Bars & Clubs

Neighborhoods: Harvard Square

2014 Winner: Grendel’s Den

You started in Harvard Square, but one right turn, and you’re suddenly in Middle-earth. Or so this hobbit-hole-like hideaway might lead you to believe. (As would the professors, students and charming nerds debating the sociopolitical import of The Lord of the Rings.) Hearty spreads like the Beggar’s Banquet, offered half-price during certain happy hours, are washed down with frothy pints of eclectic beers. Grendel’s name nods to Beowulf, and this place is pretty epic.

Grendel’s Den

89 Winthrop St., Cambridge • (617) 491-1160

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