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The Snug

Hingham

March 6, 2009
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You’ll need the luck of the Irish (or just good timing) to get a table at The Snug, a tiny pub that feels like a cozy roadside watering hole you might stumble upon in Ireland. On Mondays at 5:30 p.m. there’s a traditional Irish seisiún (session), an informal gathering of musicians playing Celtic folk music. Arriving at 5:45 one such Monday, we found 30 people already on the waiting list. A good-natured hostess explained The Snug’s turnover rate is slow because patrons, including twentysomethings, families with toddlers, and gray-haired locals, linger to listen to the music. A bit more prepared on another Monday, we scored one of the eight tables at 4:45, grinning smugly over pints of Guinness and Old Speckled Hen as a line formed after 5. Another stroke of luck: The food, including burgers, fish and chips, chili, chowder, shepherd’s pie, crab cakes, and steak tips, is generous and a cut above traditional pub fare. The heavenly onion rings alone are worth the trip. Surrounded by dark wood, warm amber walls, and the enchanting sound of fiddles, flute, and a 12-string guitar, it’s easy to feel a bit charmed. - CHRIS MURPHY

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