Bars in North Stamford

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Chefs at Darien Social draw on their supplies of New England grown produce, farm raised meats, and local artisan products to craft their menu of American food. Entrees have included New York strip steaks with buttermilk onion rings, bone marrow, and creamed spinach and duck pizzas crowned with gruyere, duck confit, molasses, and squash crunch. To pair with rotating seasonal ingredients, the bartenders dispense a rotating selection of 31 different craft beers on draft and pour international wines.

10 Center St
Darien,
CT
US

Few things go together as well as freshly baked pizza and cold beer. At Tom?to Tom?to Pizzeria & Pour House, cooks celebrate that winning combination with a menu of thin-crust pies and bottled brews. Choose from toppings such as fresh basil, roasted garlic, and sweet sausage, or try a signature pizza such as the Ocean Drive, which features thin-shaved parmesan and fresh clams harvested from the ocean by entrepreneurial mermaids.

Pizza and beer are specialties at Tom?to Tom?to Pizzeria & Pour House, but they're not the only specialties. The chefs also prepare entrees, including handmade gnocchi and bone-in Italian-style pork chops, and mixologists shake signature cocktails behind a 25-foot white-marble bar. The Pink Lemonade martini tempts taste buds with Abolut Citron vodka and pomegranate juice, and the Filthy Martini pairs Grey Goose vodka with tangy blue-cheese-stuffed olives.

401 Shippan Ave.
Stamford,
CT
US

When Showtime's The Big C needed classic bar ambiance for one of its scenes, it turned to Fiddler's Pub. It's not hard to see why?inside, the day's biggest games unfold on 10 televisions while patrons face off in their own darts and billiards matchups. Friday through Sunday, meanwhile, touring and local bands take the stage for rocking originals and covers, as do karaoke participants crooning ballads about a delicious-looking wing that was just too hot to eat. That's never a problem at Fiddler's, since jumbo chicken wings arrive coated in a choice of eight sauces, including bourbon sesame and orange ginger. More variations on pub grub abound, from 8-ounce Angus burgers topped with chili and gorgonzola to pizzas that can be decked out with over 20 ingredients like cherry peppers and shrimp.

280 Shippan Ave
Stamford,
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.

261 Main St
Stamford,
CT
US

Behind a fittingly old-school facade, The Old Mill's interior echoes the classic look of a saloon?except with better food and way more choices than any cowboy likely had. Take, for instance, their enormous selection of meats straight from the smoker, including a 12-hour, slow-cooked pulled-pork platter and a half-chicken basted in a zesty bourbon-barbecue sauce. They don't skimp on seafood either, serving thick blackened tuna steaks and broiled Atlantic cod with shrimp scampi.

In warmer months, a breezy patio welcomes diners to sit outside while having a half-pound hand-formed burger and a cold one. But feasts are equally enjoyable indoors, surrounded by darts, live music, and no chance of seeing the terrifying moon man.

2 Wilton Ave
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