Here are some popular spots around town. By the secondvisit, they’ll probably recognize you.
9 Sanborn Court, Somerville (Union Square), 617-718-0249, www.backbarunion.com.
Ambiance: Postmodernspeakeasy-style bar.
Regulars: Young professionals, scene setters.
Menu: Comfort food such as pork buns, spicy caramel popcorn, ice cream sandwiches.
If you like it here, you’ll also like: Belly, Brick & Mortar , Stoddard’s Fine Food & Ale.
JJ Foley’s Cafe
117 East Berkeley St., Boston (South End), 617-728-9101, www.jjfoleyscafe.com.
Ambiance: Olde Bostonhomey.
Regulars: Journalists,Guinness fans.
Menu: Shepherd’s pie, truffle mac and cheese, burger,milkshake.
If you like it here, you’ll also like: 21st Amendment , Beantown Pub.
21 Temple Place, Boston (Downtown Crossing),617-338-5333, www.jmcurleyboston.com.
Ambiance: Old Testament (“Thou shalt not covet...”) meets Nouveau Chic.
Regulars: Local chefs,bartenders, wait staffers.
Menu: Designer burgers,specialty desserts.
If you like it here, you’ll also like: Silvertone Bar & Grill , The Franklin Cafe.
4 Cambridge Center,Cambridge (Kendall Square), 617-714-4372, www.themeadhall.com.
Ambiance: Industrial-size brewpub.
Regulars: Techie mecca.
Menu: Meatloaf, fish and chips, veggie burger.
If you like it here, you’ll also like: Lord Hobo , Drink , Area Four.
Oak Long Bar + Kitchen
138 St. James Ave., Boston (Fairmont Copley Plaza),617-585-7222,
Ambiance: Swanky hotel bar.
Regulars: Young professionals, Back Bay residents.
Menu: charcuterie, flatbread pizza, pork chop.
If you like it here, you’ll also like: Nubar (SheratonCommander), Mini bar (Copley Square Hotel), The Hawthorne (Commonwealth Hotel), Rowes Wharf Bar (Boston HarborHotel).
934 Dorchester Ave.,Dorchester, 617-436-9747, www.bansheeboston.com.
Ambiance: Irish sports pub.
Regulars: Soccer/rugby/Gaelic football fans.
Menu: Irish cocktail sausages, bangers and mash, Gaelic burger.
If you like it here, you’ll also like: The Green Briar , The Druid
JOSEPH P. KAHN and SWATI SHARMA