Over the next few minutes we will be taking a deep dive into drinking at the best bars in Bridgeport and New Haven. From a tall glass of beer and a shot of vodka to local drink specials and singing karaoke we are going to try and cover it all.
The best wine and cocktail bars near you will get the ball rolling. Once they have been discussed in full breweries and sports bars to watch the big game or maybe play some pool and throw some darts will get a shout out.
Those who want to get the party started right after work or just buy some cheaper drinks will learn about the best drink specials in your area next. After they are out of the way we will move on to bars with trivia, quiz, and/or game nights around town.
Bars for dancing, karaoke, and to listen to live music will wrap this all up. Be sure to check out our Bridgeport and New Haven bar map that has every place we mention throughout the post pinned on it.
And you are all welcome to compare the scene here to other cities around the Northeast at that link if you want.
Cocktail & Wine Bars
Many would agree that the best Bridgeport and New Haven cocktail and wine bars are:
- Metric Bar at 39 Cannon St
- Hub and Spoke at 3001 Fairfield Ave
- Trattoria ‘A Vucchella at 272 Fairfield Ave
- Matto Wine Bar at 389 Bridgeport Ave
- Elm City Social at 266 College, New Haven
- 116 Crown at 116 Crown, New Haven
- Anchor Spa at 272 College, New Haven
- Ballou’s Wine Bar at 51 Whitfield #1, New Haven
- Bar August at 3 Edwards St, New Haven
- Cave A Vin Wine Bar at 975 State St, New Haven
- Harvest Wine Bar at 1104 Chapel St, New Haven
Metric Bar boasts some of the best cuisine and cocktail deals in town as well as live music. Weddings, private parties, and corporate functions are just a few of the events they may cater to.
Hub and Spoke has been brewing local craft beer for almost 20 years and their selection is concentrated in the region. Their American tapas menu options such as scratch-made sausage, fresh ground burgers, and in-house made burrata are worth trying.
Trattoria ‘A Vucchella sells hand-selected Italian wines and has a full-service bar in Bridgeport with beer on tap and in bottles. They also serve pizza for lunch and dinner.
Ballou’s Restaurant & Wine Bar offers over 80 wines by the glass and cocktails. Every day 18 to 20 different selections of wines by the glass are available at Bar August. Cave A Vin Wine Bar has over 60 domestic and imported wines while also having a fantastic selection of beer and spirits in your area.
Bridgeport & New Haven Breweries & Sports Bars
You and your buddies will have a great time watching the big game at these local sports bars and breweries:
- Aspetuck Brew Lab at 3389 Fairfield Ave
- Mangoz Sports Bar at 2162 Barnum Ave
- The Blind Rhino at 3425 Fairfield Ave
- East Rock Brewing Company & Beer Hall at 285 Nicoll # 103, New Haven
- Sports Haven Bar & Grille at 600 Long Wharf Dr, New Haven
Aspetuck Brew Lab features more than eight beers on tap, hard cider, and wine plus they can help you organize a private party for up to 50 people. They pour great beer into your glass all night long complete with live music, trivia, comedy, and a friendly atmosphere.
The Blind Rhino is a well-known award-winning sports bar in your area of downtown that also does catering and facilitates private occasions like birthday parties, baby showers, corporate outings, and rehearsal dinners.
Murphy’s Law from our best drink specials list also has plenty of TV’s where you can watch live sports, and Hub and Spoke could have arguably been listed as a brewery.
East Rock Brewing Company & Beer Hall has 12 draft beers and delicious pretzels. Sports Haven Bar & Grille has over 250 flat-screen TV’s, free WIFI, a free-to-play gaming area, and the convenience of gambling on thoroughbred, harness, and greyhound racing.
Local Drink Specials
There are plenty of good bars with drink specials in your area and you can get great value if you time your visit properly:
- Murphy’s Law at 239 Fairfield Ave
- Geronimo at 271 Crown, New Haven
- Kitchen Zinc at 966 Chapel, New Haven
- Barracuda Bistro & Bar at 1180 Chapel, New Haven
Murphy’s Law is recognized for its friendly atmosphere and fun times with daily drink specials that make it cheaper to drink near you with $5 regular draft beer and $4.50 well drinks. During football season they are open every day at 10am.
Matto Wine Bar from our cocktail and wine bar list also has local drink specials on alcohol Monday through Friday from 3pm to 5pm.
Geronimo has drink specials from 5pm to 7pm offering wine, margaritas and food specials. Kitchen Zinc is a good place to buy cheaper alcoholic drinks like beers and wines from 5pm to 7pm on Tuesdays through Thursdays and on Fridays and Saturdays from 9pm to 11pm.
Barracuda Bistro & Bar offers discounted drinks on house wines, margaritas, mojitos, and appetizers at their bar on weeknights from 4pm to 7pm, 10pm to 12pm, and weekends from 3pm to 5pm.
Trivia, Quiz & Game Nights
Check out this list of bars with trivia, quiz, and game nights near you:
- Brewport Brewing Co at 225 South Frontage Rd
- Best Trivia Ever
- Anna Liffeys at 17 Whitney Ave, New Haven
- Gryphon’s Pub at 204 York St, New Haven
- Ordinary Newhaven at 990 Chapel St, New Haven
- Barcade Newhaven at 56 Orange St, New Haven
You can eat delectable pizza, desserts, and salads while drinking beer, cocktails, or wine at Brewport Brewing Co and watching trivia at 7pm. Best Trivia Ever has become one of the hottest kinds of live bar trivia entertainment in your area performing over 160 live shows per month for pubs, restaurants, breweries, and private parties all around the region.
Every Tuesday at 6:30pm Anna Liffeys hosts a trivia night and throughout the week they broadcast all local sporting events, professional league games, and soccer matches from the major European leagues. On Wednesdays from 8pm to 10pm Ordinary Newhaven hosts a trivia night and serves cocktails, wine, and beer.
Dance, Karaoke, & Live Music
Dance, listen to live music, or sing karaoke at these fun bars around town:
- Blvd Karaoke at 1103 Main St
- Taes Lounge at 1014 Stratford Ave
- BRYAC Black Rock at 3074 Fairfield Ave
- Park City Music Hall at 2926 Fairfield Ave
- Bijou Theater CT at 275 Fairfield Ave
- Bar Night Club at 254 Crown St, New Haven
- Café Nine at 250 State St, New Haven
- Stella Blues Bar at 204 Crown St, New Haven
Private rooms at Blvd Karaoke can be reserved for birthday parties, corporate events, or social gatherings plus food and drinks are available as well. Taes Lounge holds bar karaoke in Bridgeport on Wednesdays and you can also sample their delectable meals and cocktails.
Every Friday through Sunday at 9pm you may appreciate excellent live music while savoring wonderful dishes, soups, drinks, and desserts at BRYAC Black Rock.
Park City Music Hall is an excellent place to enjoy live music from some of the best local bands in town. They may accommodate everything from birthday brunches to multi-day conferences or social events, live-streamed concerts, and more with all-in-house services from food to drinks.
On Thursdays Bar Night Club features a live DJ spinning pop dance music mixed with classic sing-along rock and roll anthems. Cafe Nine is one of the better bars in your area to see a wide range of live music
Stella Blues Bar is a laid-back bar and live music venue that hosts open-mike nights and happy hours.
By the way we have also covered:
- Bars With Games In Hartford
- Bars With Games In New York City
- Bars With Games In Newark
- Bars With Games In Philadelphia
Have Fun Drinking At The Best Bars In Bridgeport & New Haven
There are plenty of local wine and cocktail bars, breweries to watch sports at, places with good drink specials to save money, trivia, quiz, and game nights, as well as bars to listen to live music, dance, and sing karaoke near you. Hopefully we were able to fill you in on some valuable info that will make your next night out a little better.
Please use the comments to let us know if any spots have closed down or if any new cool places have opened up in your area so that we can keep our lists fresh. Now go have fun drinking at the best bars in Bridgeport and New Haven.