America's Best College Bars
Courtesy of Charlie's Kitchen
Charlie’s Kitchen, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
With original neon, cold beer, and affordable prices, Charlie’s doesn’t change much decade to decade, and that’s how the townsfolk like it. Bon Jovi and Ben Affleck have both supped here, and according to the owner: “If Obama came in, we’d serve him the same as everyone else. There’s no pretense at Charlie’s.” There is a stellar two-for-one lobster roll deal for $13, a patio overlooking Harvard Square, a trivia night twice weekly, and live music. Charlie’s also serves as an extended family to regulars. If you go, say hello to eightysomething Helen, who’s been a waitress here longer than anyone can remember.