Luckily for all of us, Boston is flush with bars. And if you’re smart, you’ve already picked one to call your very own -- y’know, that place where everybody knows your name. (But no, hopefully it’s not Cheers.) Since any local watering hole is a reflection of the clientele, and vice versa, we cataloged 21 Hub hotspots in an attempt to find out who (including you) is hanging out where.
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North Station Your wardrobe is exclusively Boston sports gear, from your B’s hoodie to your C’s hoodie. And, obviously, your Brady jersey. You also enjoy cheap beer and arguing loudly about anything related to the Sox/Pats/Bruins/Celtics.
Beacon Hill You’re into bar games, of which BHP has plenty: Pop-A-Shot, Golden Tee, Big Buck Hunter, darts, and that punching bag game. And you have only one rule: the loser buys next round. Good chance you just finished an exam or a deadline and needed to drink with your pals.
Central Square Similar to The Field, but you’re a bigger football fanatic. You own many team scarves, and you’re wearing them... all of them... right now. Also, you may or may not enjoy dancing to '80s music on Saturday nights.
Union Square You always wanted a cool NYC-style bar in Boston that served cool NYC-style handcrafted cocktails and charged even cooler NYC-style handcrafted prices. If you were an early regular, you smugly told your BFFs about the secret entrance. You might have a waxed mustache.
Fort Point Channel You’re either extremely knowledgeable about spirits and your drink preferences, or you just want the bartender to make you something with St. Germain. Regardless, you’ll be there after work until you remember that you need to eat something. Then you’ll order another cocktail and stumble to the T.
Downtown You’re a pro and you’ve settled into the “I have a regular drink” years. That drink is probably a gin & tonic if you’re at Silvertone frequently. This is where you come to complain about work but where you promptly forget about it once you start ordering “Happy Meals.”
Union Square Similar to Silvertone, you’re a pro and you prefer to keep things mellow. You’ve lived near Union before it was cool to live near Union, but you still share The Independent with newbies. You sometimes wear funny intellectual T-shirts.
Central Square You’re a seasoned day drinker and the Cantab opens at 8am -- for that shot before work or after your shift. You wish that you could still smoke in there. You may be into spoken-word poetry.
Faneuil Hall You make bad decisions, but you thought carefully about your outfit for the evening. If you play your cards right, you might just broker a dance-floor make-out session. Besides, you didn’t come all the way from Revere for nothing.
Various locations You love clubs, but you’re stuck in Boston. Sorry. You’re probably an international BU student and not afraid of perfume or cologne. You’ll wait 45 minutes in sub-zero temps WITHOUT a coat because... well, coats.
Allston You’re an early-20s to early-40s hipster with a chain wallet and a socially conscious outlook. You’re also wearing skinny jeans, a hoodie (year-round), and a jean jacket with punk band patches. You know who you are.
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By night, Erik Christensen is freelance writer and one of the dudes waiting to play darts at People's. By day, he’s an architect. And by the weekend, he’s a man in need of many naps.