Every Tuesday Kevin talks all things food with Alex from CT FoodGirly about all things food related in Connecticut. In celebration of Valentine’s Day we talked about some of the coolest places in the state to grab a drink after dinner with your date or your gals.
Ordinary – New Haven: There is a very cozy bar, giving a speakeasy vibe, called Ordinary in New Haven. They have amazing signature drinks and knowledgable bartenders. They offer snacks, sandwiches, and sweets to share, which is great for this holiday. They have a long list of classic cocktails, a full list of their own signature cocktails, and their own private barrel selection too. Ordinary also has non-alcoholic beverages, which is a nice touch too.
Also in New Haven is Oak Haven Table & Bar. I was here last Wednesday night, checking out their outside bubble. We had an amazing dinner and it was so nice to be outside in the bubble with a heater. Oak Haven is a classy gastropub with a farm-to-table menu. Perfect spot for any after dinner drinks or dinner and some fun cocktails with friends!
In Branford, there is Pearl Wine Bar, this has been one of my new go-to spots. They have an ever-changing menu, filled with fresh salads, seasonal shared plates and really delicious desserts. I love the crafted cocktail menu at Pearl, the spicy strawberry margarita is great and their is something for everyone with Pearls small plate selection. The burger and hot honey chicken are both really nice. Definitely make a reservation for Pearl, it’s a cozy bar with a beautiful interior and perfect for after dinner drinks or a cute galentines night.
Another one of my new favorite spots is the newly opened 88 Keys Piano Bar in Watertown. This is an upscale bar with live music, great shareable dishes, crafted cocktails, and delicious desserts. I think if my girls were in town, I would have us pop into 88 Keys together.
Lastly, there is Sips Wine Bar in Old Saybrook. This is a great spot for discovering new wines around the world. I love it here because they offer a huge array of wines that change constantly. Sips Wine Bar also offers Cheese and Charcuterie boards with a huge selection to pair with your wines.
It’s also gorgeous inside, but on the smaller side so make a reservation here if you can!
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