bars w/yummy food & space to sit???
looking for bars/lounges/casual restos that a group of folks (4-6 maybe) could go and get a seat (reservation or walk in) on a friday or saturday night
as if that wasn't enough to ask- good food and/or creative fun cocktails?
prefer somerville/cambridge, but anything on public transport will work
It all depends on timing. I'm a camping sort of gal, and I've been accused of having a hallow leg, so I can sustain a table for quite a while. Some of my go-tos on this side of the river:
River Gods (esoteric menu; competent, but not particularly creative, bar tending)
The Druid (good Irish food; basic beers and whiskeys)
Middlesex/Enormous Room (varying levels of food; same for cocktails; more lounge-y)
BSide (excellent bartending; menu has slipped over the years)
Gargoyles (fabulous food; fabulous bartending; harder to get a seat)
West Side Lounge (interesting wine list; good food; sometimes easy to get a seat)
East Coast Grille (get there before 6:30pm for bar seats)
Chez Henri (more intimate; cubano; rum-based drinks)
Sagra (completely easy to get a seat, competent, vodka-heavy bartending, good frying)
Bukowski's (beers on tap, basic food, easy to get seats)
Just a quick shout to Chez Henri - went by late last night (my, the Forest Cafe was mobbed for the 5th of May) - had an interesting addition to their cocktail list - of course I can't remember the name but it was the one with celery juice and bourbon - after the first smack of celery stalk, it mellowed quite a bit and was an intriguing "tropical" drink. The periodista was as good as ever. The bar was a little loud so we just popped around the corner to the restaurant side with our cocktails and cheese plate (3 choices for $10.95), which was decent. The bartender was very kind to keep checking on us. It was very nice to pop in there and not have it be totally mobbed with people. I also feel like it gets pigeon-holed here a bit for the Cubano, etc. It does many other items well too. Just an all-around good experience.
My favorite for that profile is Eastern Standard (do not get over the river enough!), but their bartending is superb, they have a fantastic cocktail list, the food is great for sharing or full dinner, the space is inviting. I don't know about walk-in for a weekend night though. If you can snag a couple of the high-top tables by the bar that's perfect for a group of that size.