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Drinks/dessert near Copley

STL BOS Oct 23, 2009 01:44 PM

Anyone have recommendations for drinks and maybe dessert near Copley? I'm looking for a place that is somewhat hip but where you can carry on a conversation. Thanks in advance.

  1. b
    Blumie Oct 23, 2009 04:17 PM

    The bar/lounge area at Sorellina.

    1. hotoynoodle Oct 24, 2009 05:57 AM

      azure at the lenox is now city table. nice room and open quite late.

      bristol lounge.

      1. rlh Oct 24, 2009 07:53 AM

        Sonsie or Mistral or Brasserie Jo

        Brasserie JO
        120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

        Sonsie - Boston
        327 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02115

        Mistral Restaurant
        221 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116

        1. SaraASR Oct 24, 2009 02:03 PM

          I really think the bar at the Top of the Hub is underrated. I suggest there, and get the cookie plate!

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          1. re: SaraASR
            MParente Oct 25, 2009 12:51 PM

            I can't believe no one has said Finale yet (attached to the park plaza). It is a dessert only restaurant. Desserts are beautiful- definitely a little pricey but you can share a lot and they are worth it. The molten chocolate cake is the original and the best in the city.

            1. re: MParente
              Blumie Oct 25, 2009 05:04 PM

              No one has said Finale because most of us disagree with your assessment of the place. All flash and little substance.

              1. re: Blumie
                rlh Oct 25, 2009 05:35 PM

                Ditto- great place if you only want to look at the desserts and have a big enough budget.

              2. re: MParente
                pasuga Oct 25, 2009 05:05 PM

                Definitely second Finale. Love their carrot cake.


                1. re: MParente
                  pastrytroll Oct 27, 2009 09:19 AM

                  I more than second what Blumie has said. original? molten chocolate cake is a recipe as old as the hills, and insanely easy to make yourself.
                  Get some good chocolate, real butter and eggs, stir, bake for a short while - then compare that taste with whatever it is that Finale's serves. I'm a firm believer that once someone tastes the real deal, they won't look back! Finale's desserts do look beautiful, but the proof is in the tasting.

                  1. re: MParente
                    CookieLee Oct 27, 2009 09:29 AM

                    We walked into Finale, sat down, looked at the dessert menu, and apologized to the server, left her a tip, and walked out. This was a few yrs ago, and dessert for 2 was $29! So we crossed the street to Maggiano's. Yes, it's a chain. No, it's not hip. But we able to have dessert and conversation at a reasonable price. I had the profiteroles and they were great. The coffee was v. good. And the service was fine.

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                  Canadian Tuxedo Oct 25, 2009 05:16 PM

                  Post 390 may be a possibility. Definitely for the drink, though I have no idea about the quality of the desserts.

                  It is just off Copley with two bars, fireplace, and great views out onto the Hancock Tower. Others on the board have been negative regarding their cocktails (if that is what you are interested in--though I would argue the bar they set is too high and unrealistic given market conditions and actually seen through rose colored glasses of board favorites like Drink), but they also have an extensive beer and wine list. A bit expensive, but not unexpected considering the neighborhood and the atmosphere for which they seem to be aiming.


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                  1. re: Canadian Tuxedo
                    grittys457 Oct 25, 2009 07:15 PM

                    Funny thread because I'm going to both Post 390 and Finale on Sunday. Chocolate Molten at Finale is freaking good and I don't care what the reviews of the place are. Try to go there whenever I head down to Boston.

                    1. re: Canadian Tuxedo
                      SaraASR Oct 25, 2009 07:42 PM

                      I had the double chocolate cake at Post 390 last weekend and it was mediore. The portion was HUGE and the frosting was delicious, but there was way too much of it. Once I tried the cake part, I realized why- the cake was incredibly dry and they were overdosing it with frosting to cover up the dryness. I wouldn't do Post 390 for dessert only. As I mentioned, Top of the Hub was really good last time I went, and the Cider Donuts from Sorellina are out of this world!

                      1. re: SaraASR
                        hotoynoodle Oct 26, 2009 09:09 AM

                        post 390 has a lot of sorting out still to do. it hasn't even been open a month, so i'd not put that on top of any list right now.

                        i also would never dream of taking a dining room table just for drinks, nor just for dessert. that's strictly bar-seating, imho.

                        1. re: hotoynoodle
                          CookieLee Oct 27, 2009 09:34 AM

                          I think if you make your intentions clear to the host/ess, before being seated, he/she will advise you as to the policy for seating in the dining room. For instance, when I went to Maggiano's and told them were were going to have dessert and coffee, she said it was no problem.

                        2. re: SaraASR
                          CookieLee Oct 27, 2009 09:31 AM

                          Oh boy, I might have to go get the cake - I'm a total frosting junkie! My friends just had their anniversary dinner at the Top of the Hub, and said it was very good.

                      2. mtm7654 Oct 27, 2009 10:08 AM

                        Totally unhip but my co-workers and I were just talking about the Oak Room and I remembered the martini I had there at least 10 yrs ago. Outstanding. And they serve them in a carafe in a bowl of ice so you can refill your own glass.

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