Monday: Red Lantern
Red Lantern is red hot, and the daily (5-7 pm) Kitchen Kamikaze program is one “happy hour” deal imbibers shouldn’t miss: Expertly mixed drinks (or a Sapporo) are delivered with a specially-paired, complimentary pan-Asian edible from chef Kevin Long.
39 Stanhope St., Boston, 617.262.3900
Tuesday: Sunset Grill & Tap
“We have a 365 day-per-year beer fest,” says Sunset Grill & Tap owner Marc Kadish of his relaxed, 26-year-old bar, which famously features 112 taps and 380 microbrews and exotic imports. Find ciders, seasonals, cask-conditioned ales, champagne-style beers, and meads. Serious beer drinkers, come hither.
130 Brighton Ave., Allston, 617.254.1331
Wednesday: Trina's Starlite Lounge
Straddling the city line in Inman Square, Trina's Starlite Lounge sits literally half in Cambridge and half in Somerville. Patrons adore the casual-cool place for its penchant for pin-up girl decor and buckets of High Life ponies, but they come hungry on Wednesdays because it's Sloppy Joe Night, Starlite-style ($12-$14 for two loaded sandwiches and fries).
3 Beacon St., Somerville, 617.576.0006
Thursday: The Beehive
Known for its arty atmosphere and its joie de vivre, The Beehive has the largest sparkling wine list on the East Coast. Find artisan-made bottles at an accessible price point, and enjoy rare treats like the sparkling red, addictive for carnivores who want bubbles. Says Beverage director Bertil Jean-Chronberg, “Red sparkling is something people need to discover.”
541 Tremont St., Boston, 617.423.0069
A single lamp marks the entrance of enigmatic Davis Square den, Saloon. Its speakeasy vibe recreates the loom of Prohibition, and bartenders who dress the part serve up stiff craft cocktails in vintage glassware with a focus on brown liquors.
255 Elm St., Somerville, 617.628.4444
Saturday: River Gods
Locals love River Gods, the off-the-beaten-path Central Square bar that serves up an amazing burger and fries, a notable Guinness pour, and some enthralling holiday decoration whenever the time is right.
125 River St., Cambridge, 617.576.1881
Sunday: The Hawthorne
In a keen, living room-style space at Hotel Commonwealth, top Boston mixologist Jackson Cannon offers his love letter to the craft cocktail movement, The Hawthorne. From scratch, bartenders fix fresh takes on classics and little-known old-fashioned gems, while also developing new creations to-order. Best drinks in the city, bar none.
500 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617.532.9150