Food & Drink

The Best Bloody Mary in 16 Boston Neighborhoods

Published On 03/30/2015 Published On 03/30/2015
Jacqueline Dole/Thrillist (edited)
Lone Star Taco Bar
Courtesy of the Tip Tap Room
Courtesy of Boston Nightlife Ventures
East Coast Grill
Courtesy of Brass Union
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1. Lone Star Taco Bar 479 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

Lone Star is the result of a collaboration between two dudes from Texas and Southern California, so you can feel pretty confident that they know their way around Mexican food. With a menu influenced by taquerias and markets in Austin, Dallas, and Mazatlan, Lone Star serves up a huge range of tacos, from carnitas and barbacoa to refried beans and huevos rancheros. They also do a killer breakfast menu (breakfast tacos! huevos rancheros!) and have an absolute ton of tequilas ready to pour.

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2. Common Ground Bar & Grill 83 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134

A mere 12 bucks scores you not one, not two, not 60, but a full flight of four beer samples (from the likes of Slumbrew Happy Sol, Port Brewing High Tide Fresh Hop IPA, and Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale) plus a pint of your favorite brew, no questions asked (except maybe: which pint is your favorite brew?).

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3. Bistro du Midi 272 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

Enjoy Provencal-style cuisine at Bistro du Midi, including delectably melty grilled cheeses, seasonal oysters, duck, and lamb.

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4. The Tip Tap Room 138 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114

Their concept is simple: cook up a variety of meat "tips", ranging from normal (steak and turkey) to exotic (Cilantro Serrano Kangaroo Filet), then pour more than 30 beers from their taps to wash it all down. And don't worry, if for some reason you're not interested in the tips or taps, they concoct a number of cocktails and serve other tasty eats, as well.

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5. Fairsted Kitchen 1704 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445

The Fairsted Kitchen finds contemporary American food in a comfortable atmosphere set in Washington Square. Try the pig head lettuce wraps or grilled wagyu zabuton, and pair it with one suggestion from Steve Bowman (house sommelier).

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6. Tap Trailhouse 19 Union St, Boston, MA 02108

The Tap Trailhouse combines old-timey drinking with modern mojo to form a Colonial era-inspired gastropub. Their local drink program features as many New England brews and spirits as possible, and the fully stocked liquor cabinet & beer cocktails on draft are ample enough to fuel a brigade of Minutemen through two revolutions. Other signature drinks are designated by Ports of Call (favored by mariners of old), Ladles, Bowls & Straws (traditional social refreshments), and Pistols & Daggers (booze-heavy cocktails for shooting and sipping). Go for a shooter of The New Englander with Bully Boy Boston rum and chase it with the house exclusive IPA: Freedom Trail Ale.

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7. Cask 'n Flagon 62 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Cask 'n Flagon is a burger bar near Fenway that is loved by sports fans and burger lovers alike. Here you can enjoy creative cocktails, a solid beer list, and some great menu options even if you don't feel like ordering a burger. Cask 'n Flagon should be at the top of your Boston bar list.

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8. Russell House Tavern 14 JFK St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Named for the 19th century Harvard furniture dealer that first occupied the building, RHT is a two-floored pub/resto in bustling Harvard Square, brought to you from the owners of Grafton Street/Temple Bar. RHT's slinging a New England-heavy menu of modern American "artisanal fare" and craft beers. Their craft cocktail is also definitely worth checking out.

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9. East Coast Grill 1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

East Coast Grill showcases chef Jason Heard's love for Southern food and BBQ, as well as cuisines from around the world. Enjoy a hearty selection of ribs and BBQ alongside bites like Asian-style Island Creek oysters, seared tuna tacos, and Creole-style BBQ shrimp.

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10. Catalyst 300 Technology Sq, Cambridge, MA 02139

Starting your day at a place called Catalyst is pretty easy considering the enjoyable, locally sourced organic food options. But you can just as easily (and ironically) end your day there with a house cocktail, beer, or glass of wine.

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11. Ward 8 90 N Washington St, Boston, MA 02114

Ward 8 brings classic cocktails (via bar manager Mike Wyatt of Eastern Standard) and delicious eats like a Lobster Roll with black truffle mayo to the North End.

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12. Christopher's Restaurant & Bar 1920 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

Christopher's in Cambridge offers up a delicious menu made up of American fare like wings and calamari, as well as great drinks.

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13. The Barking Crab 88 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210

Grub includes favorites like Jonah crab claws, spicy beer-battered shrimp (tossed in soy molasses sauce), and steamed lobsters.

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14. Masa 439 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

Don't be intimidated by the white linen-draped tables -- Masa in the South End is an approachable and casual restaurant. The Southwestern menu is divided into first courses like roasted scallops and barbecue duck with sweet corn cream and main courses that include smoked chicken enchiladas and tuna steaks with yellow mole. The extensive tequila selection is best sampled through one of the flights, and if you're more of a cocktail person, try the watermelon margarita. Masa's weekend brunch is a must, whether you're going for the two-course prix-fixe deal or the full à la carte shebang.

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15. Brass Union 70 Union Square, Somerville, MA 02143

At Brass Union, the front, tavern-style setting gives way to a funk/soul lounge in back, which boasts vintage table-top video games, board games, life-size Connect Four, and a 14-foot shuffleboard court.

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16. Nebo 520 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02210

A bustling Italian eatery on the Waterfront, Nebo has everything from pizzas and sandwiches to lasagnas and cocktails like their Gin Ginger, an elixir of gin, Lillet, and ginger beer poured over an oversized grapefruit of an ice cube.