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    A Restaurant’s Take

    Two hard ciders at The Independent

    Try two New England brews at the Union Square bar and restaurant.

    John Blanding/Globe staff

    The Independent in Union Square, Somerville, offers two divergent settings for drinking hard cider. To the left as you enter, there’s a raucous watering hole. Through the other set of doors, there’s a quieter restaurant with a tame bar atmosphere. Both sides serve two local brews: Downeast Cider (which recently moved from Maine to Leominster) is on tap alongside bottles of Bantam Cider, made in nearby Inman Square, Cambridge.  — Glenn Yoder

    THE INDEPENDENT 75 Union Square, Somerville, 617-440-6022,