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Sep 16, 2009 11:57 AM

Bars in Inman and Central?

Hi! I'm new to Inman Square and looking for great, laid-back bars that are within walking distance, preferably in Inman or Central Square. Something along the lines of The Field. Any ideas?

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  1. What are your priorities? Atmosphere, food, spirit selection, beer selection, crowd, etc ...?

    If using the field as a guideline, i'd point you towards the druid, the plough & stars, the cellar & atwoods.

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    1. re: jgg13

      Priorities are definitely atmosphere and beer selection. Looking for a place to spend some time on a Friday or Saturday night.

      1. re: kingaj12

        Bukowski's has the best beer selection in Inman, but the atmosphere is loud and hipster-y. The Druid is probably more up your alley.

        1. re: kingaj12

          Out of all of the places I mentioned (including the field), I'd prefer Atwoods, the Druid & the cellar (in that order) - based on the original "like the field" request.

          As bobot mentions, bukowski has an unrivaled beer list in the area, but it's expensive & the scene might not be what you're looking for (I like it). I also like the thirsty scholar that hiddenboston mentions, particularly for sporting events ... I don't really care for their food though (i guess that's also true of bukowski).

          Going back more towards central, I also like the peoples republik on weeknights, where it's a much quieter atmosphere than the raucous scene you get on weekend nights. They have a relatively new menu which isn't super noteworthy, but isn't bad either.

          Looking forward to Trina's Starlight Lounge & Lord Hobo, don't know yet if they'll end up being "laid back"

          1. re: kingaj12

            BTW, I'd also add that if food is your main driver that the answers to your question are going to change radically - there was a thread along these lines the other day:

        2. The Thirsty Scholar on Beacon Street in Somerville isn't a bad place to get a pint. It's often pretty quiet and laid back. The food is a bit spotty, though the last couple of times I've been there, it has been pretty good. And yes, The Druid is also a good place for a drink as well as some food, as they have mostly above average pub grub.

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          1. re: hiddenboston

            We go there a lot on weekends - because it has a pretty good Irish breakfast. One dish on their supper menu, for which I like enough to return, is their bangers and mash. They use Galtee bangers and the mash (while not the best I have eaten) are good. The Galtees are what bring me back. I know this is not a compelling reason to go to the Thirsty Scholar, but I thought I would give it its prop.

          2. Was at the Druid recently and reminded me how much I like the food. Very good and garlicky mussels with brown bread to sop up the juice. Mmmm.

            Bukowski's is always waaaaaay too loud for me.

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            1. re: yumyum

              The Druid is a great bar. Maybe my favorite bar in the world. It does get a little busy by late Friday and Saturday night, but the crowd is a nice mix, the vibe is always good, and they have a nice beer selection--interesting, big (enough), and well priced. And the food is definitely above 'above average.' You might consider going there at 6, getting a good table, ordering a burger, drinking for a few hours, ordering a veggie burger, putting in a couple more hours, ordering the chicken soup...

              1. re: yumyum

                Agreed. You know a bar's too damn loud when you go in with rock musicians and *they* complain about the noise.

                1. re: djd

                  I have really bad hearing (not a rock musician, but might as well be ... in fact, my rock band friends generally have better hearing than I do due to actually using ear plugs) and that place can be too loud for me.

                  On the upside, for a change of pace I'm not the only person in the group saying, "do what now?" ... "what was that?" ... "can't hear you, can you repeat that?" etc ;)

              2. Wait, has something changed in the last few years? I would never call The Field "quiet and laid back". Laid back, maybe meaning you don't have to "dress", but Friday or Saturday nights, it is drunken and loud and pretty crazy, in my experience. Fun, though!

                I think for a similar atmosphere, you'd go to the Middle East or The Cellar. In the old days, the B-Side, so maybe Lord Hobo will be the same. The Courtyard, maybe?

                Atwoods and Druid are great bars, but you don't see people getting up onto the bar there.

                I love Atwood's and the Druid, but they're not the same kind of place.

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                1. re: dulce de leche

                  Much like my description of the peoples republik - a lot of the bars in this area change character pretty drastically depending on *when* you're talking about. Most spots get pretty loud & crazy friday & saturday nights (whether through live music, or just the crowd itself, or even both ...)

                2. I join the chorus favoring the Druid: the atmosphere is what you're looking for, and the food is excellent. I repeat my contention that they have by some distance the best fish and chips in the city.