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American Restaurant$$
Today 5:00 pm – 1:00 am
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255 Elm St Somerville, MA 02144
255 Elm StreetUSMassachusettsSomerville02144
$$American Restaurant, BarToday 5:00 pm – 1:00 am
Monday 5:00 pm – 1:00 amTuesday 5:00 pm – 1:00 amWednesday 5:00 pm – 1:00 amThursday 5:00 pm – 1:00 amFriday 5:00 pm – 2:00 amSaturday 5:00 pm – 2:00 amSunday 5:00 pm – 1:00 am
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Refined, speakeasy-style pub known for its beer & whiskey options also serves elevated bistro eats.- Google
"There's also plenty of wine and beer, too, if cocktails aren't your thing."
"We shared the fried pickles which was not really a sharing amount."
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Mark M
6 months ago
Bar looks nice, but I can't stand the employees. First off, the door guy looks like a "I'm too cool for anyone hipster" with his moustache, glasses and fur-coat. He didn't even say a word to me just looked at me I gave him my ID and that was it...not even a smile "have a good night" or "hi"...such a weirdo. And then I was ordering Jameson, which they didn't have so I ordered a Makers Mark got my bill and noticed it was a little expensive, asked why and the bartender said "Oh, because we don't have the regular Makers so I gave you premium" without even asking he just decided to charge me more. This place is ran by a bunch of idiots.
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Kristy Thibodeau
7 months ago
HIdden gem in Somerville. Located under the Foundry, the Saloon is a dark, leather booth, speakeasy. Bartenders know their stuff and the food is hearty or can be light depending on your mood. No signage outside, making this spot a secret for outsiders.
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Cristina Ruiz
10 months ago
Since this speakeasy-style bar isn't easily spotted from the street (there's only a small, white lamp with the name written on it outside), Saloon used to be the type of bar that you suggested when you were trying to impress someone. Too bad it seems like others had this same idea, since now everyone and all their old OK Cupid dates know about (and regularly frequent) this place. But you can still try it and see how it goes! People who are pretty new to Cambridge are a good target. But from experience, you should let them know how to find it beforehand because if not they may think you're standing them up by suggesting a fake place to meet up. Whoops. Regardless, it's still a classy choice to get a drink in Davis. I prefer to go on an off night (a great excuse to drink on a Monday!) since it's much less crowded, it's easy to grab a table, and the atmosphere is calmer and more intimate. On weekend nights, it's a completely different scene. There are people standing around everywhere. Randos will talk to you. It's loud. Saloon has solid drink choices, and the menu is on wooden clipboards, which adds a funky touch but can be bulky if you're sitting at a small table. There aren't many food options, but if you're on a date, rev up the romance by ordering some wine and the charcuterie plate. The bar is a fun place to grab seats so you can watch the cute, suspender-rocking bartenders mix things up. I usually opt for beer since it's a bit easier on my wallet, and the prices are in keeping with similar spots in the area like Foundry. The Lexington Bourbon Ale ($7) is a personal fave since it rocks smokey bourbon tones and is served in a cool rounded glass. Saloon is Davis epitomized. Alternative morphs to mainstream. But hey, I guess that's how you can tell something's good. And I will definitely keep trying to impress people by how sophisticated and knowledgeable I am by suggesting it. I'll just have to swear them to secrecy.
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Joey Melnick
a year ago
So Saloon is pretty hip. It's hidden(ish). The first time I went there it was by mistake. I was trying to find the davis square theater and wandered into Saloon. I thought, huh this looks pretty cool. I've been back a few times since (never for food, just drinks) and its OK but nothing amazing, They have a great selection of Whiskeys, pretty solid beer choices and a handful of cocktails. The Cocktails I have had, I am just not that crazy about. Maybe im not choosing the right things but I feel like saloon just leaves something to be desired (its not easy on your wallet either). Again though, the atmosphere is great. It LOOKS like a saloon, but a real classy one. The Bartenders and servers have been nothing but friendly, quick and helpful. I'd say you should check out Saloon at least once, but it probably won't make it on the list of regulars.
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Kathleen Whitcomb
7 months ago
I'm not a big cocktail drinker, but they're very well made and the staff was more than willing to help with the selection (my new favorite drink wasn't even on the menu). A little stuffy if you're like me, but that's just a preference. If you go on Fri/Sat and want a table, go earlyish (like 7 or 8) because it gets slammed later.
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Charles Bosse
a week ago
Despite being located in a basement next to a theater, Saloon really does have the appearance of an old oak bar where you might find a Clint Eastwood character after a windfall. The place is spacious and well staffed, with impressive chandeliers and an extensive menu of all kinds of drinks with a focus, of course, on a broad selection of whiskeys. The only thing lacking here was a sense of the personal. While the staff were friendly, they were also very busy, and the high ceiling and (dare I say) excellent lighting made for a place where the rush of business was very apparent. I would still absolutely recommend this place, but it might be a better place to go with friends than for a romantic evening.
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Alex Mottern
10 months ago
Came here for dinner and drinks on a Friday night. They serve food until 11. We shared the fried pickles which was not really a sharing amount. They were more breaded than I'm used to for fried pickles, which left them not being very pickely. One person in our group doesn't like pickles and he gave them a try when we said they weren't pickely but they were still too much for him. The sauce with them was great, but when we asked for more (to go with the fries with the sliders my friends got) we got a different sauce. My friends enjoyed their sliders, saying all were cooked perfectly. The fries were average, but there was a lot of them! I don't remember what drink I got (and their menu on their website is in a word document and isn't the same as what they have in the bar now) but it was terrible. I'm not one to send something back (it was probably my fault for not knowing the ingredients) so I powered though it. We all kind of felt that way about the menu though--not sure about what half the ingredients were (and we drink a lot). Having a description of the drinks would be great. While they do have a large selection of whiskeys, most were American, and I'm a fan of Irish, so I was a bit disappointed. They also run out of a lot of things. When we arrived we were told they were out of one cocktail, and then we tried to order another and they were out. Also only had one menu of drinks for a party of 4 so finding what drinks we wanted was hard enough having to pass the menu around. We had to flag down our server a few times and she seemed to not want to put in drinks that were not on the menu (like when I ordered Jamie and ginger). I felt a bit bad for the servers as a whole because the crowd around the bar seems to be blocking their way from the dining room to the kitchen.
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Allison Frymoyer
a year ago
Have you walked down Elm Street in Davis Square, seen a beautiful wooden door with no sign, and wondered what it was? Welcome to Saloon. This place has the craft cocktail down pat, and the food to go with them. The vibe is definitely cozy and speakeasy-esque, and you'll want to make a reservation if you want a table. The bar is usually packed. The tables are close enough together to optimize the space without making you feel like you are on top of your neighbors. The servers know their stuff, so feel free to ask them how booze-forward a drink is. The menu is definitely meat heavy, so vegetarians will want to look at the menu online before counting on them having something you'll want. Overall, it's a fun place to go.
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