The 10 Best Cocktail Bars in Connecticut!

Shaken, stirred, on the rocks, or with a twist of lemon, enjoy your all-time favorite or savor a unique specialty cocktail at one of Connecticut’s unique cocktail bars. Let talented mixologists create a customized cocktail to your liking using only the finest liquors and ingredients.

1. Highland Brass Co., Waterbury, CT

Stop by Highland Brass Co., for their excellent thirsty Thursday nights, which are celebrated with a food truck extravaganza. To accompany your food, sip on a great variety of cocktails including specialties made for their numerous special events. The talented mixologists behind the bar create their cocktails with only the best ingredients available.

2. L Bar, Hartford, CT

Conveniently located in the Hartford Marriot Downtown, L Bar caters to both locals and area visitors. L Bar offers those seeking a cold beverage a huge selection of wines, bourbon, whiskey, rye, beers, martinis, and cocktails. Four flavorful bourbon cocktails are also available on their menu including one perfect for fall—the Maple Apple Cider, which is made with Knob Creek Maple, lemon juice, maple syrup, apple cider, a dash of sugar, and club soda.

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3. Ordinary, New Haven, CT

The Ordinary is a cozy gastro pub and cocktail bar with hardwood accents. Delectable snacks are plated on slate platters and cardboard boats and are meant to accompany their exotic cocktails. Some highlights off their menu include the Bee’s Knees and Viking Funeral. They also offer options for parties of 10 or more like their punch bowls snack platters.

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4. Krust, Middletown, CT

This hip pizza spot and bar is situated right in the heart of Middletown and is a favorite among locals, visitors, and college students alike. Their delicious menu, which you can find on their Facebook page, features pizza and snacks. Aside from their great food, Krust has an excellent drinks menu with perfectly made cocktails such as Manhattans, martinis, and other delicious creations. Try their flavorful espresso martini made with espresso and vanilla vodka, Tempus Fugit Crème de Cacao, and lemon peel.

5. Moxie Bar, Madison, CT

Surrounded by wood walls and exposed beam ceilings, you’ll be drinking in style and comfort at Moxie Bar. Enjoy cocktails crafted by their mixologists including The Priestess, Nothing Is Real, and The Botanist. While sipping your drink, munch on a garden burger, mac and cheese, Thai barbecue chicken, and other tasty options.

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6. The Market, Norwalk, CT

Bite into a juicy free range green chili cheese burger and beat the spice with one of the Market’s staple cocktails. Whet your whistle with Titos Mule or Picante Verde, which is a cocktail made from Jalapeno Espolon Tequila, muddled cucumber, lime, mint, and cilantro. For those who don’t like cocktails, don’t worry as they also have beer on tap and in bottles.


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7. Match, South Norwalk, CT

Match compliments their excellent food and atmosphere with craft cocktails made with in-house add-ins such as syrups, juices, and bitters. Some of their many craft cocktails include the Match Manhattan, a classic old fashioned, and the creative Honeysuckle on This. Perfect food matches like burrata and bacon & mozzarella are a nice accompaniment to the craft beverages, wines, and beers.

8. 116 Crown, New Haven, CT

Grab a front row seat at the bar to enjoy 116 Crown’s skilled mixologists at work crafting delicious cocktails from their fine selection of alcohol. More than thirty different cocktails are available, such as classics like an Original Rye Sour or Thom Collins, to unusual drinks like Lauren’s Driving Home and Purple Curtain.

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9. Geronimo Bar and Grill, Fairfield and New Haven, CT

With the largest selection of tequila on the East Coast, you’re sure to find a wide selection of drink creations. Sip on the Pink Bison, made with Bison Grass vodka, pink peppercorns, Pama, agave, and fresh lemon, or enjoy a fruit version of a classic mojito. The tequila and mescal menu is also out of this world, and if you can’t choose just one, opt for a tequila flight to sample the breadth of their menu.

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10. Max Downtown, Hartford, CT

Though closed for interior renovations until September, Max Downtown deserves a spot on our best of cocktails list for sure. Cocktails change seasonally to reflect the atmosphere of Connecticut’s seasons, but favorites include Tarragon of Virtue and The Bees Needs. Their high-class food is also delectable, making this an excellent spot for a date night or celebratory evening. We can’t wait to see what surprises they’ll have in store come September.


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