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The cooks at Piccadilly Pub Restaurant bake, fry, grill, and assemble a medley of sandwiches, seafood platters, and other comfort cuisine. Haddock fillets take a dip in a light beer batter before trans-fat-free oil cooks them to a golden crisp, and fries and coleslaw cuddle up beside them in a dish of fish 'n' chips ($11.69). A dozen seafood platters harvest additional ocean occupants, including lobster, salmon, shrimp, and mermaid-grown sea vegetables. Baked bowls of shepherd's pie ($9.59) and chicken pot pie ($8.99) release a flood of steam after knives and forks cut into the blistering combination of seasoned meat and vegetables. A different house-made soup holds court daily ($3.50–$4.50), and the soothing staples of Piccadilly clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl ($7.99) and lobster bisque ($4.59–$7.99), taking their middle-school yearbook inscriptions to heart, never change.

602 Southbridge Street
Auburn,
MA
US

Hosted by owner and former Funniest Comic in Boston winner Dan Smith, the laughmasters at Wisecracks Comedy Club mine for chuckle deposits in funny bones throughout Worcester County. Wisecracks's professional acts engage errant guffaws with new looks at evergreen topicsm, including love, life, and the ethical implications of the Large Hadron Collider. Groupon holders can fly solo or flock in V formation with up to nine wingmen to any show in 2011, including appearances by Tonight Show veterans such as Gary Gulman and Dwayne Perkins.

889 Southbridge Street
Auburn,
MA
US

The 2,300-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, guests enjoy vistas of the theater's elegant chandelier, gilt-etched walls, and ornate fourth wall.

2 Southbridge 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 Place
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

The Saloon's handmade, u-shaped bar looks like something out of a western film. That effect is due in part to its design?it sports a sleek woodgrain surface and rustic, unfinished edges?but also to its utility as a resting place for frosty brews and whiskeys on the rocks. Guests can pair these ice-cold libations with hearty pub fare, including wings and fish 'n' chips. Televisions broadcast professional football games and professional commercials, and on select nights diners can become divas by taking part in live karaoke.

715 W Boylston St.
Worcester,
MA
US