With its wood-plank floors, warm brick walls, and long Carrara marble bar, Brine has a menu of cocktails that are as tasty and carefully crafted as the crudo, oysters, and market-driven mains you can enjoy with them. In response to COVID-19, Brine moved into Ceia Kitchen + Bar’s space (25 State St., Newburyport, 978-358-8479), which now has 32 outside spots along Threadneedle Alley. Also, Brine has fed over 1,400 nurses in the Newport and Boston areas.
38 State St., Newburyport, 978-358-8112, brineoyster.com
Like moths drawn to a light, loyalists gravitate to Ledger, known for its sublime libations masterminded by wiz bar manager Matthew Gundaker, whose creativity is surpassed only by his humble nature.
125 Washington St., Salem, 978-594-1908, ledgersalem.com