Food & Drink

These are Boston's 6 best bars for happy hour

Published On 12/04/2013 Published On 12/04/2013
21st Amendment
Silvertone Bar & Grille
Clery's
Eastern Standard
The Playwright
Meadhall
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1. 21st Amendment 150 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02108 (Beacon Hill)

With its toasty fireplace, pints of Guinness, and lineup of both burly comfort fare (steak tips, onion ring-sided black Angus burger w/ Swiss, caramelized onion, applewood smoked bacon, etc.), and sauced pols asking your GF for her Twitter handle, this wood beam-/brick-heavy Beacon Hill institution has what it takes to warm you up, both inside and out.

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2. Silvertone Bar and Grill 69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108 (Downtown Crossing)

The Silvertone sports quality food and prices, as well as a rich list of housemade cocktails, wines, and variety of beers on tap and in bottles and cans.

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3. Clerys 113 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)

Clerys is a popular Irish watering hole found in Boston's Back Bay with cheap drinks, a downstairs dance party, and great pub fare like wings, nachos, and crab cake sliders. For an interesting take on a classic, check out the Bloody Jerk -- a heavily spiced twist on the Mary, garnished with a Slim Jim.

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4. Playwright 658 E Broadway, Boston, MA 02127 (South Boston)

This popular South Boston sports bar and American resto features an oak bar that stretches from end to end, on which you can enjoy a nice collection of draughts, spirits, and fine wines.

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5. Meadhall 4 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142 (Kendall Square)

This loungy, semi-industrial beer castle plates upscale lunch-thru-late night vittles (from an egg-topped steak tartare w/ anchovy vinaigrette to a signature VT turkey, bacon & avocado club), and pours over 100 draughts (including Peak Hop Noir, Wee Heavy Scottish Ale, McChouffe Brown, Hoptical Illusion, and Storm King Stout) in a 32-table (plus upstairs lounge) space.

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6. Eastern Standard 528 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215 (Fenway Kenmore)

A Comm Ave restaurant with the appearance of a swanky French bistro, the menu of a five-star Italian restaurant, and the attitude of a local pub, Eastern Standard is an unpretentious offering of the finer things in life. The upscale menu touts a winding wine list, a raw bar, seared fishes, steaks, and house-made pasta while the matching interior flaunts a polished mahogany and red velvet motif.