“Endorsed” by countless local politicos like Ted Kennedy, John Kerry and former mayor Kevin White, Doyle’s has been operating since 1882 and has quite a history. For one, the neighborhood saloon was a speakeasy during Prohibition, not to mention that its interior bar is original. Sandwiches, salads and meat-centric entrees make up the menu— try the daily specials. Open daily 9 am-midnight 3484 Washington St., 617.524.2345.
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.
Highland Kitchen is Somerville’s resident hipster hangout. Accordingly, chef and owner Mark Romano used to be a drummer in a band. On the menu, find ricotta and mozzarella fritters with chile-honey dipping sauce, the pig and pickle plate of pork rillette, confit and tasso ham, and the spicy coconut curried goat stew. At the bar, fresh cocktails, margaritas and a great wine list. Open daily 5 pm-1 am. 150 Highland Ave., Somerville, 617.625.1131.
Lincoln Tavern caters to South Boston’s young professionals with a modern tavern vibe. Grab a bite at a booth or a seat at the bar. Menu features sophisticated takes on pub classics, like polenta fries and sliders with quail egg. And check out the weekend brunch menu with inventive options like Fruity Pebble pancakes or crab and avocado toast. Open M-Th 11:30 am-2 am, F-Su 10 am-2 am. 425 West Broadway, 617.765.8636.
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.
THE BAR, TAJ BOSTON
This celebrated social club opened in the 1930s, shortly after the repeal of Prohibition, and maintains its commitment to great cocktails and martinis. Patrons can relax in a warm atmosphere complete with a fireplace, and enjoy the scenic view from the wall of windows overlooking the Public Garden. Light-fare menu available. Open daily 2:30-11:30 pm. Taj Boston, 15 Arlington St., 617.536.5700.
WINK & NOD
Wink & Nod’s talented team of bartenders have created a uniquely collaborative cocktail program featuring one-of-a-kind takes on classic recipes from the Golden Age of Cocktails to the Tiki Wave. Open M-Sa 5 pm-2 am. 3 Appleton St., 617.482.0117.