Breaking bread is a bonding experience, encouraging new friendships while testing the strength of communal sledgehammers. Swing into sustenance with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of American fare and drinks at Monster B's Bar & Grille in Stamford.
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).
Like disco balls launched into the earth's orbit, the bar's 30 beers on draught are constantly rotating, and more than 200 bottled models run the gamut from vintage stouts to airier lagers, recruiting diehard samplers to Monster B's Hall of Foam Club. Customers can tickle tongues with an Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA, or douse more intrepid taste buds in a Dogfish Head World Wide Stout. Dual pool tables, videogames, and darts can occupy fidgety hands while live bands and Karaoke Thursdays keep ears from restless flapping fits.