This came up on another thread. I am not a fan of any of the places owned by folks related to Dali, and Cuchi Cuchi is on that list. The whole vibe is too, well Cuchi Cuchi...
20 Bars in Cambridge I would go to BEFORE Cuchi Cuchi (in no particular order) and I am sure I am forgetting a few.... By the way, quite a few of these have decent to excellent food.
Grafton St (pours are skimpy, food is lame, but the location can't be beat)
Plough and Starrs
Miracle of Science
West Side Lounge
Hungry Mother Cambridge
East Coast Grill
Flat Top Johnny's
Craigie on Main
The Muddy Charles
Rendezvous (more about the food, but what a nice mellow bar)
The Enormous Room
Tavern on the Square
The Peoples' Republic
The Bar in the Lower Part of the Charles Hotel (name?)
Frog Bar or whatever it's called in Porter Sq.