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lel Jan 31, 2011 05:14 AM

Looking for suggestions where we'll be able to get two seats at the bar around 8:00 pm Saturday in Cambridge or Brookline for a few drinks and appetizers/small plates. Thanks in advance.

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    cambridgedoctpr Jan 31, 2011 05:17 AM

    craigie on main, chez henri and rialto have nice bars though getting a space at cragie would be difficult without a reservation.

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      Taralli Jan 31, 2011 06:39 AM

      Rendezvous, Cambridge: http://www.rendezvouscentralsquare.com/

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        bear Jan 31, 2011 06:43 AM

        Good suggestions. I'll add Garden at the Cellar to the list.

        1. yarm Jan 31, 2011 07:44 AM

          For Brookline, I'd recommend Lineage.

          And for Cambridge, I second Rendezvous (Craigie is great but the bar seats are rather prized).


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            viperlush Jan 31, 2011 08:56 AM

            Third Rendezvous (ate the bar NYE around 8:30) and add Green Street.


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            scotty27 Jan 31, 2011 09:45 AM

            I love downstairs at Upstairs in the Square. Harvest is nice, too. I second Rendezvous. I was in Chez Henri on Saturday night and was disappointed: The sandwich was OK, but the onion soup (at $11) had no depth and wasn't worth finishing. The vibe at Chez Henri is really fun though. Oh, and how about The Blue Room & East Coast Grill?


            East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
            1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

            Chez Henri
            1 Shepard Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

            The Blue Room
            Hampshire and Portland streets, Cambridge, MA 02139

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              Taralli Jan 31, 2011 10:08 AM

              Blue Room is a must before a movie. We always order the antipasto platter w/roasted veggies & add the cured meats, cheese, etc. among other things: http://www.theblueroom.net/menus/dinner/. Also consider Casablanca in Hsq: http://www.casablanca-restaurant.com/...

              The Blue Room
              Hampshire and Portland streets, Cambridge, MA 02139

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                scotty27 Jan 31, 2011 10:51 AM

                Right, CasaB. The burger is great!

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                  teezeetoo Jan 31, 2011 11:53 AM

                  Brookline's tough at that hour, but you can try Washington Square Tavern, Beacon Street Tavern, Cognac Bistro or the Fireplace.

                  Beacon Street Tavern
                  1032 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446

                  Washington Square Tavern
                  714 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02446

                  Cognac Bistro
                  455 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

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              gramercyfoodie Jan 31, 2011 11:52 AM

              Have not been at 8p on a Saturday but really enjoyed The Abbey in Brookline.

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                CookieLee Jan 31, 2011 12:10 PM

                Probably will be crowded, but I like the bar at Orinocco in Brookline Village.

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                  5thAndNowhere Jan 31, 2011 12:15 PM

                  The Plough and Stars - btw Harvard and Central
                  West Side Lounge - outside Harvard
                  Shay's - Harvard
                  The Fireplace - Brookline
                  Washington Street Tavern - Brookline
                  Audubon Circle - outside Kenmore
                  Bergamot - outside Harvard/Inman
                  River Gods - Central
                  Cuchi Cuchi - Central
                  Central Kitchen - Central
                  ZuZu - Central
                  East Coast Grill - Inman
                  The Independent - Union

                  2nd 3rd and 4th for Craigie, the Garden, Rendezvous and Green Street.

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                  1. re: 5thAndNowhere
                    scotty27 Jan 31, 2011 01:09 PM

                    I love River Gods.

                    River Gods
                    125 River St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                  2. ecwashere7 Jan 31, 2011 12:19 PM

                    Green Street Grill in Central and Russell House Tavern in Harvard are good options.

                    Green Street
                    280 Green St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                    Russell House Tavern
                    14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                      Madrid Jan 31, 2011 12:28 PM

                      Rendezvous in Central Sq has great small plates, warm atmosphere, great service. Never been there at 8 pm on a Sat., however.

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                        BackBayGirl Feb 4, 2011 12:49 PM

                        Russell House Tavern in Harvard Square is good. I know they have the bar upstairs and I want to say there's also one downstairs.

                        Russell House Tavern
                        14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                        1. re: BackBayGirl
                          jgg13 Feb 4, 2011 12:57 PM

                          There's a MUCH larger bar downstairs, plus lots of seating.

                        2. GrillDawg Feb 4, 2011 12:54 PM

                          The bar at Casablanca is very pleasant and they have a wide array of Mediterranean-inspired small plates.

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