Food & Drink

27 Boston Bars That Are Open on Christmas Day

Published On 12/16/2015 Published On 12/16/2015
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1. Silhouette Lounge 200 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134 (Allston Brighton)

Free popcorn, pool & darts, $8 pitchers of 'Gansett or PBR, and a jukebox. Welcome to Silhouette Lounge, your go-to dive in Allston.

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2. The Draft Bar & Grille 34 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134

This is a beloved neighborhood bar where you and your neighbors have probably run into each other.

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3. Common Ground Bar & Grill 83 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134 (Allston Brighton)

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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4. Legal on the Mystic 301 Great River Rd, Somerville, MA 02145 (Somerville)

This bar-centric concept from Boston’s fish kings gets casual with shared plates, pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and tacos. Indulge in the pancetta-and-arugula-bedazzled White Clam Pizza, zesty Mesquite BBQ Ribs & Shrimp, and Blackened Swordfish Tacos with avocado and chipotle mayo. LOTM also boasts 15 new cocktails, such as the El Camino, sassed with Del Maguey Crema de Mezcal and Xocolatl Mole Bitters, and the diabolical Chartreuse Smash.

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5. Taj Boston 15 Arlington St, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)

Much like its accommodations, the Taj Hotel chain doesn't skimp on luxury when it comes to food. Its Boston location offers quality American fare that can match any of the Hub's fine-dining spots, including a decadent brunch which features charcuterie, fresh pastas, a raw bar, and a roasted ribeye carving station.

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6. Brasserie Jo 120 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)

Brasserie Jo brings traditional French fare to Back Bay, with classics like coq au vin, Tarte Flambée, and steak au poivre. And every brasserie worth its weight in butter must have excellent pommes frites. It’s a law or something. Brasserie Jo delivers with no-nonsense, simply-executed fries that complement every dish.

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8. Whiskey's 885 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

There are 11 different margaritas here. You obviously need to try them all.

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9. Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro 25 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114 (Beacon Hill)

Charles St is already postcard-level quaint, and BHB keeps the theme alive inside an appropriately dark and friendly den. The fireplace burns brightest next to the eight-seat bar, so grab a coveted high-back stool and settle in for some belly-warming fondue. Also on your to-do list: try one of the paradoxically named cocktails, such as the Whispering Viking.

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10. The Fireplace 1634 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445

This seasonal New England hot spot is one of our favorite bars in Boston.

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11. Chopps American Bar and Grill One Burlington Mall Rd, Burlington, MA 01803

This huge 245-seater is located in the Boston Marriott Burlington, serving up delicious all-natural steaks, fresh local seafood, and small plates like Maine Lobster Gratinée and Lamb Lollichopps.

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12. Cantab Lounge 738 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139 (East Cambridge)

Cantab Lounge is a Central Square dive with a country vibe. If the Tuesday bluegrass isn't your scene, come back on Wednesday for the Underground Poetry Slam.

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13. Charlie's Kitchen 10 Eliot St, Cambridge, MA 02138 (West Cambridge)

Charlie's Kitchen is the place to go for American eats, an awesome outdoor space, and killer waffle fries.

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14. The Druid 1357 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Inman Square)

Inman Square’s highly regarded, very authentic Irish pub offers a highly regarded, very authentic homage to this classic dish. Fresh cod and hand-cut fries take center stage in the Druid Fish & Chips, and then house tartar and the traditional “wrapped in newspaper” presentation steal the show. (Just like Ireland, except closer.) Suggested pairing: beer.

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15. People's Republik 878 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Central Square)

Located in Central Square, this dive bar boasts some impressive Soviet pride. Enjoy one of the 10+ burger options on their menu, while slugging a few locally brewed beers.

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16. Black Rose 160 State St, Boston, MA 02109

This super-old-school pub is chock-full of patriotic Irish swag, and features live music every single night. The food is on the pricier side, but it’s worth it to sit by a fireplace and devour some Guinness beef stew while your friends misguidedly sing “Sweet Caroline” for the 18th time. Besides, you can always drag them back in the morning for an Irish breakfast.

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17. 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.

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18. The Hawthorne 500A Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215 (Fenway Kenmore)

You'll want to dress to impress at this refined lounge tucked underneath the Hotel Commonwealth, where nationally acclaimed co-owner and bar director Jackson Cannon has built an experience that revolves around thoughtfully crafted cocktails, similar to his beloved sister establishment, Eastern Standard. Warm and comfortable with low tables and plenty of armchairs, drinking at The Hawthorne is almost like sitting in someone’s living room, except you're sipping on exceptional drinks like the Air Mail (a champagne cocktail with white rum, honey, lime and bitters) and small bites like deviled eggs with crispy prosciutto, pickled anchovy, and chorizo toast.

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19. BOKX 109's Glenlivet Scotch Dinner 399 Grove St, Newton, MA 02466 (Newton)

Get all classy-like with this six-course meal that pairs the appropriately aged single malt with dishes like a cranberry/apple chutney-topped smoked duck breast served w/ curly endive (Glenlivet 15); cabbage-cream covered and wood grilled Scottish salmon

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20. Outlook Kitchen and Bar 70 Sleeper Street, Boston, MA 02210 (Fort Point Channel)

Be sure to try the 10-grain pancakes, Lobster Bene, egg-topped oatmeal, and a BLT twist with egg.

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21. TAMO Bistro & Bar 1 Seaport Ln, Boston, MA 02210

Their barrel-aged cocktails are delicious and you need one right now.

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22. Legal Sea Foods Harborside 270 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210 (South Boston)

The mother of all Legal Sea Foods, Legal Harborside is the upscale seafood chain's flagship restaurant on the Boston Waterfront. The 20,000sqft space takes over three floors, each with a different concept. The first floor is a nod to the restaurant's heritage as a casual all-day seafood market, complete with picnic tables and an oyster bar (up to 14 varieties of oysters are offered daily). On the second floor, a more formal dining room serves a sophisticated menu (you won't find any lobster rolls up here). Finally, overlooking the harbor on the third floor is a massive roof deck with wines by the glass, sushi, and small bites.

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23. Olde Magoun's Saloon 518 Medford St, Somerville, MA 02145 (Somerville)

Olde Magoun's is a great spot to sit down and enjoy some hearty Irish and American pub fare in a friendly atmosphere. They will accommodate a liquid diet as well -- their draft list (full of craft beer) and craft spirits list (full of small batch bourbon) won't disappoint.

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24. Tremont 647 647 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118 (South End)

This South End eatery serves up American grub, with flair -- fried chicken with rosemary biscuits, fontina-stuffed tater tots, and a .5lb "Burger Daddy". Don't miss their epic brunch, which the staff serves in their PJs.

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25. 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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26. The Abbey 1755 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140 (North Cambridge)

With a list of 30+ Scotches and 70+ other deluxe spirits, The Abbey will easily coax you into trying some of their equally high-end cuisine (not that you needed any prodding). Get down on Lamb Lollipops and Bison Bolognese before you leave.