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.
Football fans everywhere are indebted to Yale coach Walter Camp for his 1879 codifying of American football as we know and love it today. Yale's Bulldogs play against other Ivy League teams from September through November, and, in alternate years, the renowned Harvard-Yale game attracts audiences and fans from afar. This is a big sporting event in New Haven and if you have the chance to catch a game, it is well worth it. Tailgate parties start the festivities prior to the match, so grab a picnic lunch and party in the parking lot before the big event. Games are played at Yale Bowl.
Lake Compounce Family Theme Park is the one of the oldest continuously operated theme parks in the United States. The amusement park and adjoining water park are two of the hottest summer attractions in the region, as well as the Wildcat, (a wooden roller coaster built in 1927 and reconstructed with new wood in 1985) and a carousel built in 1911. This is the perfect spot for some family fun or to just admire this historic and fun-filled attraction.
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.
One of the prime wine-makers in the city, Gouveia Vineyards is where some of the finest wines come to life. Perched atop a hill in Wallingford, with lush green fields and breath-taking views of the countryside at its backdrop, this is also one of the must-visit spots in the city. Everything that goes into the products of this winery is grown on its 140-acre (56.6 hectare) vineyards, assuring a consistent batch each time. Visitors here can also take a tour of the vineyard and winery, wherein each stage of production cane be experienced, from the picking of fruits to the barreling and ageing.
Long Island Sound is a unique estuary where salt water from the sea mixes with the fresh river water, creating a biodiversity of different species of flora and fauna. The Lighthouse Point Park attracts public to this ecosystem, where fishing and boating are among prime activities. Birdwatching, picnics, swimming, carousel and a kiddie playground, are other reasons to visit here. The lighthouse has quite a history and the renovated tower is definitely worth spending some time on. Moreover, Fantasy of Lights, Hawkfest and Paddle Day are events the whole family can enjoy. Opens daily at 7am.
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.
Since the curtain rose in 1968, some of the Yale School of Drama's most notorious alums, including John Turturro, Meryl Streep, Angela Bassett, Tony Shaloub and Frances McDormund (to drop a few names) have performed on the stage of the Cabaret, housed in the basement of a beautiful Gothic building on the Yale campus. There is always something exciting on stage and a good chance that someone involved in the production will be famous someday. As a bonus, it all comes with good food and drink.
This converted garage turned hip bar, microbrewery and dance club has upscale recreation room written all over it. Cowhide couches, soft, beaten-up sofas and a pool table all suggest that you relax and hang out with friends for a few drinks and noshes. Grab the renowned, paper-thin brick oven pizza, or cool, contemporary dishes next door at the connected Brü Rm, where second story eating offers views of New Haven street life. Huge copper vats of beer is on display and live music, DJs, dancing and wild nights sprinkle the calendar.
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.