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Boston's Best Bars With Free Snacks

Bar owners never underestimate the staying power of snacks, at least when it comes to retaining a clientele that will offer up return business. After all, it's a proven fact that bars that offer food of some sort keep their customers happy in their seats...which means more drink orders and more revenue for the business. Whether it's something as simple as peanuts or popcorn to chips and salsa, Boston has it covered when it comes to satiating the snacking habits of its bar clientele.
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The Bar At Taj Boston
15 Arlington St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-5700

The Bar at Taj Boston is located in the city's Back Bay neighborhood and offers a special for its customers who order a glass of champagne or martini: a free tapas plate. This hotel bar is fairly high end on the surface, yet provides a cool, quiet atmosphere perfect for a nightcap, a quick drink on the go or even a leisurely, post-work nip 'n nosh while overlooking the bustling Bostonian streets. The Bar at Taj Boston provides plenty of surprises and should not be missed by those who might walk on by this fancy-yet-approachable hotel gem.

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Splash Ultra Lounge & Burger Bar
150 Kneeland St.
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 426-6397

Granted, this special over at Splash Ultra Lounge & Burger Bar does require a reservation in advance, yet every Thursday and Friday, this Waterfront spot offers up an entire free food buffet. The vittles here aren't only limited to cheeseburger sliders or onion rings, either, as Splash rolls out fresh salads, crab, steak tips and more for al fresco dining. Of course, given that this is a "burger bar" and lounge, those aforementioned sliders do indeed make an appearance on the buffet alongside Splash's own spicy buffalo wings. The sum of these parts equal one great way to relax and welcome the weekend.

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Sissy K's
4 Commercial St.
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 248-6511

Sissy K's has, over the years, earned its reputation as one of Boston's more recognizable dive bars; a joint which embraces the term right alongside its loyal, local clientele. These regulars are also able to make good on Sissy K's weekday evening buffet, which provides appetizer fare from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to thirsty customers who are looking to build up a little buffer for the evening's alcohol-fueled festivities. For a place whose simplicity and honesty has driven it since day one, this free appetizer buffet makes the taste of this dive just a little bit sweeter at the end of the day.

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Our House East
52 Gainsborough St.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 236-1890

Did someone say free pizza? Our House East did. Located on Gainsborough Street, in between Huntington Avenue and St. Stephen Street, Our House East serves up free pie for its primarily college-aged crowd from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday nights. This last call treat has done this divey joint well over the years, further cementing Our House East's reputation as a hot, drunk mess of a place, perfect for the non-discriminatory collegiate crowd which often packs it in from walls to walls.

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Bleacher Bar
Fenway Park
82 Lansdowne St.
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 262-2424

Any regular here at Fenway Park's own beloved Bleacher Bar will tell you that this joint is all about the location. The Bleacher Bar offers up a bird's eye view of the venerable and legendary ball park which is second to none, and the food and drink is pretty good too. The Bleacher does indeed offer the typical bar snacks of peanuts, pretzels and the like for its patrons, but this is only one small part of an amalgamation of factors which make the Bleacher Bar a Boston standard for sports fans, foodies and average Joes and Janes alike. Either way, it's a well-deserved decision.

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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