What really is an ultra-lounge, anymore? The days of sleek, modern and luxurious nightclubs with private rooms and bottle service have waned since the early 2000s (miss you, aughts), and we’re now thoroughly in the age of Prohibition-style throwback bars like the Ball and Biscuit. This Mass Ave staple is cozy for a midweek drink and exciting during the weekend rush. Indulge your nostalgia for another time at the Ball & Biscuit, a bar with a unique vintage style. Some of the featured drinks? Sidecar, Manhattan, and Aviation are popular classics among the top-shelf, small-batch alcohol offered. Don’t forget to inquire about those lesser-known, off-the-menu options.
331 Massachusetts Ave., 636-0539, www.ballandbiscuit.com
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