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Best things to do in Hartford

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“There's a reason this place is voted best of Hartford breakfast year after year! Very reasonable prices. Quick service (if you find a seat). Don't miss french toast or pancakes! Only two min walk away”
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History Museum
“Built in 1796, the original seat of the state legislature is now a historical landmark & museum. The old pillory stocks seem a little surreal, make you feel like you're actually travelling back in time. Kids exhibits are wonderful, especially in the activities room, downstairs gallery, CT Kid Governor's office, and museum of oddities. Kids and adults will enjoy a visit here.”
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“Wonderful Southern cuisine, frequent live music, free music on Thursdays Jazz, blues, soul, R&B, etc”
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“Vegetarians, beware: Bear’s Smokehouse is an unapologetic carnivores’ heaven. The meat is delicately smoked in hickory and other fragrant woods, rubbed to perfection, and barbecued until it is charred on the outside and pink on the inside and falls off the bone. Chef Jamie “The Bear” McDonald has perfected his own sauces and rubs, and he chooses everything from the wood to the meat cuts very carefully. You can find all kinds of meat on the menu, from briskets, beef, pork, chicken, turkey, and sausages, along with a whole range of sides. The ambiance fits the feast – the restaurant is located in a converted garage and has a counter service and a sink.”
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History Museum
“The Museum of Connecticut History is located in the meticulously restored and historic 1910 building that houses the State Library and Supreme Court. Its focus is on the state’s governmental, industrial, and military history, which it showcases through a range of permanent and temporary exhibits. The exhibits follow the State’s growth and development and the part it played in the development of the United States. The visit to the museum starts at Memorial Hall with a display of the portraits of former Connecticut Governors. The Hall also contains display boxes with important historical documents such as the State's original Royal Charter from 1662. ”
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Park
“Very quite and peaceful. Many places to sit and relax. There's running trials and a good place to jog around, too.”
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Night Club
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“Located on Front Street in downtown Hartford, Nixs Hartford is spacious, opulent, and lively. Nixs is the place in Hartford to visit for after-work cocktails or to hang out with friends for a fun-filled evening, as they have a great DJ playing most days. Everything revolves around their enormous bar and comfortable lounge booths. The restaurant specializes in small plates of local specialties, which in Hartford means superb fresh oysters, crabs, shrimp, and lobsters. Chef Al Soto knows exactly what to do with these excellent seafood options, and with his skilled touch and a few unexpected ingredients and combinations, he manages to produce delightful surprises. ”
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Bar
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“Firebox takes their farm-to-table philosophy seriously. They work with a large number of local farms and food producers, shaping their menu around what is available seasonally and grown locally. Add to that the expert skills and fruitful imagination of Chef Ed Jones, and the results are delightful small plates bursting with flavors. The restaurant is warm and inviting with exposed brick walls and original beams on the ceiling. Their policy of working with local talent extends to the local artists who have the opportunity to show their art on the restaurant’s walls. Firebox’s brunch has received rave reviews, and you will see why after you try their eggs Benedict. ”
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Movie Theater
“Movie theatre is decent, clean and comfortable. Plenty of parking, stadium seating. Clean bathrooms and has lots of snack choices.”
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Grocery or Supermarket
“A true bodega and the best place for essentials within walking distance downtown. In addition to fresh veggies and fruits, they have pre-made grab and go foods, a fresh deli counter, a great supply of organic prepared foods (canned, boxed, fresh, frozen). The staff and owners are very kind and helpful.”
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Point of Interest
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Store
“Needs something that screams Hartford? Awesome t-shirts, sweatshirts, greeting cards and many other locally inspired handcrafted items. While you're there, order something off their letterpress!”
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“Upscale spot with prime cuts & seafood, extensive wine list, cocktails for expense account crowd. Ambiance is Classy and upscale. Service is Amazing, top-notch with attentive and friendly staff. This place is a staple. Fun southern style restaurant.”
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Bar
“This is a fun little pub with a warm and dim underground feel. A good beer selection and late night bites, including their infamous soft pretzels. They also have live music every Wednesday night! (Also one of my favorite brunch spots for Saturday or Sunday mornings). Only a 10 minute walk or 3 minute drive away.”
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