Nightlife in New Britain

$20 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 $20

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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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Brewery Tour with Souvenir Glasses for 2, 4, or 10 at Shebeen Brewing (Up to 56% 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 $9

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Concert Package for Scotty McCreery with Special Guest Danielle Bradbery on December 4 (Up to 55% Off)

Scotty McCreery With Special Guest Danielle Bradbery

Toyota Oakdale Theatre

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American Idol champion charms with hits such as “The Trouble with Girls”; The Voice champion Danielle Bradbery opens

$78 $35

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Standup for Two, Four, or Eight at Hartford Funny Bone Through February 28 (Up to 84% Off)

Hartford Funny Bone

Hartford Funny Bone

Club features nationally touring comics seen on stage and screen

$46 $15

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Movie and Popcorn for Two, Four, or Six at Parkade Cinemas (Up to 49% Off)

Parkade Cinemas

Center

Second-run movies such as Gravity in a community movie theater; popcorn and drinks included

$26 $17

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$10 for a Movie Night Package for Two at Apple Cinemas Waterbury 10 ($24 Value)

Apple Cinemas Waterbury 10

Waterbury

Movie night package includes tickets, popcorn, and drinks for two

$24 $10

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Full House Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Take-Home Glasses at Haight-Brown Vineyard (Up to 50% Off)

Haight-Brown Vineyard

Litchfield

Guests sample the vineyard's entire wine portfolio; wine tasting includes keepsake glasses

$24 $13

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Yannis Pappas at Sports Haven on Saturday, November 29, at 7 p.m. (Up to 35% Off)

The Yannis Pappas

Sports Haven

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Standup shows off the skills that have landed him appearances on Comedy Central, VH1, and Fusion Network

$34 $22

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Civic Orchestra of New Haven presents Holiday Concert with Children's Choir on December 14 (Up to 58% Off)

Civic Orchestra of New Haven presents Holiday Concert w/ Children's Choir

Battell Chapel

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Orchestra and children’s choir ring in the season with music by Tchaikovsky and Berlioz, film scores by Williams, and carols

$15 $10

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Standup Comedy at Joker's Wild Comedy Club (Up to 50% Off)

Joker's Wild Comedy Club

Joker's Wild Comedy Club

Patrons enjoy local and national headlining comedians as they fill the air with laughter

$30 $15

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Premium Wine Tasting for 2 or 4 with Souvenir Riedel Crystal Glasses from GrapesWine.com (Up to 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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Italian Cooking Class for One or Two at Dalice Elizabeth Winery (Up to 52% Off)

Dalice Elizabeth Winery

Dalice Elizabeth Winery

Using Mediterranean sea salts and ingredients from local farmers, chefs teach the basics of preparing homestyle Italian cuisine

$75 $37

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Billiards and Soft Drinks for Two or Four at Ivory Billiards Lounge (50% Off)

Ivory Billiards Lounge

Holyoke

Billiard hall and home to the APA and NAPA pool leagues hosts play on 20 pristine tables

$16 $8

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Two Tickets, Two Large Sodas, and One Large Popcorn, or Six Movie Passes at Tower Theaters (Up to 41% Off)

Tower Theaters

South Hadley

Two theaters screen first-run movies in addition to monthly midnight shows, operas, and ballets

$30.75 $18.25

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Across from the train station, Center Station Pub & Grill’s sizzling sandwiches, burgers, and wings call to the hungry stomachs of travelers and locals alike. Berlin’s Biggest Burger weighs down the menu with its melted american cheese, sautéed onions, and two half-pound patties that, when smacked together, have led many a lifeguard to close the pool due to thunder. The cooks also ladle nine different sauces over signature wings, sling chicken-parm grinders, and bedeck homemade tortilla chips in nacho cheese. Under new management since November 2010, the classic pub fare pairs nicely with the 15 microbrews on tap, poured in a restaurant that serves as an exciting gathering place for Berlin residents. Center Station schedules karaoke on Fridays and bands to perform on weekends, filling the gaps in live entertainment with an in-house pool table, video games, and dartboards.

845 Farmington Ave
Berlin,
CT
US

Glasses lift into a treble-laden symphony of toasts and from a distance, many of the elixirs they contain seem nearly the same. Up close, 28 wines by the glass and more than 75 unique varietals by the bottle span a rainbow of hues, from reds deep and earthy enough to appear almost black to white wines barely kissed with a delicate straw color. In The Hidden Vine Wine Bar and Lounge's dedicated room for tastings and classes, guests further hone noses and taste buds to make nearly imperceptible distinctions in flavor and bouquet.

Drawing upon family recipes held close to their hearts, culinarians fill two dining areas with inventive dishes including bruschetta draped in paper-thin soppressata, peach honey, and hanger steak. Beneath diamond-shaped burgundy paintings, forks chatter against plates of fresh pasta and patrons sidle up to the marble bar for a chilly cocktail. A patio begs diners to let the warm sun aid in digestion or in calming outraged bulls delivering pamphlets to the eatery's crimson ceilings.

1052 Main St
Newington,
CT
US

For over a decade Zen Bar has been known for being Connecticut's home for the Best in Karaoke and Local/Regional bands. Zen Bar's atmosphere is one that allows you to unwind with your friends and enjoy and evening of fantastic music, food and fun.

317 Farmington Ave
Plainville,
CT
US

The vibrant reds and oranges of Gobi Mongolian Grill hint at the heat of a flat-top grill, which releases sizzling arpeggios as food hits the surface. Diners shuffle down a lineup of ingredients, choosing tilapia, beef, noodles, shallots, and snow peas for bowls of stir-fry. A variety of sauces waits to add the earthy sweetness of teriyaki or mongolian barbecue sauce’s warm bite of garlic and ginger. Their spatulas dancing noisily, chefs at the grill use blazing heat to evenly cook bowls of stir-fry or interrogate flammable scarecrows.

855 Queen St.
Southington,
CT
US

Jump!Zone’s indoor playgrounds envelop kids aged 2–12 in an inflatable world filled with challenging obstacle courses, fun slides, and cardio-boosting bounce houses. While navigating the plush courses under the watchful eyes of air-filled dinosaurs and superheroes, kids burn off extra energy and participate in activities that may help develop motor skills. Jump!Zone’s energetic staff supervises all play as kids climb on pirate ships and trampoline inside princess castles. Specific inflatables may vary by location but often include towering bounce houses shaped like fire trucks or octopi as well as party rooms, games, pizza, soda, and other festive fare. The bouncy center also hosts birthday parties, fundraisers, and special events.

15 Cheryl Drive
Canton,
CT
US

Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars' multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 600 calories with each go-round.

140 Albany Tpke
Canton,
CT
US