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Grendel's, Redline or someplace else in Harvard Sq

For a cocktail and maybe a few appetizers, someplace not to loud or pretentious. Thanks.

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  1. I haven't had the food there, but I've gone to Casablanca several times for pre or post-dinner drinks and really like the place!

    Grafton Street is decent food (nothing too special) and I think they have an okay beer selection.

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    1. re: CreativeFoodie42

      I like the bar at Casablanca too. Noir might be considered pretentious but I like their evening specials and it's comfortable. Bar at Rialto? Garden at the Cellar? Maybe that gets too loud.

      1. Someplace else: Noir at the Charles Hotel has a great atmosphere, and from 5:00 or 5:30 to 7:30 (and sometimes later) all menu items are drastically reduced. And the food is really good. Much better than Grendel's.

        1. Haven't been yet, but newcomer Tory Row in the old Greenhouse Cafe space could be fun to check out.

          1. Grafton Street is nice for cocktails. Also Wagamama's upstairs from Redline may be fun/different vibe. OM also has a really nice vibe for cocktails.

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            1. re: fmcoxe6188

              charlie's kitchen, since most unpretentious things in the sq. are just decent, charlie's isnt a bad choice, and cheaper than whats been mentioned.

              1. re: fmcoxe6188

                The Wagamama's in Harvard Square is super loud if it is busy and the communal seating might be a little awkward for drinks and appetizers.

                I'd second OM though. I've never been disappointed with the food.

                1. re: CreativeFoodie42

                  But the OP specifically asked for a non-pretentious place - OM is anything but.

              2. I would enthusiastically second Tory Row. I have been a couple times and find it extremely comfortable, it attracts a nice crowd, and the prices are good. I haven't had the food, but gather from others that it is no worse, and probably better, than Grendel's or Redline.