This theater was built in 1930 in homage to local theologian Horace Bushnell and today it still remains as one of the Connecticut's best event venues. A must-visit for all culture lovers, the Bushnell has inspired audiences with its fantastic shows and plays a leading role in the Hartford's cultural vibrancy. It is a non-profit organization renowned for community programs and a leading educator and advocate of the arts. From Broadway shows to comedians, it's a great place to spend an evening.
This theater in downtown Hartford is where you come and see freestyle performances that take the word improv to a new level. From spoken-word sessions with the audience to choreographed miming and situational comedy, the Sea Tea group always provides a laugh or two. Many of their members have learned from the best at renowned comedy institutions such as Second City, Groundlings and the Upright Citizens Brigade.
Education, events, film, dance and much more is the entertainment provided at Real Ways. The center is housed in an old typewriter factory and it functions as a multi-purpose venue which hosts theatrical productions, concerts, movies and art installations throughout the year. It's no wonder Real Art Ways is considered one of the best places to catch a show in Hartford.
A place brimming with excitement, Nomad's Adventure Quest is where you should be for a day of fun with the family. Featuring numerous video games, arcades, pool tables and bowling alleys, there is much to indulge in at this great venue. Challenge your friends to virtual race, shoot some hoops at the arcade basketball and play a round or two of pool. Nomads also features exclusive games such as laser tag, bumper cars, mini golf and indoor rock climbing. When all these games make you hungry head to the restaurant on site and feast on a scrumptious meal.
Bow Tie Palace 17 & Odyssey Theater offers cinematic thrills with the latest blockbusters from Hollywood. There are 17 screens, including an Odyssey Giant Screen which offers a 60 x 40-foot (18 by 12-meter) massive projection. Guests can also enjoy restaurant-quality food at the movie theater, with tasty treats like funnel cakes, sliders, nachos and other decadent sundries.
With three screens (all outdoors), this classic drive-in has more than just movies, it also has an impressive flea market on Sundays. Enjoy first-run movies with double features from the comfort your car. The full concession stand has all your favorites, like popcorn, burgers and hot dogs. Movies are only shown during the summer months, but that doesn't mean the fun stops! On Sunday mornings the Mansfield Marketplace is open for one of the region's largest flea markets from the first week of spring until Thanksgiving. In October, there are free hay rides, so come early to indulge in some autumn entertainment.
City Steam Brewery Café is a spectacular seven-level restaurant in the historic Richardson Building with the Marriott Residence Inn. The 15-barrel brew house allows brewmaster Ron Page to handcraft up to 12 styles of ales and lagers. The moderately priced classic brew house menu has new world touches that provide for everyone's tastes. Award winning Brew Ha Ha Comedy Club performs on Thursday at 9p, Friday and Saturday at 7p and 10p. You can enjoy a DJ on Thursday through Saturday without a cover. There is also a large upscale pool room, outdoor beer garden and many function rooms.