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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).

          http://cocktailvirgin.blogspot.com/

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            viperlush Jan 31, 2011 08:56 AM

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

            http://www.greenstreetgrill.com/

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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?

            www.shrinkinthekitchen.com

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            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/...

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              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.

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                  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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                    scotty27 Jan 31, 2011 01:09 PM

                    I love River Gods.

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                    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.

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                    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.

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                        Russell House Tavern
                        14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                          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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