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

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!

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  1. 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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    1. re: brandywiner

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

      1. re: cambridgedoctpr

        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

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

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

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          1. re: viperlush

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

          2. Shojo is relatively well-lit.

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