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Jan 31, 2011 05:14 AM

Good Bar/Food in Cambridge or Brookline

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

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

        1. 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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          1. re: yarm

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


          2. 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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            1. re: scotty27

              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: Also consider Casablanca in Hsq:

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

              1. re: Taralli

                Right, CasaB. The burger is great!

                1. re: scotty27

                  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