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Best Entertainment in New Haven

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Toad's Place

What do the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, U-2, The Kinks and Bob Dylan have in common? They have all played at this legendary hot spot, along with almost every other road show. For almost 30 years, this place has been hopping (pun intended) with an incredible lineup of live music and a dance party that just won't quit. It has been voted nightclub of the year several times, so consider a trip to Toad's to partake in music history, not to mention a good time.

New Haven, CT, United States
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Gryphon's Pub at GPSCY

Located in the heart of Yale's campus, Gryphon's Pub at the Graduate and Professional Student Club at Yale is a popular spot for people looking for cheap drinks and a good time. This campus pub is always presenting some kind of special or event, whether it be pub trivia, martini night or DJ dance party.

New Haven, CT, United States
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Woolsey Hall & Sprague Memorial Hall

Woolsey Hall is a magnificent auditorium facility at Yale University. The venue was build in 1901 to commemorate Yale's bicentennial celebration, and since then has undergone some major transformations. The venue now has a seating capacity for 2695 guests and is used by the School of Music and Yale Symphony Orchestra for concerts, shows and recitals. The facility is a major asset to the university and serves as an important venue in the art and culture scene.

New Haven, CT, United States
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Shubert Theater

One of the great advantages of being in New Haven is that you don't have to drive all the way to New York City to see a Broadway quality performance; after all, the Shubert holds the title, "Birthplace of the Nation's Greatest Hits." Many, many hits premiered at the Shubert before moving on to Broadway, including A Streetcar Named Desire, The Sound of Music (and many other Rogers & Hammerstein productions) and My Fair Lady, to name a few. The Shubert is the region's cultural life, featuring the best of dance, opera, family productions and cabaret. The backstage tour of this architectural gem, built in 1914, is another highlight not to miss.

New Haven, CT, United States
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Stella Blues

Ring in the weekend with some great drinks and good music to accompany at Stella Blues. This chic bar is a popular hangout spot amongst the locals as well as the tourists and is known for the regular live music gigs that it hosts. Besides, Stella Blues offers an impressive list of beers and ales. The menu is priced moderately and the Happy Hours assure that you can drink without digging a hole in your pocket. In addition to the live music performances, the bar has a pool-table and TV to keep you entertained. All in all, you are sure to have a good time when here.

New Haven, CT, United States
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Firehouse 12

If you are looking forward for a lively evening, Firehouse 12 is the spot you should head to. This bar is known for its casual ambiance and peppy live music gigs and guarantees a good time to its guests. Besides the music, the bar is known for offering an extensive beverage list to choose from. If the regular spirits don't excite you, ask the bartender to whip up a specialty cocktail that is sure to tantalize your palate. With an exceptional service and award-winning menu, this bar is truly one of the favorite hangout spots for the locals as well as the tourists. Check their event calendar before planning your visit here.

New Haven, CT, United States
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John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts

The John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts is Southern Connecticut State University's main entertainment venue. The center presents all kinds of shows and events, like concerts, plays, lectures, and stand-up comedians. The center doesn't only present student productions, either, but also plays host to internationally renowned artists and personalities.

New Haven, CT, United States
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Madison Art Cinemas

This two-screen cinema was originally constructed in 1912 offers first-run independent and foreign art films from around the world. Comfy seating and unique decor make this a fantastic theater to frequent if in the area. Don't miss out on the special Sunday morning sneak-peak program where you can indulge in screenings of certain films before their release date; tickets are purchased in a seven-film block for USD115; however, you do not know what film you will see until you show up Sunday morning!

Madison, CT, United States
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