Good Will Hunting
Filmed throughout South Boston and Cambridge (mostly in Harvard University’s Dunster House and around Harvard Square), this 1997 Oscar-winner launched the careers of local golden boys Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, a former Harvard student himself. Will Hunting, a janitor at MIT played by Damon, is a genius with mathematics but needs help from a psychologist (Robin Williams) to make his life add up to something.
But not all of New York’s coolest bars are speakeasy-themed. Once you’ve done your Prohibition crawl, continue the sampling at a number of other landmark drinking dens that are known for their ambition and innovation. The Dead Rabbit in the Financial District, named the World’s Best Bar at Tales of the Cocktail, has more than fairly earned the title; its new, Cuban-accented sibling, BlackTail, is another must. Pouring Ribbons combines creative house serves with warm hospitality. And The NoMad Bar is among the city’s top hotel bars, its gorgeous good looks only matched by its perfectly balanced drinks.
Written by Cheryl Fenton
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