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By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  September 1, 2006

“The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunkthey are sober.” — William Butler Yeats
It’s almost too good to be true that the Sligo (237 Elm Street, Somerville) hasn’t been a casualty of the much-documented gentrification of Davis Square. Yeats, the premier Irish poet and co-founder of the Abbey Theatre,spent much of his childhood in Sligo, the county in Ireland from which this Davis dive takes its name. The Sligo is a ragged little oasis; the beer comes cheap, the graying regulars spout all sorts of boozy wisdom, and you don’t ever, ever have to worry about what you’re wearing or who you’re with. Here’s hoping the Sligo survives.

“I don’t like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there.” — Charles Bukowski
The multi-page beer menu at Bukowski’s (1281 Cambridge Street,Cambridge, 617.497.7077; 50 Dalton Street, Boston, 617.437.9999) is one of the most wide-ranging and comprehensive in the city, nearly unrivaled in its selection of lambics, lagers, heifeweizens, dunkelweizens, porters, pilsners,and Pabst. If only the staff weren’t quite so surly. But we have to admit, Bukowski was pretty surly himself; perhaps the bartenders and servers are merely following in the footsteps of the famed author.

A few other spots for literary libations: the low-key, dark-wooded Playwright (658 East Broadway, South Boston, 617.269.2537), and the Plough & Stars (912 Mass Ave, Cambridge, 617.576.0032), where the litmag Ploughshares was founded. Sip a pint while enjoying a good book.

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