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COLLEGE GUIDE: Best Places to Get a Beer

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


College students and beer go together like PB&J, and Worcester has some great places to hang out.

College students and beer go together like peanut butter and jelly (as long as they are 21 of course). Bars are a terrific place to socialize while drinking one of the world’s favorite beverages, especially for

students, who need to unwind a little after a hard week of school. Here are some great places in the Worcester area for the perfect night.

Wormtown Brewery at Peppercorn’s Bar and Grille

Wormtown Brewery has a fascinating history and a great selection of locally brewed beers. In fact, it only uses ingredients grown right here in Massachusetts. They offer a series of year-round beer choices, including Seven Hills Pale Ale and Worcester’s Bravest Ale, along with seasonal beverages like Wormtown Pumpkin Ale (great for students returning in the Fall). 455 Park Ave, Worcester. 774-239-1555. wormtownbrewery.com

The Loft 266 Bar & Lounge

The Loft provides terrific entertainment through a pleasing combination of drinks, food, music, and sports. The bar is open seven nights a week with a selection of 20 beers on draft and 35 bottled. Fifty-inch plasma screens make this the ideal place to relax and the watch the game. Keep up with the Loft's numerous events and promotions via their Facebook page. 266 Park Ave, Worcester. 508-796-5177. loft266.com/index.html

Maxwell Silverman’s

Maxwell Silverman’s takes on many forms. It's a fancy restaurant, a club with a dance floor, and a bar depending on where you are, and all in a vintage former toolhouse factory. Most enticing to college students is the open bar stocked with a full load of domestic beers with a price range of $14 for one hour to $29 for 4 hours. If one wants imported beers, the price only goes up a tad. It is also a great place to go out to dance every Friday and Saturday starting 8:30. 25 Union St, Worcester. 508-755-1200. www.maxwellmaxine.com

Salty Dog Saloon

A raucous atmosphere defines the Salty Dog Saloon. It is a full bar with live music, but not only that, there is even a mechanical bull! The bartenders are always fun and the bar loves to host themed parties, from birthdays to holidays. Thursday nights is 18+ for girls and there is never any cover charge. 1 Kelley Square, Worcester. 508-752-6600. www.thesaltydog.net/worcester

Boynton Restaurant and Spirits

Terrific food combined with great beer defines the Boynton. There are 36 beers on draft with a full bar coupled with a casual atmosphere. Whether you want a glass of beer with your dinner while seated in the dining room or want to have some good times with your friends at the bar, a trip to the Boynton will surely be worth your while.117 Highland St, Worcester. 508-756-5432. www.boyntonrestaurant.com

Jose Murphy’s

Jose Murphy’s is two floors of fun on the weekends. On Fridays and Saturdays, the upstairs becomes a nightclub with a bar and no cover charge. The downstairs is open all week as a restaurant and bar, with specials including $8 pitchers of beer, 10 cent tacos, and various monthly promotions. For entertainment, plasma screen TVs are available to watch any number of sporting events and DJs provide live music. 97 Water St, Worcester.  508-792-0900. www.funkyandjosemurphys.com

The Dive Bar

Specializing in American craft brews, there is an ever rotating selection of beers at the Dive Bar. The prices usually range around $5 to $8 on tap. Many have dubbed their beer as the best in Worcester. You can hear live music every Thursday night and there is always a welcoming atmosphere. Keep an eye out for the occasional beer tasting and party. 34 Green St, Worcester. 508-752-5802. thedivebarworcester.com

Beemers Pub

Numerous promotions, karaoke contests and team trivia are just a few of the things that make Beemers Pub a great place to hang out and grab a beer. Specials include a $1.25 for a 10 oz glass of the house brew and only $5 for a pitcher. They also sell 16 oz Narragansett cans for only $2.00. There are numerous selections of bottled beers and 8 beers on tap. 114 River St, Fitchburg. 978-343-3148. www.beemerspub.com

Ralph’s Diner

Have a beer and get some food while listening to a wide variety of terrific live music. A number of nationally known bands have performed here. The complex is split between the “Rock and Roll Diner”, the bar, and a club. There is also “Big Game Karaoke” every Wednesday night, among other fun and unique promotions. For a beer, you have a choice of all the classics.148 Grove St, Worcester. 508-753-9543. www.ralphsrockdiner.com

Brew City Grille and Brew House

You have an amazing choice of 155 different beers of all different types when you enter this terrific sports bar--and 40 of them are on tap. The atmosphere is casual but upscale. There is a diner with a great selection of food, especially burgers. There is no better place to watch the game. And, if Brew City is where it's at for you, then take home a piece of memorabilia from thegift shop.  104 Shrewsbury St, Worcester. 508-752-3862. www.brew-city.com


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