Union Square: A groovy corner of Somerville explored
Restaurant hopping in Somerville’s Union Square is likely to reveal flavors you never knew existed, from the blackberry-basillime revelation at Union Square Donuts to the topnotch vegetarian Indian delights at Dosa ‘n Curry and the upscale café offerings at Juliet (the house tea is sippin’ wonderful). Union Square Donuts 20 Bow St., 617.209.2257, unionsquaredonuts.com Dosa ‘n Curry 447 Somerville Ave., 617.764. 3152, dosa-n-curry.com Juliet 257 Washington St., 617.718.0958, julietsomerville.com
You don’t have to be a graphic novel geek to get lost in the expertly chosen literature at Hub Comics, but it helps. However, if you’re new to the scene, staff will gladly point you in the right direction. Cyclists: get fixed, repaired and kitted out at Somervelo. Hub Comics 19 Bow St., 617.718.0987, hubcomics.com Somervelo 361 Somerville Ave., 617.628.0328, somervelo.com
Fancy a Smuttynose Vunderbar pilsner or a Newburyport Meltaway IPA? Look no further than The Independent. For superbly crafted cocktails in apothecary-cumgallery surroundings, head straight for Backbar, and if you’re looking for a classy basement party, mosey on down to Brass Union.
Backbar 7 Sanborn Court, 617.718.0249, backbarunion.com The Independent 75 Union Square, 617.440.6022, theindo.com
Brass Union 70 Union Square, 617.623.9211, brassunion.com
If the phrase ‘nine hour tango seminar’ fills you with glee, then head straight for The Tango Society of Boston. Third Life Studio round the corner offers a globally diverse variety of performances and recitals, while music venue Thunder Road has ‘pop icon brunch’ on Sunday. The Tango Society of Boston 16 Bow St., 617. 699.6246, bostontango.org Third Life Studio 33 Union Square, 617. 628.0916, thirdlifestudio.com Thunder Road 379 Somerville Ave., 617.776. 7623, thunderroadclub.com For more things to do in Union Square go to wheretraveler.com
(Clockwise from top) The vinyl decks at Brass Union; Tango Society of Boston; Somervelo's storefront; house tea blend at Juliet.