43 "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.
Barra is a mezcal and sotol bar in Union Square that also serves some pricier small plates.
We tried the food at this new picnic spot from the team behind Puritan & Co.
Thirsty Scholar is a pub in Inman Square with a large beer menu and average bar food.
Mariel Underground is a Cuban cocktail bar located in Post Office Square.
The Butcher Shop is a nice little South End wine bar disguised as a steakhouse.
Roxanne’s is a cocktail bar in Downtown Boston where all the drinks costs $10, so you should probably go.
Fromage is a wine bar in Southie that kind of makes you feel like a fish.
Bar Mercato is a Downtown restaurant with a menu that works for a lot of different situations.
Longfellow bar is a high-end cocktail bar in Harvard Square with excellent food that you eat with your hands.
The Glenville Stops is a small plates place in Allston with a great wine list.
Lone Star is a tiny bar in Allston that serves big tacos and other good Tex-Mex.
Nathalie is a relaxed wine bar in the Fenway with small bites and an interesting wine list.
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.