About Shade Bar & Grill

Shade Bar & Grill is your gathering place for great comfort fare and a full range of beer, wine, and signature drinks in a fun, lively, and contemporary atmosphere. From early morning to late night, Shade Bar and Grill offers a unique collection of foods and beverage options to choose from.

Be sure to try our famous Seared Ahi Tuna appetizer, Juicy Burgers and 1 lb Rib Eye Steak that melts in your mouth and will thrill your taste buds.

Thirst is not an option!

Shade Bar & Grill features a full bar with 16 beers on tap. Be sure to stop by Monday - Friday for Happy Hour with complimentary food buffets, and always check out our current specials. Whatever the season, our Windsor Locks Sports Bar atmosphere is a great place to gather with your friends to catch the Big Game.

Shade and DoubleTree – a Great Combination!

Windsor Locks Sports Bar with 16 Beers on Tap.

While staying at the DoubleTree Hotel, enjoy the Shade Bar and Grill located right off of the hotel lobby. Located between downtown Hartford, CT and Springfield, MA, Shade Bar & Grill and the DoubleTree hotel are next to the area's largest corporate and executive parks and some of New England's most beautiful farmland, renowned for its shade-grown tobacco.

What's in a name?
Local history about "Shade-Grown Tobacco"

Traveling Interstate 91 or local state and town roads though the Windsor Locks, CT area, one can not help but be captivated with the vast fields engulfed in billowing gauze and dotted with uniquely crafted barns that harbor and care for their treasures until ready for an international market.

For over 300 years (and counting) tobacco still make it's presence felt here. Our Connecticut Valley and tobacco have been synonymous for well over 3 centuries, dating back to before the first settlers when Native Americans were growing a precursor to broadleaf tobacco for personal use and trade. This same tobacco became an item of international trade and commerce for use as a pipe tobacco as early as 1640.

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The use of these leaves for cigar manufacturing in the region dates around 1762, based on cigars brought back from Cuba by General Israel Putnam. Later Havana seed was introduced to the region. These local leaves were used for both filler and wrapper. These leaves were inferior to the Sumatra leaf which could not be grown locally and too expensive to import.

Depending on which history you read, it was around 1900 when Dr. Jenkins, a Windsor resident raised a patch of Sumatra under cloth, or local grower Marcus Floyd under a tent, that the Connecticut Shade Grown tobacco industry was launched. It was not long thereafter that Connecticut's grown shade tobacco was the industry benchmark for quality in a wrapper tobacco, used by the heralded and renowned brands of Macanudo, Dunhill and Davidoff.

Though challenged by the economics of competition from manufactured wrappers, waning tobacco demand and industrial need for space, the leaf wrapper and supporting industries still have a major presence and influence on the culture of this region. We suggest you visit the Luddy Taylor Tobacco Museum in Northwest Park in Windsor, Connecticut located on an old tobacco farm.

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Mon-Fri 6:00am to 10:00am
Sat-Sun 7:00am-11:00am

Full Menu
Daily 11:00am to 1:00am

Bar Service
Sun-Thur 11:00am-12:00am
Fri-Sat 11:00am-2:00am

Happy Hour
Mon-Fri 4:30pm – 7:00pm

Shade Bar and Grill   ::   860-627-5171   ::   16 Ella Grasso Turnpike   ::   Windsor Locks, CT
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