New Canaan Night Life

12 go-to spots for an evening out



Oven-Roasted Chatham Cod with Artichokes and Lemon Risotto from Elm

Michael Weschler

This time of year, spring fever has set in and we’re all dying to get out of the house (for good reason!). As the temperatures begin to climb, explore some of these great locales that make coming out of hibernation fun.

For a Girls’ Night Out:

South End: A cool, urban vibe, live acoustic music every Wednesday night at 8:30pm, and tasty bite-size apps make this a favorite place to catch up with the girls.
36 Pine Street, New Canaan; 203-966-5200

Sails: Try their “Pompelmopolitan," a sexier grapefruit version of the famous cranberry-based Cosmo—it’s a favorite among the ladies.
148 Rowayton Ave, Rowayton; 203-853-7245

Darien Social: Visit on a Wednesday after 5pm, and you’ll enjoy any bottle of wine at half-price. For early birds who want a casual gathering, Happy Hour is from 4-7pm, Monday – Friday with half price pizza and draft beer.
10 Center Street, Darien; 203-614-8183

For a Date with Your Spouse:

Rowayton Seafood: Foodies flock here for the fresh, traditional seafood and the beautiful water view. Great for a dinner out with friends.
89 Rowayton Avenue, Rowayton; 203-866-4488

1020 Post: A perfect place for couples, since many of their small plate menu items are made to share, including those from the raw bar. Ask for a table in the quiet area inside to the right if you want some privacy.
1020 Post Roadd, Darien; 203-655-1020

Elm: Chef Brian Lewis’ sublime fare elevates dinner to an experience you’ll remember for months, and the restaurant’s sleek, stylish atmosphere makes for a special night out.
73 Main Street, New Canaan; 203-920-4994

For a Kid-Friendly Meal:

Tequila Mockingbird: Book a table in the bar area so you can spread out with your brood. There’s even a TV, should you need to keep your little ones occupied while you sip your margarita.
6 Forest Street, New Canaan; 203-966-2222

Bodega Taco Bar: Their mini tacos (choose from pork, fish, chicken and more) are perfectly pint-sized for little hands and mouths.
980 Post Road, Darien; 203-655-8500

Rowayton Pizza (104 Rowayton Avenue; 203-853-7555) and Brendan’s 101 (101 Rowayton Avenue; 203-853-1050): Pizza and ice cream go hand-in-hand at these two Rowayton institutions across the street from each other.

For Celebrating With a Large Group:

Chef Luis: Chef Luis Lopez is an expert at catering for groups, and he will happily customize a special menu to fit your needs, whatever the celebration.
129 Elm Street, New Canaan; 203-972-5847

The Melting Pot: Nothing says “group fun” more than fondue. Enjoy their extensive new menu, including gluten-free options, and a top-shelf wine list.
14 Grove Street, Darien; 203-656-4774

 

 

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