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Eight Bites You Can Only Try at the Bar

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Sometimes it's fun to start a meal with a bite and a cocktail at the bar — or maybe you just need a quick snack on the way to another destination. Here are eight bars that pay special attention to their bar menus, offering special dishes you can't get in the dining room.

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1. Bergamot

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118 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 576-7700
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Oysters, house-made charcuterie, a burger, and a lobster melt are current items available only at the bar at Bergamot. [Photo: Facebook]

2. Harvest

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44 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 868-2255
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Eat your way through a selection of bar bites that can be purchased separately or as a trio, including items like fried pickles and deviled eggs. [Photo: Official Site]

3. Rialto

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1 Bennett St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 661-5050
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The bar at Rialto offers small plates, dinners, and plates to share. The antipasto offerings are available as a trio or can be purchased separately. Offerings include items like stuffed olives and arancini. [Photo: Official Site]

4. No. 9 Park

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9 Park St
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 742-9991
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Steak tartare, confit duck leg, and steak frites are among the special items on the bar menu. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

5. Liquid Art House

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100 Arlington St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 457-8130
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Handmade dumplings like one made with a Lithuanian farmer's cheese, Brussels sprouts, aged gouda, Asian pear, and mustard can be found on the bar menu at Liquid Art House, among other small bites. [Photo: Chris Coe]

6. Grill 23 & Bar

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161 Berkeley St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 542-2255
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Items like Scotch eggs, a house-blend burger, and "nearby" cheeses can all be found on the bar menu at Grill 23, which has a mix of small plates, large plates, entrees, and dessert. [Photo: Official Site]

7. L'Espalier

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774 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02199
(617) 262-3023
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A selection of cheeses, caviars, and desserts are available all day long in the Salon, but after 5 p.m., other bites and little plates join the menu, as do a couple of full entrees. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

8. Lucca

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116 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 247-2400
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One can eat a full three-course meal from the bar at Lucca, which offers items like "really, really good" meatballs and daily arancini and pizza offerings. [Photo: Facebook]

1. Bergamot

118 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143
Oysters, house-made charcuterie, a burger, and a lobster melt are current items available only at the bar at Bergamot. [Photo: Facebook]
118 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143

2. Harvest

44 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Eat your way through a selection of bar bites that can be purchased separately or as a trio, including items like fried pickles and deviled eggs. [Photo: Official Site]
44 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138

3. Rialto

1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138
The bar at Rialto offers small plates, dinners, and plates to share. The antipasto offerings are available as a trio or can be purchased separately. Offerings include items like stuffed olives and arancini. [Photo: Official Site]
1 Bennett St
Cambridge, MA 02138

4. No. 9 Park

9 Park St, Boston, MA 02108
Steak tartare, confit duck leg, and steak frites are among the special items on the bar menu. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
9 Park St
Boston, MA 02108

5. Liquid Art House

100 Arlington St, Boston, MA 02116
Handmade dumplings like one made with a Lithuanian farmer's cheese, Brussels sprouts, aged gouda, Asian pear, and mustard can be found on the bar menu at Liquid Art House, among other small bites. [Photo: Chris Coe]
100 Arlington St
Boston, MA 02116

6. Grill 23 & Bar

161 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116
Items like Scotch eggs, a house-blend burger, and "nearby" cheeses can all be found on the bar menu at Grill 23, which has a mix of small plates, large plates, entrees, and dessert. [Photo: Official Site]
161 Berkeley St.
Boston, MA 02116

7. L'Espalier

774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199
A selection of cheeses, caviars, and desserts are available all day long in the Salon, but after 5 p.m., other bites and little plates join the menu, as do a couple of full entrees. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
774 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02199

8. Lucca

116 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116
One can eat a full three-course meal from the bar at Lucca, which offers items like "really, really good" meatballs and daily arancini and pizza offerings. [Photo: Facebook]
116 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02116

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