Best of Connecticut 2010: Nightlife
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West Hartford, (860) 561-0180 (asianfusion.net)
This jazz supper club serves up American jazz along with its extensive Asian menu and amply sized drinks. Owner Paul Lewis started out by drawing local talent from the Hartford Jazz Society, the Hartt School, Trinity College and the Artists Collective, and now a steady stream of jazz flows here every Friday and Saturday night. On Sept. 24, there’s an impressive lineup scheduled for The Concert to Benefit Homeless Veterans (as well as the Connecticut State Veterans’ Home and Hospital in Rocky Hill). Visit the website for details.
NIGHT AT THE BALLPARK
(203) 345-4800 (bridgeportbluefish.com)
Nine innings of action-packed Independent League baseball is just the beginning. Add to that Kids’ Cove, autograph sessions with the players, dizzy-bat races and rubber-chicken catches, visits with team mascot B.B., giveaways, special events and a picnic area—and you’ve got one heck of a family experience. It’s all right here and a major-league bargain compared to games farther afield in NYC and Boston.
MGM Grand at Foxwoods, Mashantucket, (860) 312-8888 (shrinemgmfoxwoods.com)
Shrine, a much-needed addition to the state’s nightlife scene, is an upscale, nationally acclaimed club known for its dark, Asian-style decor and the big names that drop in on weekends (wanna party with Diddy, anyone?). With 35 VIP tables, bottle service, live deejays (including resident deejay, JD) and a menu of outstanding Asian food, it’s impossible to have anything less than an awesome time.
Cromwell, (860) 635-1860 (rookiesct.com)
At Rookies, it’s all about the sports and beer, as it should be at a true sports bar. They’ve got 70 TVs televising what seems like every NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, NASCAR, college football and Division 1 college basketball game, plus more than 30 seasonally changing beers and hard ciders on tap. The great bar food, live entertainment and unbeatable drink specials make this place just that much better.