Brick & Ash, NewburyportStandout Qualities: This cozy, casual spot boasts two full-sized pool tables, along with a dart board, two bustling bars, six roaring fireplaces, and an all-weather patio.
Insider Tip: There’s a gluten-free menu that includes comfort food and BBQ favorites, including pulled pork and pan-roasted local cod.
In The Works: Brick & Ash is introducing Smoke & Barrel Society, an exclusive monthly seating for a five-course chef-inspired dining experience highlighting a bit of Southern comfort, which will be offered with a variety of craft beer and spirit pairings. Each monthly seating will be different and unique!
10 Center St., Newburyport, 978-255-2642, brickandash.com
Village Tavern, SalemStandout Qualities: This lively tavern is a favorite among Salem State students and locals alike. With its game room, patio, classic American pub grub, and lengthy beer list, you can’t really go wrong.
Insider Tip: There’s a back entrance (through the mall) that is right across from CinemaSalem, so you can grab a drink and a quick game before catching the latest flick.
168 Essex St., Salem, 978-744-2858, villagetavernsalem.com