Great Bars 2011: American Ice Company

This effortlessly cool beer-and-barbecue joint gets our vote for best new bar. Before opening the thick metal door, you walk through a walled-in outdoor patio with large communal tables. Inside the space—a former industrial warehouse—are brick walls, concrete floors, and flickering candles on wooden tables. Metal barstools look as if they belong in a woodworker’s shop. Craft beers such as Goose Island 312 and Smuttynose Brown are served in Mason jars. There’s also a handful of wines by the glass and a full bar. And, as at any good barbecue spot, the food comes on paper plates.

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