine Bar

1249 Winebar

Master sommelier enlightens visitors on an array of wines from different regions, and pairs them with hors d’oeuvres

$65 $32

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$30 for $50 Worth of Craft Beer at The Beer Garden

Beer Garden

The Beer Garden

Beer hall and garden features custom-made picnic tables, 16 draft beers, and dozens more available in bottles and cans

$50 $30

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America on Tap Brews & BBQ at Ives Concert Park on Saturday, May 16, at 3 p.m. (Up to 20% Off)

Brews & BBQ by Townsquare Media

Ives Concert Park

Taste more than 50 new and limited craft beers from dozens of American breweries while rocking out to live music

$15 $12

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Wine and Artisanal Cake Tasting for Two or Four at Dalice Elizabeth Winery (Up to 49% Off)

Dalice Elizabeth Winery

Dalice Elizabeth Winery

Find some friends and head to Preston’s lakeside winery for a chance to sample five boutique wines paired with artisanal cakes

$48 $25

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Full Wine Tasting with Cheese and Take-Home Glasses for Two or Four at Haight-Brown Vineyard (Up to 42% Off)

Haight Brown Vineyard

Litchfield

Tasting of complete wine portfolio accompanied by cheese, plus wine glass to take home

$24 $14

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$19 for a Wine Tasting with Chocolates and Souvenir Glasses for Two at Miranda Vineyard ($36 Value)

Miranda Vineyard

Goshen

Samples of six award-winning wines prepared according to family traditions, plus hand-crafted chocolates and two take-home souvenir glasses

$36 $19

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Cottrell Experience with Growler and Pint Glasses for One or Two at Cottrell Brewing Co. (Up to 38% Off)

Cottrell Brewing Co.

Pawcatuck

Enjoy flavorful locally-crafted beers made from fresh, natural ingredients

$24 $15

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$13 for a Movie Ticket with a Large Popcorn and Soda at Hoyts Simsbury Cinemas (Up to 46% Off)

Hoyts Simsbury Cinemas

Simsbury

Theater nestles moviegoers snacking on large popcorn and soda into high-back rocking chairs for Dolby Digital–surround-sound presentations

$24 $13

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Deluxe Wine-and-Cheese Pairing for Two or Four at Duck Walk Vineyard (Up to 50% Off)

Duck Walk Vineyard

Multiple Locations

Tastings allow visitors to try four different wines and nibble on various types of cheese

$69.90 $36

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Full Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Souvenir Glasses at Sharpe Hill Vineyard (40% Off)

Sharpe Hill Vineyard

Sharpe Hill Vineyard

Winemaster Howard Burnsen draws on 25 years of experience to create an eclectic variety of wines

$30 $18

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Brewery Tour with Souvenir Glasses for 2, 4, or 10 at Shebeen Brewing (Up to 51% Off)

Shebeen Brewing

Wolcott

Tour a brewery started by two avid home brewers, which features creative beers such as the bacon Kona stout with oatmeal, coffee, and bacon

$20 $10

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BodyTraffic for Two at Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on March 12 at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

BodyTraffic

Jorgensen Center for Performing Arts

Masters of contemporary dance pull from their extensive repertory for a night of expressive, gravity-defying movement

$68 $34

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$18 for Tour, Tasting, and Pint Glasses for Four at Thomas Hooker Brewery ($36 Value)

Thomas Hooker Brewery

Bloomfield

Touring and tasting at local microbrewery on Saturday afternoons

$36 $18

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Premium Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Souvenir Riedel Crystal Glasses and a Cheese-and-Cracker Plate from GrapesWine.com (62% Off)

GrapesWine.com

South Salem

Wine experts Jim Winston or Jay Boland will lead guests through an entertaining and educational two-hour wine-tasting event

$90 $39

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1, 5, or 10 Movie Tickets with Popcorn at Spotlight Theaters Front Street (50% Off)

Spotlight Theaters Front Street

Downtown

First-run feature films project across sprawling screens inside a new downtown theater

$16 $8

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1, 5, or 10 Movie Tickets with Popcorn at Spotlight Theaters Front Street (50% Off)

Spotlight Theaters Front Street

Downtown

First-run feature films project across sprawling screens inside a new downtown theater

$16 $8

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Select Local Merchants

Metric Bar and Grill seasons fresh-caught seafood and aged beef with Asian and Caribbean flair that also takes in worldwide influences from Italy to Louisiana. As skilled chefs sear thick steaks over an open flame, fresh greens get a mist of house-made salad dressing and woks sizzle vegetables and curries. Inside the eatery, original abstract art electrifies exposed brick walls offset by finished-glass tables and deep wood chairs. Beyond the chic dining room, Metric is known for catering special events, such as business meetings, cocktail parties, and Constitutional Conventions. The accommodating staff can happily fax daily specials to offices or whip up custom group orders on short notice.
39 Cannon St
Bridgeport,
CT
US
The large wheeled coffee cart at Lena's Cafe and Confections never actually goes anywhere, but it does make for a rustic centerpiece in the dining room, where visitors gather for homemade breakfast, brunch, and lunch. Each weekend, a lineup of brunch specials rotates, featuring items such as pecan-pie-stuffed french toast one week and a seafood omelet stuffed with lobster, crab, shrimp, and fresh veggies another. On weekdays, lunch does bring some specialty salads and veggie wraps, but for the most part, it's no less hearty?corned-beef reubens, meatball panini sliders, and half-pound burgers ensure an equal-opportunity work environment for takeout boxes.
873 Whalley Ave
New Haven,
CT
US
Hershey Theatre The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.
61 Savitt Way
Hartford,
CT
US
The contemporary wood-paneled elegance of Butterfield 8's U-shaped leather booths and lamp-lit dining room complements the menu of urban American gastropub fare. Quash your hunger with the chipotle brisket nachos, bulging beneath the tasteful weight of pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole, and chipotle pulled chicken ($12). Buttery mashed potatoes and crispy onions adorn the sauce-drizzled peppercorn skirt steak ($20), and the memphis pulled-pork sliders ($12) satiate mouths with bite-size morsels of flavor. Spread out in the spacious booths and imbibe the alchemical concoctions of specialty cocktails ($10) such as a dirty bleu martini, an ocean of Belvedere vodka bobbing with buoys of blue-cheese-stuffed olives, a drink as elegant as a chandelier in fur coat. Finish the feast with the chocolate-chip-cookie-dough smash, an iron skillet filled with half-baked cookie oozing beneath ice cream and chocolate sauce ($8).
112 Bedford St
Stamford,
CT
US
Alex Rubeo wants to take you on a journey. Crossing the threshold into Mariela's Wine Bar, rich hardwoods and a humble atmosphere aim to transport the senses to a faraway place—to France, or maybe Italy—where visitors sip glasses of wine, share intimate conversation, and snack on shareable plates. Alongside pours from the rotating selection of wines by the glass, live music and tastings add to the relaxed atmosphere of cozy tables, a well-stocked bar, and the occasional Snuggie-clad bartender.
71 Westchester Ave
Pound Ridge,
NY
US
In the 1920s, Thomas Lamb was the man to see if you were planning to build a theater. The designer of everything from the Orpheum in Boston to Madison Square Garden in New York, his designs fanned the flames of vaudeville and inspired so much admiration in silent-film stars that they almost spoke. So when theater impresario Sylvester Z. Poli decided to built his Palace Theater, he turned to the best. Lamb designed the Palace in a Second Renaissance Revival style, mixing Greek, Roman, Arabic, and Federal motifs into the grand lobby and domed auditorium. With such a regal foundation, Poli couldn't keep his wallet closed when decorating, and spent $1 million dressing the Theater for a king. And so well outfitted, the Theater had a good run, operating with force until 1987. Then the lights on the marquee went out, staying dark for the next 18 years. But with such undeniable beauty, it couldn't stay dark forever. A three-year, $30 million restoration and expansion brought the Palace into the 21st century, turning it into a 90,000-square-foot historical landmark. Yet now, as in the 1920s, the Theater's mission remains the same: to serve as an artistic, cultural, educational, and economic catalyst for the community.
100 E Main St.
Waterbury,
CT
US
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