Mike Diskin
Dave Baldwin
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MJ O'Connor's Waterfront
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Barcelona Wine Bar/Facebook
Boston Chops
Dave Baldwin
Martha Sullivan
Dave Baldwin
Chris Haynes
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1. Belly Wine Bar One Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139

Tucked inside the lower level of a 19th-century mill sporting wood-beamed ceilings and porcelain-tiled floors, Kendall Square's Belly Wine Bar is a gorgeous, Italian-inspired gem with a small but expertly curated wine list and a food menu that's as comforting as the space itself. Belly offers seasonally inspired plates including charcuterie, duck confit legs, and roasted chicken with polenta. Best of all, in colder months you can order s'mores for dessert and roast your marshmallows over an outdoor fire as snow falls gently onto the twinkle-lit patio. It's as romantic as it sounds.

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2. 75 on Liberty Wharf 220 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

75 on Liberty Wharf's the airy, window-heavy sister spot to Beacon Hill fave 75 Chestnut, built into a vacant glass-walled, kiosk-like building at the end of Fish Pier.

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3. Society on High 99 High St, Boston, MA 02110

This vintage-inspired resto offers lobster sliders and great cocktails.

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4. MJ O'Connor's 425 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210

The waterfront outpost of this Irish pub features a sick outdoor drinking space.

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5. The Independent 75 Union Sq, Somerville, MA 02143

This neighborhood spot serves up gourmet American bites -- heirloom tomato salad, crab cakes, pan-roasted striped bass. Their beer menu is solid and their atmosphere is friendly, so this is a great place to stop while bar hopping through Union Square.

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6. The Palm One International Place, Boston, MA 02110

This revamped Financial District institution now boasts a heated patio and a selection of new bites and drinks.

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7. Barcelona Wine Bar 525 Tremont St, South End, MA 02116

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".

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8. Boston Chops 1375 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

Brian Piccini and Chris Coombs -- the guys behind Deuxave and Dbar -- took over a rumored cursed South End space to make this high-caliber urban steakhouse. Offering a modern takes on overdone streakhouse staples, the steak frites menu is everything you could want from life. It's a simple choice of cut (hanger, strip, skirt) and sauce (bearnaise, bordelaise, chimichurri butter) that comes with a bottomless bowl of fluffy fries. Leather banquettes and dark wood furnishings might indicate a traditional steakhouse, but decadent cocktails point to a much fuller dining experience.

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9. Bronwyn 255 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143

This cozy Union Square restaurant serves up modern twists on traditional and authentic German fare (borscht, massive bretzels, every wurst imaginable). And, in true German fashion, Bronwyn offers dozens of beers (by the liter, boot or bucket) from all over central Europe and New England. Owner Tim Wiechmann was aiming to imitate the atmosphere of a European dive or hostel with this location, and he totally nailed it with its nearly medeival look (dark, heavy wooden tables, worn-leather bar stools, rustic red and blue walls).

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10. Steel and Rye 95 Eliot St, Milton, MA 02186

True to its name, this converted garage/warehouse space is fitted with plenty of steel and sure enough, you're free to order some rye at the bar. But don't stop at two words from its name, go ahead and order some favorites from the menu like the lamb meatballs or one of the homemade pastas.

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11. The Revere Hotel Boston Common 200 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116

This Theatre District hotel boasts a sweet rooftop with lethal cocktails.

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12. Cinquecento 500 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118

Take a seat at the marble bar or let the kind folks at Cinquecento take you to one of the 200 seats in the dining area to experience classical Italian fare in this calming Roman Trattoria-style resto.

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13. Sterling's 60 State St, Boston, MA 02109

This '60s-inspired bar from the folks behind Granary Tavern serves up haute-classic bites (gourmet Swedish meatballs, local poached egg-topped salad) and new twists on old-fashioned cocktails.

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14. The Sinclair Kitchen 52 Church St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Rocking out in Harvard Square, the music promo dudes at The Bowery overhauled the former Phatt Boys into a 500-plus capacity, industrial-aesthetic'd concert venue/ rustic bar & kitchen/ casual-cool rooftop with occasional rooftop movie nights.