A Stamford native, Bobby Valentine made his way from All-State athlete to a professional ballplayer, manager, and analyst on ESPN's Baseball Tonight. Ever the overachiever, he went into the restaurant business more than 30 years ago, and today his career serves as the inspiration at The Original Bobby V's Sports Bar location in Stamford, Connecticut. More than 100 menu items arrive on custom handmade tables in the form of nachos, wings, pastas, and 10 signature burgers. As the beer flows from the taps, high notes emerge from its imbibers on karaoke nights.
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 b?arnaise. 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
The brewheads at The Craftsman Ale House serve up tasty fare alongside specialty microbrews, keeping with their philosophy to "drink local, drink craft." Open for lunch, dinner, and private parties, Craftsmen Ale House also treats eaters to happy hour specials, brewery events, tastings, and Beer 101 classes. Taps flow with eight rotating craft brews, and the beer list comes replete with more than 50 bottles and cans of specialty imports and domestic beers.
Tufted leather booths, exposed-brick walls, framed bear portraits scattered throughout, and personal in-booth plasma TVs. That should tell you all you need to know about Black Bear Saloon, a laid-back spot with the demeanor of a steak house and the soul of a neighborhood tavern. Settle into one of the plush booths and sink your teeth into a Chef?s Presentation flatbread pizza, indulge in a rack of seasoned, rubbed, and slow-roasted ribs, or try a burger on a brioche roll with crumbled blue cheese and saut?ed onions. Any of the above should go down well with an ice-cold beer from the bar, especially while enjoying a game on one of 15 plasma TVs or one of the in-booth sets. Black Bear also features an outdoor patio that?s a perfect place to celebrate a victory or a referee?s new haircut.
Oftentimes, there are so many TVs blaring ambient noise in a bar that you can't tell who's dunking what into where. Rookies Sports Club never has this problem. In addition to the restaurant's 10 big-screen and 2 projection TVs, each wood booth is decked out with its own personal monitor and speaker system. While watching, diners can partake in a full menu of burgers, wings, and flatbread pizzas, but they are discouraged from using the Gretzky jersey mounted on the wall as a bib. A full bar is also available.
As hot and "howling mad" sauces souse The Black Wolf's signature chicken wings, barkeeps stand by, ready to relieve overheated mouths with sips of bottled and draft beers from brewers including Yuengling, Magic Hat, and Guinness. As televisions glow with sports and State of the Union reruns, chefs customize beef, turkey, and veggie burgers with guacamole and caramelized onions, roll up wraps of chicken and flounder, fry pickles, and anticipate guests' hankerings from the extensive menu of pub fare and comfort food.