If catching the spirit of the holiday season includes gift-wrapping frenzies at home, spirit-squeezing traffic on the road and not enough good football in HD, here are ideas on where to commiserate with the guys.
The Gaelic-American Club
Located downtown, this is a members-only operation. The newly renovated pub operates on a self-serve basis most of the time to keep overhead costs down. 74 Beach Rd.; gaconline.org
— Robert Martin, VP Fairfield National Little League (even coaches need time out)
If your idea of getting dressed is a T-shirt and jeans and you just want a couple of beers and to shoot a game of pool while listening to the jukebox, “The Shoe” is your dive-bar destination. 355 Pequot Ave., 203-255-8624
Beer and pizza—the ultimate duo. Watch the game in the spacious bar area, where you won’t be lacking camaraderie among the sports fans. 1520 Post Rd., 203-259-1989; colonygrill.com