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Editors’ Choice

The Bancroft, Burlington

Standout qualities: The feel of the place is dramatic, the wine list is clever, and the service is warm. All promising characteristics for a date night. Handcrafted cocktails are innovative and thoughtful, and the food is divine. 

Insider tip: Ask for the Bancroft Punch—you won’t be sorry. 

What’s coming: The Bancroft will be opening a new location in Peabody in 2018!

15 Third Ave., Burlington, 781-221-2100,


Readers’ Choice

Soma, Beverly

Standout qualities: In Hindu, Soma means a fruit-based intoxicating or hallucinogenic beverage used as an offering to the gods and consumed in ancient celebratory rituals. If you’ve ever had a mojito at Soma, you know what this is all about. Made with rum, bourbon, and even champagne, these drinks are the most refreshing to be found on Cabot Street. Muddled mint, ginger, and lemons push the cocktail over the edge, along with infused fresh fruit. 

Fun fact: While Cabot Street has seen new restaurants come and go, Soma has been going steady with Mediterranean cuisine for 12 years. 

256 Cabot St., Beverly, 978-524-0033,