Best of Boston

2009 Best Allston/Brighton Restaurant, Neighborhood

Deep Ellum

Mention ‘Allston/Brighton,’ and the average Bostonian’s nose hoists a few degrees skyward, as if avoiding the odor of a thousand musty futons. That’s fine by locals, whose dual neighborhood’s rep as a student slum keeps interlopers at bay; thus, the crowds remain fairly tolerable at this rare grownup watering hole, where the cocktails hail from yesteryear, the food from down south, and the tap list from a beer geek’s fever dream.

477 Cambridge St., Allston, 617-787-2337,