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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

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

Adam Sainsbury, the renowned executive chef at Monster B's Bar & Grille and one-time apprentice of Master Chef Michael Schlow, concocts timeless entrees of American fare as counterparts to a menagerie of more than 200 beers. Diners can soar into the great saucy yonder with an appetizer of Monster B's wings ($10.99), which roost atop carrots and celery in three variations: mild, medium, and Don't Be a Hero. A barbecue combo ($20.99) aligns a half rack of slow-braised baby back ribs with half of a slow-roasted chicken, creating a more savory, smoky hybrid than a hunky fireman statue made of s'mores. Guests can pilot forks through a breadcrumb-cloaked platter of twice-baked mac 'n' cheese ($11.99), or chomp on the chili cheeseburger's half-pound ground Angus sirloin patty capped with cheddar and signature chili ($11.99).

489 Glenbrook Rd
Stamford,
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

In the evening, Grand Restaurant/Lounge caters to the foodie set, serving upscale bar food amid elegant minimalist decor. Later at night, an array of colored lights begins to glow beneath stairs, along windows, and in the eyes of visiting Terminators. DJs crank up the volume while bartenders sling cocktails below supernova-like chandeliers, but intimate clusters of armchairs provide a respite from the carnival on the dance floor. As they lounge, diners can savor dishes such as lobster ravioli or burgers topped with deviled eggs or fig-balsamic glaze.

15 Bank St
Stamford,
CT
US

SBC Restaurant & Brewery lines up an inviting smorgasbord of comfort food to be devoured alongside an arsenal of brewed on-site beers. Take in the expanse of the appetite-assassinating lunch menu (served from 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m.) and try not to set off the fire alarms while your head smokes with indecision before easing yourself in with the SBC calamari, which comes prepared three ways: crispy with marinara and rémoulade, fried with hot peppers and artichoke hearts, and sticky with a sweet chili Sriracha glaze ($6.99). Follow that up with the crispy chicken salad, festooned with mandarin oranges, grape tomatoes, gorgonzola, and honey white balsamic vinaigrette ($12.99), or the margherita pizza topped with sliced fresh tomatoes, garlic, mozzarella and basil ($10). SBC burgers are 8 ounces of natural custom-quality beef served on a handmade roll and topped with american, provolone, cheddar, swiss, fontina, or mozzarella cheese ($7.99).

131 Summer St
Stamford,
CT
US