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“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.


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.


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’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.

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