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Suggestions for *well-lit* bar with good food and drink?

knclouse Nov 20, 2012 01:55 PM

I live in Cambridge and work in downtown Boston. Can anyone suggest a restaurant with good food and drink, but with a bar that is well-lit enough for reading? The places that I sometimes go for dinner on nights when my husband is away have great food, but are so dimly lit that I can't read my book. I'd really appreciate your suggestions!

Just for context, some of my favorite spots to sit at the bar -- but are often too dark -- are Downstairs at the Cellar, Green Street, Rendezvous, Miracle of Science, Corner Tavern, Lower Depths, Chez Henri, Radius, Silvertone, and Marliave.

Thanks so much!

  1. k
    knclouse Nov 28, 2012 09:45 AM

    Wow -- thank you all so much. I feel thoroughly armed with many fun possibilities to try! Thanks Boston Chow'ers!!

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      Madrid Nov 24, 2012 12:35 PM

      harvest bar, especially when it's on your way home?
      I haven't been there at dinner precisely, but have been after work from across the street. The bar tables are at the windows on the walk through and were usually well lit, as I recall, especially early on.

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        BellaBoston Nov 24, 2012 07:33 AM

        Stella, as it is all white and surrounded by windows it often well lit, even when they turn the lights down low. Also, the upstairs bar at Grill 23.

        1. MC Slim JB Nov 21, 2012 09:40 PM

          Some pricey, but:

          No. 9 Park
          Brasserie Jo
          Oak Long Bar
          Union Bar & Grille
          West Bridge


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            maxevan Nov 21, 2012 11:56 AM

            Toad, before the bands come on and it gets too crowded.

            1. Small Plates Nov 21, 2012 06:53 AM

              blu at the Ritz Carlton downtown. The reason I do not go there more often is because it is so WELL lit!! LOL!!


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                Snowflake Nov 21, 2012 05:51 AM

                places that come to mind are:
                Russell House downstairs bar
                City Landing
                Bistro Du Midi
                Tip Tap Room
                Beacon Hill Bistro

                1. FinnFPM Nov 21, 2012 05:38 AM

                  Shojo is relatively well-lit.

                  1. viperlush Nov 20, 2012 07:40 PM

                    Most likely Hungry Mother, CBC, Tupelo and possibly West Bridge and Meadhall.

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                    1. re: viperlush
                      Bob Dobalina Nov 21, 2012 03:37 AM

                      Temple Bar

                      1. re: viperlush
                        mkfisher Nov 26, 2012 06:04 AM

                        CBC and Meadhall can be quite dark at night. West Bridge and Hungry Mother are both pretty well lit.

                      2. Beachowolfe Nov 20, 2012 07:03 PM

                        Kindle Paperwhite

                        1. brandywiner Nov 20, 2012 02:11 PM

                          At the risk of thread-jacking, an alternate solution is to carry a portable book light (I use Mighty Bright, but others are available). That way, you're not at the mercy of available light, and can eat wherever you prefer.

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                            cambridgedoctpr Nov 20, 2012 02:48 PM

                            i think that Rialto is fine; how about reading using your computer?

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                              Chicken with a Capon Nov 20, 2012 05:40 PM

                              I agree, Rialto was the first place that came to mind thinking about "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place."

                              I haven't been for a little while, but I seem to remember upstairs at Russell House Tavern was not too dim as well.

                              1. re: Chicken with a Capon
                                kobuta Nov 21, 2012 08:25 AM

                                Only the upper level perhaps at Russell House. I've sat at the lower level and found it really dark.

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