1st) O Bar
The O Bar won this category for its famous O-tinis, but by the time you are reading this there won’t be an O Bar. Not exactly. Bar owner Patrick Jean reinvented one of his other establishments, the one-time Saint Tropez (a lauded French restaurant located right next door) as the more casual Brasserie. He’s looking to pull the same trick, reopening the O Bar as the Bubble Lounge. "The O Bar in Fairfield was eight years old," explains Jean. "There are a lot of new places in Fairfield to compete with and I felt there was a need for a big change. Everyone complained that the [old] space was too small, so we added another bar and a garage door so we can have outdoor seating in the summer." Now, back to those O-tinis. The classic variety contains Absolut citron, sour apple flavoring and Cointreau. The current menu includes six other enticing variations — White Chocolate, French, Banana Crème, Twigs and Berries, Espresso and a Flirt-ini. The menu changes seasonally, with lighter drinks for summer and heavier ones for winter, says Jean, who will continue to offer them at the Bubble Lounge.
52 Sanford St.
2nd) Butterfield 8 Restaurant and Lounge
112 Bedford St.
249 Main St.