Connecticut's Food Halls, Beer Halls, and Beer Gardens Last Updated: June 2021

Discover Connecticut’s new and expanding food hall scene … and enjoy a slew of new experiences with these unique offerings from the state’s beer halls, beer gardens, and lively outdoor settings.

At this time, restaurants are working diligently to prioritize safety. Be sure to check with each location before venturing out as hours and offerings may change due to COVID-19.

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The Beer Garden at Shippan Landing, Stamford

This trendy, seasonal outdoor destination offers a rotating roster of craft beers, an assortment of delicious food trucks, yard games, and live outdoor music — right on the water! Be sure to visit their website for their 2021 schedule.

 

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GastroPark, West Hartford

The GastroPark in West Hartford offers an ever-changing schedule of local food trucks and a large choice of local craft beers and wine. From beanbag toss to comfy seating, this large outdoor space is an ideal hangout spot for foodies. Enjoy special events such as Daylight Dance Party, dog-friendly Yappy Hour, Coffee & Yoga, and different seasonal pop-up stores during the spring and summer seasons!

 

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Stony Creek Brewery, Branford

If you’re looking for great beer, great drinks, or great pizza, head to Stony Creek Brewery in Branford. Enjoy an evening of tasty food and drinks on an outdoor patio, scored by live music throughout the spring and summer months. And if you’re traveling, this spot’s conveniently located within walking distance of the Branford Train Station!

 

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Parkville Market, Hartford

The first food hall in Connecticut, housed in the former Capitol City Lumber Co. building, offers eats from gourmet French fries and seafood to poke and Puerto Rican cuisine. Enjoy a variety of food from more than 20 vendors and live music in their large outdoor – and very trendy – patio.

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The Hops Company, Derby

The Hops Company taps into the world of craft beer with more than 40 local, domestic and international beers. Try ciders, handcrafted cocktails, and wine on draft with perfectly paired food options. Attend special events such as weekly brunches, trivia nights, and live music in a large outdoor beer garden.

 

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Housatonic River Brewing Beer Garden, New Milford

This all-in-one brewery, taproom and beer garden is located along the scenic Housatonic River in New Milford. Check out an alternating schedule of food trucks while taking in a great view of the river — and be sure to check their Facebook page for upcoming events.

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The Velvet Mill, Stonington

The Velvet Mill is a converted 1950s velvet manufacturing center that now houses one of Connecticut's best food halls! The mill is home to Wood Fired Pizza Company, Beer’d Brewing Co., and more. The Mill also offers other local businesses such as fitness classes and artist studios.

 

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Hog River Brewing Co., Hartford

Hartford’s Hog River Brewery Co. is a family-owned business with an extensive, interchanging menu of craft beer. Be sure to try the seasonal outdoor KNOW GOOD Market each month and sample flavors from local restaurants and food trucks. Plus, the outdoor street market offers live music!

 

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Essex Public Market and Food Hall, Essex

Essex Public Market and Food Hall is located on the Connecticut shoreline and offers local food and drink in the converted Los Charros Cantina restaurant. Explore a large selection of cuisines from restaurants like noodles from Umami Noodle Bar, gelatos from The Creamery, and many more.

 

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Elicit Brewery, Manchester

Elicit Brewery in Manchester boasts a brewery, beer hall, cocktail bar, beer garden, arcade, and restaurant all in one. Sip the best beers from Connecticut and beyond in a variety of settings, including a picturesque outdoor beer garden!