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Where to find the best bar on Martha's Vineyard

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o find the best bar on the Vineyard, you have to get away from the waterfront and the Circuit Avenue strip and find your way up a street with no numbers to an odd-looking building filled with happy drinkers and musicians walking on a carpet of peanut shells. The Offshore Ale House, known by locals as “the peanut bar,” brews its own beer, makes its own exceptional pizza, and features local and off-island musicians most nights. The high-ceilinged building may look like an island antique, but that’s because it was made of old pieces of other boats and barns. If you’re not into beer, there’s a great selection of wine and an open kitchen that turns out local oysters, seafood gumbo, steaks, burgers, and the signature wood-fired, brick-oven, thin-crust pizza. Strike up a conversation with the natives over the one with cheese, tomato, and truffle oil.

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Martha’s Vineyard was the first place in the New World that barley was cultivated, in 1602 by the English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold. That was four years before the French sowed barley in Nova Scotia.

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