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Place to meet for drinks in Arlington?

Weiszguy Mar 24, 2008 07:37 AM

Hi - I want to meet a friend for a drink in Arlington tonight. I was hoping to go to Flora, but they are closed on Mondays. I'm a bit out of the loop in terms of Arlington Center - is Tryst still there and do they have a bar? Any other ideas? Thanks.

  1. itaunas Mar 24, 2008 07:44 AM

    Tryst does have a bar and for Arlington has pretty decent drinks. (Varies somewhat with the bartender and only pretty basic cocktails, but you can get a Negroni, have even got them to make a French75. So you aren't stuck to flavored vodka martinis, but don't have sky-high expectations.) The bar is also a nicer place to eat than the dining room. I am pretty certain that Arlington requires you to have food with drinks and the sandwiches are pretty good, as are some of the appetizers.

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    1. re: itaunas
      pamalamb Mar 24, 2008 10:45 AM

      I have had a lovely time having drinks at Tryst. I don't think you have to order food... I know we sat for a while, drinking, before we decided to order a couple of apps to share.

      1. re: pamalamb
        grant.cook Mar 24, 2008 10:50 AM

        You do have to order food.. sometimes the bartender might be a bit lax about enforcing it, or give you a lot of time to figure out what you want, but don't plan on sitting at a bar in Arlington and downing 2-3 martinis without having to order at least an appetizer..

        1. re: pamalamb
          saltyair Mar 24, 2008 03:10 PM

          I third Tryst

      2. StriperGuy Mar 24, 2008 07:45 AM

        The best place to meet for a drink in Arlington is in Somerville ;-)

        Arlington is a largely dry town.

        1. yumyum Mar 24, 2008 07:59 AM

          If it has to be Arlington, it has to be Tryst. But I agree with Striper, head across Rt. 16 to Somerville and you'll have more options. My pick would be Highland Kitchen for excellent cocktailery. I don't know if they are open on Mondays, so call first.

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          1. re: yumyum
            RoseWethersfield Mar 24, 2008 08:48 AM

            HK is closed on Monday. You do need to order something to eat to have a drink in Arlington.

            1. re: yumyum
              Bluebell Mar 24, 2008 09:26 AM

              Yes, I also agree - Tryst has a few munchy bar food options in the front you can enjoy w/ their fancy cocktails. Cambridge offers a lot more though - I'd recc Chez Henri or West Side Lounge. Quality and creativity goes downhill as you go up MassAve, unfortunately! Also - don't forget Sabur in Teele Sq - not too far from Arl, and good drinks and interesting wine selection.

              1. re: Bluebell
                grant.cook Mar 24, 2008 10:41 AM

                There are 6-7 restaurants with liquor licenses in Arlington, but due to local laws, nothing that could be called a pure "bar" - Tryst and Not Your Average Joes are the closest to having a comfortable bar to sit in, but you do need to order food as part of that (and Tryst does have some nice apps).

                Other places - Flora and Restaurante Olivio in the East, Punjab in the Center, and I think Jimmy's Steer House have liquor licenses, but overall, I'd hit Tryst.

                If you want to stay close to Arlington, but want more of a bar, I'd hit Joe Sent Me on Mass Ave. (more casual/local, but good burders), or PJ Ryans just up from Davis Square (Irish pub). If you want more of a lounge-bar, you'd need to head to Orleans, in Davis Square, or head further down Mass Ave to hit Christophers, Toad (live music), Temple Bar, Chez Henri, or West Side Lounge.

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              bear Mar 24, 2008 12:44 PM

              Both Lexx and Via Lago on Mass. Ave. in Lexington have small bars.

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              1. re: bear
                Northstar22 Mar 25, 2008 08:53 AM

                Ristorante Olivio has a great new bar and Angelo the owner is a great guy. Give it a shot.

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