Food & Drink

5 Boston mug clubs you'll want to join

Published On 08/14/2014 Published On 08/14/2014
The Lower Depths
Penguin Pizza
Citizen Public House
Bukowski Tavern
Kristin Teig/The Painted Burro
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1. The Lower Depths 476 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Backed by a substantial food menu that includes five different kinds of tots (FIVE DIFFERENT KINDS OF TOTS!), The Lower Depths' giant craft beer selection, both in bottles and on tap, makes sure that everyone in your party will find something they enjoy -- unless they don't like beer, in which case you're probably not hanging out with them, anyway.

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2. Penguin Pizza 735 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

This divey Brigham Circle pizza joint/bar features thin crust pies and a truly enormous beer selection. In addition to paninis, subs, and wraps, there are a number of specialty pizzas on the menu, including Pulled Pork and Tuscan Fig & Proscuitto.

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3. Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar 1310 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215

From the guys behind Tasty Burger/Franklin Cafe, this upscale neighborhood tavern's outfitted with vintage-esque black/grey damask print wallpaper, brown leather booths, exposed wood ceiling beams, and a 100-year-old fireplace.

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4. Bukowski Tavern 50 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02115

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.

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5. The Painted Burro 219 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

Painted Burro's a 95-seat Mexican kitchen & tequileria described as a “farm chic hacienda” featuring a red-/white-walled dining room with weathered wood tables, plus a 14-seat hammered tin/ reclaimed beam bar lit by wire cage lamps and overlooked by a unicorn burro mural rocking a luchador mask and corncob horn.