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Boston's Best Bars For Hipsters

Hipster. Formerly a word used primarily around underground music and art scenes, the term has gained increasing ground and popularity amongst mainstream media. That being said, the idea of a "hipster bar" here in Boston should come as no surprise, as there are many trendy, artsy and indie pubs in the city that serve as proper hangouts for the "hipster" population...whether they actually think they're hipsters or not. Here are five of the best.
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The Lower Depths
476 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 266-6662

The Lower Depths appeals to the hipster interest of "trash culture" by specializing in what is a truly unique, American comfort food classic: the hot dog. Fried, delicious tater tots, fries and wiener specials like the "White Trash Hot Dog" are the name of the game here, while a wide variety of craft beers creates a hip and cool atmosphere guaranteed to draw not only the hipsters in, but the culinary cravers as well. The Lower Depth's location on Commonwealth Avenue also makes it an easy place to find, so check it out! Note: It's (obviously) cash only!!

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Beehive Boston

The Beehive
541 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 423-0069

As mentioned earlier, the term "hipster" has been referenced primarily in the music world for quite a few years now, so it sort of goes without saying that a place like The Beehive – which focuses heavily on its live music reputation – would prove a relatively large draw for hipsters of the Bostonian persuasion. This joint combines vintage decor with elevated comfort food dining (duck confit, schmaltz fried rice) and a killer, if a bit pricey, cocktail menu to create what is essentially the perfect hipster storm.

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Deep Ellum
477 Cambridge St.
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 787-2337

Deep Ellum is a quaint 'n cool place tucked away in Allston (a reputed hipster neighborhood), serving up high-class culinary comfort and beer/mixed drink madness to a clientele which often consists of preppy and well-dressed hipster business types. Deep Ellum is a destination open to all, however it includes a menu with apps and entrees like the gorgonzola truffle fries and a German sausage plate known as the "Best Wurst." Additionally, this Cambridge Street place employs a knowledgeable bar staff that slings up cold beer and mixed drinks lunch, brunch and dinner, making Deep Ellum a must-see stop.

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Bukowski Tavern
50 Dalton St
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 437-9999

If there's anything that screams "hipster," it's a bar with an overriding theme of famous novelist and infamous drunkard Charles Bukowski. Bukowski makes it worth everyone's while with what just might be the largest beer menu in the city of Boston, offering everything from local and domestic cans and bottles to extravagant drafts and ultra-expensive imports. Bukowski Tavern also has a secret culinary weapon in its arsenal: a delicious peanut butter burger that needs to be tasted to be believed.

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Model Cafe
7 N. Beacon St.
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 254-9365

The Model Cafe in Allston defines another prototypical hipster hangout: the dive bar. This joint is often packed to the gills with the hip and the trendy as they line up (particularly on the weekends) to drink cheap beer, laugh and generally have a great time. The Model Cafe is a particularly good place to bring a large group of friends for a night out, but beware, the Model Cafe is a cash-only joint as well. Beyond that, this dive is a great destination for throwback tunes, strong drinks and loud conversation. Look it up!

George Pacheco has been writing professionally about arts and entertainment for over a decade. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, George currently resides in a humble New England home with his wife, cat and massive music and film collection. His work can be found at

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