Celebrate the weekend–or any day of the week–by blowing off some steam at a local bar.

But there's no need to go to a mediocre watering hole. Southwestern Connecticut has a vibrant nightlife scene, and Yelp reviewers are here to help make the right bar decision.

Related: Top Yelp-reviewed margaritas in southwestern Connecticut

We took a look at the top Yelp-reviewed bars in the area (excluding sports bars because that's its own animal) and found that bartaco is the place to be. Both Stamford and Westport locations have excellent reviews–and so does the Port Chester, NY one.

If you want a margarita, but bartaco is too crowded, try Bodega Taco Bar in Fairfield. It has on half less star than bartaco, but 3.5 stars is still pretty good.

"It gets packed quickly so worth it to go at happy hour or earlier, oh and the sangria is delicious," one Yelp reviewer writes.