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ced9 Oct 30, 2009 12:39 PM

I am having dinner with a group in the South End this weekend. We are eating on Washington St and wondering what suggestions people have for good places to drink after dinner. There are so many great restaurants but I don't know where to get after dinner cocktails IN the South End. We would like to be able to walk wherever we go...

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  1. MC Slim JB Oct 30, 2009 01:22 PM

    How big is your group? There are plenty of places with decent to very good cocktails in the South End, but on a weekend night, many will be packed, not great for accommodating a bigger group. If you don't mind crowded conditions and waits to get drinks, you've got a lot of options. Are you looking for after-dinner cordials, bitters, fortified wines, beers, wines, fruity cocktails, real cocktails?

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      ced9 Oct 30, 2009 01:31 PM

      Only about 6 in total and we aren't picky in terms of what we drink but I'd say wine, beer or "real" cocktails in a lively atmosphere would be ideal. Also, we don't mind a crowd- at 10pm on a Friday I'd prefer a crowded bar to an empty one!

      1. re: ced9
        MC Slim JB Oct 30, 2009 01:52 PM

        Okay, some options: Franklin Cafe, Ginger Park, South End Buttery, Stella (the back bar might be a little less hectic), Union, Tremont 647/Sister Sorrel, Stephi's on Tremont, Estragon (limited cocktails: it's a beer/wine/cordial license), Pho Republique (Sat. is their last night ever), The Beehive (though there's often a line on weekends), Gaslight, Rocca, 28 Degrees, Masa, Delux Cafe, Coda.

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        28 Degrees
        1 Appleton St., Boston, MA 02116

        Delux Cafe
        100 Chandler St, Boston, MA 02116

        Franklin Cafe
        278 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

        South End Buttery
        314 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

        Masa
        439 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

        Pho Republique
        1415 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118

        Stephi's On Tremont
        571 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02118

        1. re: MC Slim JB
          CreativeFoodie42 Oct 30, 2009 01:55 PM

          I'd second Franklin Cafe - it is one of my favorite drink spots in the South End. And 28 Degrees is always a fun scene on the weekends!

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          28 Degrees
          1 Appleton St., Boston, MA 02116

          Franklin Cafe
          278 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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            kayowinter Oct 30, 2009 08:03 PM

            For a group of 6 28 degrees would probably have the best mix of comfort (many large tables geared toward drinks and conversation - they have snacks but I wouldn't call that their forte) and a very cool vibe. I think they make excellent drinks. Everywhere else is really a restaurant with a bar and consequently will mean 6 of you will be standing awkwardly at a very crowded bar - maybe not even together as some of those places can get so crowded. If it was more like two or three people, then I love most of the places MC S JB listed except Stephis (for political reasons, the food/drink is actually ok) Agree with poster below red fez is NOT worthwhile. Stella would be the biggest "scene" I think if that's what you're looking for in SE w/ pretty good cocktails but loud and crowded as mentioned above.

    2. BoDubya Oct 30, 2009 02:11 PM

      You'll get all jostled around at the Franklin or Delux at 10pm on Friday. Plenty of space at the Red Fez or JJ Foley's. Gaslight makes my favorite cocktails in that area.

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      Delux Cafe
      100 Chandler St, Boston, MA 02116

      Red Fez
      1222 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

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      1. re: BoDubya
        MC Slim JB Oct 30, 2009 03:45 PM

        I love Foley's, but it's an old tavern, more a Guinness and highballs kind of place, not really a great venue for proper cocktails. I think I've seen a cocktail glass used maybe five times in all the years I've been going there. It's not that the staff can't do them, it's just not that kind of place.

        The Red Fez is dead most nights, even weekends, for a reason.

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        Red Fez
        1222 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

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