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.
Situated in the Fenway - Kenmore - Audubon Circle - Longwood neighborhood of Boston, The Dugout welcomes its cafe patrons with open arms.
You can also catch the latest scores on the TVs in the bar.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to The Dugout for a group meal.
The noise level can often drown out conversation, so make sure your party is prepared to speak up.
Weeknights are popular for dining and crowds often form at the bar.
Take it nice and easy at The Dugout, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
This dining establishment is located near hassle-free parking options.
If driving doesn't appeal, you can take public transportation, with nearby stops at Boston Univ Central (Green), Boston Univ East (Green), and Saint Mary St. (Green).
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at The Dugout.
The eats are cheap here. The Dugout knows a meal out should be tasty but not an investment.
Don't leave the dollar bills at home — you'll need cash at The Dugout.
You can find classic and innovative American eats at The Dugout, so pay the restaurant a visit today and satisfy your hunger.
Sissy K's serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Boston's Downtown district.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Score happy hour deals and steals at Sissy K's.
Sissy K's can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
Sissy K's keeps your ears entertained with live music or a DJ.
For music and dancing, Sissy K's also features live bands and an open floor.
The restaurant is about as noisy as it gets — plan for booming speakers and chatty crowds everywhere.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Sissy K's is ultra casual.
Store your car on the street or in a nearby lot at Sissy K's.
Avoid the hassle of driving and take advantage of public transit; nearby stops include Aquarium Station (Blue), State St. Station (Blue, Orange), and Government Center Station (Blue, Green).
Sissy K's provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
Sissy K's welcomes diners of all budgets to enjoy its savory fare (and its cheaper-than-cheap menu items).
When American food comes to mind, Sissy K's should be your first choice.
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.
Check out eccentric Model Cafe for the next wave of coffee culture.
Catch the game at Model Cafe, a local restaurant with TVs.
If sitting still is not your style, feel free to take the dance floor and hop to the beat of the bar's live DJ.
A tad noisy, the bar is well-suited for those who don't mind a little extra hustle and bustle.
Weekend diners, beware! The bar is busiest on Friday and Saturday, so getting seated will take some time.
If circling the block brings no such luck, patrons can park in a garage around the corner.
Travel by bike to Model Cafe and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Make sure you bring enough cash to Model Cafe to cover your expenses.
Visit Model Cafe for a fun cup of coffee.
If you have a busy day ahead of you, grab a coffee from Model Cafe and stay energized all day long.
Kick back with a cocktail at Sullivan's Tap in Boston's Downtown neighborhood.
Why watch TV at home when you can catch the game at Sullivan's Tap?
Be prepared to raise your voice, though — the bar can get noisy.
If you're heading out on a Friday or Saturday, keep in mind that the bar gets busy.
Heading to Sullivan's Tap for a tasty meal? Drive on over and park in a matter of seconds.
Avoid the hassle of driving and take advantage of public transit; nearby stops include North Station (Fitchburg/South Acton, Green, Haverhill, Lowell, Newburyport/Rockport, Orange), Haymarket Station (Green, Orange), and Bowdoin Station (Blue).
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Sullivan's Tap.
Prices don't get much better than this, either, with typical meals running under the $15 mark.