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Seeking suggestions for drinks and munchies literally right across from a T stop?

So it's going to be 9 degrees tomorrow but I don't want that to stop me from going out after work for a drink. Do you have any recommendations for bars that might have some decent food that are very, and I mean very, close to T stops. I can do the Cambridge/Somerville ones but the only one I can think of downtown is Clarkes which is right in South Station.

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  1. Is it going to be a group or are you going solo? Here's a few suggestions of stuff close to the T. I guess that you can rule out all places in the South End.

    Eastern Standard---Get right off at Kenmore and you're there. Good drinks and food. If you have any rye drinkers in your party, they will be most impressed. The best selection in Boston, hands down.

    No. 9 Park---Right near Park Street T stop. Excellent drinks and food. I would go here if I was going solo, but not really a group place.

    Fairmont Copley---Close enough to the T. Good drinks and decent enough food.

    Publick House---If you're up for taking the C line, I would recommend this place in Washington Square. Excellent beer selection and good food. The only drawback is that you'll have to wait in the cold to catch your train back into town.

    Redbones---Here's my red line suggestion. Right near Davis Sq. T stop. Solid beer lineup and decent grub. The only drawback is that it's a bit far.

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    1. re: Chrispy75

      I thought of Eastern Standard as well. It's litterally right outside of the Kenmore stop. Great drinks and bar food.

      The Publik House also came to mind for beer, but like Chrispy75 said, you'll be waiting outside for the train back home. Of course with enough beer in your system, the cold may not bother you so much.

    2. I wouldn't totally rule out the South End. Right near the Back Bay stop on the orange line are several places. Delux is about 2 blocks on the Clarendon St. side of the station. On the Dartmouth St. side are Clery's, Brownstone and Douzo where I really like to have drinks and sushi. Also across the street in the Westin is Bar 10. Good luck and stay warm!

      1. Harvard Gardens on Cambridge St is about a block up from the Charles/MGH T-stop. The food is good, and the bar gets a nice after work crowd.

        1. Kinsale at Center Plaza is right across the street from the Government Center station. It's a pleasant place to get some drinks and munchies too.

          1. Teatro - Boyston T Stop on the Green Line
            Douzo - BackBay Station on the Orange Line

            Similarly, you can take the Orange Line to Back Bay and use the underground tunnel to get to the Pru, to then exit on Huntington to hit Brasserie Jo or exit on Boylston and hit the likes of Abe & Louie's.

            1. Some ideas...
              Taberna de Haro (great tapas and sangria), right across the street from the St. Mary's T Stop on the Green Line
              Beacon St. Tavern (same stop but on the other side of the street)
              Eastern Standard (Kenmore T Stop)
              Central Kitchen, Middle East, Zuzu, etc (across from the Central Square T Stop)
              Grafton Street, The Cellar (which now has food), (Harvard Square T)
              Coolidge Corner Clubhouse, Zaftigs (Coolidge Corner T Stop)

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              1. re: BackBayGirl

                Okay, your first three suggestions are good and fit the request, but neither the Coolidge Corner Clubhouse nor Zaftig's is "literally across the street from a T stop." The Clubhouse is nearly two (admittedly short) blocks away and Zaftig's is another half a block beyond that. Ditto for Grafton Street and the Cellar relative to Harvard Square (The Cellar??? That's nowhere near close!) I'll *maybe* grant you the Central Square suggestions, but even those are a block or two from the T exits.

                1. re: Allstonian

                  My apologies, Allstonian. I had seen someone mention South End options that were not "right across from the T" but they are not a far walk, so I thought I'd throw the other suggestions in because they are not that far of a walk, at least I don't think so (they certainly aren't more than a 5 minute walk as I've done them myself from each stop). But you are right...they aren't "right across the street." I'm so sorry to have thrown in some other ideas you don't think I should have added. My bad. How dare I mention anything else that might be close to the T.

                  1. re: BackBayGirl

                    I apologize for upsetting you. Also I am completely in awe that you can walk the half a mile from the Harvard Square T stop to the Cellar in five minutes. I definitely can't do that.

              2. Take the red line to Savin Hill in Dorchester and C F Donovans is literally across the street. If you do a search you will find Donovans has been mentioned quite often on this board. It's my favorite neighborhood place. The atmosphere is casual, the bar is separate from the dining room and the menu is quite large. Favorites include chicken curry, chicken bella boca; chicken parm; baked stuff shrimp; lobster pie ...etc. etc. The specials change on Friday nights and they make a great chocolate martini! One caution, their website is rarely up to date so if you check it out think of it as a sample menu!

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                1. re: Pegmeister

                  C.F. Donovan's just got new plasma tv's and and a new drink menu, I was there a week ago wednesday and it was great. We had a good time and the food was better than it ever was.

                2. Orange or Green Line to the newish North Station T station puts you on Canal Street, with all of those bar/restaurants (the Fours, Grand Canal, Boston Beer Works, etc.).

                  1. Right across from the Brattle ST Harvard Square exit is Casablanca. Very nice drinks and bar snacks.

                    1. Parish and McCormick & Schmick (happy hour til 6 or 6:30) are close to the Arington T as is Via Matta for a little more $$. Summer Shack's happy hour goes on after work, not far from Auditorium. Harvard Gardens is pretty close to Charles St.

                      1. Kinsale, Boston (Govt Center)
                        Christopher's, Cambridge (Porter)
                        The Field (mostly drinks), Cambridge (Central Square)
                        Johnny D's, Somerville (Davis)
                        Black Sheep Cafe, Cambridge (Kendall)

                        1. The Field used to have a wonderful breakfast on the weekends and they stopped serving a few years ago. I never understood why because it brought people in. Do you know if they serve food at all now?

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                          1. re: Pegmeister

                            I think they do still serve food, though I only go for drinks, so I'm not 100% sure.

                            1. re: Pegmeister

                              Yep, the Field still serves food -- I'm not sure about breakfast/brunch but I know that they have a tiny kitchen cranking out pretty decent sandwiches and stuff at lunch. It's not GREAT food, like the Druid, but it's good for soaking up your pint.

                              1. re: yumyum

                                Do they have toasties at the Field? If so, I can't think of a better way to spend a brutally cold evening than drinking pints of Harp or Guinness and noshing on a couple of toasted ham and cheeses...

                            2. there's also the dogwood cafe, directly across the street from forest hills on the orange line.

                              1. Ok, I'll give this a try, without repeating:

                                Cambridge One at Harvard Square (50yds)
                                The Tavern in the Square at Central Square
                                Legal Seafoods bar at Kendal Square
                                Black Sheep at Kendal Square (haven't been there but it looks good)
                                Spire Bar at Park Street
                                Great Bay at Kenmore
                                The Fireplace at Washington Square

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                                1. re: steinpilz

                                  Washington Square Tavern also, don't think this has been mentioned.

                                2. Another Davis Sq reccomendation is the Joshua Tree. Decent beer selection, food is typical pub food, nothing to write home (or chowhound) about. But there are definitely many options in Davis Sq. It might even be possible to do a little cold weather bar hopping there :)

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                                  1. re: MrBigTime

                                    And what food stall is selling alcoholic beverages? How is this an after work drinking destination? Decent food, but not the first place that comes to mind when I want to hoist a few pints the work crowd.

                                    1. re: Chrispy75

                                      I'm assuming you're responding to the suggestion about the Super 88 food court...and judging by your tone, I guess you don't know that, erm, there's a bar in there. That sells alcoholic beverages. Which one could, in fact, hoist. With whatever crowd one chose, assuming they're over 21.

                                      1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                                        Where exactly is this bar? In addition, I wouldn't really say that Super 88 is right on the T either so it's a moot point anyway.

                                        1. re: Chrispy75

                                          I thought it was right across the street from the Packard's Corner T stop?

                                          1. re: Chrispy75

                                            It's NOT right on the T? It is quite literally just across Brighton Ave from the Packards Corner T stop. We're talking about a distance best measured in feet. How much closer would you require? Drive-thru service where you can just order directly from the train?

                                            As for the bar, I repeat, it's inside the Super 88 food court. Specifically, it runs along the glass wall right next to the main entrance at the corner of Brighton and Malvern.

                                    2. Super 88 food court in Allston - Packard's corner B line stop

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                                      1. re: fragolino

                                        Or of course, the 57 bus out of Kenmore Sq. Might even be a few steps closer.

                                      2. I forgot to mention the Six House in South Boston. It's directly across from the Broadway T station. Great drinks, perfect after work spot and they even have decent food. Try the turkey tips or baked stuffed shrimp.

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                                        1. re: Pegmeister

                                          The Six House....is that the old Triple O's?

                                          1. re: hiddenboston

                                            Yes, it is. I never went to Triple O's so I don't know what it looked like, but the Six House is comfortable casual. When you first walk in, the front space is a bar with some high top tables. The front of the building is all windows so you can watch the people going in and out of Quiet Man, knowing that they are sitting in a window watching you! There are tables for dining in the back. It tends to be a big after work place for the Gillette crowd on Thursday nights, and on other week nights I have found it to be quiet. I've tried the turkey tips; baked stuffed shrimp and some pasta dishes which were all good. They make a nice martini with pineapple infused vodka!

                                        2. Christophers: right across from the porter square stop. Good food (the buffalo tofu, though unusual, is addictive), a fireplace, good beer selections -- hmm, maybe I'll go there tonight!

                                          1. Can't believe no one mentioned Gargoyle's a short distance from the Davis Sq. Red Line stop?

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                                            1. re: Sal Monella

                                              Several blocks, actually. Sounds like this guy wants absolute minimal exposure to cold air.

                                              1. re: BobB

                                                Yea, he may not be up for the 5 min walk. Oh well...more space at the bar for us. :>)

                                            2. Oops! With a handle like Pattycakes he's probably a she. Sorry, Patty!

                                              1. What about Johnny D's in Davis? That's literally across the street from the Holland St exit. Beer and food and music. Not the fanciest or the most unique but won't be very crowded. You can even see a movie at the Somerville Theatre across the street afterwards, then stumble back to the T. A Friday night trifecta!

                                                1. Has anyone mentioned Silvertone? It's about a minute away from Park Street, bartending is excellent, as is the food.