Looking for a great place in Boston to grab a cocktail, scope out the singles scene, or sample interesting food? Here’s a peak at some of the hottest bars Beantown has to offer.
Cuchi Cuchi – 795 Main Street, Cambridge
Cuchi Cuchi is the place to go for sophistication and romance. You won’t find frat guys in t-shirts and baseball caps in this classy joint. The clientele ranges from 25 to 70 and the atmosphere has a European elegance with a touch of Hollywood glamour. The food is international with small plates to be shared among friends. Some of the tasty dishes include Gobi Manchurian (crispy cauliflower fritters), Tsukune (Japanese style chicken balls), and Bracioletta Ripiena di Maiale (Italian grilled pork rolls stuffed with pecorino cheese, pancetta, and sautéed garlic). Cuchi Cuchi has a full liquor bar that serves signature drinks and vintage cocktails such as the Hoochie Cuchi (muddled ginger and cloves with cinnamon, black pepper, hibiscus juice, lemon juice, tequila and ginger brandy) and Satan’s Whiskers (a 1930s era cocktail that blends gin, sweet and dry vermouth, orange Curacao, orange bitters and orange juice).
Eastern Standard – 528 Comm Avenue, Boston
Known for their excellent service and their signature drinks with rye and whiskey that appeal to a more sophisticated palate, Eastern Standard is changing the bar scene in Boston. This place appeals to just about everyone, from hip locals to seasoned travelers. Here patrons can enjoy crusty rolls and carafes of wine while sampling New England oysters and artisanal cheeses. Bar Manager Jackson Cannon and his staff of mixologists conjure up classic cocktails and breathe life into old standards as well as delivering new and fresh concoctions. Their eclectic wine list travels the globe and includes vintages from California, South Africa, France, Spain and Italy. The menu highlights European and New England favorites with dishes such as veal schnitzel, Beef Wellington, and Mussels & Frites.
The Independent – 75 Union Square, Somerville
The Independent has been flying under the radar for several years, serving up classic cocktails in Somerville since 2001. Here guests can either rock out at the pub or enjoy a more formal dining experience in the dining room. The Independent is well-known for their first-rate craft beer selection and they have a seasonally-influenced cocktail menu that features both standards and new classics. In addition they feature daily food specials such as crab cakes, grilled bbq steak tips, peppercorn crusted rib eye, pan roasted trout, and a smoked seven acre farms turkey club.
The Publick House – 1648 Beacon Street, Brookline
The Publick House is a tried-and-true beer bar, with a clientele that runs from 25 to 90. They feature an unrivaled selection of beer. Here you can dine on sinfully delicious mac and cheese and other types of comfort food such as meatloaf and monk frites. The knowledgeable staff can lead you through their extensive beer selection which includes both local and imported European craft beers. Their prices tend to be on the higher side, which can price out the younger crowd. Lines can be out the door on Fridays and Saturdays.
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