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Grendel's, Redline or someplace else in Harvard Sq

Patricia Jun 8, 2009 12:02 PM

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

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  1. CreativeFoodie42 RE: Patricia Jun 8, 2009 12:23 PM

    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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      Joanie RE: CreativeFoodie42 Jun 8, 2009 12:28 PM

      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.

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        Taralli RE: CreativeFoodie42 Jun 8, 2009 01:22 PM

        We like the bar at Casablanca too: http://www.casablanca-restaurant.com/...

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        dreaminfood RE: Patricia Jun 8, 2009 12:26 PM

        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.

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          mrsx RE: Patricia Jun 8, 2009 12:29 PM

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

          1. fmcoxe6188 RE: Patricia Jun 8, 2009 12:48 PM

            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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              mrwhiskers RE: fmcoxe6188 Jun 8, 2009 01:11 PM

              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.

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                CreativeFoodie42 RE: fmcoxe6188 Jun 8, 2009 01:19 PM

                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.

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                  Bob Dobalina RE: CreativeFoodie42 Jun 8, 2009 02:08 PM

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

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                hckybg RE: Patricia Jun 8, 2009 01:50 PM

                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.

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                  montuori RE: Patricia Jun 8, 2009 02:38 PM

                  The bar or lounge at Rialto (in the Charles Hotel) is worth a look. They serve real cocktails, have excellent food (including 3 for $10 small apps), and lack any hipster pretensions. Maybe it's just me but I find Grendel's and Grafton St. unbearable. Charlie's isn't bad for what it is, but certainly more "beer" than "cocktail." Casablanca's always been hit or miss and is too expensive for what they deliver cocktail-wise.

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                    Patricia RE: Patricia Jun 12, 2009 01:18 PM

                    We ended up at Noir so thanks to all who recommended it. Overall a very good experience.

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