Top 10 Hartford Experiences

Our editors rank the essential must-do, must-see Hartford experiences.

Updated: March 20, 2004

The Top 10


Black-Eyed Sally's BBQ and Blues

350 Asylum St, Hartford, CT 06103

Clean a rack of ribs and watch toes start tapping during open blues nights at this jumping downtown shack.


Elbow Room

986 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

Start the week right: Sundays, enjoy mimosas and challah French toast at this rooftop hot spot in the Center.


Mozzicato-De Pasquale Bakery

329 Franklin Ave, Hartford, CT 06114

This South End landmark's flavor-filled cannoli is a sweet tooth's best friend.


Pigs Eye Pub

356 Asylum St, Hartford, CT 06103

Rooftop reveling at this Asylum Street pub provides a bird's-eye view of the city's raucous Fourth of July holiday parade.


Black Bear Hartford Llc

187 Allyn St, Hartford, CT 06103

Start the UConn basketball feast at Coach Jim Calhoun's 38-television sports bar before hitting the main course at the Civic Center.


Max Downtown

185 Asylum St, Hartford, CT 06103

Savor each bite of the Chilean sea bass or schmooze with Hartford's A-list over a silky vanilla ice-cream martini.


Gold Roc Diner

61 Kane St, West Hartford, CT 06119

Conversation, neon lights and made-to-order omelettes take the edge off the early hours at this West End diner.


Bushnell Park

Trinity St, Hartford, CT 06106

Ease into summer nights by relaxing on the grass for a free jazz beneath the state Capitol building.