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Solo Bar Dining in Boston area

Hi Hounds!

I'd like to compile a list of places to eat by oneself at a bar. My parameters are that it be T/bus accessible, have excellent bartending, and bar stools with backs (thus Brasserie Jo is out).

So far, here is what I have come up with:

Chez Henri
Gargoyle's
Troquet
No 9 Park
Eastern Standard
River Gods
Spire
Oleana
Neptune Oyster
ECG
Uni

Your thoughts?

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  1. Dali's

    Johnny D's (good burgers and excellent pizzetta app - large enuf for a meal)

    Cuchi Cuchi (haven't been in awhile, so not sure on the "excellent bartending" - but it was good when I went there)

    1. I hate huddling over my food and drink, but it will sadly exclude most of my favorite "eat at the bar" places that I consider more a restaurant than a straight-up bar (e.g., Audubon Circle). Some that come to mind (not necessarily on my list for great food, but just comfortable and/or fun bars at which to eat):

      B-Side Lounge (seat backs?)
      Forest Café
      Daedalus
      Green Street Grill
      The Mission
      Washington Sq. Tavern (have not been to Beacon St. Tavern)

      Guess I like eating at the bar, too! ;)

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      1. re: a l i c e

        Good call on B-Side - how could I forget that one?

        I think Audobon Circle qualifies - you just have to pick the right time so you don't get elbowed.

        Anthem looks pretty slick.

        I forgot about Khao Sarn. Cobra's blood cocktail, anyone?

        1. re: gini

          Have not been to Khao Sarn - you can eat at the bar? Good to know!

          1. re: a l i c e

            Yes, and watch the fish swim around :).

          2. re: gini

            I'm fairly certain that the B-Side's stools don't have backs. It is possible that some do and some don't.

            West Side Lounge.

            Anthem <> good bartending.

            1. re: Alcachofa

              B-side's stools are indeed backless. Still, if you have enough PBR you will slump over anyway so it's not such a big deal. Better for drinking than eating, IMHO, but pretty good food.

        2. I'd add:

          The Bristol
          Bar at the Ritz-Carlton
          Bar at the other RItz-Carlton (I actually enjoy Jer-Ne now)
          City Bar
          but enough with the hotel bars...
          Lucca
          Parish Cafe

          1. Anthem IS slick, but not so bad early-ish on weeknights (the last time I was in there, I had the misfortune of sitting next to some meathead out on a first date). The bar is pretty comfortable; food is just ok. I'll have to re-think that one.

            I forgot to add Anise - we had a so-so experience with our take-out food but the bartender sure was friendly and knowledgable. Too bad also that the place was like a tomb. There were more people eating at the bar that night than there were in the whole restaurant.

            1. There are almost innumerable options beyond the aforementioned ones: Rendezvous, Rialto, Hamersley's, Cambridge 1 (can't remember if there are seat backs), Casablanca, Harvest. It's almost easier to list places you can't eat!

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              1. re: fenian

                I had a very good dinner at the Rendezvous bar. It actually has chairs (sort of 70s function hall chairs, IIRC) rather than stools, b/c the bar is at table height. It took a bit of getting used to (being 2 feet lower than the bartender), but all worked out quite well.