Harp and Hound: Short on charm
The Harp and Hound, in downtown Mystic, is a weak attempt at recreating the feel of a traditional Irish Pub, with a huge failure in the Guinness pour. From the outside, the place looks promising. It is in an historic building with clapboard walls and lovely wooden signs. Inside, it looks the decorator started with good intentions then lost ambition. Low ceilings, stone fireplace, low stools and tables are all good elements. There is even a nice mural on the wall. despite all of this the place is spartan and has no real character. The bartender was unfriendly and treated customers as if they were an inconvenience. Worst of all, the Guinness was not poured anywhere near to proper, and was served in a 16oz straight sided glass. That is a mortal crime for a place trying to push the Irish Pub feel. I recommend that people avoid this place as they do not do anywhere near enough to deserve your business.
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Foxwoods Casinos: Try your luck
Foxwoods Casino is reportedly the largest casino complex in the world. There's plenty to do there - gamble, shop, eat, sea a show, etc. They periodically hold boxing matches as well as have performers come in for a concert. Gambling halls are numerous and varied, you can easily get lost in the complex. The non-smoking rooms are in the basement, if you're looking for them. There're also a couple of hotels that are part of the complex.
Unlike the casinos in Vegas, however, the food and lodging here are pricey for a casino. Something about lack of competition - there's only one other casino in the area, Mohegan Sun, and it's up to an hour's drive from Foxwoods.
Dress Code: Wear whatever you want. I've seen people show up dressed to kill, in jeans and t-shirts, and many a retiree in a moo-moo.
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Foxwoods Resort Casino
I didn't go there but Foxwoods is supposed to be the largest casino in the world with all the popular table and machine games as well as excellent restaurants and nightly entertainment by top names.
Oar Bar -- Block Island: Hoist a Tankard of Ale
The Oar Bar is so named for the Oars that adorn the walls and ceiling. We drunk many tankards of Ale, and other strong spirits. Rum is a favorite among pirates.
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