At Beacon Hill cocktail bar Carrie Nation, temperance is no virtue

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Carrie Nation, a new Beacon Hill bar, is named for a staunch proponent of temperance who was known for attacking bars with a hatchet. Naturally. Here one can indulge in Nation’s least-favorite pastime, boozing, in the shadow of the State House. Signature cocktails are categorized as “Cops & Robbers,” “Drys & Wets,” “Politicians & Power,” and so on. The decor evokes the era just before Prohibition, with oxblood walls, black-and-white tile floors, velvet drapes, and period fixtures. Staff members in plasticky bowlers and sequin headbands look as though they’re wearing Halloween costumes. The menu, designed by chef Karen Murphy, ranks among the most random in town. It ranges from lamb tagine to a chicken, rice, and peanut butter wrap to a cheeseburger croissant.

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