Food & Drink

The 5 cocktails you need to drink this weekend

Published On 05/22/2014 Published On 05/22/2014
Connie Miller
GEM
Social Restaurant & Bar
Merrill & Co.
Boston Nightlife Ventures
Connie Miller
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1. GEM Italian Kitchen, Nightclub & Lounge 42 Province St, Boston, MA 02108 (Downtown Crossing)

GEM couldn't decide what it wanted to be when it grew up so it decided to be everything! Welcome to Boston's premier combination Italian kitchen, nightclub, AND lounge.

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2. Social Restaurant & Bar 320 Washington St, Newton, MA 02458 (Newton)

Social is a go-to lounge, with cocktails like the Maple Manhattan made with Bulleit bourbon, maple liqueur, and cherry bitters. Bonuses include a grill-your-own option -- a Hot Rocks appetizer that enables guests to sear seasoned pieces of sirloin on a large 600-degree stone (!) -- tableside (do not touch. HOT!).

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3. Merrill & Co. 1 Appleton St, Boston, MA 02116 (South Boston)

Come to Merril for something between comfort food and fine dining -- you might grab some of their delicious catfish, you might grab some of their tender BBQ ribs, you might just grab something from their craft cocktail menu -- but you will definitely not regret stopping by.

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4. 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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5. Russell House Tavern 14 JFK St, Cambridge, MA 02138 (Harvard Square)

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.