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From early spring to the end of the summer, hordes of young professionals flock to this popular watering hole. Perched on the water's edge, this hot spot is where many come to relax with a frozen margarita or a cold beer, after a day in the office or touring. The brick patio gets jam-packed starting at 5p on summer nights. The small, wrought-iron tables overflow with those looking to unwind, meet new people or enjoy some delicious appetizers.
The Hill Tavern's convenient location at the bottom of Beacon Hill on busy Cambridge Street draws locals and tourists alike. People come here for above average pub fare at below average prices. Whether you arrive at The Hill solo to enjoy a local brew over the night's big game, or with a hungry group or sightseers, you will find the atmosphere friendly and lively. A quieter dining room adjacent to the pub area draws a steady after-work crowd. Popular appetizers include bruschetta and the Hill's own Home Fries. A wide sandwich selection is available for both lunch and dinner. Unique to the Hill Tavern is its weekend brunch menu and quaint outdoor seating during warmer months. Weekend nights draw a bustling bar crowd and are less conducive to quiet dining.
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.
This Back Bay establishment represents one of Boylston Street's better places to stop and eat, both indoors or outside on the patio. A pub-style atmosphere featuring wooden paneling mixed in with brightly painted walls awaits you as does a diverse menu. The sandwiches are famous here with grilled creations, including chicken, mushroom, meatloaf and tenderloin. A long list of specialty martinis are served and the bar also offers an ample beer and wine selection.
Housed in the Boston Center for the Arts, The Beehive restaurant and bar is almost like an opera house in itself with live jazz, cabaret and a lot more action. There are fine satin drapes and exquisite artifacts adorning the eatery. A popular hangout among the night birds; the bar and lounge scene here is also upbeat and lively. The food is a regular mix of the grilled and Mediterranean variety, with lamb ribs ruling the roost. Sausages, pasta and risottos also sit happily together on the menu. The wine sure flows freely on all days and everything about the place has an arty feel to it.
Minibar is an upscale and aesthetic bar located within the Copley Square Hotel. Contrary to what the name suggests, this spacious place features modern and sleek décor with a comfortable outdoor patio area, crisp white high top chairs, ceiling tiles and funky lighting fixtures. The drinks list features an excellent selection of well-crafted classic and innovative cocktails and the small-plate menu is a high point, especially the mini beef burgers and crab rangoons. This trendy lounge is popular with the local young professionals and makes for a great after-work hangout.
Atlantic Fish Company on Boylston Street has earned first place at the city's annual Chowderfest. The atmosphere is casual and the bar is lively. Once little more than a hole-in-the wall, it is now an upscale space with warm wood trim and intimate booths. Choose from a variety of seafood entrees that are fresh and well-prepared. Fried clams, an overflowing lobster roll and blackened salmon are the seafood favorites at the Atlantic Fish Company. Chicken and steak are also available for the land lovers, however vegetarian options are sparse.
Stella is a superb Italian eatery located in the South End of Boston. This charming restaurant and bar features crisp and clean decor with over sized windows overlooking one of Boston's largest outdoor patios. Known for their outstanding Italian cuisine, Stella serves classic dishes including scrumptious pizza, pasta and seafood. Not to be left out, a special, simplified menu is available for kids. Their libations are also worth a mention featuring a substantial wine and signature drinks list.
In Boston, Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks has become a standard favorite for avid diners. Their immaculate decor - the tasteful art adorning the walls, the mosaic tiles at your feet, and their friendly staff make this restaurant a crowd-puller. Offering one of the best outdoor dining experiences in the city, the restaurant is equally known for its impressive drink list.