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Bars in Newton / Wellesley / Needham area?

Aristonice Nov 13, 2008 04:03 PM

I can't see any of these towns having a cool bar not far from 95, but you never know. I know Newton's the best bet.

Ideally it would be a place where I could get a table on a Friday night after work and not be so lively that I can't hear the conversation I'm having. Ideas?


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    fabeneag RE: Aristonice Nov 13, 2008 04:18 PM

    O'Haras in Newton Highlands for a more "neighorhood feel" vibe. Same goes for Dunn and Gerrins in Needham. More upscale is Blue on Highland in Needham. Cottage in Wellesley also upscale.

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      emilief RE: Aristonice Nov 14, 2008 04:42 PM

      Blue Ginger in Wellesley has a new lounge with a very nice bar area. Good food too- no reservations.

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        terrycatch RE: emilief Dec 11, 2008 08:34 AM

        The Blue Ginger bar tends to the smallish side and is an odd configuration. The room is long and rectangular, and the bar occupies only one-half of one side of it. If you get seated in a banquette at the end of the room where the bar is not, it can feel like you're in a different room.

        As to the post immediately above, The Cottage is "upscale" only if your idea of upscale is Talbot's on sale day.

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        Edmund RE: Aristonice Nov 24, 2008 06:48 PM

        The lounge at Bokx 109 in Newton at The Indigo Hotel is a great location. It's more upscale but has a very cool atmosphere with a great menu and creative drinks. A great spot right off 95 on Grove Street.

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          Joanie RE: Edmund Nov 25, 2008 04:51 AM

          That was my first thought, certainly super easy from 128.

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            ciaogal RE: Edmund Dec 10, 2008 06:35 PM

            Recently I was visiting Newton from Scottsdale, AZ and had dinner @ Bokx 109.
            I used to live in the area and I don't ever remember dining/drinking in a restaurant w/ a fun hip atmosphere like Boks109. It was reminiscent of the ultra lounges of Vegas/Scottsdale w/ very good food and a great Bar scene.
            Dinner...was wonderful...though the service was spotty....if we lived in the area we would definitely return!
            Some of the highlights were the duck fat fries, the short ribs w/ foie gras, the swordfish...the pear martini...and the atmosphere.......

          2. Prav RE: Aristonice Nov 24, 2008 08:05 PM

            The Biltmore in Newton upper falls.

            1. steinpilz RE: Aristonice Nov 30, 2008 07:50 AM

              The Union Grill in Newton Centre is attractive, however the food is typical bar food and it is busy on Fridays. I thought I'd add it anyway for your list.

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