Even before new-kid-on-the-block Radio opened its doors last fall, Union Square was already lined with live-music venues. So now, with this welcome addition, the area seems primed to become one of Boston's loudest and liveliest 'hoods. Radio rules because it's the type of upscale-meets-dive-bar spot that pretty much anyone can vibe at. Your pseudo-professional sister might sip an original cocktail served in a mason jar (and mixed by this year's Best Bartender, Josh Banville), while your perpetually penniless pal imbibes a $3 Pabst. Add some raucous local rock to the mix, and you'll be wondering why you ever hang out anywhere else.
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