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dying to lounge around and chow on steamers

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I can't think of anything better on a rainy day than lounging around some place and chowing on tons of steamers, fried clams, and a couple ice cold beers. Summer Shack comes to mind but I feel like it's a little tired, it's sort of a stand-by for me. I'm willing to take a drive. Atmoshpere must be casual and ideally have a bar where no one will mind how long we sit. Suggestions please!

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  1. My vote is for Neptune Oyster in the North End. They have some of the best damn clams I've ever had.

    1. Normally I'd send you packing to Essex, but there's no bar at most of the joints I like. (I steer clear of Woodman's.) I think it's the lounging around in a bar part that throws me off .... the last time I lounged for hours and had clams, oysters, very cold white wine, etc., it *was* at the Alewife Summer Shack. Lounging around at Neptune could really hit your wallet hard.

      1. Sail Loft on Atlantic Ave isn't a bad spot.

        1. I'd head up Rt.1 to the Sea Witch in Peabody. Divey bar, cheap drinks,hokey ambiance....It changed hands last year, so a lot of the cooked food isn't as good, but raw bar and steamers should still be fine...The app size of steamers is just fine, IIRC.

          1. I think Farnham's in Essex has beer and wine and there seats inside are a bit better than at Essex. I've been to them all and like each for different reasons.

            1. It just occured to me, I don't know if Choate Street Pub in Ipswich has steamers (have great fried clams) but that is EXACTLY the type of place that would fit the bill for what you're looking for. Call ahead and see if they have them...they have great burgers too.

              1. Haven't been back in about a year but HalfWay Cafe has great steamers. Located in Dedham and Watertown