Getting to Know Hartford, Connecticut

by Erin O’Dea

As the city boasts, “Hartford Has It!” This silly slogan perfectly describes the Hartford area. As a New York resident, I had no idea what was in store for me when I moved to Hartford as a 1L. After two years of living in and becoming familiar with the area, I can confidently provide a list of all of the important places you need to know about to make the most of your Hart- ford experience.

For the socialite: you can always find a good crowd on McLadden’s in West Hartford Center any night of the week. Also, the Half-Door is a UConn Law tradition. Right down the street from the law school, it often hosts trivia nights and music. Wednesday is $2 Irish Draft night – always a hit with the financially struggling law students in the area. In general, West Hartford Center has a ton of great places to out with your new classmates, including Bar Taco and The Elbow Room. Also, give the Shish Kebab House of Afghanistan a shot when you are not in the mood for a crowded bar. If you are looking to watch a game, head to Damon’s Tavern.

For the foodie: You can get a decent meal at most of the restaurants in West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square – just make sure you are in your price range ahead of time. Downtown Hartford has a good selection too. Explore the restaurants in the area at your discretion. There are a lot of options for every food mood. One thing all foodies do agree on is dessert: AC Peterson’s will fulfill all of your ice cream sundae dreams. Bonus: On top of a good sports bar experience, Damon’s serves really good bar food.

For the athlete: The area has gyms for every budget. Students frequent Wow Workout World for an incredibly fair monthly price. Anytime Fitness in Bishop’s Corner is open 24 hours a day – great for your busy schedule. There is also a NYSC in Blue Back Square if you are interested in an indoor swimming pool – and have a few extra bucks. The JCC in Bloomfield is also a popular option among students.

For the yogi: West Hart- ford Yoga and Downtown Yoga have plenty of classes throughout the day to accommodate your schedule. Anytime Fitness and NYSC also offer yoga classes as part of their membership plans. LuLu Lemon in West Hartford Center provides complimentary yoga on Sundays at 10 a.m.

For the local: If you live or work near the law school, there are some amazing resources within walking distance. Tangiers International Food Market is about a 6-minute walk. It serves the best gyros in the area – a perfect quick lunch spot. Next door is a FedEx Kinkos for all of your copying and printing needs. And Tisane Café serves delicious coffee and pastries and is located just minutes from UConn Law.

Obviously, make time for as many UConn sporting events as you can – especially at the XL Center down- town. You are a Husky now! Take advantage of your time in Hartford. It is a great place and has the benefits of both the suburbs and an urban center.