River Bar

Young Man River

Rum. Fire Pits. Dumplings. River Bar.

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We’ve been talking about Somerville a lot lately.

Guilty.

And we promise to stop.

As soon as they stop opening heated patios full of littleneck clams and rum...

See also: River Bar, a big glass box full of edible and drinkable wonders with a patio that just won’t quit, opening Wednesday. (Here’s the menu, and here’s the slideshow.)

Consider deploying this place thusly:

For the getting-to-know-you date.
Unfolding within the confines of the 36-seat dining room surrounded by windows and a chandelier made out of Pixar-esque desk lamps. But you’re not in two-top territory yet. No. That calls for the open-kitchen-facing marble bar for corned-beef-and-cabbage dumplings. It’s like eating pastrami in an alternate universe.

For fireside rum consumption.
Find a sofa around one of the two outdoor fire pits and a Jungle Cat with five-spice-infused-rum and ginger. Smoking jacket not included.

For the final alfresco brunch.
We’ve got a few pleasant weekends left. And they’d be best spent with smoked-bluefish hash and Scotch quail eggs on their heated patio, which they’ll seal off with a curtain when the temperature demands.

So there’s your polar vortex survival plan.

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