The Hawthorne, 500A Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-532-9150, www.thehawthornebar.com
Both polished and relaxed, the Hawthorne is one of the best bars in town. It serves great snacks to match. For instance, Reuben toasts, which offer the flavors of the sandwich in a much tinier package: smoky meat, melted cheese, sharp kraut, and a bit of tangy dressing. Perfect with whatever potion the skilled bartenders are shaking up for you.