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Old 01-13-2013, 09:12 PM
 
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You say you lived in Syracuse and loved it but you think Connecticut is rundown??? From my experience, Syracuse is an old city just like Hartford and Nrw Haven. It has a lot to do but not much more than Nw HAven really. I do not know what you expect but I strongly suggest that you rethink coming here. It sounds like anything smaller than Dallas would bore you and that is not what you are going to find here. Jay
What kept me sane (or actually enjoy it) was Syracuse had Armory Square, and it was simple to find many good places to eat in general in the city. Even all of its suburbs has a couple nice restaurants and bars. It has concerts all the time (including a fair amount of big-named artists), and a different festival every week. Dewitt was really nice, and there were a bunch of new developments with homes that were relatively new. Yes, it has a fair share of old and run down places, but it wasn't difficult to find things at all. The difference between the attitude of the residents alone is big - people I met who grew up in Syracuse didn't mind it and in fact had a lot of pride and loved it. Many had no plans of leaving if they didn't have to. Most 20-somethings I've met in Hartford/Central CT count down the days until they can get out of here.

When I'm relocating to new cities, I pretty take a weekend or so and drive around and check out everywhere. I did that this weekend, and I really couldn't find anything besides wine bars in the nice areas. I tried to resort to Yelp, and everything kept bringing me to areas that looked rather sketchy.

I have lived in many cities around the country, including extended (1-2 week stays) in many more for business. I have rarely come across a time when I couldn't drive around after work and find something good/local to go to (and safely alone). I have been here a week, and I drive around for a little bit after work but ultimately keep ending up in West Hartford at the Irish bar by Blue Black.

So how about this: instead of everyone just saying, "West Hartford", how about name off the bars, restaurants, and things people do for fun here. I want to love living here, and I'm trying hard. It's just very difficult when it seems the only social thing I will do will be looking forward to the weekend to visit friends in NYC.

I know there are people on this forum who do love living here. I won't deny that. But I find a large amount of people who live here or who have lived here and I constantly need to preface asking for suggestions with- "Please don't recommend to not move here, because it's depressing me alot". And they all typically give a look of something like they're thinking how hard it'll be to not by negative.

I'm in town a few more days, and I'll be able to do a little more exploring hopefully to find something to change my mind and not be as discouraged. Any help/suggestions are welcome (besides "find a different job"). I don't expect Dallas or a major city... just something enjoyable that I don't have to already know people to enjoy.
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:16 PM
 
Location: W Hartford, CT
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I'm sorry you're having a hard time finding a good match that works for you. Here's a couple of things to keep in mind: It's January in the northeast. No matter where you look it's going to appear ugly - gloomy, overcast skies and short days, bare trees, and hideous looking remains of grey and black snow. Everything looks dull and dank. But it doesn't last. It will look beautiful in the spring. Dallas is a huge area - and the opposite of what you see not just in New England, but the northeast in general. Other than Boston and New York, most cities here have no more than 175,000 people - and they're living in smaller areas geographically so the cities themselves are smaller and so are the downtowns. In Connecticut, almost every town has some sort of a Main Street downtown area. Only recently have towns reinvested in their Main Streets and in many cases there's still a ways to go. They're nice, but overall probably not a fun place for a young person. But on their own terms, New Haven, Middletown, Milford, West Hartford and some of Hartford (downtown, West side, some of Asylum Hill) have nice downtowns with many young people, and when people get bored, they either find another town like the aformentioned ones to hang out in for a night then head home. CT is an old, densely populated state. Again, it's the northeast. Texas is far bigger geographically, and it has developed differently - in a state where space seems infinite, and where rail wasn't the original means of transportation, so everything is laid out differently here. Lastly, the cost of living IS more expensive here. To a degree, even I take issue with why things are the way they are as far as does everything need to be so expensive. But the sword cuts both ways: I know many other states that may pride themselves on low cost of living, but that comes with a low quality of life. I could tell you a few un-flattering things about Colorado Springs that would dispel the myth that everyone is happy in Rocky Mountain territory - because contrary to popular belief, not everyone is. I've read the messages on that forum, and just like here, people have a sense of discontent there, too. So really, it's what you make of it. I can't guarantee this will be a good fit for you, but I wish you the best of luck just the same.

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Old 01-13-2013, 09:39 PM
 
Location: New London County, CT
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Here are a couple of bars I like in Hartford:

City Steam (Bar, Restaurant and Comedy Club)
The Half Door
Pig's Eye
McKinnion's

In West Hartford some good restaurants:
Max Burger
Barcelona
Besito
Arugula

A few things to do (sports):
Whalers Hockey (Winter)
Rock Cats Baseball (Summer)
UCONN Basketball
College Ice Hockey
Loads of softball leagues in the spring
Stafford Motor Speedway
Fishing-- Coastal Salt Water and Boat Fishing-- Inland.. many, many lakes
Hiking is year round in Connecticut
Bowling Leagues

Concert Venues (within an hour):
Meadows (Hartford) -- Major venue gets many large tours
Casinos in Norwich-- Get many major tours + smaller acts nightly-- Many free.
Infinity Theater-- In Norfolk, CT-- coming to Hartford. Small, intimate with great acts
Summer/Fall-- Ag fair circuit-- Catch classic rock and country acts
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:10 PM
 
Location: W Hartford, CT
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I just read your last post, here's a few things to do if you do in fact settle here. These are a few places worth checking out, IMO. At least I think highly of them.

HANGOUTS & PUBS:
The Half Door - best Irish pub in the Hartford area. McLadden's is good, but this is even better. It's on the corner of Farmington/Sisson Avenues in Hartford.
The Corner Pug - New Britain Avenue, West Hartford. Great pub grub & beer selection.
Vaughn's - downtown Hartford. I've only been a few times but it's been a great experience each time. Nice atmosphere, lots of young people, amazing food.
Beachland Tavern - New Britian Avenue, good liquor selection, good hangout
Damon's - Best sports bar in greater Hartford. It's the only place where they have flatscreen TV's in the men's room above the urinals - yes, I'm serious. Prospect Avenue, Hartford
The Spigot - popular hangout for college students and recent grads. A local dive. Prospect Avenue, Hartford.
Max Burger - burgers and beer. Lasalle Road, WH

RESTAURANTS:
Plan B - Burger bar. Park Road, West Hartford
Harry's Pizza & Joey's Pizza Pie - both in WH
Tapas - Meditteranean. New Britain Ave, WH
Butterfly - Chinese, karaoke every Friday &Sat night. Farmington Ave, West Hartford
Blue Elephant Trail - Thai
Sake Cafe - Japanese. Park Avenue, Bloomfield.

OTHER THINGS TO DO:
Thomas Hooker Brewery - Tours & tastings every saturday for $5. Happy hour 1st/3rd Friday of every month for $10, and you get a free pint glass at the end of the night. Lots of young people go to this. - 16 Tobey Rd, Bloomfield, CT

Back East Brewery - free beer samples every Wednesday thru Friday 4-7pm. Great stuff here. - 1296 Blue Hills Avenue, Bloomfield, CT

MDC reservoir area - great place for running, jogging, walking.

1001 Arabian Nights - hookah lounge. Park Road, WH.

Front Street Theater - brand-new movie theater. Hartford. / Criterion Cinemas - movie theater. BlueBackSq

Hartford Palace /Oddesy 17 - multiplex theater. New Park Ave, Hartford

Rockledge Golf Club & Buena Vista Golf Club - both are nice, well-kept golf courses that give you a great bang for the buck. Rockledge is 18 holes, BV is 9 and BV is only $10 if you're a town resident and go during the week. / Both in WH.

Rentschler Field - UConn football, concerts, events.
XL Center - concerts, events.

Try to get involved in an activity you like. Join a gym (there's TONS in the area), a sports league, a running group (there's a group that meets every Wednesday at Fleet Feet, if that's of interest to you).
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Old 01-14-2013, 04:52 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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Damon's - Best sports bar in greater Hartford. It's the only place where they have flatscreen TV's in the men's room above the urinals - yes, I'm serious.
That's not too impressive - they have that at Chilis.
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Default Hockey?

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A few things to do (sports):
Whalers Hockey (Winter)
Uh-- I thought they became the Carolina Hurricanes. Is there minor league hockey in Hartford?
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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Uh-- I thought they became the Carolina Hurricanes. Is there minor league hockey in Hartford?
I think he meant the CT Whale of the AHL.
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:11 AM
 
Location: W Hartford, CT
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That's not too impressive - they have that at Chilis.
- Sigh - The point is, it's a goodtime. Let's try not to be a buzzkill here.
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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- Sigh - The point is, it's a goodtime. Let's try not to be a buzzkill here.
In fairness, this thread was a buzzkill from the start. I'll never understand the "I can't find anything good about living here" threads, when we have some of the best restaurants in some of the most beautiful suburbs in the country. If crazy nightlife is what one desires, the Jersey shore is 2.5-3 hours away.
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:05 AM
 
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If you're simply comparing the Hartford and New Haven nightlife to Dallas, then yes - you're bound to be disappointed. Dallas is a much bigger city with many more bars and restaurants. However, for New Yorkers, Dallas is like a nouveau-riche, boring suburb - it's all relative.

There's more to do for young people in the Stamford/South Norwalk area, small cities in Fairfield County that are closer to NYC. But if you'll primarily be working in Hartford, it doesn't really make sense for you to move to Stamford. It would be an awful commute. If you've already explored the area and didn't like what you saw, this may not be the best move for you. First impressions are tough to break...
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