Manchester, Connecticut — a stunning suburb of Hartford — is coined “The Silk City”. The nickname arose from the city’s history as a silk manufacturing hub in the 19th century. Today, over 55,000 people call Manchester home.
While it is recognized for its 1,000 acres of magnificent parks, one of Manchester’s hidden secrets is that it is also known by its residents to have delicious restaurants and a lively nightlife scene. Living in this small, but energetic community gives you the opportunity to enjoy the balance between a quiet suburb and boisterous nights on the town. Here is a list of some of the best nightlife and restaurants in Manchester.
British Invasion: The Main Pub Restaurant
The Main Pub Restaurant is an ode to Manchester’s twin city in the UK. You can experience the old English vibe with this warm and comfy wood and brick establishment, which offers their patrons everything from Prime Rib dinners to Deep Fried Pickles, and has an English-style pub with over 30 bottled and 18 draft beers, as well as a full cocktail and wine list. An ideal spot if you want to kick back and watch your favorite sports teams, The Main Pub is also a great place to enjoy some live music in their music lounge, which hosts musicians four nights a week.
Casual Dining: Randy’s Wooster St. Pizza Shop
Living in Manchester, CT allows for some great casual dining experiences. Randy’s Wooster St. Pizza Shop is a twist on the traditional pizza with their New Haven style “apizza” that comes in more than 30 varieties. Owner Randy Price and his team whip up handmade dough using unbleached flour and sauce using Chilean and Italian tomatoes on a daily basis. This is the perfect place to bring your family and even partake in their famous “Challenger”—a 22-inch pizza that is stuffed to the brim with meats and vegetables and weighs almost 10 pounds.
All American: Corey’s Catsup and Mustard
Corey’s Catsup and Mustard is a blast from the past with its retro-tastic vinyl booths and 60’s décor. This joint specializes in creative, but still utterly delicious burgers, homemade fries, and refreshing beer. It also serves a wide-variety of sandwiches, salads, and more, and is the go-to diner for many Manchester locals.
Sports Bar: All Starts Sports Bar & Grill
The All Stars Sports Bar & Grill has a huge—5,000-square-foot—space that is the perfect place to go with a few friends to watch sporting events. They pride themselves on a friendly and fast wait-staff, and have a full menu of classic favorites such as burgers and pizza. They even have an outdoor patio that is ideal for smoking, eating, and drinking when it’s warm enough. They have dozens of high-def televisions to watch your favorite games, but the best part is being able to watch them on their legendary 10-foot big-screen. This is also a great place to enjoy yourself on weekends with live bands and rock DJs.