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Pleasing place for a drink near Park St. Station?

I'm hoping to find a bar (or restaurant with a bar) where a friend and I can catch up before a conert at the Orpheum. Any recs for a place that feels tucked away and is quiet enough for conversation?

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  1. No. 9 Park has a great bar, and the tenders make some fabulous cocktails. Silvertone might be good too.

    1. nothing wrong with The Last Hurrah or the bar at Spire. Avoid Beantown Pub at all costs.

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      1. re: tamerlanenj

        Definitely the Last Hurrah. They have a good selection of scotch and gin there, as well as a number of drinks that have been around since before I was born. Definitely a classy, quiet (yet unpretentious) place.

        1. re: tamerlanenj

          I'll agree with Last Hurrah as well. Great place to relax with a drink and a couple friends.

          1. re: chowciao

            Yup, I also like the Last Hurrah. Troquet on Boylston has a quiet wine bar. Silvertone is nice but might be busier.

        2. the lounge at ruths' chris feels cozy and clubby too.

          anbody been to scollay square?

          1. Sidebar on Broomfield, as a bonus you can get a 1/2 pound burger w/ fires and a bud for $6.95

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            1. re: xperteater

              Love sidebar for cheap beer and mediocre (but cheap at $.10) wings, but it's anything but quiet.

            2. No. 9 Park has some of the best serious bartending in town, but it's rather pricey and the crowd is a bit dressed-up and stuffy. I might feel out of place there if I were dressed for a rock show. The bar at Scollay Square is decent and plenty good for conversation; it has an upscale look but seems to attract a more casually-dressed crowd as well as the usual after-work State House gang. I also like the 21st Amendment, a dark place with an old tavern feel, reasonably quiet if they don't have a game on the TV cranked up. Avoid their sugary specialty cocktails; beer is the safe bet here. I love the Silvertone, but it's often uncomfortably packed before Orpheum shows.

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              1. re: MC Slim JB

                I think the bartenders at Spire to a great job with cocktails and they're all pretty laid-back for such a fancy place. But the bar area is pretty laid-back, too.

                As long as your concert is happening before the Oringer-ization takes effect (when it's anyone guess, re service), it's choice.