Party Earth Review Named after the brutish monster from the medieval classic Beowulf, Grendel’s Den is a fun and atmospheric underground tavern that stays charmingly true to its theme. Laid-back Cambridge locals and quirky young professionals trundle downstairs into an exposed brick hideaway sporting a huge U-shaped bar, wood accents, and ... more
89 Winthrop Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Party Earth Review The façade of this Beacon Hill institution served as the setting for the long-running Cheers TV show – and to say owners have capitalized on that Hollywood connection would be an understatement. Founded as the Bull & Finch Pub in 1969, the now famous (and renamed) watering hole landed on a marketing goldmine when Cheers ... more
84 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
Party Earth Review After much heralding, Lord Hobo and his motley crew of daily-changing ales and microbrews have set up court in Cambridge. Just beyond the heavy red curtains, patrons will find a single dark chamber filled on weeknights with young professionals in full post-work chill-out mode, and on weekends with a more energetic hipster ... more
92 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Party Earth Review Stylish and sexy, Noir is a vibrant nightspot that exudes a smoky 1940s atmosphere befitting its evocative name. Once past the red beaded curtains, the clientele of swanky fashionistas and finance types slink into a dark and moody nook where businessmen lean against the curved white marble bar to eye the elegant model-types ... more
1 Bennett Street
Boston, MA 02138
Party Earth Review Dating back to the Revolutionary period when figures like Sam Adams stoked the flames of war, Faneuil Hall and its surroundings are now a daytime hotspot for shoppers and a nighttime haunt for barhoppers. Particularly packed on sunny summer days, the marketplace and its vendors attract hordes of tourists and bargain hunters ... more
4 South Market Building
Boston, MA 02109
Party Earth Review Boston is far from an island paradise, but unpretentious seafood joint Summer Shack brings a bit of the tropics – and a whole lot of shellfish – to Beantown. Located near Fenway, Symphony Hall, and the Hynes Convention Center, the venue caters to a wide array of patrons, from diehard Sox fans to busy ... more
50 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02115
Boston happy hours do not exist. That's because in 1984, then-Governor Michael Dukakis signed into law stipulations prohibiting happy hour promotions and discounted liquor sales in an attempt to curb drunk driving. Since that time, bars and pubs have had to use creativity and clever marketing when it comes to roping in the after-work crowd.
Most Boston bars choose to get around the law by instead offering great deals on bar food. McCormick & Schmick's features a “Social Hour” menu in its bar area, with sophisticated versions of traditional pub grub at reasonable prices with a minimum beverage purchase.
Tremont 647 in Boston's South End has always been a great spot for affordable eats and out-of-this-world drinks, thanks to the bartenders who do their own house infusions. The restaurant's bar side, known as Sister Sorel, offers $5 Mondays, featuring four different appetizers for $5 each.
Similarly, the Globe Bar & Café in Back Bay offers a “Bar Bites” menu from 5pm to 8pm from Monday through Friday, with appetizers for less than four bucks. Other spots, like Zuma Tex Mex Grill, highlight one particular cheap drink offering – such as $5 margaritas – which can be ordered at any time, but promote them with a cheap-eats menu aimed at the after-work crowd.