• Hours

    Closed Monday & Tuesdays
    Open Wednesday through Sunday at Noon...
  • What’s Happening

    Sundays mean Soul Food at Hot Rods! BBQ Ribs, Fried Chicken, Jerk Chicken, Collard Greens, Mac n Cheese & more
    Super Happy Hour Tuesdays thru Fridays 4pm to 6pm…1/2 price Wings & Apps…$3 Bud Light Drafts & House Wines!
    All you can eat Wings & Fries Night is Back every Wednesday 4 to 9pm!

    Slow-roasted Prime Rib Night Thursdays
    Live Music & DJs on weekends
    Prime Rib Every Saturday!

  • Fun Happy Hour with food and drink specials Wednesdays-Fridays 4-6pm!

  • Hot Rods recognized in 2015 Readers Poll with three first place wins!

    Hot Rod Café took first place in three categories in the 2015 Day Paper Reader's poll. The first place wins came in Best Wings, Best Bar/Sports Bar, & Best Bar Food! Big thanks to everyone who voted, and the great crew and the customers!

  • 28 Beers on Tap!

    Outer Light Propaganda Coffee Stout
    Captains Daughter

    Dragons Milk
    Founder's All Day IPA
    Big Cranky
    Longtrail Limbo
    Down East Cider
    Coors Light
    Laganitas IPA
    Flying Jenny
    Sam Adams Summer Ale
    Shock Top
    Long Trail Double Bag
    Sam Adams Seasonal
    Yuengling Lager
    Bud Light
    Naughty Nurse
    Lonesome Boatman
    Outer Light Subduction IPA
    Shiner Bock
    Sam Adams Rebel IPA
    Ommegang Witte
    Two Roads Road to Ruin

    Dogfish Head 60 Minute
    Downeast Cider
  • Hot Rods wins trophy in 2015 National Buffalo Wing Fest on Labor Day Weekend!

    The Hot Rod Cafe won the second place trophy at the 2015 National Buffalo Wing Festival in Buffalo New York, competing against the best wing restaurants from around the country!
  • Entertainment this weekend, Saturday May 16th!

    Live Music by van Haley Downstairs 8pm ...DJ E@zy upstairs 10pm...never a cover at Hot Rods!
  • Have your next Gathering at Hot Rods! The fun, affordable, place to have your party…let us do the work…

    Food packages starting as low as $14 per person! Reserve a table, a section, the lower lounge, or rent out the whole place, we accomodate groups, large and small.
  • Hot Rod Cafe

    114 Bank Street  ·  New London CT 06320


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    About Hot Rod Cafe

    Hot Rod Cafe was started in 2005 by Rod Cornish, a native of New London, who returned from New York City after he left Merril Lynch to pursue more fun and satisfaction. He spent time in Europe and upon his return decided to stay in New London and open the kind of place that he would like to go to.

    He went to local bartending and culinary schools and worked in several local establishments learning the business before opening Hot Rod Cafe. The business has grown each year specializing in wings and excellent customer service.

    In 2009 an opportunity arose to relocate out of the small space it occupied to a space just down the street from its original location, 114 Bank Street complete with a water view deck, state of the art kitchen and private party facility. It was a perfect fit.  Extensive renovations were done, creating a bigger more modern space with two floors of fun.   The main Bank Street level space with New Orleans style windows that fold open to create an open air feel, a new air conditioning system and new bar.