This South End watering hole from owner Rebecca Roth is as comfortable of a bar atmosphere as you’ll find in the South End. It’s a casual environment with no dress code for the waiters and an affordable menu (most entrees are around $20). As for that ominous name, it’s taken from the location’s past life as a spot for public hangings, but don’t fret: you won’t feel any fear here, just at-home comfort.
1395 Washington St., Boston. 617-425-0200. www.thegallowsboston.com