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Dating back to 1780, the Warren Tavern located near the Freedom Trail, has plenty history of its own. It was opened by Captain Eliphelet Newell, who it is said, took part in the Boston Tea Party. Famous visitors included Paul Revere and George Washington. Today, it has lace-curtain windows and low, wood-beamed ceilings that create an intimate feel. Try the Tavern Special - chicken breast and shrimp sautéed with sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, broccoli florets, prosciutto ham and provolone cheese in a garlic white wine sauce.
J.J. Foley's is an authentic Irish neighborhood pub that has been run by the Foley Family since 1909. This Irish bar has an old fashion charm as well as great moderately priced beers and a welcoming atmosphere. Since the bar is near the Financial District, it tends to draw the professional set during the week, but there is a wide range of people on the weekends. Visit the dining room to enjoy a meal in a comfortable booth or stay by the bar and admire the per-prohibition decor. Live music, quiz nights and occasional parties, add to the fun.
Deep in the South End, there is a small establishment where inexpensive, gourmet-quality food really does exist. The menu at Franklin Cafe ranges from meatloaf to sushi-grade tuna, all served with impeccable sides such as mashed potatoes with chives or lentil and bean sauce. Even the chicken livers are great here. The dining room is small and crowded, and the noise level can be high. This cafe, which has a full service bar, is very popular, and waits of an hour or two are common, even on weekdays.
Five Horses Tavern boasts of more than 90 globe-spanning craft beers and spirits. Its dusky green walls offer a vivid contrast against bare, red-bricked ones. A polished bar counter, wood-decked flooring and ornate chandeliers create a swanky ambience. Guests can savor creative cocktails with flowery aromas and fruity flavors, including Rachel Alexandra, Sparkling Apple and Blue Hills Rosey. Unwind with Wheat Ale such as Blanche de Bruxelles or a Belgian Ale like Saint Louis Kriek. Their food menu offers starters like Fleur Blanc and Papas Fritas, followed by mains such as Seared Pork Loin and Pan Roasted Cod. Extend the pleasure of dining here to loved ones with their gift cards.
Brendan Behan Pub is small, intimate and dark, and the atmosphere is as Irish as you can get without boarding a plane. Live Irish music 'seisiuns' entertain the loyal patrons, many of whom have a Dublin lilt to their speech as they down their pints of Guinness. A few bowls of chips line the bar, but you cannot buy food here. As you drink, admire the Irish wall decor, make new friends and maybe even dance a jig.
Located underground Caffe Vittoria in North End, Stanza dei Sigari is a Boston institution that is reminiscent of the city’s 1920s social scene. A cigar-shaped signboard that actually dispenses smoke, greets visitors at this former men-only speakeasy. On offer are premium spirits, cigars as well as hookah. The decor is a collection of novelties and memorabilia curated from over centuries. Antique humidors and vintage cigar labels make for a unique ambiance.
Thanks to its inviting decor, solidly mixed drinks and attentive staff, City Bar, though located on the premises of the Lenox Hotel, has built itself a reputation above and beyond that of the average lobby watering hole. The drink list alone does a lot of the work. With lengthy lists of signature martinis, champagne drinks, 'diabolical infusions' and other specialty cocktails, as well as impressive collections of scotch, bourbon, tequila and rum, no serious drinker will be without a variety of delicacies to choose from. Nosh on the tasty bar bites from their food menu.
Located on Columbus Avenue, Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen is famous for their classical dishes in their very own Southern style. Within the restaurant, they have a bar that serves a wide range of beers, cocktails and wines. They have live music as well as lots of entertainment that is planned and scheduled for you. You can have your very own private event, along with a helpful staff and a team who will be more than happy to cater to you. For details on their events or to book a reservation, visit their website.
The Omni Parker House Hotel named this establishment after a saying coined by former Boston mayor James Michael Curley. The warm and inviting watering hole has an old world atmosphere. It was popular with politicians in the past and has a small repository of its twentieth century clientele with pictures of politicos and senators adorning its walls. Its location in the Financial District means it draws in the business crowd. Apart from the usual cocktails and fine drinks, The Last Hurray has an enviable selection of local whiskey. They also serve tasty bar bites. A great place unwind after a hard day's work with friends and colleagues, The Last Hurray might just charm you.
Established in 1795, The Bell in Hand Tavern has the distinction of being the oldest continuously-operating tavern in America. This bi-level restaurant and bar features nightly live music and karaoke Tuesdays for added entertainment. The uniquely designed rooms have a character of its own and are used for private as well as corporate functions. The pub has a impressive list of draft as well as bottle beers apart from cocktail specials. Nosh on the tasty American fare along with your choice drink while listening to some music. Surely you will enjoy this historic place that has been entertaining the locals for centuries now.
Located in the Liberty Hotel, which was formerly known as Charles Street Jail, Alibi Bar and Lounge is one of the more popular hangouts in Boston. The decor is simple, featuring exposed brick walls that give it a rustic look, comfortable leather couches lining the walls and rich wooden tables and tea lights. The outside patio area is complete with comfortable sofas and chairs, perfect for enjoying warm Boston evenings. The bar bites on the menu include pizzas, skewers, fries and more which go very well with the wines, cocktails and other drinks on offer.
After a long day of sightseeing and shopping, stop by Belmont Club on Franklin Street. This little club is located at the John Young House and with hardly any sign of the fun activities which happen within its four walls, it can be easy to miss it. So be sure to keep your eyes open as you stroll down Franklin Street so you don’t miss their amazing blues night on Mondays and acoustic open mic nights on Thursdays.