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You have two bars to choose from at The Westland near Symphony Hall. We like the more casual bar in the front as opposed to the one in the back, which is a little clubby and seems like the type of place where people complain about the entitled millennial in their office who didn’t laugh at that hilarious Obama joke. But at either spot, you can get a juicy, sloppy burger topped with crispy shallots that’s pretty much exactly what you want out of a meat sandwich at a pub.
The Westland is one of the closest sit-down restaurants to campus. As a result, if you come here for brunch it’ll seem to be filled entirely with Northeastern students double-fisting cups of coffee in an attempt to hide their hangovers from their visiting parents. But you should keep this American gastropub type place in mind for just about any occasion. It has one of the best burgers in the neighborhood, and the front bar area that’s separate from the rest of the restaurant is a great place to have a few early-in-the-evening cocktails.