1944 - The Food Lens

1944 - The Food Lens

It’s unsurprising that Pabu, an upscale izakaya in Downtown Crossing’s Millennium Tower, would choose to highlight Japanese whisky in its cocktail program. But this cocktail also pays homage to a distinctly 21st-century drink, the Scotch-based Penicillin made famous by Sam Ross at NYC’s Milk & Honey.

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Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar - The Food Lens

Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar - The Food Lens

Mar-gar-it-a: Not so long ago, uttering those four syllables would earn you a neon-hued libation served in a fish bowl with enough sugar to fill a Pixy Stix. Somehow, the tequila-based classic that became synonymous with bad decisions and even worse Tex-Mex has been redeemed—and Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar is leading the local charge.

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Brick & Mortar - The Food Lens

Brick & Mortar - The Food Lens

The unmarked second-story bar above Central Kitchen feels like a microcosm of Central Square itself. It’s tough to figure out whether Brick & Mortar is a funky dive packed wall-to-wall with Budweiser-gripping college kids, or a serious cocktail lounge where startup staffers congregate for high-end drinks.

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Tipperary Knockmealdowns Irish Whiskey Review - Bevvy

Tipperary Knockmealdowns Irish Whiskey Review - Bevvy

Aside from being one of the all-time great names in Irish whiskey (or any whiskey), Knockmealdowns is also connected to Ireland through geography and folklore. The name itself refers to a mountain range spanning County Tipperary’s border, and is supposedly adjacent to a bottomless lake haunted by one “Petticoat Loose,” an unlucky lass who must forever attempt to empty the lake via thimble.

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Apple of My Pie - The Food Lens

Apple of My Pie - The Food Lens

Straight Law Bar, the sherry-focused cocktail establishment within Brookline’s Spanish restaurant Taberna De Haro, offers no shortage of fortified wine to play with. The menu draws from Taberna’s 85 bottle-strong list, one of the largest sherry selections we know of.

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The Bar Room at No. 9 Park - The Food Lens

The Bar Room at No. 9 Park - The Food Lens

Twenty years of service has earned No. 9 Park a well-deserved reputation as Beacon Hill’s definitive fine-dining experience. And while we’d never discourage anyone from experiencing a tasting menu in the townhouse-turned-restaurant’s elegant dining room, its bar scene alone warrants a visit

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