Mattito’s is known for its Bob Armstrong dip — a yummy mixture of queso, sour cream, guacamole and ground beef. But the popular Tex-Mex appetizer isn’t complete without a tall glass of the restaurant’s signature Rumba Rita. The blue frozen margarita is Mattito’s top-seller, but the bar serves up several other cocktails that you won’t find on the regular menu. “By the time you try it, you can taste how good it is,” says general manager Gabriel Sanchez. The raspberry Chambord combines the French liqueur with fresh raspberries and tequila. The swirl margarita mixes tequila with red wine, adding in fresh limes and lemon juice. For something sweeter, you can’t go wrong with the tried-and-true mojito, made with fresh mint. Happy hour runs 3-6 p.m. with $4 house margaritas, $5 top shelf tequila and $2.50 draft beers.
Forest & Central
Three more spots to get buzzed
1 Velvet Elvis
This local bar embodies its name — a retro dive covered in rock memorabilia from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. But the jukebox has a mind of its own, ranging from Dynamite Hack to Jimi Hendrix. Drinks are moderately priced and come in mix-matched glasses with fun designs. Come after 9 p.m. for live music every night.
Marsh & Walnut Hill
2 Neighborhood Services Bar & Grill
Nick Badovinus opened this neighborhood gem under the radar last summer, serving lunch and dinner along with tasty cocktails like the Beauty School Drop-Out, which combines Plymouth gin, lemon juice, raspberry and Prosecco.
Preston & Royal
3 Time Out Tavern
This one’s for the sports fans. But Time Out Tavern doesn’t overdo it with a gigantic plasma screen lining every wall. This tiny dive bar is a low-key place to catch the game uninterrupted and enjoy stout drinks.
Lovers & Inwood