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Running the Table

The rack cracks and there’s a panic on the table. An angry, rainbow blur of numerals flies every which way, searching for holes. The action slows, then stiffens. Peace is restored.

But the game is on. …

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Good Game

Relic's The Huntress at Barcade New Haven

Opened seven weeks ago near Orange and Crown, Barcade’s immediate stroke of brilliance is its name, which is quick, catchy and self-explanatory.

Its deeper genius is that it’s actually full of unexplained surprises. …

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The Smoker at Prime 16

At Prime 16, the name says it all. “Prime”: meat from young, well-fed cattle. “16”: the number of ounces in a pint. Still unclear? Check the logo: a minimalistic drawing of a bovine head, in which the face and snout …

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Evening Service

On Temple Street, just south of Chapel, there’s a chapel. It has a pulpit, intricate woodcarvings, even a Madonna of sorts. And best of all: it serves vodka.…

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What are the Odds?

Sports Haven

East of Ikea on Long Wharf Drive, not far from where the Mill and Quinnipiac Rivers spill into the New Haven harbor, a semi-industrial hinterland of Interstate flyovers, oil infrastructure…

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Lechon Asado and Ron Zacapa rum at Zafra Rum Bar, New Haven

As a boy, Abel Zekiel Ramirez would watch and wait.

He’d watch the big cruise ships come into port at Key West, Florida, then wait for their passengers to make wishes, tossing coins into the clear…

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Greener Pastures

Known for its green color, black licorice taste and supposed hallucinogenic properties, absinthe goes by many clashing names. Is it the green fairy, or the green fiend? The green muse, or the…

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Cold Comforts

Cranberry Mojito and Ramos Fizz at Olea

In winter, the heart longs for rich, warm, comforting drinks that stick to the ribs. Better still if what sticks also zings on the way down.

Few spirits are as hearty and walloping as a nice bourbon.…

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Raise Your Voice

Karaoke Heroes main room

Sing along if you like:

Walking down Crown Street, south of the green,
your ears catch a tune drifted over on a breeze.

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It’s a Hoot

The Owl Shop

Peer into the smoke-filled room with this updated story, originally published October 4, 2012.

The door opens on a dark, wood-paneled lounge. About a thousand liquor bottles line neat shelves behind the bartender.…

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