BARS

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ARTBAR

Con­tem­po­rary art and views of Bos­ton, this spot cu­rates its wine list and cre­ates cock­tails based on fa­mous mas­ter­works. Pa­tio in­cludes fire pits and snack menu. Open Su-M 6:30 am-3 pm, Tu-Sa 6:30 am-11 pm. 40 Ed­win Land Blvd., Cam­bridge, 617.806.4122.

BACKBAR

The hip hang­out in Somerville has all the in­no­va­tion and house-in­fused in­gre­di­ents of a more pre­ten­tious lo­cale but greats pa­trons with a re­laxed-lounge vibe. And bar bites of­fer per­fect com­pli­ments to cu­rated cock­tails. Open daily 4 pm-mid­night. 7 San­born Court, Somerville, 617.718.0249.

CITY TAP HOUSE

Sea­port Dis­trict wa­ter­ing hole has 40 beers on tap, 40 bot­tled va­ri­eties, three on ni­tro. El­e­vated pub fare like wood­fired piz­zas and more. Open M-Th 11:30 am-mid­night, F-Sa 11:30 am-1 am, Su 11 am-11 pm. 10 Bos­ton Wharf Road, 617.904.2748.

THE HAWTHORNE

Jack­son Can­non di­rects this ren­dezvous that is a great place to lounge with a craft cock­tail or small bites like fin­ger­ling potato skins and toasted curry pop­corn. Bar­tenders cre­ate cus­tom drinks based on pa­tron de­sires, as well as age-old stan­dards and orig­i­nal in­ven­tions. Open daily 5 pm-1 am. 500 Com­mon­wealth Ave., 617.532.9150.

MIR­A­CLE OF SCIENCE BAR & GRILL

Near MIT, this “geek-chic” wa­ter­ing hole caters to its brainy clien­tele with beaker-in­spired bar ware and a huge pe­ri­odic ta­ble of menu items that dec­o­rates the tiny space. A full bar of­fers great mixed li­ba­tions, while the food is fo­cused on things like ke­babs, burg­ers and sal­ads. Open daily 11-1 am. 321 Mas­sachusetts Ave., 617.868.2866.

PHOENIX LAND­ING

Where ex­pa­tri­ates go to watch sports from their home coun­tries, such as Premier League foot­ball (soc­cer) and Tri Na­tions rugby. Open M-W 11 am-1 am, Th-Sa 11 am-2 am, Su 10 am-1 am. 512 Mas­sachusetts Ave., Cam­bridge, 617.576.6260.

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