There are a few key bars, clubs and restaurants that are always have a crowd and are definitly worth a visit.

Downtown which includes some of the city's finest restaurants as well as the city's main bar and club district is home to popular restaurants like Max Downtown at 185 Asylum Street (City Place), Trumbull Kitchen at 150 Trumbull Street, City Steam Brewery Cafe at 942 Main Street, Hot Tomato's at 1 Union Place (Union Station), Agave Grill at 100 Allyn Street, Vivo at 200 Columbus Blvd (Hartford Marriott Downtown Hotel) and Black Eyed Sally's at 350 Asylum Street. Popular bars and/or clubs downtown include The Brickyard Cafe at 113-115 Allyn Street, Room 960 at 960 Main Street (the former G. Fox Building), Club Blu at 183-191 Ann Street, Mad Dawg's Rock N' Roll Saloon at 76 Union Place, Pourhouse at 103 Allyn Street, On the Rocks at 50 Union Place, Bourbon Street North at 70 Union Place, Standing Stone at 111 Allyn Street, Crush at 200 Columbus Blvd (Hartford Marriott Downtown Hotel) and Element 315 at 315 Trumbull Street (Hilton Hartford Hotel Downtown), Sweet Jane's Rock N' Roll Eatery at 88 Pratt Street, Joe Black's Bar & Restaurant at 31 Pratt Street, Vaughn's Public House at 59 Pratt Street and McKinnon's Irish Pub  at 114 Asylum Street.

Heading on over to the west end do not leave out  Churrascaria Braza at 488 Farmington Avenue, The Half Door at 270 Sisson Avenue, Wood N' Tap at 99 Sisson Avenue, Ichiban Korean & Japanese Restaurant at 530 Farmington Avenue and Tisane Tea & Coffee Bar at 537 Farmington Avenue.

Over on Park Street by the West Hartford line is O'Porto Restaurant an upscale Portuguese restaurant at 2074 Park Street and Lena's First & Last Pizzeria which is most notably home to the popular Sully's Pub at 207 Park Street. Not far from the West End and Park Street is the Spigot Cafe at 468 Prospect Avenue.

 In the south end make sure to include such places as Club Barcelona at 7 Congress Street (Near Hartford Hospital and the CT Childrens Medical Center)  Chez Est at 458 Farmington Avenue, Azucar Restaurant at 494 Franklin Avenue, Francesco's Ristorante at 318 Franklin Avenue, Ay Chihuahua Mexican Restaurant & Cantina at 341 Franklin Avenue, First & Last Tavern at 939 Maple Street, Casa Mia Restaurant at 318 Franklin Avenue and the USS Chowder Pot Restaurant IV at 195 Brainard Road.