New Haven, CT Weekend

The Anchor

Restaurant | 272 College St, New Haven; (203) 865-1512

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The Anchor

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Yes, you can eat here, but it's kind of beside the point, since this two-floor institution is best appreciated as New Haven's funkiest dive bar. Granted, it's more loungey than a New York dive, but that's a huge part of its appeal. Several fabulous, circular sea-green banquettes dominate the ground floor, creating a legit retro vibe where the only thing missing is cigarette smoke. The dim Mermaid Lounge downstairs is less successful (it reads more like a college common room), but equally popular with the locals. Whichever option you choose, do ask for a can of New England Brewery beer. The Anchor is one of the few local addresses to serve it.


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