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Best of the North Shore 2018

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NSHOREMAG.COM 68 AUGUST 2018 drink PHOTOGRAPH BY DOUG LEVY A F T E R N O O N T E A EDITORS' CHOICE WENHAM TEA HOUSE,WENHAM STANDOUT QUALITIES: America's oldest tea house has been around since the late 19th century; it was originally formed to raise funds for community projects, something it still does to this day. The tea house serves breakfast six days a week, and lunch on weekdays. Afternoon tea is served on Friday and Saturday afternoons, and only by reservation. WHAT'S UNIQUE: The tea house runs unique tea events fairly often. Past events have included the Last Tea of the Titanic and Children's Tea with Mrs. Claus. INSIDER TIP: The tea house is available for private events and has a robust catering business, too. 4 Monument St., Wenham, 978-468-1398, wenhamteahouse.com READERS' CHOICE WENHAM TEA HOUSE, WENHAM A F T E R - W O R K D R I N K S EDITORS' CHOICE THE BANCROFT, BURLINGTON STANDOUT QUALITIES: The Bancroft has an extensive cocktail program, highlighted by house infusions and a list that revives classic cocktails with sometime unusual spir- its to yield a delicious drink you can't find elsewhere. WHAT'S UNIQUE: A spe- cial barrel of locally made Privateer rum is selected each year by The Bancroft to anchor their rum offerings. INSIDER TIP: The bartenders love it when customers are open to new and unusual ingredients and can craft an off-menu drink to suit. 15 Third Ave., Burlington, 781-221-2100, the-bancroft.com READERS ' CHOICE PLUM ISLAND BEACHCOMA, NEWBURY WHAT'S UNIQUE: After drinks at this welcoming spot, walk on the beach just 50 yards away. 23 Plum Island Blvd., Newbury, 978-358-8218, pibeachcoma.com B A R EDITORS' CHOICE THE BANCROFT, BURLINGTON STANDOUT QUALITIES: The bar is spacious and stylish, and quirky enough to be fun while serious enough to focus on quality drinks and good service. WHAT'S UNIQUE: Wines usually never seen by the glass are on offer in 3-ounce or 6-ounce pours, thanks to The Bancroft's Coravin needle-and- argon-gas system, that allows them to serve rarities without actually opening the bottle. WHAT'S NEW: An equally appealing sister location, Bancroft & Co., opened in late spring at the Northshore Mall. 15 Third Ave., Burlington, 781- 221-2100, the-bancroft.com READERS ' CHOICE OPUS, SALEM WHAT'S NEW: The already spacious main bar upstairs has been revamped and extended this year. 87 Wash- ington St., Salem, 978-744- 9600, salemopus.com B E E R G A R D E N EDITORS' CHOICE OAK & IRON BREWING CO., ANDOVER STANDOUT QUALITIES: The biergarten features picnic tables, umbrellas, and crushed stone, perfect for lingering on a sunny day. A decent run of grass just beyond it provides room for kids to run around and a place for hosting the occasional live music performance, too. WHAT'S NEW: Oak & Iron it- self—the brewery just opened last year serving small-batch craft beer from locals Jim Cass and the late John Helferich. INSIDER TIP: You can bring your own food to supplement the house-made apps. 18 Red- Spring Rd., Andover, 978-475- 4077, oakandironbrewing.com READERS' CHOICE NOTCH BREWING, SALEM WHAT'S UNIQUE: The large biergarten is on the South River Basin and is open year-round, so you can enjoy a beer by a heater as the snow is falling. 283 Derby St., Salem, 978-238- 9060, notchbrewing.com Oak & Iron Brewing Co.

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