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5 Fenway/Kenmore bars for true locals

Posted by Alex Pearlman  November 5, 2011 06:07 PM

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kenmoresquarefenwayareabars.jpgBy Christine Varriale

Home of the Red Sox and the most gorgeous baseball stadium of all time (you can’t deny it), Boston's Fenway and Kenmore neighborhoods also house some great local bars. Explore the area after a game or concert to find these gems right around the corner.

Bill’s Bar (5 Lansdowne St. Closest T Stop: Green Line B-D, Kenmore, or Green Line D, Fenway). Lansdowne is home to plenty of sports bars packed with people trying to catch a Boston game on the big screen. If you want to escape the unruly crowd, have fun, and let loose with some dancing, check out Bill’s Bar. It’s small but has a large bar area with a wide drink selection. Don’t get too comfortable in the booths, or you might find yourself stuck there for hours. Note: If you really want to go to Lansdowne Pub but don’t want to wait in line, there’s a sneaky shortcut through Bill’s Bar.

The Lower Depths (476 Comm Ave. Closest T Stop: Green Line B-D, Kenmore). In Kenmore Square, it’s hard to find a great, cheap spot to eat that also has a unique beer selection. The solution: The Lower Depths. They have delicious hot dogs (veggie dogs, too, for all of my fellow vegetarians!) that won’t burn a hole in your wallet. Imagine a hot dog with mac 'n cheese and caramelized onions; it’s possible at The Lower Depths. Their craft beer selection is phenomenal, and you don’t have to deal with a pretentious staff: If you're having trouble deciding, they'll give you great advice on a beer. Like many great finds, The Lower Depths is cash-only.

Church (69 Kilmarnock St. Closest T Stop: Green Line D, Fenway; Green Line B-D, Kenmore; or 55 Bus, Kilmarnock St. @ Queensberry St.). Church is not only a great local bar, but it also hosts many live shows. Some of the best local bands and up-and-coming national acts have played within this spot's dark, comforting walls. The connected bar and restaurant area is a great place to hang out and relax with friends if you’re not out to see a live show. Take a look at their Seven Deadly Sins drink list; they’re perfect for satiating your sinful desires.

The Dugout (722 Comm Ave. Closest T Stop: Green Line B, BU Central, or 57 Bus, Comm Ave. @ St. Mary’s St.). The Dugout is a great dive bar at which to hang out, kick back some cheap beers, and shoot the breeze with your buddies. There’s free popcorn, and it has a very cavernous feel to it (reminds you of Silhouette, eh?). Beware of some stumbling BU students, but don’t let them ruin a relaxing evening.

Cornwall’s (654 Beacon St. Closest T Stop: Green Line B-D, Kenmore). For a change from the dive scene, check out Cornwall’s, a quaint British pub in the center of Kenmore Square. This great establishment gives off that certain sort of air: it's somewhere you can relax, grab a great meal, and have intelligent conversation with friends. Be on the lookout for @BostonTweet, who often raves about this place on his nightly adventures.

What's your favorite “locals only” bar in the Fenway/Kenmore area? Don't forget to head down the B line and check out some spots on our Allston/Brighton list, too.

Photo by Oscalito (Flickr)

About Christine -- I'm a music blogger with passions for photography and movies. You can usually find me at Paradise Rock Club or The Avenue. My goal in life is to become Lindsay Lohan's best friend. Twitter: @certaintragedy

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