Vaccinated? Have a drink on these CT restaurants

Have you been fully vaccinated? Then you could get a free drink on a Connecticut restaurant.

To appeal to Connecticut’s younger demographic, who are showing less urgency to get vaccinated, some restaurants in the state are saying get inoculated, then come have a drink on us.

Starting May 19, the same day all outdoor COVID restrictions in the state go away, until May 31, people who are fully vaccinated will be able to show their vaccination cards at participating restaurants to get a free drink with their purchase of a food item.

Restaurants — not the state — will pick up the tab, another incentive from private industry that the state hopes will help convince people to roll up their sleeves.

“It could be a lemonade, could be a cool frosty, probably not their high-priced champagne,” Gov. Ned Lamont quipped Monday in announcing the #CTDrinksOnUS promotion at his coronavirus briefing.

Lamont predicted that thousands of restaurants would eventually participate and said the state would spend the ensuing weeks getting the word out. The 67-year-old Greenwich resident left no doubt about the target group, saying, “You’ve got a few weeks to think about it, don’t let this go to waste, young people.”

As of Monday evening, nearly 20 restaurants had signed up. (See the list below.) Additions to the list can be found at https://www.ctvisit.com/articles/DrinksOnUs.

Fairfield County

Don Memo (Westport)

Kawa Ni (Westport)

Lila Rose (Stamford)

Match (Norwalk)

Match Burger Lobster (Westport)

Taco Daddy (Stamford)

Hartford County

Millwright’s (Simsbury)

Que Whiskey Kitchen (Southington)

The Place 2 Be (three locations)

New London County

Engine Room (Mystic)

Flanders Fish Market (East Lyme)

Grass & Bone (Mystic)

Nana’s Bakery & Pizza (Mystic)

Oyster Club (Mystic)

New Haven County

Union League Café (New Haven)

Statewide

Wood N Tap (All locations)

Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ (All locations)