Boston-Area Bars with Good Bites

It's date night, and you're looking for a cold drink and some first-rate snacks at some comfortable pub. Where to turn?

Jenny Ondioline likes Deep Ellum for its beverages and apps. "The soft pretzels and beer cheese are a particular favorite," Jenny Ondioline says. "And the charcuterie plate is almost always worthwhile."

hiddenboston likes eating at the bar at O'Leary's in Brookline. "Friendly bartenders, comfortable seating, a mellow crowd, and very good food," he says.

Klunco favors Eastern Standard (listed on Chowhound as part of a Boston Craft Cocktail Crawl) and Russell House Tavern (a stop on a Boston Whiskey Crawl), but has also fared well at Oleana, where you can order meze at the bar. "I remember being surprised that the beer list was bigger than you would think for this type of place," Klunco says.

Finally, huuvola recommends Local 149 in South Boston for the good beer selection, interesting menu, and decent-looking craft cocktail program.

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Deep Ellum [Allston]
477 Cambridge Street, Allston
617-787-2337

O'Leary's Irish Pub and Restaurant [Brookline]
1010 Beacon Street, Brookline
617-734-0049

Eastern Standard [Kenmore Square]
528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
617-532-9100

Russell House Tavern [Harvard Square]
14 JFK Street, Cambridge
617-500-3055

Oleana [Central Square]
134 Hampshire Street, Cambridge
617-661-0505

Local 149 [South Boston]
149 P Street, Boston
617-269-0900

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