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May 8, 2002 12:03 PM

Fun bar for Mid-30s Folks

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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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  1. 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.

    9 Replies
    1. re: TK

      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

        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

          Where/What are limbo and jernee bar?

          1. re: Lisa

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

            1. re: 9lives

              is there a bar menu/food at journee?

              1. re: Louise8

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


                1. re: Louise8

                  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 this part of town.

            2. re: Joanie

              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

                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.

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

          1. 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.