This theater has hosted many award-winning performances and enjoyed international recognition. Plays launched here have received numerous awards, from Pulitzer Prizes to Tony's. As you exit into the Long Wharf area, please note that the theater is on the loading dock where food terminals are housed. It can be tricky to find! More than 20 shows have gone directly from Long Wharf to Broadway or Off-Broadway in New York.
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.
The Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre (or as it's commonly known, The Oakdale) is one of the area's premier venues. Located between Hartford and New Haven, this theater is known as one of the best live entertainment venues in Connecticut. Theater fans should not miss the Broadway Classics performances. Famous artists like Coldplay, Steely Dan, Dave Matthews, Van Morrison, Seinfeld, Kevin James, David Copperfield, Mariah Carey have performed here.
Art Plus is an exciting, creative place for both the artistic and not so artistic. Come out and join New Haven's newest entertainment spot for an evening of painting, sipping, and enjoying the company of friends. No experience required! Bring your own favorite beverage & snacks! All classes 100% novice oriented, no skills required, guaranteed! After each class you leave with a masterpiece painted by YOU!
Originally a vaudeville hall, but later gutted out, the Lyric Hall is once again a premiere entertainment venue in New Haven. Today, restored to its former glory, the theater now presents musical performances by local as well as major artists. They also present special events like film festivals.
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.
This private club, famously known as the Mory's Bar Temple, was formerly a home which has been converted into a clubhouse. Mory has been a special gathering place for the students and faculty of Yale University. It offers a mix of classic and contemporary dishes as well as complementing beverages. The banquet rooms are available for private and social events.
College Street Music Hall is situated close to the prestigious Yale University. It is a hip concert venue for youngsters, especially students, and invites popular American bands such as The Doobie Brothers and singers like Lyle Lovett. Check their website for the detailed concert schedule and information on ticket booking.
Pacific Standard Tavern is a vibrant spot to gulp down some chilled beers and catch up on local and touring bands perform. Found in central New Haven, it offers an exhaustive list of craft beers produced between the east coast and the west coast. Its food menu also celebrates the cuisine of the American mainland and features inventive sandwiches, sausages and steaks, prepared with exotic ingredients and freshly cut meats. Diners can also nib on their creative cocktails like Cali Dream, Bombay Sunset, Blueberry Mojito and many more.
Culture abounds on quiet Audubon Street. There are galleries (Artspace, Small Space Gallery), performance spaces (The Arts Hall), arts organizations (City Spirit Artists, the New Haven Ballet), a host of art schools (the Neighborhood Music School, the Educational Center for the Arts, Creative Arts Workshop), and even the annual Audubon Arts on the Edge Festival. Shops and restaurants have also begun moving into the neighborhood. Ongoing activities are listed in the Arts Council Calendar, available free at the Arts Council office at 70 Audubon St across from Leeney Plaza.