Great Things to Do After Dark in Central Connecticut Last Updated: August 2023

Whether you prefer concerts and comedy or dancing and karaoke, Hartford, Middlesex and New Haven counties have vibrant nightlife for unforgettable outings — and let's not forget great food and drinks to go with it. So once it's safe, grab your friends or get a sitter for the kids, and get out and experience these places that really light up after dark.

Sizzling Live Music Venues

Central Connecticut is filled with places to listen to amazing live music performances. From rock to jazz, country music to piano battles, you’re sure to find a place to unwind, rock out or sing along. Here is just a sampling from the long list of places where you can enjoy live music.

Dance Like No One’s Watching

Looking to let loose or tango the night away? Hartford and New Haven have several spots that fit the bill. We've come up with a short list of interesting hot spots for your next night out.

Outdoors in the Dark

Here are a few creative ways to have a little nighttime fun in the great outdoors.

Looking for More Ideas?

Ready for more? Check out our list of great nightlife destinations and attractions in Connecticut.