Above: Boothbay Lobster Company’s rich seafood stew – Photograph by Julie Bidwell
With so much going on in Harbor Point, the beating heart of the revamped South End, it’s easy to see how it’s living up to its “Live, Work, Play” motto. It isn’t an exaggeration, either. Young professionals have flocked to live in the area’s new apartments; careers are in the offing at high-rise businesses; brick-and-mortars continue setting up shop. After hours, there is plenty to do, too. With the promise of spring just around the corner, here is a checklist of places and events to check out and why.
EAT + DRINK
Sushi is what you want here—and you will love it.
Stamford’s seaside organic and all-natural destination, with drinks and shares…lots of them.
Boothbay Lobster Co.
Traditional food served in a “rustic” ambiance…and the seafood is all from Maine and well-prepared.
The Brunch Box
The popular food truck continues to score, whether it’s the coffee, the TBB (try it), the pierogies or the burgers.
Corbo’s Southside Deli
Fast eats, from breakfast (the Sexy Back) to specialty sandwiches (try the Roadie), show just how well this local place offers tasty tuck.
Good beer and Southern barbecue! You can’t miss this place. A great spot for birthdays, too.
This is the locale for pasta, pizza and drinks. The Pizza Surf Club, in fact, is the spot in warm weather for harbor views and mingling while enjoying the outdoors.
Half Full Brewery
Tastings, pub runs, Pints & Paint Nights, and much more.
A sleek and sophisticated setting, with oysters and deals on tap beers and cocktails, mean Happy Hour here is jumping.
Le Pain Quotidien
Whether you want cappuccino, oatmeal, soup, or something heartier—their tartines are killer—this Belgian import will give you what you desire.
Ponus Yacht Club
Dock—then dine—and enjoy. You can also head up to the bar, anytime after 11 a.m., as it is open “every day of the year.”
Elegant, delicious and very popular, with a stellar menu that balances the traditional with the modern.
Sign of the Whale
Its huge rooftop area, the biggest in town, means you can indulge in open vistas of the Sound and try an array of fantastic drinks.
World of Beer
Just about every malted beverage here is available (more than 500 in total), including local brews, to refresh the daily Happy Hour.
Here are a few more destinations to add to your must- visit list
- The Crab Shell
- Two Boots Pizza
- Rise Coffee
- T’s Pizza Kitchen
PARTY + PLAY
Enjoy cocktails by area bartenders and vote for your favorite in the premier annual Stamford magazine summer event.
An all-year hub: In winter, it’s ice skating; for summer, there are Wednesday Night Movies and jazz band concerts. Also, it hosts a weekly farmer’s market, free yoga by Mantra Yoga and Aerial Arts, an autumn hoedown, plus board games, Ping-Pong, volleyball and Jenga.
Summer festival, where kids (and adults) can plumb for food, carnival rides, games and water fun.
The Harbor Point Car Show
Celebrate vintage automobiles, hot rods, monster trucks, Ferraris, Corvettes.
Jazz on the Rocks
Annual bourbon, scotch and whiskey tasting to benefit New Neighborhoods Inc.
Loft Artists Association
This collective of local artists puts on monthly shows that reflect the city’s longtime cultural and artistic tradition. A visit to its gallery also offers you a chance to enjoy art in the community, free of charge.
Paint your way to a night of fun while honing your palate with a glass or two of fine wine.
Rappelling event that raises money for the prevention, treatment and rescue of loved ones from addiction.
SoundWaters’ afternoon and sunset sails, the outdoor choice in summer, with wine and snacks to be savored aboard. You can also enjoy paddleboard and kayak rentals.
- St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Stroll
- Harbor Point Arts Festival
- Paint the Town Pink Kickoff Party
- Halloween Pet Parade
- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk
- Thanksgiving 5K Turkey Trot
- Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
SWEAT + STRETCH
Enjoy free yoga, Zumba and CrossFit classes, weather permitting.
Where you can practice your asanas, get fit and indulge in spa healing. Exhale also hosts free yoga on the boardwalk.
Boxing for fitness, B-yoga (a blend of yoga and boxing moves) and home to RF Youth Boxing, a program that teaches athleticism, conditioning and sportsmanship for at-risk youth.
Home of pole, aerial hoop, aerial hammock, silks, flexibility, chair dance fitness.
Nights of yoga and music, a benefit for the Africa Yoga Project.
Stamford Boys & Girls Club Corporate 5k
Get your marathon training while supporting a cherished city institution that mentors kids, and offers them after-school activities and youth development services.
- Mantra Yoga & Aerial Arts
- Liver for Life Walk
- Latin Moves Dancing
- The St. Jude 5K Walk/Run