Music and alcohol have gone hand in hand since the dawn of time, when cavemen sat around fires banging logs and arguing over how much mammoth milk was needed to make a White Russian. Carry the torch of social tradition with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of food and specialty drinks at Zen Bar in Plainville.
At Zen Bar, eclectic American eats, drinks, live music, and karaoke converge in one transcendental spot, promising patrons a slick nightlife experience. While tunes woo eardrums, patrons can quiz each other on the ingredients in more than 200 specialty concoctions available, or peruse a wine menu overflowing with grape-based luxuries. Zen Bar’s savory menu slings pizzas ($8–$16), charcoal-kissed burgers ($8–$9), and the veggie-coddling T.B.M. sandwich, built with tomatoes and pesto and topped with mozzarella hand-plucked from locally grown cheese trees. The spacious venue hosts live bands every Thursday and Saturday, and karaoke Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The roomy outdoor patio lets diners and drinkers cool down beneath the stars, and patrons can keep tabs on their favorite sports teams and deodorant commercials thanks to a surfeit of HDTVs roosting above the bar inside.
317 Farmington Ave.
Plainville, Connecticut 06062