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It’s your typical Irish pub, but its location overlooking the Harbor makes this place notable. The walls are lined with windows, lending an open, airy feel and providing sweeping views. (Not that you’ll have much space or time for gazing, when the place gets packed on weekend nights.) True to their Irish roots, they’ve got largest selection of whiskey in New England. If that doesn’t do it for you, there’s a healthy selection of beers and wine for your enjoyment.
This underground spot has a warm, cozy feel that is perfect for a date. There’s no menu; the mixologists here will concoct a custom creation. Like spicy drinks with tequila? Something fruity and frothy? How about long walks on the beach? Be as specific or vague as you want, or leave your fate to the skilled whims of your personal cocktail crafter.
Scary Anns, MAs, a hopeless place …call it what you want, but a rose by any other name still smells as sweet. And by sweet, I am referring to Mary Ann’s signature aromatic blend of skunked beer, sweat and…well, let’s not analyze it too much. It’ll disappoint you in the way any good dive should: the glasses are unquestionably dirty and the Hoops Mania game is usually broken. (Deer Hunter is reliably functional.) But this little, windowless gem holds a dear place in the hearts of any self-respecting BC student. Where else can you holler “Drinks on me!” on a Friday night and only be out thirty bucks? Perfect for junior year.
Technically, the Met Club is a restaurant. And a posh restaurant, at that. But the bar is not to be ignored here. It’s definitely out of the price range for most people fresh out of school, but keep it in mind when parents come to visit. They’ll marvel at how sophisticated and refined your tastes have become, as you knock back another Pomegranate Sidecar. Young professional all over.
Fun scene, cheap drinks, and packed to the walls with Cambridge college folk, Phoenix Landing is also right across from The Middle East, famous for its live music shows every night of the week. Great for meeting other students!
Guess I really like speakeasys, as Brick and Mortar was designed with the Prohibition Era in mind. Mount a narrow staircase, and you’ll find yourself in a narrow room with a huge bar and mood-setting lighting streaming down the exposed brick walls. Young professional all over.
One does not simply walk to The Beehive. There isn’t public transportation very close by, so unless you live in the area, a cab might be your best bet. But there isn’t a better place to be buzzed on Tremont Street. While the upstairs is small and quaint, a plush stairway takes you to a new world below; a world where bartenders wear suspenders and jazz crooners entertain the revelers from a small stage. The space has a secret, almost speakeasy feel, but this Hive is a hopping one, great for people watching and mingling. Perfect for young professionals in the South End.
Largest selection of beers on the east coast, with 112 on tap. ‘Nuff said. But really, a mecca for students.
Sorry, my cocktail-nerd is showing. I’ll be sure to cover up, but not until I moan a little about the Oaxacan Rose, a piquant blend of Mezcal, citrus, and bitters. The Aperol Fizz is a lighter, fun diversion, but don’t mess around with the Mexican Happy Meal. The space is intimate and romantic, and there’s a lovely outdoor seating area for the milder weather. Fresh out of school? Here's a great place to grow up your nights.
It’s a bit of a walk from Fenway Park (Home of the 2013 World Series Champs!), and it may be tempting to stay closer to the action at Cask and Flagon or Game On. But those who make the trek toy Yard House won’t be disappointed. There’s tons of space, and the bar in ringed with large screen TVs for those who couldn’t score tickets to the game. There’s a great selection of beer and some pretty excellent appetizers.
Eastern Standard Kitchen is a Boston landmark, and rightly so. The space is modeled after an old train station, lending a sweet air of reminiscence in sepia tones and gleaming leather seating. But don’t go for nostalgia, go for the food and drink: Brunch is spectacular, and the extensive cocktail menu could keep a former (or current!) English major reading for hours. The Tikisms (Tiki inspired cocktails) are intriguing but potent, so be careful! With such a varied and interesting selection, you will want to try more than one. Where young professionals go in the Fenway.