“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”
Never mind the nerdy Cambridge neighbors: Somerville is where Bostonians come to play. Just down the Red Line from MIT and Harvard at Davis Square, live music accompanies properly pulled Guinness pints at The Burren and BBQ and bourbon at Redbones. Somerville Theatre hosts Independent Film Festival Boston, and Somerville's cleverly converted Armory is a new venue for bands, farmers markets and art shows. While you're in the neighborhood, load up on cocktail supplies at The Boston Shaker. East of Tufts University stretch long blocks of "Slummerville" barn-shaped houses, until the scenery turns suddenly hip around Union Square. Start with the obvious attractions of Hub Comics and Neighborhood Restaurant, and stick around for impeccable Old Fashioneds in Backbar's graffitied speakeasy.