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Best things to do in West Haven

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Art Museum
“A world class art gallery -- spanning the globe and historical eras -- set in an early example of one of architecture's great masters, Louis Kahn (see his later masterpiece across the street: the Yale Center for British Art). A newer addition has expanded the experience.”
73 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Music, dancing, brewery, pool. Top 3 pizza's in New Haven, must try the bacon, potato pizza”
45 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“A favorite art gallery out of all my travels - due to the intimate setting for the art and the serenity and beauty of the museum architecture. Designed by the renowned Louis Kahn, the museum is itself a work of art. Also see and compare his earlier museum across the street: the Yale Art Gallery.”
21 locals recommend
Supermarket
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“Full service grocery store downtown. Expensive, but the closest full-service option. ”
27 locals recommend
Bar
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“Very romantic cocktail bar with a speakeasy vibe. They also have high-brow bar food which is good, but limited.”
21 locals recommend
Theater
“Theater usually offering nice shows ! Check schedule online for upcoming shows - ”
12 locals recommend
College Library
“Built in 1961-1963 and designed by Architect Gordon Bunshaft, of Skidmore Owings & Merrill. The design is in the New Formalist mode of Modernism, using a symmetrical and repeated rhythm of geometric pattern. The structure of the library consists of four walls, each a Vierendeel welded steel tapered-cross truss into which a grid of 1/4 inch thick Vermont Montclair Danby marble panes has been fitted. The exterior of the steel is clad in granite while the interior frame is clad in precast stone and granite. ”
18 locals recommend
Bar
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“Rudy's was relocated and revamped after 75 years of being the best dive bar in town. The new location is cleaner, has better interior design, and an expanded menu, but the fact that it is no longer a dive bar is also a disappointment to many. I don't go here for the service, the food, or the cocktails. I come here for the decent-to-good beer selection, a baseball game on the TV (note, this is NOT a sports bar and the TVs are not invasive) and the company. So this bar may not be the bar for you, but I'm recommending it for those special bar flies out there that don't want anything too fancy and enjoy other bar flies. Don't go on Wednesday, Friday or Saturday nights when they have karaoke/DJs.”
16 locals recommend
Bar
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“Excellent tapas restaurant that has a very high-end feel, but is not terribly expensive. The restaurant has a very energetic feel to it. You feel like you're in New York when you walk in.”
20 locals recommend
Café
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“The best bread in New Haven! This great cafe/bookstore has been in New Haven for decades. It is in the ground floor of the British Art Museum which makes for a nice combination of activities on a rainy day. The British Art Museum is free also!”
21 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“It's all about the view! Shell & Bones is New Haven's best place on the water. Expensive, but you can have a full meal of drinks + appetizers!”
14 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Sushi, but not the typical kind you would expect. I enjoy their end of the night "happy hour" deals.”
17 locals recommend
Bakery
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“a ten minute walk, perfect for breakfast or lunch. Vegetarian landmark in New Haven. Best Lithuanian coffee cake west of Vilna. ”
16 locals recommend
Electronics Store
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“Apple store offers all the computer gadgets as well as computer service in case you are having problems with your MacBook or drop your iPhone during the trip.”
6 locals recommend
Hotel
“Famous theater of the Yale School of Drama. World-class productions, experimental theater, award-winning acting.”
8 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“The Long Wharf Theatre (www.longwharf.org) is renowned for innovative and remarkable theatre. The Long Wharf from childhood to current, has never failed to deliver.”
9 locals recommend