Pubs served as the original town squares—places where folks could meet to talk about the weather or post petitions to build town circles. Muster up a mutiny with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of pub fare at either the Lower Deck Pub on Upper Water Street or Red Stag Tavern on Lower Water Street.
The Lower Deck Pub and Red Stag Tavern serve classic and reinterpreted pub grub amid a festive maritime atmosphere befitting their oceanfront settings. The Lower Deck Pub's menu rolls out appetizers including one-and-a-quarter pounds of mussels, steamed with fresh cilantro, oranges, bell peppers, garlic butter, and Alexander Keith's ale ($9.99). Fans of gourmet burgers can snag the Montreal Monster, layering smoked ground beef with an onion ring, a soft-fried egg, and house-made pickles ($12.99), or the house-made Harvest burger, comprised of chickpeas, lentils, black beans, and various protein-packed plants ($11.99. The deck specialties fling forth entrees such as the seafood grill, stacking charbroiled salmon, jumbo shrimp, Digby scallops, and pan-fried haddock ($23.99). Diners enjoy ocean views from the outdoor seating, as well as live entertainment seven nights a week, including a DJ every weekend and a puffin improv troupe every Monday.
A few blocks away, Red Stag Tavern embraces patrons with its lantern-lined stone-and-arched-brick entrance and menu of creative pub fare. Appetizers kick off antihunger operations with the Red Stag nachos, topping tortilla trowels with bell and banana peppers, cheese, caramelized onions, and basil oil ($11.99, add Cajun chicken or ground beef for $2.99). Stag specialties unleash a roster of entrees, starting with the Big rib, a 14-ounce frenched rib steak finished with bourbon butter and paired with potato croquettes, fresh vegetables, and an edible beret ($24.99). The soy-ginger stir-fry tosses sautéed vegetables with sweet sesame ginger glaze and rests it all atop a petite pillow of wild rice ($12.99, add chicken, shrimp, or scallops for $2.99). Take in the view from the rooftop patio while washing down dinner with a glass of the Red Stag brownie, a warm chocolate chewable topped with whipped cream, old-fashioned vanilla ice cream, and Stag's Head–stout chocolate sauce ($6.75).