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Aug 17, 2008 04:39 PM

B-Side to be sold? Say it ain't so

I heard that the B-Side Lounge is being sold and that the new owners will change the concept, more fancy beer bar than cocktail lounge. Can anyone confirm this? That would be tragic news in my book. We owe those guys so much for what they did to put serious cocktails back on the map in this town.

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  1. It's a done deal, although I don't know what, if any, changes the new owners are planning. I do know they own a bar in Western Mass.

    1. Oh no! The Windsorettes will roll... let's all keep watch for a timeline, so folks can pay homage beforehand.

      ObFood: I had my first Sloe Gin Fizz there. It was so easy on the gullet.

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      1. re: enhF94

        A bartender at another restaurant told me they'd be closing at the end of August. He also said a lot of good people would be out of work, so I guess the new ownership either doesn't want to keep them around, or the concept is different enough that they wouldn't be comfortable staying.

        I think there was a thread about this earlier, where we speculated that due to the high prices, business wasn't very good. The last time I was there on a Friday night, it was half empty.

        I will truly miss this place. I loved their mac and cheese, their Sidecar was the first great cocktail I'd ever had, it remains my favorite drink, and it got me into mixing and experimenting with cocktails at home.

        I was just reading the thread about the Marliave, and it sounds like the one area where they're floundering is with the cocktails. I sense a great mutual opportunity for the bartenders at B-Side and the owners of Marliave.

      2. Please, please, please, don't let this turn into another beer bar. There are more than enough places to get a good beer around here and what sets the B-Side apart is its great cocktail selection. My nightmare is that they'll turn it into another "Tavern on the Square" style knockoff with a generic bar menu of crappy burgers and pizza. B-Side is pretty unique and I'd hate to lose that.

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        1. re: Sgt Snackers

          I was talking to one of the staff there and they were saying it's changing hands too, but didn't know what will happen to place.

          I just hope the staff and the ambiance doesn't change (too much), and we don't end up with some generic chain instead (imagine a CVS there!). However, the last few times I eat brunch there (last year) I didn't think it was up to the B-Side's usual standards and was so disappointed that I haven't eaten there since. But, the drinks are still great, and the lads at the bar are the coolest barmen about.

          Long Live the B-Side.

          1. re: Sgt Snackers

            The story I heard had "the beer bar" sounding a lot more like the Publick House type of place (actually, it sounded like The Ginger Man in NYC to me) than "Tavern on the Square".

            1. re: jgg13

              This will probably be removed by the chow team because it's speculative.

              I noticed in SmokeDawg's reply that the owners have a place in Western Mass. I wonder if it could be the Moan and Dove/Dirty Truth owners. That would be incredible - both of those are premier beer bars - far better than Publick House, in my opinion.

              1. re: DoubleMan

                According to BoDubya's response below that's not speculation :)

          2. There are a few good places to get a good beer around, and there are a few good places to get good cocktails. I'll be sad to see it go, but i can't say it'll be a good or bad thing overall. MC Slim is right, we owe them for putting cocktails back on the map, and this mission has been well accomplished. Thanks, B-side. I have to assume that it's being sold because the folks in charge want to move on, and i wish them well in future endeavors.

            1. That is way sad, I really love the B-Side, though I must admit that of late I have not eaten there that often because at least on the food front I felt the prices were a bit high for what you got.