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One of America's most historic cities is also among the most progressive

A leading intellectual and cultural hub, Boston has long been associated with a certain ivy league character, yet, thanks to the constant influx of young blood to its numerous universities, it is a center for fresh ideas and cutting-edge arts. Although its charming old neighborhoods are impeccably preserved, this is a modern and increasingly style-conscious city, proudly displaying the results of decades of intensive urban regeneration.

The Butcher Shop

The Butcher Shop

Chef Barbara Lynch's neighborhood wine bar

Chef Barbara Lynch's neighborhood wine bar Editors' Note

At first glance, the slender, dark-walled space looks like any other wine bar, mobbed with chic young things in the evenings. But at The Butcher Shop, you can pair more than 100 wines hand-picked from small European producers with charcuterie, cheeses and meat-centric main dishes.

The Butcher Shop is true to its name: you can buy pâtés and meats in the back.

The Butcher Shop
552 Tremont Street, at Waltham Street, 02118 Boston
1 617 423 4800
Open 11am-11pm Mon, Sun; 11am-midnight tue-Sat