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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
              City Landing
              Bistro Du Midi
              Tip Tap Room
              Beacon Hill Bistro

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


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

                  1. Some pricey, but:

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


                    1. 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. 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.

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