Bars Union Square
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This hidden sister bar to popular restaurant Journeyman is best found by looking for the disoriented would-be patrons wandering the parking lot between neighbors Bronwyn and the Independent. Once you find yourself inside, you’ll be treated to outstanding service and meticulously crafted cocktails while seated at low-key wooden block tables. Show up early or make reservations—staff will make people wait rather than letting them crowd the space.

Venue name: Backbar
Address: 7 Sanborn Court

Cross street: at Union Square
Opening hours: 5.30pm-midnight Mon-Thu; 5.30pm-1am Fri-Sun
Transport: Red line to Harvard Square, then bus 86
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