4 suggestions for a unique night out this summer!

Summer is in full swing and adventure awaits around every corner! If you’re looking for a unique night out, check out some of what our state has to offer.

Cadillac Ranch Restaurant, 45 Jude Lane, Southington

If you’re looking for a laid-back honky-tonk with a Southern streak, the Cadillac Ranch is the place for you. This self-proclaimed “Country Dance Restaurant” offers dance lessons and “Open Dancing” every Tuesday at 7 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. With instructors leading the lessons, anyone and everyone is welcome to slip on their dancing shoes and try out a night of dancing like you’ve never experienced before. If dancing isn’t your speed but you’re interested in this type of vibe, the Cadillac Ranch also has pool tables, giant jenga and other bar games. 

The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show. 155 Temple St., New Haven

This dinner-and-a-show experience is one for the outgoing! As a warning, truly anyone can become a part of the show through the cast’s signature audience-interaction bits. If you’re not up for that kind of activity, this is not the night out for you. The original mystery storyline paired with a fabulous plated dinner is only half of the fun. Cast members are hidden in plain sight, seated amongst the general public, so you never know who’s suspicious in this wacky evening of “whodunnit” that always ends in the most clever sleuth winning a grand prize. For an extra special moment to spice up a night out, you can pay a small fee to have someone from your group as one of the “suspects” of the investigation.

The Mark Twain House and Museum, 351 Farmington Ave, Hartford

For a touch of art and culture, consider exploring all that this award-winning historic home and museum has to offer. While the Mark Twain House has daytime tours and activities that are fun for all ages, the nighttime vibe is a bit more mature. With a wide variety of events, speakers, lectures, and a themed educational art exhibit on the second-floor for the rest of the year, there’s a lot to explore beyond their typical tour hours. The art exhibit is titled, “The Evocative Mark Twain.” The Twain House website says it reflects  “different methods of print creation” inspired by select quotes from Twain’s exhaustive writings. Guests can experience these thought-provoking pieces and more by exploring The Mark Twain House and Museum after hours.

Quandary Escape Rooms, 342 Quinnipiac St, Wallingford

For a truly immersive night out, try out one of Wallingford’s live-action adventure escape rooms! Quandary Escape Rooms offers two themed rooms to choose from, and can accommodate up to 10 people for a tricky night of mysterious fun. Both rooms —  “Son of the  Zodiac” and “Operation Gambit” — include adult themes. As soon as you enter, the eerie ambience braces you for the creepy conundrums that lie ahead! 

This summer, it can be tempting to go back to the places and activities that are comfortable. However,  don’t forget that Connecticut has tons of fun to find!   

Francesca Fontánez is a Meriden based journalist, educator, and creative. A graduate of both the University of New Haven and the University of Bridgeport, she is happy to be back in Meriden writing about the city she loves and surrounding areas. When she's not teaching ELA at Washington Middle School she's either exploring the Eastern seaboard for her lifestyle blog (@ eastsidevibes on Instagram) or working on music for her band, Cessa and The Zach. Email Francesca at eastsidevibeswithcess@ gmail.com with tips on what you want to read about next, or just to say hi!


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