Nightlife in Hartford


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At City Steam Brewery Cafe, the owners concoct some of the area’s finest beers, scoring “best of” awards from Hartford magazine and Connecticut Magazine. They also brew potent batches of laughter inside their 200-seat comedy show-room theater. Ensconced in the historic Brown Thomson and Co. building, which was the state’s largest department store in 1877, Brew Ha Ha once was known as the Last Laugh Comedy Club, where fledgling unknowns such as Ray Romano and Kevin James vied for laughs in the smoky rathskeller of a restaurant. Reborn in 1997 under a new moniker, the standup speakeasy keeps its calendar packed with nationally touring comics and local joke slingers. During shows, guests can toast with mugs of handcrafted beer and make edible sculptures of their favorite comedian using menu’s custom burgers, pizzas, and omelets.
942 Main Street
Hartford,
CT
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Thirty high-definition TVs airing sports games make Black Bear Saloon a destination for fans, who fuel up for fist pumps with a menu of American pub favorites. Beef, chicken, and salmon sliders, paired with crispy onion rings, are a pintsize alternative to burgers topped with a selection of gourmet ingredients such as roasted red peppers or avocado. Homemade marinara crowns flatbread pizzas and also serves as a sauce in which to slam-dunk deep-fried nuggets of mac 'n' cheese. Hosted events are still another reason to visit: on Tuesday nights, the voices of karaoke singers wash over the bar's exposed-brick walls, and Wednesday trivia challenges guests to unearth factoids from their cerebral nooks and crannies. On the weekends, live DJs spin records as guests tap toes and shout requests for favorite Raffi songs from the pub's deep-brown booths.
187 Allyn St
Hartford,
CT
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Founded in 1975, Real Art Ways is one of the United States' leading innovative contemporary-arts organizations. The cinema at Real Art Ways screens first-run and classic independent films seven nights a week for the viewing pleasure of card-carrying art haus-ers and visually starved celluloid fanatics alike ($9 for non-members, $5 for members). Leave the distracting 4G smart-toaster at home to put all the focus on Life 2.0, a thought-provoking film about human interaction in the digital age. Vintage hits like the horrifying Japanese 1977 flick House and the slightly less-horrifying 1955 Guys and Dolls share silver-screen space with surprising ease. Visit the calendar for a full list of show times.
56 Arbor St
Hartford,
CT
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Reviewed positively by the New York Times and hailed as "outstandingly well-performed" by the Wall Street Journal during its 13-year run, the Hartford Stage's production of A Christmas Carol packs strong acting, period costumes, and spooky special effects to the Dickens holiday tale. Watch chain-rattling ghosts and a winsome little boy try to melt the icy heart of Ebenezer Scrooge during this classic Hartford Stage production, which has been seen by more than a quarter million people since 1998. Holiday revelers can buy tickets for up to three friends over the age of 5 for a pre-New Year's Eve night out, or bring the whole family as a post-Christmas gift that should atone for keeping eight disoriented reindeer in the RV.
50 Church Street
Hartford,
CT
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Grab a seat at Hook and Ladder Restaurant if you're hungry for an easy American meal — sandwiches and salads are popular options at this low-key establishment. The menu doesn't include any low-fat items, so set aside some extra calories for your visit. Find time to peruse the wine list here — Hook and Ladder Restaurant offers a variety of drink options. Bring the whole clan to Hook and Ladder Restaurant — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here. Make sure to check out Hook and Ladder Restaurant's happy hour for a great way to decompress from the workday. Hook and Ladder Restaurant offers patio seating in the warmer months. Large groups will appreciate Hook and Ladder Restaurant for its ability to seat them quickly. Free wifi is on hand here as well. Keep it casual at Hook and Ladder Restaurant — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly. Catering services are also available. If time is of the essence, Hook and Ladder Restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit. Parking is made simple at Hook and Ladder Restaurant, a local restaurant with nearby street and lot parking options. If you go out for a nice meal, it doesn't need to cost $100, come treat yourself at Hook and Ladder Restaurant. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are all accepted. Hook and Ladder Restaurant dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal.
207 Main St
Hartford,
CT
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For a first date with no pressure, visit Agave Grill for a casual bar with signature drinks. For those who follow the gluten-free or vegan dietary plans, Agave Grill is a perfect choice. You can also catch the latest scores on the TVs in the bar. Got kids? No problem at Agave Grill! The bar is a fantastic spot for families to dine together. Complimentary wifi is available as well. Gather up your group of friends and head to Agave Grill, a local restaurant that has room for large groups. Be sure to call for a reservation if the bar is part of your weekend plans — it can get crowded on Fridays and Saturdays. Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Agave Grill to create the perfect night. If you need to get somewhere fast, the bar also serves up grub to go. Street parking is readily available near Agave Grill's Allyn St location. Cyclists are in luck. Agave Grill provides bike parking. An average meal at Agave Grill will set you back about $30. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the bar, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
100 Allyn St
Hartford,
CT
US