Nightlife in East Norwalk

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BJ Ryan's dishes out hearty entrees and effervescent brews in an industrial-chic atmosphere. Diners slide into banquettes or dark wooden chairs and tuck into steak sandwiches, burgers and chops lavished with sauces from ponzu to béarnaise. Pizzas on white or whole-wheat crusts embrace decadent toppings such as truffle oil or housemade pesto, and plates of pulled pork nachos complement the dining room's rustic exposed-brick walls hung with large plasma televisions. Carved wood encircles the bar, whose inlaid mirrors reflect golden pints of house brews and the haunting stares of bottled spirits. BJ Ryan's also crafts platters of small bites, wings, and pizzas for special events, and a private party room is available for both dinner and cocktail parties

57 Main St
Norwalk,
CT
US

Wide, high-arched windows usher sunlight into a dining room anchored by brick columns and a brick fireplace. Behind the dark wood bar, bottles and taps spill craft beers whose names bedeck a chalkboard menu. Under a constellation of speakers suspended from the ceiling, diners chow down on slices of gourmet pizza. John Dough's signature is the fresh clam pizza, a white pie decorated with littleneck clams that the chef shucks to order after fishing them from olive oil seas. Classic margherita, chicken pesto, and sausage and hot oil pizzas also sail out of the restaurant's oven, while custom pies show off a customer's choice of toppings.

77 N Main St
Norwalk,
CT
US

Drinks slide over bars illuminated by fiber optics while dance music thrums throughout Episode Lounge and Event Space's two levels. On the bottom floor, the lighting changes depending on the amount of dancing or lightsaber battles there are. On the top floor, artsy multimedia pieces played over plasma screens hypnotize onlookers and seem to move to the beats of the soundtrack supplied by the house DJs. To keep the party going, dedicated waitresses cater to the VIPs at each of the 15 tables available for reservation, keeping glasses topped off with premium vodkas, rums, and gins.

112 Washington Street
Norwalk,
CT
US

Black Bear Saloon may have all the wood paneling of a Wild West watering hole, but it boasts many modern amenities, including plasma televisions that deliver sports from around the globe thanks to a DirecTV sports package. It’s inside this lively space that cooks keep stomachs fueled for the action with a selection of wraps, sandwiches, and Angus-beef burgers.

After a game has aired, the staff dims the lights, cranks up the volume, and turns the stage over to a live DJ every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

80 Washington St
Norwalk,
CT
US

Brennan's Tap Room satiates hunger with a selection of classic American dishes, such as burgers, roast beef, and boston fish sandwiches. Hearty entrees include a sliced flat-iron steak topped with crispy tobacco onions, jumbo shrimp scampi in garlic sauce, and baby back ribs coated in a honey-barbecue glaze. A state-of-the-art sound system and 18 high-definition televisions broadcast sports games as fans cheer over a glass of one of 16 beers on tap. Regulars can return for happy-hour deals, including $0.50 wings and $1 off drinks, or bring a friend for police, firefighters, and EMS discounts on Tuesdays and live music on select weekends. During the summer, Brennan's Tap Room also runs a seafood festival, pairing its brews with fresh fish and oysters.

280 Connecticut Ave
Norwalk,
CT
US