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Welcome to Circa 33, a bar harkening back to 1933, when prohibition was repealed. The atmosphere is casual and clean with high ceilings and more than 100 whiskeys in a library-style bar. Its cocktail menu is heavily influenced by spirits from the 1900s and earlier such as Applejack, dry gin, rye whiskey and bitters. The food menu highlights smoke-flavored entrees such as seafood salad, bourbon pulled pork sandwiches, and a variety of ribs. If you don’t go for smoky, there are mussels dijonaise, pot roast sandwiches, vermouth misted steak frites and more. Happy hour lasts all night on Mondays, and brunch is now available weekends starting at 9 a.m. with short rib hash and eggs, lemon ricotta pancakes and... you get the idea. Charity Thompson, 11/16/2010
The patio here is actually a well-appointed speakeasy with the requisite steel fixtures and dark wood. Bring a few friends and linger in this decked-out alleyway while sampling from the menu’s many Prohibition-era cocktails. And, it’ll be just like Prohibition when you stumble out of the darkness and on to the main drag of Belmont!
Forecast: Circa's patio seats 60, and naturally, the best time to get a table is right when they open. However, turnover is quick, so you'll never wait too long for one.
SPF: Since the alley patio is covered with a transparent roof, you'll always enjoy natural light, even if it’s raining. And, the patio has heaters too, so it's open all year long.
Advisory: There is a very small smoking section away from most diners, and both kids and dogs are welcome.
Barometer: The menu encourages you to build your own burger, so do so to your liking. And pair it with a Catch 33—gin infused with cucumbers and bell and serrano peppers mixed with St. Germain and fresh lemon juice.
photo: Natalie St John