Where everyone knows your name
Of course people hang out at bars or restaurants, as opposed to merely going out someplace, more or less at random, for a beverage and bite to eat.
The enduring popularity of “Cheers” notwithstanding, many local establishments offer that intoxicating mix of conviviality, comfort food, and creative drinksmanship. On a recent weeknight, we dropped in on three places — in Copley Square, Downtown Crossing, and Kendall Square — each claiming its own distinctive clientele.
If you’re looking for a spot where you’re made to feel like a regular, here is a round up of places we suggest-- bars where bartenders would love to get to know your name. Next
Ambiance: Postmodern speakeasy-style bar.
Regulars: Young professionals, scene setters.
Menu: Comfort food such as pork buns, spicy caramel popcorn, ice cream sandwiches.
If you like it here, you’ll also like: Belly Wine Bar, Brick & Mortar, Stoddard’s Fine Food & Ale.
Ambiance: Old Testament (“Thou shalt not covet...”) meets Nouveau Chic.
Regulars: Professionals who work downtown
Menu: Designer burgers, specialty desserts.
If you like it here, you’ll also like: Silvertone Bar & Grill
OAK Long Bar and Kitchen
Regular bar patron Bernadette Ridge (left) of Braintree, speaks with bartender Phil Richardson at the OAK Long Bar and Kitchen in Boston.
Ambiance: Swanky hotel bar.
Regulars: Young professionals, Back Bay residents.
Menu: charcuterie, flatbread pizza, pork chop.
If you like it here, you’ll also like: Nubar, Minibar,(Copley Square Hotel), The Hawthorne (Commonwealth Hotel), Rowes Wharf Bar (Boston Harbor Hotel).
Ambiance: Irish sports pub.
Regulars: Soccer/rugby/Gaelic football fans.
Menu: Irish cocktail sausages, bangers and mash, Gaelic burger.
If you like it here, you’ll also like: The Green Briar, The Druid
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