The Living Room isn't a martini bar per se, but it has that kind of vibe (and very good cocktails). There's little dancing. It's a good bar to catch up with friends and meet new ones. The crowd is varied, but generally a cool group of people.
In terms of large discount chains, Target is the best of its kind. It has the most variety products and the lowest prices. The low-end designer lines are fantastic (Sonia Kashuk, Michael Graves. Isaac Mizrahi, Mossimo) and Target brands are pretty good too.
Papa Johns pizza is not even close to being the best you can get. But it is the best delivery chain pizza you can get, hands down. The garlic butter sauce, always included with your pizza, is a gift from heaven and the pizza comes promptly.
Basically, CVS is everwhere and it's easy to transfer your prescriptions. That is the drugstore's best feature. In addition CVS tends to have all of the basic drugstore things you need. However, their selection and service varies widely by store. And their "Extra Care" card just sucks. The coupons you get from the card are generally not usable ("take $2 off your candy purchase of $20"?) It is the most conveient drugstore, but not necessarily the best.
Bed Bath & Beyond is the #1 dorm destination but it's also perfect for college grads moving into their first place. The prices can be high, but thankfully the store is very generous with its coupons. If you get on their mailing list, you will regularly receive coupons for 20% or five dollars off your purchase. This chain has all the basics you need when furnishing a new place.
The Black Rose is an okay bar. They do have some nice live music and it's always going to be full of people. But on the weekends there's always a line, which is very annoying. The crowd is varied, with drunk undergrads and older patrons bumping into each other. There really isn't anything special about this bar, so I wouldn't recommend it if there is a line.
Crate & Barrel is an expensive store but they do have a good selection of more inexpensive decorative things. The store on Boylston is quite large, athough it's a little more stuffed than other stores in the chain. I would definitely recommend a trip here.
Bell In Hand is Boston's oldest pub, I believe. I went to dinner there once wtih family and had a nice little meal. However the few times I've been there on weekends it just hasn't been that great. They have a good selection of beer and there's nothing wrong with the crowd, there's just not very much going on. Fortunately, it's right in the middle of a million other bars.
Trader Joe's is just the best place to go if you're looking for good food at cheap prices. They have a lot of organic and vegetarian options as well as strange food supplements and so forth. Because so much of the food is actually Trader Joe brand, it's not very expensive. Organic milk, for example, is much cheaper here than anywhere else I've found. They have a fabulous frozen section with every kind of meal imaginable, and their cheese section is unrivaled. The workers are friendly, sometimes annoyingly so, and they give out free samples of featured food and coffees. Also, their wine collection is fabulous and Trader Joe's is the official carrier of Charles Shaw wines, better known as "Two-buck Chuck" because it's so cheap. And good. They don't get 5 stars because they occassionaly run out of things and, worst of all, because they have a teeny, tiny produce section. For a health food place, that's a really bad thing.
PROS: Cheap, healthy unusual food and dirt-cheap wine
CONS: produce section is terrible
I like Finagle a Bagel because they have a large assortment of other things you can eat. They also are extremely efficient! I've never had to wait in a long line here. Their soups are good, and the cream cheese is excellent (granted it's hard to go wrong with cream cheese.)