Traditional Values

A former speakeasy with wings so cheap it can’t be legal

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n-the-know locals know to skip the crowded digs of the nearby North End on Garden game nights and come to the Red Hat for cheap bar food and some character. Opened in 1907, the Red Hat was part of the rowdy Scollay Square red-light district, full of burlesque houses, tattoo parlors, and other bawdy businesses when the city was a major Navy port. A speakeasy during Prohibition, it has managed to withstand the neighborhood’s gentrification (in spite of recent renovations), and has murals on the wall depicting the era when Scollay Square was more about fun than finance. But don’t go there for the art. Go for the 10-cent wings from 5 to 10 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and from noon to 9 p.m. on Sundays, spicy but not overpowering, or for the rest of the cheap bar food, the atmosphere, the decent beer selection, and the friendly company. Canal

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The submarine sandwich was invented in Scollay Square as a gimmick to lure Navy sailors.

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