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CHARLIE'S BEER GARDEN 

HARVARD SQUARE

DAEDALUS vs. CHARLIE'S BEER GARDEN

Though it's been with us for three summers now, the beer garden at Charlie's is still a favorite new kid — and it's all deserved praise. Due to the proximity of the Kennedy School of Government, you can crash some awesomely nerdy theoretical conversations here. Or if you're the loner type who likes to tuck away in corners, Charlie's has plenty of nooks and poles to hide behind. It's also home to Boston's cheapest lobster roll. Overall, this is by far the most down-to-earth patio in the square, and one of the few places where locals and Ivy Leaguers play nice together.

Daedalus is a tad different. Unlike Charlie's, at Daedalus they sometimes insist that you order food — even if you plan on spending your entire paycheck on margaritas (and the food here ain't cheap). Such minor setbacks are beside the point, though. Despite having two stunning indoor rooms, Daedelus is defined by its magnificent rooftop. With the most dazzling craftsmanship of any deck on this list, the Daedalus patio is a work of art in itself, making it easy to lose yourself for more than a few hours. Of course that's the downside, too — the wait to get up here can be daunting, particularly if you're parked at the second-floor bar, where there's a perfect view of all the pretty patio people having the time of their lives.

DAEDALUS, 45 1/2 Mt. Auburn St, Cambridge | 617.349.0071

CHARLIE'S BEER GARDEN, 10 Eliot St, Cambridge | 617.492.9646

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