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Boston's Best Bars To Spend Your Tax Return, Celebrate End of Tax Day

Everyone likes to celebrate a little when they receive that all important, highly anticipated tax refund check in the mail or direct deposit into their bank. Some folks like to set some money aside in savings, some put it towards home improvements, but treating oneself to a night out with friends or family is a great way to spend a little of that refund money without blowing all of it in one place. Here are five Boston bars that are perfect places to hit up this tax season.
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7 Sanborn Court
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 718-0249

The Somerville suburb of Boston has grown exponentially in recent years when it comes to great, forward thinking restaurants and bars. The neighborhood has seen an influx of young, hip urban youth with some great ideas when it comes to nightlife, with backbar serving as a particularly great example. Located on Sanburn Court, backbar offers a great selection of drinks and dinner options for that hard earned tax refund money, including a fancy cocktail selection. Ever think that popcorn could mix well with caramel and bacon? backbar thinks so, and you'll be grateful for their delicious insight!

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89 Holland St.
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 718-9463

Spoke is another Somerville bar with great reviews and word of mouth from this bar and restaurant's loyal fan following. Spoke is centered in the Davis Square area of Somerville and prides itself on balancing a modern and hip atmosphere with friendly service and intelligently composed drinks and dishes for their neighborhood clientele. This hard work should be appreciated by those visiting Spoke looking to spend some of those tax refund dollars, by ordering such varied and unique dishes as duck meatballs and fresh seafood!

21st Amendment
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21st Amendment
150 Bowdoin Square
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 227-7100

Heading next to the Downtown Beacon Hill area of Boston, 21st Amendment, located on Bowdoin Square, in between Freeman Place and Vernon Street near Park Street station, is a great place to hit up with close friends or family for a fun night out without any undue fancy atmosphere or frills. Instead, a trip to the 21st Amendment makes those tax refund dollars spread a bit farther with any one of this spot's affordable draft beers, mixed drinks or comfort food appetizers, a la their sweet potato fries and delicious burger plates. Definitely a worthy spot to check out.

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Biddy Early's
141 Pearl St.
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 654-9944

Speaking of making those tax refund dollars stretch a bit farther, what better way to do that than to hit up one of Boston's favorite dive bars, Biddy Early's? This Pearl Street spot, in between High St. and Purchase St. near South Station in the city's Financial District, has long been a fan favorite by wallet watchers in the city, making Biddy Early's a great celebratory spot for friends to blow a little bit of that tax refund money on a proper boys or girls night out. This time, the first cheap pitcher is on you!

Bull McCabe's
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Bull McCabe's
366A Somerville Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 440-6045

For great live music, great food and great times, a trip to Bull McCabe's is most definitely in order. Located on Somerville Avenue, a trip to Bull McCabe's demands a hearty appetite, making this a fine way to spend that refund check on the most epic of meals. Steak tips? Check. A heaping plate of nachos and ice cold beer? Double check. A fine dinner and a round of drinks (or two...or three) make a trip here to Bull McCabe's a worthy tax season indulgence.

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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