Food & Drink

The 5 best industry nights in Boston

Published On 06/05/2014 Published On 06/05/2014
Franklin Southie
Trina's Starlite Lounge
Wink & Nod
Empire
Kings
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1. Franklin Southie 152 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127 (South Boston)

An iconic South Boston institution, Franklin Southie is open until 1:30am, slinging craft brews, cocktails, and food ranging from sea scallops and duck leg to mac and cheese and burgers.

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2. Trina's Starlite Lounge 3 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143 (Somerville)

The exterior of Trina's Starlite Lounge looks like your typical dive (could it be the Miller High Life sign?), but once inside, you'll discover a hip, retro-style diner and bar that's serving up killer takes on American classics like hot dogs, burgers, and chili, plus craft beer and seasonal cocktails. Come at night for the local brews, chili-cheese fries, and double-patty cheeseburger, and on weekend mornings for Bloody Marys and the Good Ol' Breakfast Sandy: a buttermilk biscuit with cheese, two eggs over easy, and your choice of bacon, sausage, or chipotle-tomato jam.

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3. Wink & Nod 3 Appleton St, Boston, MA 02116 (South End)

Boston Nightlife Ventures' new speakeasy has made a home for the pop-up Whisk, so you can enjoy your cocktails made with Cutty Sark Prohibition Scotch alongside bites like squid ink tagliatelle pasta with baby octopus.

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4. Empire One Marina Park Dr, Boston, MA 02210 (Boston)

After spending the year conquering Back Bay (Red Lantern) and DTX (GEM), the culinary conquistadors at Big Night Entertainment continue to tear through the Hub's 'hoods without even offering to sew them back up, this time expanding their... Empire with a massive Asian-themed 350-seater on Fan Pier. Want to know even more?

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5. Kings 50 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02115 (Back Bay)

Reasonably priced beers and a fairly large selection of food (appetizers, pizzas, burgers, etc.) accompany plenty of games to keep yourself entertained: bowling, pool, shuffleboard, and skeeball.

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