New Canaan Night Life
12 go-to spots for an evening out
Oven-Roasted Chatham Cod with Artichokes and Lemon Risotto from Elm
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