Christopher’sOctober 22, 2009
It is rare to find a spot that works for most occasions. I have relied upon Christopher’s in Porter Square to host these life events: First date, meeting to “chat” with an ex, dinner with the girls, brunch with mom and reuniting with a former co-worker. Not all situations went perfectly, but the venue was always fantastically consistent!
For good weather days there is a sidewalk terrace with six tables. If you can get a seat, people watching sets an entertaining scene. You can check out the activists on their way to ambush Shaw’s shoppers, local music lovers waiting in line for Toad, and Sox fans walking to catch the game at the Tavern. Note: Cambridge law prohibits outside drinking without food, so share some nachos or artichoke dip. Who knew obeying the law could be so delish!
Inside, the vibe is warm with exposed brick and a fireplace (I think it is fake, but whatever – I don’t have one at home so it’s close enough). The walls have local paintings available for sale. Be sure to sit downstairs as the upstairs lacks the same charm.
The beer on tap selection alone will excite any man you’re with, and there is a nice cocktail menu (some drinks are wicked adventurous… like Cool as a Cucumber) Personally, I must toast the fall season with Cambridge Brewing Company pumpkin ale… local & yummy. For food, they have it all. Standard bar bites (plus a surprise: crab rangoons!) burgers, salads, sandwiches, & entrees provide enough options that the pickiest eater can find something. The prices are great for Cambridge ($7 – $13) – so if a first date asks you to split the bill – run!
Getting there: Take the red line T to Porter and Christopher’s is across the street on Mass Ave. Street parking is free after 6, and careful about parking in the Shaw’s lot. They have recently been CRAZY about ticketing/towing after the 2 hour time limit.