Established way back in 1934, Rudy's has been a popular place for a bite and a pint ever since. Rudy's features a long, impressive list of craft beers on tap and in bottles. Make sure you get an order of the frites, and try as many of their different dipping sauces as you can manage. In addition to the signature frites, they also serve up burgers, salads, wraps and flatbreads. Rudy's happy hour is a great time to sample some delicious brews with friends.
OK, so it's not in the most popular section of New Haven, on a corner off on its own. But despite appearances, this is an outstanding spot for hearing live bands and performers. During the week it showcases a diverse selection of music and talent, and on the weekends you can listen to well known bands or outstanding jazz and blues players jam.
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.
Elevate Lounge and Alchemy Nightclub together make up the largest nightclub in New Haven. The three large rooms have dance floors, custom LED lighting and bars, the perfect combination for a great nightclub. The club often hosts guest DJs to host special theme parties and events, and often offer drink specials.
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.
Biagio's Osteria is a simplistic restaurant serving mouthwatering Italian cuisine. A brainchild of the owner and chef Biagio Barone, this restaurant brings to Connecticut, the unpopular delectable fares from across Italy. You can choose from the light meals of antipasti, panini, insalate and salads or enjoy an appetizing meal of Shrimp Belgio or Pollo Margherita. Do try out the chef's special Scallopine Biagio, which blends together chicken, herbs and homemade sauce. The ambiance here, though rustic, is a perfect amalgamation of the words elegant and cozy.
This local dive bar is a popular favorite amongst locals with a taste for good food. Three Sheets boasts all the laid-back appeal of a locals bar, with the added perk of a food menu with delicious options like pickled fries, Angus beef burgers, clams on the half shell, sandwiches and personal pizzas to choose from. Paired with an impressive beer list, a full bar selection and live music, an evening at Three Sheets promises to be an enjoyable one.
168 York Street Cafe is a chic hangout spot, just ideal for enjoying a fun evening with your friends. This gay and lesbian bar is known for offering an extensive beverage list that include your favorite spirits and refreshing cocktails to accompany you for an evening here. The menu is moderately priced and the Happy Hours make this easy-on-your-pocket. The bar hosts some entertaining performances regularly and also has TV and WiFi for your entertainment. In case you feel hungry, 168 York Street Cafe offers a scrumptious finger food menu to munch on. While, on Sundays, they have special American breakfast and brunch menu that will entice your palate.
This shop is a true piece of New Haven history, and it is worth a stop inside regardless of your smoking habits. Conveniently located across the street from the Shubert Theatre, past customers include Vincent Price, Olivia de Havilland and Rex Harrison. Two employees from the 1950s still work here; one an expert in pipe repair and the other a specialist in mixing tobaccos. The shop offers a walk-in humidor, cigar lounge and cafe, plus everything from hand-blended tobaccos and handcrafted pipes to music boxes, writing instruments and chess sets.