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Fun bar for Mid-30s Folks

Lisa May 8, 2002 12:03 PM

Can anyone recommend a good bar to go to for a few drinks with the girls? We are looking for something in the Back bay area that is not filled with college kids or a total meat market. We're in our early-mid 30s and the girls just want to have fun!

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    MB May 9, 2002 03:43 PM

    You could always try Silvertone on Bromfield Street. It's small so don't expect much of a scene, but they mix a mean cocktail and serve good eats at great prices.

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      diski May 8, 2002 02:57 PM

      Mistral and Bomboa are always fun....... maybe Sonsie?

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        TK May 8, 2002 12:20 PM

        Rattlesnake and Parish Cafe, Boylston near Arlington Street have lively scenes and outdoor dining, more of a restaurant scene than a bar scene, but fun.

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          Rubee May 8, 2002 12:50 PM

          More upscale and my favorite is Abe and Louie's on Boylston. Great bartenders, mixed age group (my friends and I are in our 30's also), and friendly crowd. It's also on the same block as Barcode and Vox which are always hopping, although I haven't been to the latter two in about a year......

          1. re: Rubee
            Joanie May 8, 2002 01:18 PM

            I agree with those altho Vox tends to be a meat market. And I'd disagree with Rattlesnake, seems like a college place. The 57 bar is a little older and there's always the view at Top of the Hub. I'd suggest going a little further downtown for Limbo or the Jernee bar.

            1. re: Joanie
              Lisa May 8, 2002 01:24 PM

              Where/What are limbo and jernee bar?

              1. re: Lisa
                9lives May 8, 2002 01:52 PM

                Limbo and Mantra are both on Temple St..near Downtown Crossing..off Tremont..Jernee is in the new Ritz Carlton..a few blocks away..Tremont and Avery..also in this neighborhood is the bar at Blu..in the LA Sports Club..and Felt..an upscale billaird parlor on Washington St.

                1. re: 9lives
                  Louise8 May 8, 2002 06:25 PM

                  is there a bar menu/food at journee?

                  1. re: Louise8
                    Rubee May 8, 2002 07:12 PM

                    Some information on the menu at Jer-Ne from the Boston Phoenix:

                    Link: http://www.bostonphoenix.com/boston/f...

                    1. re: Louise8
                      9lives May 8, 2002 07:50 PM

                      The bar and restaurant at Jerne are not as integrated as at most places. In fact, they are on different floors. You are either dining in the upstairs restaurant (I haven't been) or drinking at the bar on the ground floor. The ground floor bar has a VERY limited menu..that I would not recommend. So if having a few drinks and some good food are what you're looking for, I'd steer you to Blu, Limbo, or Mantra..much better "bar food" than Jerne..in this part of town.

                2. re: Joanie
                  9lives May 8, 2002 01:26 PM

                  also in that neighborhood is Mantra..the bar is lively from Wed-Sat nights..30+ crowd..Rattlesnake and Parish tend to get a much younger crowd.

                  1. re: 9lives
                    Psmith May 8, 2002 03:51 PM

                    That's definitely true.

                    Rattlesnake indoors tends to be a more bohemian experience than sitting on the 'Snake's nice patio upstairs.

                    The Parish scene, indoors or out, is always more mellow than Rattnesnake and I find it generally more enjoyable. Parish also makes pretty good sandwiches based on local chefs' favorite sandwich recipes.

                    Both Parish and Rattlesnake will have a mixture of 20 and 30somethings. (including this 20something at Rattlensake on saturday for a friend's 30th birthday party ... how odd)

                    I think they're both owned by the same people.

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