Dive Bars in Somerville


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  • Flat Top Johnny's
    With an arsenal of informative magazines, elegant photographs, and illuminating documentaries, National Geographic has inspired planetary responsibility and natural wonderment for more than 120 years. Their latest filmed adventure, The Last Lions, ushers viewers into the wetlands of Botswana's Okavango Delta, where a lioness named Ma di Tau and her cubs fight for their survival. From fleeing raging fires and cub-killing rival prides to wading through crocodile-infested rivers and the supermarket at rush hour, this family suffers perils that leave audiences touched and awestruck. Crafted by award-winning filmmakers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, and narrated by Jeremy Irons, The Last Lions aims to raise awareness of dwindling big-cat populations while sharing a compelling story of hope. The film is rated PG for depictions of the food-chain cycle without the accompaniment of an Elton John song.
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    1 Kendall Sq
    Cambridge, MA US
  • The Red Hat
    As you sit down on one of the The Red Hat's green vinyl barstools and lift a mug of lager to your lips, you might be replicating the movements of a patron from more than 100 years ago. Except that he or she would have snuck a nervous glance at the back door between every sip. The historic establishment survived the Prohibition era in Scollay Square—an area known for its bawdy vaudeville theater and risqué entertainment—by functioning as a reputable restaurant by day and a speakeasy by night. Though the taps now flow freely in the daylight, some things at The Red Hat haven't changed. The menu still provides sailors, dockworkers, and local shoppers with hearty, comforting dishes of wings, fried fish, and other pub snacks. As Mike Dunphy of Beacon Hill Patch put it, "The Red Hat is a rare reminder of Boston's yesteryear, bringing an earthy spice to the more refined palate of Beacon Hill—an unpretentious watering hole to gain some courage for the climb." The exposed brick, wood-paneled walls, and old-timey memorabilia also give the space a turn-of-the-century feel. So do the nostalgic street-scene murals depicting the days when Saturns were Studebakers and people walked their Electrolux vacuums instead of pet dogs.
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    9 Bowdoin St.
    Boston, MA US
  • SideBar Food and Spirits
    Though one might not expect to find a casual neighborhood bar in the heart of downtown Boston, SideBar Food and Spirits embodies that amiable attitude. Its interiors are decked out in beer signs and dark wood accents for a true pub atmosphere, and feature arcade games, a flashing jukebox, and the occasional game of bar pong. Live hockey, soccer, and other sports illuminate a series of flat-screen TVs overhead while the outcomes of each game are predicted in a crystal ball in the back. A polished wood bar is divided into two sections, each of which features taps pouring craft and domestic beers. These pair perfectly with the array of burgers, pizzas, sauce-drenched wings, and other pub classics that the kitchen prepares every day until 10 p.m. Drink specials are offered every day, and the bar can also accommodate private events for up to 110 people.
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    14 Bromfield St.
    Boston, MA US
  • An-Tain
    An-Tain serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Boston's Downtown district. Don't expect to find any low-fat fare on An-Tain's menu — you'll need to be prepared to indulge a bit. TVs are also readily available in the bar area to broadcast the best games. An-Tain can fill to capacity on Fridays and Saturdays, and with their no-reservation policy, you may need to wait a bit for your table. You can leave your car curbside with nearby street parking. The grub at An-Tain is also a downright bargain — most people can chow down for less than $15.
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    31 India Street
    Boston, MA US
  • Whitey's
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    268 West Broadway
    Boston, MA US
  • The Dugout
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    722 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA US
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