Stoddard’s Fine Food & Ale Opens
What: Downtown’s long-awaited throwback pub has old-timey crafted cocktails (complete with hand-shaved ice) and 110 beers served at a massive oak and mahogany bar.
Why: Comfort fare like deviled eggs and chicken pot pie.
When: Opens Tues. Tues.-Sat, 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Where: 48 Temple Pl., Downtown Boston (617-426-0048).
Burgers and Burgundy
What: Order one of four luxurious hamburgers (with toppings like foie gras, goat cheese, and roasted garlic) and get two half glasses of wine (pinot, chardonnay).
Why: All for $30.
When: Every Wed., 5-10:30 p.m.
Where: The Bristol Lounge, 200 Boylston St., Back Bay (617-351-2037).
Boston: Combat Zone 1969-1978
What: The city’s dearly departed red-light district gets its photographic due via B&W images of exotic dancers, ladies of the night, and the clientele who loved them.
Why: Check out the awesomely gritty photo gallery.
When: Thru Mar. 16. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Where: Howard Yezerski Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave., ste. a16, South End (617-262-0550).
Boomerangs: Special Edition
What: The newest, glossiest outpost of the secondhand-clothing mainstay offers gently used, high-end duds from Prada, Burberry, Ralph Lauren, and more.
Why: All proceeds benefit AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.
When: Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 1407 Washington St., South End (617-456-0996).
Fat Toad Farm Treats
What: Gooey caramel sauce (vanilla, cinnamon, coffee, plain) from a teeny, family-owned goat farm in Brookfield, Vermont.
Why: It’s all handmade in small batches.
When: Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: City Feed and Supply, 672 Centre St., Jamaica Plain (617-524-1700).
Photo: Courtesy of Stoddard’s Fine Food & Ale