Downtown. 478 King St. 722-7223
"Since we opened on New Year's Eve, 2000, we've never tried to be anything that we weren't," says Steve Sher, 30, owner of the popular late-evening watering hole Silver Dollar. Like most local bar owners, he's hesitant to embrace any description of his spot as a "college bar," although he appreciates the acknowledgement. "We've just done our thing since the first day we opened. I think our patrons appreciate that we're not trying to be anything we're not." The roomy venue on Upper King -- one of the first bars to move into the district -- doesn't open until 8 p.m. and usually doesn't get rolling until well after 11 p.m. While the Dollar tends to attract a younger drinking crowd, it's perhaps more of a late-night hangout than specifically a "college bar," as this category defines them. "We have live music four or five nights a week and keep things casual, which certainly is part of the draw," says the owner. "You know, I grew up in Boston being a Cheers fan, so I kinda always wanted to be a Sam Malone ... which I'm still far from."