Whether it is before a nighttime Red Sox game or looking for a quick drink during the week, Kenmore Square offers a variety of entertaining restaurants and bars where you can kick back and relax with friends. Ranging from crafty cocktails to craft beers, these locations offer beverages that cater to any palate and attract crowds of all different types. – By Emily Olson

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Island Creek Oyster Bar

500 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 2115
(617) 532-5300
Hours: Mon-Sat: 4pm-1am Sun: 11am-12am

Island Creek’s older and extremely popular sister restaurant, Eastern Standard, knows how to put a cocktail list together. But ICOB (as its called by the growing list of fans) turns out smart drinks and presents a thoughtful wine list that pair well with the menu of oysters. Cocktails are seasonal creations developed by Jackson Cannon, the same expert bar manager behind Eastern Standard’s creative drinks. The bar has become quite a popular place to see and be seen on any night of the week.

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Tasty Burger

1301 Boylston St (Yawkey Way)
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 425-4444
Hours: Daily: 11am-2am
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Tasty Burger is a newcomer to the Boston burger scene, and it also offers a wide range of local beers. Located behind Fenway Park on Boylston Street, this casual restaurant painted red and white offers indoor seating as well as a walk-up counter for to-go orders. Earlier this year, Tasty Burger offered a special combo of a burger, beer, and fries for $10 – a deal that is hard to beat. Open until 2 a.m., Tasty Burger is a welcome addition to the Kenmore Square area especially after a late night Red Sox game.

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Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

729 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 450-9000
Hours: Daily: 5pm-1am
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Also located in the shadow of Fenway Park is Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar, a restaurant that offers 75 whiskeys, local micro-brews and hand-crafted cocktails. For cocktails for a crowd, order a punch bowl for four or more people. The lengthy list of whiskeys not only includes American and Bourbon, but also Indian and Japanese whiskey.

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Boston Beer Works

61 Brookline Ave (At Lansdowne St)
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 536-2337
Hours: Daily from 11:30AM – 1AM
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For baseball fans not able to score tickets to the baseball field across the street, Boston Beer Works (BBW) offers TVs paired with local beers. Opened in the early 1990’s by two brothers, BBW offers 16 microbrews on tap (they brew 50+ lagers, ales, stouts and pilsners annually) and a wide assortment of American pub classics. Their award winning beers change on a regular basis with some only available for a limited time each season.

A Southern girl born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Emily Olson is pursuing a master’s degree in gastronomy at Boston University. On the weekends, she can be found at farmer’s markets, wine tastings, and testing new recipes in her kitchen all documented on her blog whatemilycooks.com.