Best Nightlife

Out of all the clubs and bars in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Greenwich nightlife on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Greenwich Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

8 The Loft
It may be a 20 minute drive from Greenwich, but this is the one of the area's most popular cocktail spots and it's easy to see why. Exposed brick walls, orange lighting and a wrought iron staircase flank this impressive two-level space, and weekly 80s nights on Thursday and frequent live bands on Friday and Saturday keep the party going. Be sure to try the decadent chocolate martini, awarded the best "chocolate indulgence" in the nation by Food Network. (203-838-6555)

7 Beachhouse Cafe
Something's always happening at this popular eatery and bar, housed in a charming white storefront in Old Greenwich. Offering seafood, salads, burgers and more, the menu has crowd appeal, as does the sparkling interior and drink list. Over 30 wines, a martini menu and 12 beers on draft, including Stella Artois, Guinness and Samuel Adams, highlight the bar's selection. Their famous Grateful Dead night draws a crowd on Wednesdays, and live bands perform Thursday-Saturday nights at 10pm. (203-637-0367)

6 Thirsty Turtle
This watering hole in nearby Stamford hosts fun Friday night dance parties, featuring energetic DJs and lots of drink specials. Comedy acts frequently appear on Saturdays, and other events including live music performances and karaoke take place throughout the week. (203-973-0300)

5 g-r-a-n-d
DJs four nights a week, lounge furniture and a busy bar scene have earned this spot its reputation as a desirable entertainment venue. Large windows and clean lines flank the cosmopolitan space, and a curving straircase leads to the second floor dining area. Plates of party food and dressed-up mains emanate from the kitchen. Nibble on a small plate of mac and cheese with truffles and gruyere or the beef tenderloin with horseradish potatoes if you need something more substantial. (203-323-3232)

4 Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar
An attractive spot to grab dinner or drinks, this restaurant and wine bar offers several creative menu options. A bowl of of paella, served family style, feeds up to six people., and a Barcelona sampler includes 6+ tapas dishes. Among the flavorful bites are softshell crab with hearts of palm and roasted pepper salad, and sherry braised beef short-rib. Recommended wine pairings are available for most dishes and available by the glass or bottle. Reservations accepted on weekends before 7pm. (203-983-6400)

3 L'escale
A lovely covered patio flanks this harborside restaurant, and a rustic French fireplace and terracotta floor accent the tasteful interior. Inspired by the flavors of Provence, the menu offers wonders such as potato-crusted seabass with haricot vert and champagne truffle sauce. Outfitted with an oak and pewter bar and charming decor, the adjacent lounge features specialty cocktails (cleverly named after the seven heavenly virtues), champagne and more. Live music on Friday nights. (203-661-4600)

2 Baang Café and Bar
The innovative dishes that make up this interesting menu include a variety of selections that tastefully blend the refinement of Asian cuisine with the vigor of California attitude. Calamari salad and Szechwan Lobster Crepes with plum wine and lobster cream sauce are two popular examples. The atmosphere is New York-chic and full of energy, and the waitstaff radiates an offbeat demeanor. This is one of those establishments that people go to in order to see and be seen as much as to enjoy a satisfying meal. There are DJs on Friday nights. A late-night menu is available until 2am Friday and Saturday nights. (203-637-2114)

1 MacKenzie's Grill Room
Nachos and beer with a big screen TV. What better way to watch the big game? This popular sports bar is a favorite for its great appetizers and relaxed atmosphere. During the weekends, the crowds hang out late into the evening, providing a great place to meet with a group of friends and hang out until the doors are locked. (203-698-0223)

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Maps and Directions

The Loft 10Best List Arrow
Type: Live Music, Lounge
Beachhouse Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bar
Neighborhood: OLD GREENWICH
Thirsty Turtle 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bar
Neighborhood: STAMFORD
g-r-a-n-d 10Best List Arrow
Type: Lounge
Neighborhood: STAMFORD
Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar 10Best List Arrow
Type: Wine Bar
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
L'escale 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bar, Hotel Bar, Lounge
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
Baang Café and Bar 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bar
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
MacKenzie's Grill Room 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bar
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
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