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Mar 2010

Finding Narragansett In Boston

Our dear friend Leighann F. at Yelp.com put together this fabulous list of bars and restaurants in Boston that proudly feature Narragansett beer. Complete with her reviews, this should make the search a little easier. Or at least make your next trip to Boston much more pleasant. For more on these fine establishments please visit Yelp.com.

Hi Neighbor! Drink your part and support the cause at these Boston-area bars and restaurants!

1. The Other Side Cafe
407 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 536-8437

The Otherside is a place you can count on. For a great beer selection, really good vegetarian food options and an

atmosphere where you can just do your own thang nobody pays you any mind because their too busy doing there thang.

2. Rattlesnake Bar
384 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 859-8555

Not sure if you’ve heard, but there’s been some changes at The Rattlesnake. Positive, delicious changes that have

lifted this long-standing establishment, notorious for crummy bar nosh and service that wasn’t far behind, into a

category where you’d actually consider coming here…for the food.

3. Great Scott
1222 Commonwealth Avenue
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 566-9014

After  quite a few nights at The Pill, I’ve recently gotten to know Great Scott’s other side…the one known for

live music and concerts. I saw Passion Pit here last year and, just this past weekend, The Timberfakes and Miss

Fairchild. Both experiences served as a reminder on how diverse and exciting the music scene is here in Boston and

that, despite the general rise in inflation and drink price increases across the board, you can still saddle up to

Great Scott and get a vodka & tonic for $6.50 and rock out to some sweet tunes. Sadly, you do still have to pay in

cash for the booze..

4. The Common Ground

85 Harvard Ave
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 783-2071

What a scene!

I LOVE this place. $3 cover. Cheap drinks. Thursday = Fantastic 80’s music.

My friend suggested this place as an alternative to our usual goings-out to places with popped collars, huge drink bills and annoying people.

5. Good Life
28 Kingston St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 451-2622

Circles of b-boys and gals gettin’ loose, $5 beers and a DJ throwing down beats hotter than this summer in Beantown, Good Life was the place to be on Saturday night.

6. West Side Lounge
1680 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 441-5566

Can anyone please explain to me the reasoning behind my bypassing West Side Lounge on so many occasions? Could it be the fantastic cocktail menu? The warm and inviting decor? The friendly staff? Or the slamming brunch menu that features Eggs Benedict with prosciutto for a measly $8.95?!

7. Sunset Grill And Tap
130 Brighton Ave
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 254-1331

Thank you Yelp! For without you, I would never have found any place in all of Boston that was open for decent food after 10pm at night!

Sunset Grill & Tap was an amazing, last minute, late-night find. After the BU/Maine basketball game, some friends and I were hungry and there was nothing open!

8. Saint
90 Exeter St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 236-1134

Where do I start?

How about with when I walked in. The little doorman let these two hideous, poorly dressed wretches in ahead of me and told them they didn’t have to pay! I, regrettably, paid $20 to get in…at midnight, no less.

9. Eastern Standard Kitchen

528 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 532-9100

Cocktails and the occasional bite to eat.

And maybe the crowd isn’t SO bad. I’ll admit, the first few times I came here, it was circa the beginning of baseball season and every *ahem* loyal sox fan who couldn’t get tickets to the game was crowding up the joint in their blazin’ B’s and mixed shouts of joy and failure. Now I stick to mostly Mondays…a pleasant night full of familiar industry faces that now continually seem to end with fernet.

10. Goody Glover’s

50 Salem Street
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 367-6444

How I ended up at this hidden gem of a bar:

5pm: made dinner plans with a friend for 7pm at Green Street

6:30pm: get a text from another friend, “come pahty”. that’s all it said. intriguing. so i text back, “i have dinner plans with morgan, but maybe we can meet you after. where are you at?”

11. Redbones

55 Chester St
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 628-2200

So you’re familiar the BBQ, and the beer selection, and the down-right quirky interior, but do you have any experience with wolfing down their wings? Often overlooked due to the red meat festival going down onto the wee hours at Red Bones, they serve up a pretty mean plate of buffalo wings; crispy and slathered in sauce, these little suckers will leave your brow glistening with sweat while your hands and mouth are in severe need of a wet nap.

Concurrently, wings also pair well with ‘Gansett. Who knew?

12. The Druid
1357 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 497-0965

Solid grub, plenty of brews, neighborhoody service and a bustling atmosphere dotted with live Irish music and makes The Druid an easy choice for a casual meal with (a small group of) friends.

13. All Star Sandwich Bar
1245 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 868-3065

If someone can take something so basic and really do it well, that, to me, defines greatness.

It’s the same with sandwiches. Like, anyone can put some stuff between two slices of bread and call it a sandwich, but taking something so simplistic and turning it into something delectable, off the beaten path, new and exciting…that separates the champs from the chumps.

14. Grafton Street
1230 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 497-0400

I feel like Grafton Street is a local fancy version of a Friday’s. Does anyone else have this feeling? They serve boneless wings and beer. But decided to class it up with Tuna Tartare and some chic lobster risotto dish.

15. Lucca
226 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 742-9200

Romantic first date?
Party of Two?

Your table is now available.

Well, not quite…but all’s well that ends well. After walking into Lucca unannounced on a Wednesday evening, the host promised us a table quite soon and we sauntered off to the bar to have a cocktail while we waited. Two seats open on the end were calling our names and we saddled up and chatted over a beer and a martini. The bartender was quick and friendly and the atmosphere was bustling, the patrons all looked pleased and every breath filled my nostrils with the mouth-watering smell of truffles. All good signs.

16. Olde Magoun’s Saloon
518 Medford St
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 776-2600

Most of the time, you get what you pay for.

Sometimes, you get a good deal.

And every once in a while, you get to stick it to the man!

With 10 cent wings on Monday nights  at Olde Magoun’s Saloon, I really felt like I was getting away with something! These wings are cooked just right and slathered with deliciously spicy-hot sauce–I could not believe they are only 10 cents each!

17. Bukowski Tavern
1281 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 497-7077

Late night food. Random-ass beer selections. Open-air seating.

That about sums up Bukowski’s for me. A regular stop on my way home from work, which is always at night, which is always late, which is always following a long day, which requires some nourishment (in the form of greasy food and booze) and a chill spot to chatter with coworkers who’ve worked the same chaotic shift and need to plant their butts on a bar stool and lick their wounds.

18. The Middle East Restaurant And Nightclub
472 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 864-3278

You know what attracts me to The Middle East? Music and special events. From a couple of nasty DJs and a smattering of rockin’ live bands to a Lamb Cook-Off that left me totally teetering out of the place I was so full, events here are always a good decision.

19. Tory Row
3 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-8769

A couple attacks of the mid-day munchies have been put to rest via Tory Row, including the scarfing of a flat-bread pizza, some slow nibbling and savoring of the curry apricot cheese dip and a bite-by-bite consumption of their croque monsieur, complete with a heaping helping of lightly dressed side salad. Wash that down with a fresh-made lemonade and you’ve got yourself a nice little lunch.

20. Post 390
406 Stuart Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 399-0015

The last thing you expect when you hear a beautiful new restaurant space is opening up in Back Bay is the appearance of an affordable yet chic, cozy yet sexy, delicious yet not bank-breaking, fabulous yet not-too-exclusive eatery/bar/lounge that you actually like to go to…with your friends, coworkers and maybe even some family here and there.

21. Middlesex Lounge
315 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02238
(617) 868-6739

A dozen or so visits later and here I am, compelled to update my Middlesex review so that it more accurately reflects the culmination of the many experiences I’ve had at this establishment. Though I still maintain that the space is reminiscent of a gymnasium and the bar is unfortunate (in both size and location), certain events here have won me over. From the Mp3 Beatdown to the Illius Rock Events and Wonder Women of Boston, I’ve been able to find some solace in heading to Middlesex on most nights.

22. Cambridge 1

27 Church St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 576-1111

100 reviews for Cambridge 1!!

I am honored to be the centennial reviewer for Cambridge1. This pizza joint has been right in my hood all along and I passed it only a million times on my ventures around the square. I’d only wish I stopped in sooner. The bare bones yet chic decor was not reminiscent of any pie place I’d ever seen. And what’s this? They only serve pizza, salad and once choice of ice cream? Very suspicious.

23. Charlie’s Kitchen

10 Eliot St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 492-9646

You know a place is cool when your waitress has more tattoos than your tattoo artist, peircings galore, winks when she takes your order and doesn’t make a face but welcomes the newcomer to your party, who arrives at 20 minutes to closing time and orders two IPAs and  shot of tequila. Stat.

I was that newcomer. Thank you to Charlies and my adorable waitress, who’s name I believe was Elizabeth, for endulging my late night imbibing wind-down.

24. Boston Beer Garden
734 E Broadway
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 269-0990

This has to be the only bar in all of Boston that, in the freezing cold, won’t let a single (and admittedly cute) young lady in ahead of the line. It’s clearly not packed. Everyone on the line can reasonably fit inside the bar, times two, and then some dude comes out to have a cigarette shouting “I am kicking all ya’all out of here.” No he did not work there. Yes, he was pretty representative of the general patronage.

25. Craigie On Main
853 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 497-5511

My personal heaven? A ten course tasting menu complete with cocktail, beer and wine pairings. On the evening of January 30, 2009, I’d thought I’d died and gone to straight to that big chef’s kitchen up in the sky. It was my birthday and at precisely 7:30pm, our cab pulled up to Craigie on Main, our destination for the evening’s celebration. From start to finish, the entire experience (nevermind the food) left me asking for nothing.  Every person we encountered graciously wished me a happy birthday, including chef Tony Maws, who delivered the last savory course himself, a trio of pork: prepared confit, with pig’s feet and crispy pork belly.

26. South Street Diner

178 Kneeland St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 350-0028

I may be the only person in the entire city of Boston to lay claim to the following statement:

“I have been sober every single time I have eaten at South Street Diner.”

Keeping that in mind, coupled with the information that I was born and raised in NJ, the ultimate diner destination of the free world, South Street Diner gets my seal of approval.

27. Stephanie’s On Newbury

190 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 236-0990

From the specialty martinis to the specialty coffee drinks, Stephanie’s spares no expense in creating a delicious experience. I felt pretty fancy sitting there with my lunch companion, in the middle of the day, sipping martinis (I recommend the Pumpkin Spice), enjoying our lunches, having a pleasant, leisurely two-hour lunch & conversation.