Best place to exercise your constitutional rights
Located across the road from the State House, the 21st Amendment (named for the 1933 constitutional
amendment repealing Prohibition) represents American democracy at its finest. The small, modestly
appointed bar brings together politicians and their aides, locals and out-of-towners, secretaries and
sports fans, liberals and conservatives. Call it the bipartisanship of the bottle. On a recent night, the
bar was occupied at one end by a pair of rough-looking guys arguing over a football bet gone bad, and at
the other by two distinguished-looking gentlemen who were clearly discussing matters of great importance.
By the end of the night, the bickering bookies had made their peace. One of the distinguished-looking
gentlemen, meanwhile, proceeded to fall backwards off his stool. Booze: the great leveler.
21st Amendment, 150 Bowdoin Street, Boston, (617) 227-7100.