One of the area's best restaurants, Black-eyed Sally's BBQ & Blues has barbecue, catfish, grits, fried chicken and plenty of other Southern favorites, all accompanied by live music. Open for lunch and dinner, this is one of the most popular eateries in the downtown area and a great place to "Pig-Out" (a dinner special that includes ribs, pulled pork and Andouille sausage). Be sure to get here early because it gets busy on weekends and game days!
Visit McLadden's Irish Publick House for an upscale gastropub experience. Discover the bar's great selection of craft beer and equally great dishes. The menu includes dishes like rack of lamb, burgers, mac n' cheese, sandwiches, wings, build-it-yourself baked potatoes, and more. Make sure you also check out the bar's great selection of whiskey and bourbon. Moreover, there is always some kind of event during the week which only adds to this downtown gastropub experience.
This restaurant's name says it all--Booze, Blues and BBQ. Theodores' was given a Keeping the Blues Alive award and named the Best Blues Club in the Country in 2004 by the Blues Foundation, so you know this is the place to come for some real, authentic Blues. But that's not all you'll find here! Make sure not to miss out on the menu, featuring everything from individual pizzas, to Gumbo, and of course, lots of amazing Barbecue. And don't skip the drinks either, try the World's Greatest Margarita or Bayou Punch. Theodores' is just a little taste of the Deep South in New England.
The Federal A Restaurant & Bar, located in one of Agawam's historic buildings, was opened to the public by Ralph Santaniello and his co-partner executive chef Michael Presnal in the year 2002. The menu features American dishes blended with French and Italian flavors, lending it a contemporary European twist. The restaurant's interiors are an extension of the menu's heterogeneity, as the modern decor is seamlessly blended with the vintage architecture. The Skillet Seared Salmon, the Burnt Tangerine Glazed Cod, and the Fork & Knife Braised Shortribs are some of the must-haves here. Give dinner a sweet finish with a slice of Tiramisu or the exquisite Chocolate Pistachio Semigreddo.
Get ready for great music and great cocktails at Shakago Martini & Piano Bar. With over 200 martinis, plus a full bar with an impressive wine and beer selection, you'll be able to find the perfect drink to enjoy at this musical bar. The first floor of the bar has live entertainment and also serves food, like baked stuffed shrimp and pasta primavera. The second floor is an intimate lounge lit by candle light that's perfect for both first dates and private parties.
Located on Farmington Avenue in West Hartford, Treva marvels its guests with its delicious and innovative Italian cuisine. The menu is primarily made up of recipes from the central and northern regions of Italy and it's filled with tantalizing fresh pastas, scallops, pork and chicken dishes, come la mamma lo fa (how mom does it). Give your meal a sweet finish with a slice of Tiramisu or cheesecake from their dessert menu.
The Red Rock Tavern in Hartford's Frog Hollow neighborhood is always filled with locals eating, drinking and carousing until the wee hours of the morning. Both the bar and kitchen menus are quite large, with tons of options in beer, wine and liquor as well as many choices including seafood, burgers, grinders, salads and pasta. For entertainment, on certain nights of the week, the Red Rock provides live music, DJs and other events.
Ring in the good times with some delicious drinks and great company at The Russian Lady Hartford. Operating since 1976, this bar is known for offering an extensive list of beverages in a cozy ambiance. Sip on to your favorite spirits or ask the bartender to whip up some enticing cocktails that will leave you wanting for more. Spread across three floors, the property boasts of a chic ambiance. The first floor is a chic pub. There is a vodka bar and a lounge along with a billiards room on the second floor. While, the third floor features a cigar lounge with a rooftop setting. Dance the night away as the DJ spins his magic here, or simply tap your feet to the amazing music gigs performed regularly, you are sure to have a good time when here.
Located in downtown Hartford, right across the street from the XL Center, the Rocking Horse Saloon serves drinks reasonable prices and has a friendly atmosphere. You can order a whiskey and enjoy the bar's music, which is mostly country. The bar tends to be crowded before and after an event at the XL Center, but you'll still have a fun time.