100 Pond Lily Ave., New Haven, CT, US, 06525
- Phone: (203) 387-6651
- Fax: (203) 387-6651
What do the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, U-2, The Kinks and Bob Dylan have in common? They have all played at this legendary hot spot, along with almost every other road show. For almost 30 years, this place has been hopping (pun intended) with an incredible lineup of live music and a dance party that just won't quit. It has been voted nightclub of the year several times, so consider a trip to Toad's to partake in music history, not to mention a good time.
Whether you enter from the street level via elevator or from the terrace below, Scoozzi's will delight and surprise you. Despite its location in a post-modern concrete structure, the interior is warm and bright, with a funky vegetable mural in the main dining area. A grand dining area and a stylish wine bar, along with patio seating is on offer here. The menu starts with innovative salads and pizzettes and moves on to creative pastas, risottos and a variety of meats and seafood as the main dishes. Have a bite of Cozze Prince Edward Island Mussels in a lemon-garlic broth with Escarole and Sardinian Couscous or Paella Jumbo Gulf Shrimp with scallops, mussels, clams, chicken and house made Pork Sausage with peas, red peppers and saffron. There is a jazz brunch on Sundays, and great outdoor seating in warm weather for people watching.
Pizza was founded in New Haven, and the famous pizzerias still serve up the best around, but even with heavy duty competition from all the others, Est Est Est holds its own. So, try a slice here almost around the clock, and you won't be disappointed, especially if you order another Italian specialty with your pie. Enjoy outdoor seating in summer, as it's perfect place for people watching. They also offer free delivery, and catering is available.
This hot spot is perfect for watching the beautiful people and enjoying a light pub fare, the latest cocktail trend or a choice of steaks, pasta and seafood in the main dining area. The restaurant is located in the historic grand ballroom of the former Taft Hotel, next door to the Shubert Theatre. It's a great place to relax before or after a show. There is live music on occasion, and always an excellent wine list. There is another Hot Tomato's in Hartford, Connecticut.
Alchemy's scene is two-fold—a cafe by day and nightclub by night. The Cafe, offering a cornucopia of delicious dishes that are reinvented over and over again, served in a funky hangout with post-mod furnishings and a touch of the dark side. Self-proclaimed as having the "hippest happy hour" around, you will find two-for-one drinks from 4pm-9pm. If you feel like hanging out, the place evolves into The Night Club, which rocks into the wee hours. If you want to stay and play, get there before 10:30pm to avoid the cover charge. Check website for live performances and cover charges per event.
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.
If you are looking for a club to party after bar-hopping in New Haven, head to the Afterlife. This thriving hot spot has become a favorite spot among the late-night revelers who enjoy the EDM, house and trance music played by the DJs. For its opening night had DJs like Ac Slater, Harvard Bass and Flinch to entertain the crowd. Keep you ids ready as the club is open for those 18 years old and above.
Ever since this club opened in 1992, it has had a non-stop parade of live bands and parties for all age groups (16+). The newly remodeled lounge and bar hosts indie rock, ska, punk, gothic and rockabilly bands. You can pick up CDs and Tee shirts at the Elevator Music Shop. Friday nights are fetish nights, so get out your heels and dance the night away!
OK, so it's not in the greatest section of New Haven, on a corner off on its own. But despite the grubby outside appearance, this is an outstanding spot for hearing live bands and performers. During the week it showcases a diverse selection of music and talent, and on the weekends you can listen to outstanding jazz and blues players jam. There is no food served, so eat before you get into the groove.
Unassuming from the outside but warm and inviting on the inside, J.P Dempsey's is a neighborhood favorite known for piling on the food. The kitchen, although amazingly small, whips up dozens of dishes and daily specials, from appetizers and sandwiches to steaks and pastas. Make sure you don't forget to throw your peanut shells on the floor; it's de rigueur here! When the weather is nice, there is a small patio out in front that serves as a great place to watch the neighborhood go by.