The T is great and all -- it gets you where you need to go inexpensively and (occasionally) on time, all while you take in a vivid tapestry of confused tourists, college students, and crazy people. But you know what's even better than riding the MBTA? Drinking at bars! Here are our picks for the choicest watering holes within a 10-minute stroll of each T stop.* You can also check out a blown-up version of our map here.
*For some stops, there wasn't a convenient imbibing option nearby. Did we miss one? Disagree with a pick? Let us know in the comments.
Alewife: Jasper White’s Summer Shack
Davis: The Burren
Porter Square: Toad
Harvard Square: Russell House Tavern
Central Square: The Field
Kendall Square: Meadhall
Charles/MGH: Beacon Hill Pub
Park Street: Highball Lounge
Downtown Crossing: Silvertone Bar & Grill
South Station: Trade
Broadway: The Cornerstone
Andrew: Sports Connection Bar & Grill
JFK/UMass: The Banshee
Oak Grove: Bobby C’s
Malden Center: Exchange Street Bistro
Wellington: Not Your Average Joe’s
Sullivan Square: Tavern at the End of the World
Community College: Old Sully’s
North Station: Sullivan’s Tap
Haymarket: The Grand Canal
State Street: The Black Rose
Downtown Crossing: Silvertone Bar & Grill
Chinatown: Q Restaurant
Tufts Medical Center: Jacob Wirth
Back Bay: The Salty Pig
Massachusetts Avenue: Wally’s Café
Ruggles: Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen
Roxbury Crossing: The Crossing Bar
Jackson Square: Brendan Behan Pub
Stonybrook: Bella Luna & The Milky Way Lounge
Green Street: Coco’s Lounge
Forest Hills: JJ Foley’s Fireside Tavern
Science Park: --
North Station: Sullivan’s Tap
Haymarket: The Grand Canal
Government Center: The Kinsale
Park Street: Highball Lounge
Arlington: Parish Cafe and Bar
Copley: MET Back Bay
Hynes Convention Center: Bukowski Tavern
Kenmore: Eastern Standard
Green Line: B
Blandford Street: Cornwall’s
BU East: --
BU Central: The Dugout Cafe
BU West: --
St. Paul: Sunset Cantina
Pleasant Street: Paradise Rock Club
Babcock Street: T’s Pub
Packards Corner: White Horse Tavern
Harvard Avenue: Wonder Bar
Griggs Street: Shanghai Social Club
Allston Street: --
Warren Street: Harry’s Bar & Grill
Washington Street: Tasca Restaurant
Sutherland Road: --
Chiswick Road: Bluestone Bistro
Chestnut Hill Avenue: Roggie’s
South Street: Moogy’s
Boston College: --
Green Line: C
St. Marys : O’Leary’s
St. Paul: Takusan Sushi
Coolidge Corner: Hops N Scotch
Summit: The Regal Beagle
Brandon Hall: Corrib Pub
Fairbanks: The Fireplace
Washington Square: Washington Square Tavern
Tappan: The Publick House
Dean: Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar
Cleveland Circle: Mary Ann’s
Green Line: D
Fenway: Yard House
Brookline Village: Stoli Bar & Restaurant
Brookline Hills: --
Chestnut Hill: Del Frisco’s Grille
Newton Centre: Deluxe Station Diner
Newton Highlands: O’Hara’s Food & Spirits
Waban: Waban Kitchen
Riverside: BOKX 109 American Prime
Green Line: E
Prudential: 5 Napkin Burger
Symphony: Ginger Exchange
Northeastern University: Conor Larkin’s
Museum of Fine Arts: Punter’s Pub
Longwood Medical Area: The Squealing Pig
Brigham Circle: The Mission Bar & Grill
Mission Park: --
Back of the Hill: --
Heath: The Haven
1. Russell House Tavern14 JFK St, Cambridge
2. Meadhall4 Cambridge Center, Cambridge
3. Beacon Hill Pub149 Charles St, Boston
4. Silvertone Bar and Grill69 Bromfield St, Boston
5. Sports Connection Bar & Grill560 Dorchester Ave, Boston
6. Sully's Lounge28 Chesnut St, Boston
7. Savin Bar + Kitchen112 Savin Hill Ave, Dorchester
8. Ashmont Grill555 Talbot Ave, Dorchester
9. Cosmopolitan Lounge276 Bennington St, Boston
10. Old Sully's56 Union St, Charlestown
11. Sullivan's Tap168 Canal St, Boston
12. Jacob Wirth31 Stuart St, Boston
13. The Salty Pig130 Dartmouth St, Boston
14. Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen604 Columbus Ave, Boston
15. Bella Luna and the Milky Way Lounge284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain
16. J.J. Foley's Fireside Tavern30 Hyde Park Ave, Boston
17. Courtside291 Cambridge St, Cambridge
18. Highball Lounge90 Tremont St, Boston
19. MET Back Bay279 Dartmouth St, Boston
20. Bukowski Tavern50 Dalton St, Boston
21. Cornwall's654 Beacon St, Boston
22. Shanghai Social Club1277 Commonwealth Ave, Allston
23. Roggie's Brew & Grille356 Chestnut Hill Ave, Brighton
24. Hops N Scotch1306 Beacon St, Brookline
25. The Regal Beagle308 Harvard St , Brookline
26. Barcelona Wine Bar525 Tremont St, South End
27. Yard House Fenway126 Brookline Ave, Boston
28. Del Frisco's Grille - Chestnut Hill33 Boylston St., Suite 3370, Chestnut Hill
29. Deluxe Station Diner70 Union St, Newton
30. 5 Napkin Burger105 Huntington Ave, Boston
31. Ginger Exchange at Symphony250 Huntington Ave, Boston
32. Soulfire737 Huntington Ave, Boston
33. The Haven2 Perkins St, Boston
34. Trade540 Atlantic Ave, Boston
35. Lucky's Lounge355 Congress St, Boston
36. Rosa Mexicano155 Seaport Blvd, Boston
37. Harpoon Beer Hall306 Northern Ave, Boston
38. Wally's Cafe427 Massachusetts Ave, Boston
39. Eastern Standard528 Commonwealth Ave, Boston
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.
This loungy, semi-industrial beer castle plates upscale lunch-thru-late night vittles (from an egg-topped steak tartare w/ anchovy vinaigrette to a signature VT turkey, bacon & avocado club), and pours over 100 draughts (including Peak Hop Noir, Wee Heavy Scottish Ale, McChouffe Brown, Hoptical Illusion, and Storm King Stout) in a 32-table (plus upstairs lounge) space.
A well-loved dive bar with everything you could ask for: cheap drinks, a jukebox, and foosball. Pull up a stool and have yourself a $3 'Gansett tall boy, neighbor!
The Silvertone sports quality food and prices, as well as a rich list of housemade cocktails, wines, and variety of beers on tap and in bottles and cans.
This no-frills, $2.50-a-beer dive bar is the perfect place to cool your heels or get to know some locals in the area after hopping off the train. And of course, when you're in-season, you can catch a few of your favorite teams while the jukebox drones in the background.
A cold, cold draft beer = the perfect end to a hectic day at this spacious dive. Yep, it's a locals kind of bar with only a handful of drafts on tap, plus a slight wariness against tourists -- but of course, hook anyone up with one of the aforementioned drafts and you'll be sure to make friends quickly.
A second offering from the folks behind McKenna's Cafe, SBK's a warmly lit, two-floor, 40-table neighborhood watering hole slinging craft cocktails and New American eats.
This neighborhood grill joint boasts a sweet patio and fresh takes on American classics.
This is a true hole-in-the-wall night club, sans velvet rope, plus a Spanish flair. Expect there to be Latin songs coming from the speakers, and if you're not really into that sort of music, console yourself with the fact that there's no cover and the drinks come pretty cheap.
Once you leave this locals' haunt, if you're not convinced of its charm, you're probably the only one. The throwback pub-like atmosphere charmed even Ben Affleck who shot it in his film The Town, the Irish-influenced accents of the characters matching up with the Irish-American heritage of the venue.
Sullivan's Tap is a Bruins bar with plenty to offer. Boasting the "Longest Bar In Boston," Sully's is stacked with pool tables, pop-a-shot hoops, and arcade games to keep you entertained well after the game.
Jacob Wirth is a German-American restaurant where you can enjoy a mixed grill of schnitzels and wursts alongside burgers and a great selection of beers to wash it all down.
As the name implies, this South End spot is big into pork-centric cured meats. With local charcuterie, artisanal cheese selections, and stone-grilled pizza pies, the Salty Pig is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. An Old World wine list and quirkily named cocktail menu put the finishing touches on the bold flavors that abound here, and the doodle-decorated chalkboard walls make for a decidedly fun ambience.
Found in the space formerly known as the Stork Club (... and Circles... and Bob's Southern Bistro), this friendly South End neighborhood bar/resto from the guys behind the original Bob's is slinging hearty grub like barbecued steak tips alongside a long list of house cocktails, like their Chicken Martini (Tito's with apple and orange liqueurs, a splash of lemon, and topped with Hennessy).
Now found at the Haffenreffer brewery, this band-name-sounding resto/music/gaming venue features a sandwich-, pizza-, and pasta-heavy Italian menu, American craft beers, and seasonally shifting cocktails.
Locals love hanging out at J. J. Foley's for many reasons. Their backroom dartboard, late-night bar menu, and great beer selections are just a few of the things we appreciate about spending time at J. J. Foley's. We highly recommend this bar to anyone looking for a fun place to drink in South End.
East Cambridge's favorite karaoke dive hides the mic on Sundays when the Chicago Sports Club of New England floods the joint to watch da Bears on 12 high-defs, meaning the only singing you'll hear will be fans homaging "I'm Jimmy Mac and I'm here to say..."
Located in the Nine Zero Hotel, Highball Lounge is a retro-looking spot where you can enjoy small bites like Korean fried chicken nuggets alongside unique cocktails while playing the type of board games you would find in your parents' old basement (which is coincidentally, and awesomely, the very space the Highball is trying to emulate).
MET Back Bay is a classy space sporting crown molding and banquettes, but with down-to-earth DIY bars, like the American Ham and Cheese Bar, Crafty Marys bar at brunch (Bloody Marys), and a heavenly burger bar that we highly recommend. You can opt for beef, salmon, turkey, or falafel base, and then add either regional American treatments, or venture outside the States with a Japanese option (including wasabi mayo), or a Greek varietal (hummus). A favorite? The Paris burger, made with brie, a fried egg, caramelized onions, and truffle mayo.
Ditch Newbury and the bastions of distraught twenty-something foreigners asking you what happened to Armani Cafe, and hit up this bastion of barley to take down a peanut butter burger while making a sizeable dent in your Dead Author's Card, a running tally of all the beers you have to drink within six months to earn a spot in their exclusive mug club.
Cornwall's has a dozen different burgers, a huge beer list (25 drafts and 35 bottles), 24 different delicious appetizers, and a pool table, which adds up to about all the reasons you could possibly need to stop by.
This pre-War-China-themed lounge feels like one part opium den and one part Chinese restaurant.
Head downstairs at this longtime Cleveland Circle Steelers standby, and you'll be greeted by 52 draft beers (Roggie's Barracuda Ale, Leinie's Sunset Wheat), multiple flatscreens, and select $1.50 beers, which really, you should do every time if they're available.
Aside from being one of the most cleverly named bars ever, Hops N Scotch also boasts dual floors of Southern grub, craft beer, and a vast array of other boozables that'll have you calling the place Home Sweet Home.
Spawned by the Three's Company fans behind Church, RB aims to give off the same upscale "neighborhood joint" vibe the Beagle gave Jack, Chrissy, and Janet, slinging creative American comfort food and "inspired" cocktails.
Now welcoming Catalan-philes in Washington Square's former American Craft, Barcelona Wine Bar's a rustic Spanish small platery that's -- not unlike middle school dances whenever NEXT's "Too Close" comes on -- heavy on the wood and designed to "recreate the feel and the look of an evening on the Ramblas".
This Cali-based brew house brings 142 taps and casual grub to a space rocking a massive island bar and rows of booths set beneath a long wall of colorful, Dali-esque mod art. Get fatter on half racks of smoked pork spare ribs w/ spicy bbq sauce & creamed corn, or Korean beef short rib tacos w/ spicy green papaya salad and lemon Sriracha aioli, then get sauced-er with choice drafts served four ways: shorty, goblet, pint, and half yard.
Located in The Street and overlooking Hammond Pond, Del Frisco's in Chestnut Hill is headed by Executive Chef Layne Coppell of Legal Sea Foods, serving up delicious regional fare like Berkshire pork meatballs and East Coast fish tacos.
Found in Newton Centre's historic train depot, DSD's a sophomore offering from the folks behind W'town's iconic Deluxe Town Diner, slinging a "unique dinering" experience (and breakfast all day) in an 1880-esque, industrial-themed 90-seater.
If you find yourself wandering Back Bay absolutely famished, 5 Napkin Burger offers you hunger antidotes in the form of thick, juicy, and satisfying burgers made with 100% Aspen Ridge chuck and served on house potato bread. The Original 5 Napkin Burger is topped with gooey Gruyere, rosemary-garlic aioli, and slightly sweet caramelized onions to balance out all that savory. If you’re feeling extra decadent (you’ve come to the right place), the Truffle burger is a no-brainer, with its house-made porcini ketchup, fired egg, and black-and-white truffle butter. As a prelude to your beefy entrée, opt for avocado hummus with crispy peas and pomegranate or tuna poke nachos with marinated tuna, avocado, chips, and wasabi cream.
The Ginger Exchange's second outpost is located at Symphony Hall, is serving up pork belly bao baos, and has a huge brew selection. Any questions?
One thing the world needs more of is quality BBQ. Knowing this, Soulfire branched out to this second location ensuring that its famous pulled pork sammies, ribs, and mouthwatering sauces will satisfy the Boston masses. Try the fried mac and cheese and collard greens (trust us). If you’ve still got room for dessert, the fried dough is fantastic and can be shared between 2-3 people.
The Haven brings a slice of Scotland to Jamaica Plain in the form of a dual-room, 45 seater, serving craft beers and traditional fare from across the pond like vegetable bridie, haggis with neeps, and white pudding sassitch and mash.
Trade's industrial/wooded interior is quite the sight to behold until your meal arrives and you forget all about it. Award-winning chef Jody Adams features a menu of internationally inspired chow and specialty craft drinkables, wines and beer.
During the early days of the Fort Point renaissance, Lucky’s opted for out-of-the-way-no-sign-having coolness in this red, plush '50s-esque lounge. Even cooler: there’s FREE shuttle service to Lucky's from anywhere in South Boston!
Grab some shade behind the foliage of Rosa's Seaport Blvd patio whilst you take down their signature (since "When Doves Cry" topped the Billboard charts!!) frozen pomegranate margarita made with silver tequila and pomegranate juice.
This German-style beer hall from the Harpoon Brewing Company holds 300 brewthusiasts and offers a view of the skyline (when you're not looking into the bottom of your glass wondering where all your delicious beer disappeared to).
Wally’s is a veritable time machine transporting you back to the days when smoke-filled juke joints reigned supreme. And they still do at this nearly 70 year old family-run nightclub icon. You won’t mind the no frills vibes and aroma of nights long since past once the incredible jazz jams fill this cozy space.
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.