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Editors’ Choice

Sea Level Oyster Bar




The beer selection changes continually at this casual waterfront spot, but is guaranteed to boast something you haven’t tried but have always wanted to. Cult faves like Clown Shoes and 21st Amendment sit alongside Belgian brews and hometown hero Notch to create a list that would take many many visits to drink your way through—and it would be fun to try.

94 Wharf St., Salem, 978-741-0555,


Readers’ Choice

Gulu-Gulu café

A funky bohemian vibe, a couple hundred brews available, and the “Flying Gulu Beer Society,” which encourages members to try all 200 of their beers, add up to a place to geek out on a well-crafted brew.

247 Essex St., Salem, 978-740-8882, Salem,