Friday Night Cocktails
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The view is the decor at Hartford’s posh aerie, where habitués take in lofty views of the city, the Travelers Tower, and the Connecticut River shimmering 20 floors below. The intimate bar, frequented by legal eagles with offices downstairs, is carpeted, softly lit and quiet enough for conversation. It’s a great place for a date drink.
Union League Café
New Haven, 203/562-4299
Are you in New Haven or on the Rue des Etoiles? The clubroom inside this beloved brasserie conjures up Paris with its stately architecture, gilt frames and warm sconce lighting. An intimate space with seats for 16, it’s the perfect hideaway for a cherished rendezvous or a private tête-à-tête.
Feng Asian Bistro’s Bar
Asian tradition meets contemporary cool in Feng’s sleek 14-seat bar in the heart of downtown Hartford. Gleaming wood, rustic stonework, delicate bamboo and shoji-screen-inspired room dividers make a sophisticated backdrop for the professional crowd that keeps it hopping.
Marriott Hartford Downtown
Palatial—that’s the word. Inside Hartford’s Marriott is this trendy, grand-scale dance-party palace. High vaulted ceilings, plush white chairs and leather-wrapped columns are the setting for relaxed drinks early in the evening. The place earns its name Friday and Saturday nights, when a dressy young crowd, spurred on by a deejay, becomes a crush on the dance floor.
Delamar Greenwich Harbor
This destination port of call boasts a prime waterside location, beckoning bergere chairs and live piano jazz on Friday and Saturday evenings. The restaurant and lounge cater to a smartly dressed, upscale clientele, some of whom park their yachts outside.
Morello Italian Bistro
The charm and graciousness of Old World Italy can be found in the center of Greenwich. Designer Rafael Guastavino Jr.’s amber-tiled ceilings and columns, and ornate dark-wood furnishings conspire to create one of the loveliest restaurant interiors in the state. Rustic yet sophisticated, the nine-stool bar and 20-seat lounge are lively and welcoming any night of the week.
Leffingwells Martini Bar
Mohegan Sun, 888/226-7711
Unabashedly contrived (that’s part of the thrill) is the simulated splendor of this otherworldly oasis set high above the gaming tables at Mohegan Sun. Wombi Rock (a glowing three-story white onyx “mountain”), overstuffed velvet chairs, and stars that twinkle in an overhead planetarium are the perfect setting for head-spinning specialty martinis.