Ledger Restaurant & Bar
The huge hand-carved plaster ceiling above Ledger’s vast bar is a showstopper—as is the whole drinks program, filled with hard-to-findt cult beers, small production wines, and house-infused cocktails, with a lot of local spirits in the mix. Housed in Salem Savings Bank (the second chartered savings bank in the United States), Ledger will have you feeling like you’re on the set of a movie where you’re the star.
125 Washington St., Salem, 978-594-1908, ledgersalem.com
Elm Square Oyster Co.
The talented mixology of Colin Welch and his vast bourbon collection—not to mention a variety of other craft spirits—make this bar a winner.
Two Elm Square, Andover, 978-470-2228, elmsquareoysterco.com