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Sip ’n’ Slide

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Good places to drink usually give you something to set your eyes on—an interesting crowd or a view of the water. They also tend to privilege conversation—a quiet booth to catch up with an old friend, the comforting din of …

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Dual Respect

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The Quail & Ale in Derby contains more than a few seeming contradictions. I’d be tempted to call it confusing if I didn’t like just about everything it’s doing. …

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Eastern Exposure

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My interest was piqued when I started hearing a drumbeat of suggestions to head to The Best Liquor Store in Milford. But it was the recommendation of Skurnik sake expert Janine Sacco, who touted the shop as having the most …

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Maiden Voyage

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Experiencing Sea Chantey Night at the Griswold Inn had been on my list for so long that I’d allowed it take on mythic proportions. Like seeing a game at Fenway or finding the perfect lobster roll, the goal was simple …

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TV Networking

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There’s a difference between a sports bar and a TV bar. In the process of trying to please as many fanbases as possible, the former tends to silo its TVs and therefore its patrons into city-states entirely disinterested in one …

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Chester Bump

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I try not to fall too hard for tourist towns. Even the good ones can leave me feeling a little used or hoodwinked, with that slightly sour “…and all I got was this lousy t-shirt” aftertaste. I try…

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Irish Hello

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As far as I’m concerned, any place with meat loaf on the menu is worth a look. Institutional investment in a meal as simple and satisfying as a good, hand-formed block of baked beef bespeaks the kind of joint that …

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Eel Repute

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There’s something refreshing about a bar that doesn’t care if it’s discoverable on Google Maps. …

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Tight Ship

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Docked on the eastern bank of its namesake, tucked behind an ear of the Grand Avenue Bridge, the Q River Grill, hard-opened in January, is a commercial island in a residential neighborhood, a place you’re only likely to find …

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Bar Bet

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Despite its Modernist credentials, colorful horse-and-jockey murals and promise of a unique experience, Sports Haven is a place New Haveners tend to avoid. Punctuating the stark commercial zone rounding the top of New Haven Harbor, our local off-track betting …

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