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Davis Square Bars

sharpless Apr 12, 2008 01:58 PM

Hello all, I'm headed to Davis Square for dinner tonight, and I'm wondering what would be a friendly bar to go to afterwards. I don't want a swanky, space-age decor kind of thing, though a dive is also not the idea. Preferably somewhere with a terrific beer selection with a relatively informal atmosphere.

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  1. finlero RE: sharpless Apr 12, 2008 02:06 PM

    The Burren's food is mediocre, but it's a good pub for beer.

    Joshua Tree is terrible for food, ok for drinks.

    Up the street in Porter Square, I really like Toad for beer and live music, or its sibling next door, Christopher's, for pretty good pub food and good beer selection.

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    1. re: finlero
      Hegenbarth RE: finlero Apr 12, 2008 03:27 PM

      2nd Toad, since you won't be looking to eat if you're going out after dinner. Great intimate space, live music, never a cover. Will be packed tonight, though.

    2. EmChouffe RE: sharpless Apr 12, 2008 02:50 PM

      Best beer selection would be Redbones. The bar is small and will most likely be busy, but the beer selection really can't be beat. Goodluck.

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      1. re: EmChouffe
        rlh RE: EmChouffe Apr 12, 2008 07:34 PM

        I think they still serve most of the beers at Underbones, the basement of Redbones, and you can usually sit comfortably vs. upstairs, but it is kind of dive and space-age simultaneously (if the unusual artwork is still there).

        1. re: rlh
          trev80 RE: rlh Apr 13, 2008 12:40 PM

          Don't forget the Silgo pub.

          1. re: trev80
            phoebek RE: trev80 Apr 13, 2008 05:15 PM

            Sligo. Same as the county in Ireland. Haven't been in there for ages, but my recollection was that they didn't have much of a beer selection. . .

          2. re: rlh
            Taralli RE: rlh Apr 14, 2008 05:41 AM

            Had their app of fried oysters last Friday after work that were just what I was just what I was craving after seeing a previous post touting them. Affable, efficient waitstaff too.

            1. re: Taralli
              grant.cook RE: Taralli Apr 14, 2008 07:48 AM

              I always like PJ Ryans up the street in Teele Square. Or head across to North Cambridge to Joe Sent Me - Joe's is a tad more divey, but I'd call it more informal, and I consider the Sligo Pub more of a dive.

              Toad is often tough to find a seat, depending on the draw of the music, but Christophers is a good 2nd option nearby.

        2. daylight RE: sharpless Apr 15, 2008 09:18 AM

          definitely "joe sent me".

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