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.
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.
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.
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.