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5 DRINK MINIMUM: WHISKEY KICKED IN KENDALL

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Photos by Imara Chew

For some of the best and brightest minds in Greater Boston, Kendall Square is the center of life–they work, live, study, socialize, watch movies, and rage in every corner of the neighborhood. Since I regularly end up here when I miss the Mass Ave. exit off Memorial Drive, I’ve come to appreciate the spacious, fancy bars and restaurants, all of which being a far cry from where I frequent on a typical trashy night in Allston-Brighton. This should be fun.

CATALYST
[300 Technology Sq.]
DRINK #1: BARTENDER’S CHOICE
Procrastination ($10)

My daydrinking starts at 1pm on a Sunday. To begin, I fight off the previous night’s adventures with brunch at Catalyst and an order of my favorite hangover cure: hash and eggs. The adorably agreeable bartender recommends the bright and satisfying Procrastination. And in spite of not being a big Rye Whiskey guy, I savor the Old Overholt base which is festooned with sweet Caribbean syrup, pimento dram, and house Swedish punch. Hangover = dead.

CAMBRIDGE BREWING CO.
[1 Kendall Sq.]
DRINK 2: SEASONAL
Brett Sematary ($6)

DRINK 3: TRICK
Stout at the Devil ($6)

Liquor before beer goes the saying. And it goes hard tonight at CBC,one of the best spots to order microbrews without feeling like a snob. And with drinks like the pumpkin-y Brett Sematary and their bröötål Stout at the Devil (6.66% alcohol), I’m feeling bloody great.

MEADHALL
[4 Cambridge Ctr.]
DRINK 4: TREAT
Sensual ($8)

Being proudly Nordic, beer haven Meadhall is my next stop. I sheath my figurative battleaxe and order Moonlight Meadery’s Sensual, which the badass barmaid Sara compares to crème brûlée in flavor. I down it, satisfying my sweet tooth and overwhelming genetic impulse to pillage things all at once. Lucky for Kendall, it was only the contents of my glass this time.

LORD HOBO
[92 Hampshire St.]
DRINK 5: TWEET
Vesper ($10.70)

The first two bars responded to my Twitter-requested order of the Ian Fleming-invented gin and vodka cocktail Vesper with a question, “Like the scooter?” At Lord Hobo, superstar bartender Jackie saves the day with what we’ll call a learning experience. I’m not entirely certain what was in it besides healthy pours of the aforementioned spirits, but I am certain it’s well made. I’m also sure I’ll never drink one again. Twitter: one cunning bitch.

HUNGRY MOTHER
[233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave.]
DRINK 6: WRITER’S CHOICE
Irish Cream on the Rocks ($9)

If you haven’t been to Hungry Mother, go for the house-made Irish Cream, and never say I’m not here for you. It’s easily the finest, most satisfying dessert drink I’ve ever sipped. After a four-hour day drinking binge, greasy hash, and writing in a notepad, it brings me back to life and reminds my stomach that we’re still best friends. Mostly.

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