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15 Bosworth Street
Boston, MA 02108
The only way to sail the seven seas, put your mind at ease, and protect the mother land with your fellow man? You guessed it. Join the Navy. But since your tendency toward seasickness and claustrophobia (plus a few not-so-stellar marks on your record) may prevent you from joining the boys in blue and gold, we suggest channeling your naval aspirations into a much-less militaristic endeavor: grabbing a drink at the nautically inspired bar and restaurant known as Barracuda Tavern.
Step aboard this unassuming little gem in Beacon Hill if you like the following things: pints of seasonal craft beer; deep fried oyster po’ boys and $1 oyster specials; and an atmosphere where you can do your best pirate impressions with little-to-no censure.
Life preservers aren’t necessary but with the interior’s ship-like sensibility, you may not be completely surprised to see a weathered sea captain with a peg-leg threatening to keel haul the bartenders if he doesn’t get his drink fast enough.
Exposed brick, light blue walls, and sleek wood floors create the ideal canvas for more seafaring design elements, like a lobster trap, working antique lamp from a Croatian ship and, hanging from the ceiling, a restored 14-foot Glouster Whaling Dory renamed the USS Barracuda.
Since it gets cold on the high seas, you may need to imbibe in something that’ll bring a good flush to you and your date’s cheeks, like a glass of grog (i.e. wine) or one of their 50+ draft and bottle beers, including Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Hop Notch IPA, 312 Urban Wheat and their very own Barracuda Stout.
Ok, that’s about it…we’ve just about fully depleted our stores of nautical references, so you should probably sail into this bar soon.
By Arielle Sachar