40 "Drinks & A Light Bite" restaurants in Boston.
When you don’t want to commit to a full dinner (blind date, catching up with an aunt, waiting two hours for a table elsewhere), bars with good food are ideal. Make an easy exit after the first round, or go for a second and maybe some food if it’s going well. Either way, these spots have you covered.
Saltie Girl is a small, excellent seafood restaurant in Back Bay with a fun bar.
Nathalie is a relaxed wine bar in the Fenway with small bites and an interesting wine list.
Trillium is a brewery in the Seaport. The line out the door will be full of people coming for the beer, but the food is actually really good, too.
Tres Gatos is a restaurant and bar in Jamaica Plain that also sells books and records.
B&G Oysters is a great seafood restaurant in the South End with a nice patio.
Lone Star is a tiny bar in Allston that serves big tacos and other good Tex-Mex.
Bar Mercato is a Downtown restaurant with a menu that works for a lot of different situations.
Little Donkey is a small plates restaurant in Central Square that’s great for drinks and few bites.
The Glenville Stops is a small plates place in Allston with a great wine list.
Whaling In Oklahoma is a cool Japanese small plates place in the South End.
Fromage is a wine bar in Southie that kind of makes you feel like a fish.
Longfellow bar is a high-end cocktail bar in Harvard Square with excellent food that you eat with your hands.
The Map Room is a cocktail bar located inside the Copley Square library, and one that deserves to be patronized by people other than tourists.