Bars in Holden

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Overtime Tap rejuvenates sports fans with a rich array of bar-fare noshes. Diners can customize carbohydrates with the build-your-own mac 'n' cheese ($6), swaddling penne, spiral, bowtie, or elbow pasta in a choice of aged irish cheddar, smoked gouda, port salut, swiss gruyere, or monterey jack. Fillings such as shitake mushrooms, grilled asparagus, or sliced jalapeños add texture and a pop of flavor to the cheesy concoction, jolting taste buds from their impossible day dreams of becoming professional athletes. The appetizer menu flaunts Atlantic zest with New England crab cakes, a pan-fried cluster of Lump Rhode Island blue crab, red bell peppers, celery, and scallions ($6). Sandwiches and burgers provide classic pub grub, and heartier fare sends diners on a delicious dash from hunger with the marinara-braised short rib of beef accompanied by cheddar mashed potatoes and fennel-spiced grilled asparagus ($19).

50 Front St
Worcester,
MA
US

Victory Bar & Cigar founder Mark Piscillo and his affable staffers introduce patrons to gourmet tobaccos in a sleek smoking lounge and bar. Six spacious humidors house hand-rolled cigars from Cohiba, Rocky Patel, Maximus, and other brands in temperature-controlled comfort. Out in the lounge, guests perch on leather-cushioned stools with their new smokes as they cut, light, and blow smoke rings toward the nearest wainscoted wall or unmarried wind deity. More than 57 varieties of domestic and imported beers, as well as whiskey, cognac, and small-batch bourbon, such as Basil Hayden, slide across the marble-topped bar, illuminated by pendant lamps in glass shades and a wall-mounted flat-screen television.

56 Shrewsbury St
Worcester,
MA
US

A warm orange and red light illuminates Ritual, tinting its brick-accented walls and exotic statues an inviting ruby. Flickering candles and the glow of flat-screen televisions add to the romantic, yet contemporary atmosphere, where the trendy decor is rivaled only by an eye-catching menu of American-fusion cuisine. Globetrotting meals commence with small plates of chocolate-dipped applewood bacon or waygu beef, which diners sear over a hot rock or the grill they keep in their wallets. Chicken marsala and bacon-wrapped filet mignon represent a portion of the more traditional entrees, but dishes stretch as far as the bounds of the chef's imagination, including an award-winning seared duck breast double-coated with crushed cocoa beans and a hazelnut-chocolate demi-glace.

281 Main St.
Worcester,
MA
US

By the eatery's own admission, the food at The People's Kitchen "is not fussy." But one look at the menu, which matches wines with such succulent eats as crispy polenta with roasted red pepper and parmesan and hearty lamb pie filled with roasted leeks and shiitake mushrooms, demonstrates the quality of its ingredients and the thoughtfulness that goes into its preparation. Continuing in this vein, The People?s Kitchen's in-house charcuterie program butchers and dry ages meat onsite.

The same attention to detail pours into the cocktails and wine at Citizen Wine Bar, a cocktail bar featuring classic and signature drinks made from a wide selection of top-shelf liquor. Order a Bicycle Clown and you'll be putting your trust in a Principle Bartender, who will tailor-make a new cocktail on the spot.

1 Exchange Pl
Worcester,
MA
US

The 3,000-seat Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts—which was built in 1904—underwent a massive renovation in 2002, restoring historic details and adding modern amenities. With seats in the upper balcony, Groupon holders enjoy vistas of the theater's elegant chandelier, gilt-etched walls, and ornate fourth wall.

2 Southbridge St
Worcester,
MA
US