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bk80 Apr 23, 2008 10:44 AM

Given the great weather, I'm looking for a good place in Boston, Cambridge, or Somerville to get (relatively) cheap drinks and sit outside. Any ideas?

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    Bostonbob3 Apr 25, 2008 01:45 PM

    Ames Plow (Faneuil Hall, center building at the back), has their patio open now. Cheapest drinks in the market.

    And, I might add, a pretty decent burger. At least better than you'd expect.

    1. ScubaSteve Apr 25, 2008 10:41 AM

      grab a couple of 40s at your local packy, keep 'em in their bags and hit the Common?

      1. TomH Apr 24, 2008 07:06 AM

        I would probably exclude Tia's just because the OP asked for cheap drinks and a $6+ can of beer isn't my idea of cheap! :)

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          yumyum Apr 24, 2008 08:39 AM

          Plus Tia's sucks and has no place on a board that focuses on food. Unless you consider a meat market food.

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            TomH Apr 24, 2008 09:20 AM

            Nice!

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              fmcoxe6188 Apr 24, 2008 01:48 PM

              haha and true!!!!!

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            Bob Dobalina Apr 25, 2008 06:18 AM

            Ah, you're so right. Mea culpa!

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            ghostcat Apr 24, 2008 12:07 AM

            It's only recently that outdoor cafes have been allowed to serve drinks outdoors. Places like Shay's and Henrietta's were considered private spaces and you could always get drinks there. Shay's is below the sidewalk level, and somehow that execpted it. I like the Grafton St, Pub. Good drinks and reasonable food and a great spot to people watch. I like the Firefly in the Back Bay. Nothing fancy and the drinks are made with liquours, but it's reasonable and pleasant. You can just drink at Tia's, in the back part. If you can grab a table outside at Durgin Park and love looking tourists, I think you can only order drinks. I also like the Globe in Copley Sq. but sometimes you have to order food. If they're not busy, I'm sure they will appreciate any business.

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              kate used to be 50 Apr 23, 2008 12:14 PM

              The Times on Broad Street has an outdoor patio. Don't know about the food requirement

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                phatchris Apr 23, 2008 02:32 PM

                Goody Glovers in the North End, $3 Schlitz pounders.

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                  professor shorthair Apr 23, 2008 04:53 PM

                  Check out Lingo Bar and Cafe in Cambridge across from the Musuem of Science and next to the new park. Great outdoor patio.

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                iamsam Apr 23, 2008 11:40 AM

                I love Shay's in Harvard Square. Super low-key, but in a good way. Beer and wine only-- no hard alcohol.

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                  Zut Apr 23, 2008 11:46 AM

                  Do these places (Shay's, Thornton's, Jury's, or whatever else arises here) allow you to drink without ordering food? I ask because it seems to me that there is a lack of outdoor space for either eating or drinking round these parts, and to make the most of what they have, many places (I'm thinking of you Red Fez, and you Daedalus) require you to order food too. And sometimes, I just want to consume a nice alcoholic beverage sans food.

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                    TomH Apr 23, 2008 11:53 AM

                    There is always Uno's in Porter. I know they let you just sit and drink.

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                      cambridgeMike Apr 23, 2008 11:58 AM

                      shay's definitely lets you drink without eating

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                        jonship Apr 23, 2008 12:42 PM

                        I have been to the Jury's patio four times and three out of four someone has happend to have ordered food. The fourth we just had drinks, no food. By no means definitive, but promising.

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                          katielp Apr 23, 2008 01:47 PM

                          You don't have to have food at Shay's. And if you go to Daedalus after 10 you can sit on the deck without ordering food. In Harvard sq there are actually a lot of options now (due to a change in licensing last year). You can also have drinks outside at Grendel's patio, Charlie's kitchen (not a lot of seating), OM and Upstairs on the Sq (not so cheap, mind), and (most delightfully, imo) upstairs on Algiers deck.

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                            pollystyrene Apr 24, 2008 07:22 PM

                            katielp, does Algiers serve alcohol? If so, the hard stuff?

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                              katielp Apr 25, 2008 11:47 AM

                              They started serving beer and wine about a year ago--but no hard stuff!

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                          wontonton Apr 24, 2008 01:41 PM

                          Shay's is great, but the patio is small and it can be hard to get one of the few tables outside. Because it is low-key and you can just drink, people tend to linger. If it's a sunny weekend afternoon, 9 times out 10 you're pretty much SOL, unless you feel like waiting around for a group to get up and leave.

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                            fmcoxe6188 Apr 24, 2008 01:43 PM

                            Agreed on Shays- perfect spot- but difficult to score the outside seating

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                          winstont Apr 23, 2008 10:57 AM

                          Thortons Fenway- not exactly anything to write home about but they make decent cocktails and have a pretty good beer selection (although all in bottles)--- But the patio area always seems to be in the sun, its really low key, the wait staff is friendly and its simply a great place to hang around and enjoy a few drinks-- and you never feel rushed!

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                            jonship Apr 23, 2008 10:47 AM

                            Clink in the Jury's Hotel on Stuart and Berkeley has a pretty nice patio downstairs away from traffic and people. I don't rememebr the drinks being particularly cheap or expensive.

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                              Bob Dobalina Apr 23, 2008 02:21 PM

                              That's a little confused. Clink is at the Liberty Hotel. Did you mean Cuffs?

                              There is a roof deck at Daedalus.

                              There is always Tia's at the Marriott on the water.

                              Not just drinks, but boston.com just put up this link which you may find interesting...

                              http://www.boston.com/ae/restaurants/...

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                                jonship Apr 24, 2008 07:36 AM

                                Yes. Cuffs. Sorry....jails, police, all a bit confusing.

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                                  JWR Apr 25, 2008 10:26 AM

                                  I was looking at that article on boston.com regarding outdoor dining the other day. In the picture for Via Matta Mario Batali is sitting on the patio. I don't know if it was intentionally submitted by them or if he just happened to be there on the day they took the picture.

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