Lulu’s brew menu isn’t as enormous as our other favorite Allston beer place (Sunset), but it’s very well curated. The 100% domestic craft drafts reign supreme here, but it does have bottles for your Guinness-loving friends. Right now, there are more than 20 hoppy beers on the menu, a few lagers & wheats, and a robust selection of ales. The bar bites (specifically those soft pretzels with a grapefruit IPA mustard and cheese sauce), burgers, and desserts (the Smore's Tart has chocolate stout mousse in it!) are also essential for a good order. This is the kind of place that's low-key enough for watching the game, but nice enough for a night out.
Publick House's accolades are too many to name, so we’re just going to say the beer is top-notch and the food is excellent (or we wouldn’t be talking about it). Drafts are an even mix of Belgians and local craft beers, with a few oddities thrown in (think: Kiuchi, Dieu du Ciel!, or the occasional Flemish sour). Whether you’re looking for an eisbock, geuze, sweet stout, or this summer’s best “lawnmower beer,” you can find a quintessential example on the bottle list. Make sure to arrive early or you’ll never get a table. If you do, you should order the mac & cheese and the moules frites, which are drenched in one of four different beers.