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Boston's 5 draft cocktails you need to try

Published On 09/04/2014 Published On 09/04/2014
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If you find yourself needing a drink in the future (prediction: you will), may we suggest dipping your toes (not literally) in the wondrous world of draft cocktails? Because you don't have TIME to wait for all that mixing and muddling, here are five fine libations you can acquire on demand.

Kristin Teig

Alden & Harlow

Harvard Square
Alden & Harlow has made a big splash on the local scene, and you should get a big splash of their current "spirituous" draft: Lady In Red. Bar manager (and obvious Chris de Burgh fan) Seth Freidus ditches the usual recipe for this drink and makes it his own (literally) with strawberry tequila, dual vermouths, and Campari. Also available on tap is the AH House Bitter "Alpine Style", an amaro-like infusion with fresh herbs. Things never looked so lovely.

Jacki Morisi

Fairsted Kitchen

Brookline
The Fairsted Kitchen saves you from the tyranny of beverage boredom with their eclectic and ever-changing beverage program. They are currently pouring the Rosita, made with tequila, vermouth, Campari, and bitters. Also in their repertoire is an aperitif on tap (the New Slang: strawberry-rhubarb, vermouth), and a house-bottled cocktail (FK Pimm’s Cup: Pimm’s No. 1, cucumber/citrus syrup, ginger beer).

Brass Union

Brass Union

Union Square
New kid on the block Brass Union (formerly Precinct) is also getting into the act with mixed-up mojo from beverage director Paulo Pereira. Settle into the loungey back bar, grab the Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, and juice up with the Jumpman Julep. This beauty has Espolón Reposado, fresh orange juice, pineapple & pomegranate juice, agave, and house-made coconut foam, served appropriately in a Tiki glass.

La Brasa

La Brasa

Somerville
Already well known for their succulent seared meats, La Brasa slings some serious sips as well. Before you savor the "Meat & Potatoes" (grilled Archer Farm steak with smoked pommes Robuchon), dive into draft cocktails like the Seductive Barry (pineapple-infused Averna, rosso vermouth, lemon, pinch of salt) and the Kalimotxo (dry Spanish red wine, Cognac, mulled spice, house-made coke syrup).

Saloon

Saloon

Davis Square
Saloon, the beloved Davis Square speakeasy, just made it speak-easier for you to grab a crafty libation. Their made-for-two house punch, presented in a special corked flask, packs a major wallop with white and dark rum, orange, lime, apricot, white wine, and bitters. Your date might also be bitter when you refuse to share.

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1. Alden & Harlow 40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138 (West Cambridge)

Alden & Harlow, located in Harvard Square, is selling delicious and inventive American cuisine from a constantly-changing menu. The kitchen focuses on small plates including everything from chicken-fried rabbit to pickled corn pancakes topped with popcorn. The seasonal cocktail list is just as inventive and could keep you at the bar until late. This, however, is a great thing, because come 11pm the late-night menu becomes available. With options like popcorn snails and berkshire pork belly, you'll want to stick around.

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2. Fairsted Kitchen 1704 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445 (Brookline)

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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3. Brass Union 70 Union Square, Somerville, MA 02143 (Union Square)

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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4. La Brasa 124 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145 (Somerville)

Enjoy some pumped-up Mexican flavors from Daniel Bojorquez and Frank McClelland -- dishes like Smoked Bone-In Pork Milanese, Lamb Shank Pozole, and Barbecued Beef Brisket will keep you coming back.

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5. Saloon 255 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144 (Davis)

Slinging bourbon below Foundry on Elm, this ode to the under-represented pre-Prohibition era throws things back with Tiffany chandeliers and hand-carved mahogany overhangs. Stuff your face with beer-battered pickled peppers packed w/ Boursin, and maple-braised pork belly w/ baked beans, before drinking said face off thanks to 16 taps, 120+ brown-booze varieties, and a slew of "bespoke" whiskey cocktails.

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