Where should you go out in Connecticut?
Updated 11:08 am, Tuesday, March 6, 2018
There's a vast landscape out there for nightlife. So when you're in the mood to head out for a night on the town, it's important to know what you're getting into.
We talked to podcast host and local bar expert Ken Tuccio to find out the different types of bars you'll encounter in the area.
"Fairfield County is the most competitive market in the state. People want quality beer and cocktails and bar tenders who know what's up. They want to be able to walk into a bar and have the bartender give them advice," Tuccio said.
Fairfield County is known for being where the fancy people live–and to an extent that's true when it comes to the bar scene. As Tuccio said, New York City is the place from which all trends trickle down, and Fairfield County is right next door. So, it's no surprise that many of NYC's nightlife trends have been adapted–from craft cocktails, to knowledgeable mixologists, sophisticated lounge atmospheres and boozy brunch.
"A lot of the bars you see in Fairfield County are bars that were popular in NYC years ago," he said.
Tuccio, who now lives in Norwalk, grew up in The Valley and said there's a unique culture there. They even have special drinking nights like Valley New Year, which is the night before Thanksgiving–a huge night for bar hopping.
"These are meat and potato, salt of the earth people. They want to have a good time and hang out with friends," he said. "Some places have really high quality beer on tap, but people are also content going out with buddies and getting a Bud light. It's so different from Fairfield County."
Tuccio said the Hartford area has a similar vibe. Though West Hartford has adapted a vibe more similar to Fairfield County–case in point, they have a bartaco and a Barcelona.
Greater Danbury Area
Champagne taste or not, the Danbury area has something for everyone. Tuccio likes the Greater Danbury area because you can find fancy cocktail bars as well as local watering holes where the locals have been coming for years.
"The Danbury area is nice because it's a combo of educated people who know what they like–and like quality–but you also have that home-town feel. You can go to a local bar and see people you grew up with. It's the best of both worlds," he said.