Party Earth Review If anything, homey Green Street proves cocktail snobs don’t have to go to a swanky bar to enjoy a wide selection of artisan drinks. With a plain brick exterior, bare mint green walls, and only a handful of windows, the... ... read full review
280 Green Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Red Line: Central Square
Kitchen closes at 10:30pm M–Tu, Su and at 11:30pm W–Sa
Cambridge / Somerville, Boston –
If anything, homey Green Street proves cocktail snobs don’t have to go to a swanky bar to enjoy a wide selection of artisan drinks. With a plain brick exterior, bare mint green walls, and only a handful of windows, the casual venue puts the emphasis squarely on prohibition-era beverages.
Hipsters in vintage duds vie for a spot at the simple wooden bar to sip elderflower and pineapple concoctions like the Parisian Orchid, while laid-back locals settle in around adjacent two-tops with a few Ewing No. 33s – a delectable mix of rum, Fernet-Branca, brown sugar syrup, and Angostura bitters named for Boston-born basketball great Patrick Ewing.
Up a few steps from the bar is the narrow dining area, where groups of foodies and amorous pairs attend to their martinis, nosh on upscale comfort food from lamb skewers to bacon cheeseburgers, or peruse the solid list of microbrews.
Scattered retro art account for most of the décor, and both the single TV and the soundtrack of indie folk are usually drowned out by conversation.
Taco night on Wednesdays ushers in a Mexican theme and a special selection of tequila-based libations that keeps the bar bumping from open to close, while Fridays and Saturdays routinely see the quaint establishment equally stuffed to the gills.
With a superbly executed cocktail menu and a friendly neighborhood vibe, Green Street is just another reminder that appearances can be deceiving.
Chatty hipsters, lively foodies, craft cocktail fans, relaxed business types meeting up with friends, and neighborhood regulars, late 20s to late 30s.
Ambient indie rock and folk music. Flat-screen TV tuned to sports, though most patrons aren’t watching.
Dinner menu of innovative upscale comfort food including clam stew, roasted chicken, bacon burgers, and macaroni and cheese, as well as charcuterie.
Appetizers $3–$12, entrées $11–$23. Beer $3–$8.50+, wine $8–$10, cocktails $7.50–$8.50.
Casual: striped t-shirts, cozy jeans, cardigans, funky tights and accessories, flats, vintage dresses.
Wednesdays to sample an assortment of the kitchen’s creative and reasonably priced tacos and to sip a tequila concoction from the special bar menu, or Fridays and Saturdays for a packed house of hipsters.
TT the Bear's Place (10 Brookline Street) has a variety of live music every night and a history of showcasing stellar up-and-coming bands. Nirvana reportedly played their first Boston concert here…to a crowd of thirteen people.