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Where do you guys go for cocktails in the South End? I spend most of my time at Green Street, ES, Deep Ellum, etc. I am meeting up with some friends at Myers & Chang and trying to think of a bar to go after dinner. Any suggestions?

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  1. It will be a frenetic night everywhere in the South End: all those V-Day diners. I might try the Franklin Cafe Southie, which isn't far from M+C, about a ten-minute walk over the W. 4th Street Bridge. More a beer and highballs kind of place, but you'll have room to stand at J.J. Foley's Cafe, a mere block from M+C. Little-known and possibly a refuge is the bar at Oishii Boston, just across the street from M+C: pricey, with so-so bartending and horrible specialty cocktails, but you're looking for a place to stand; it's not a night to be picky about drink-mixing skills. Usually empty (because it's horrible these days) is the Red Fez, a little further down Washington. Saturdays in the South End are crowded anyway, but tonight should be especially nuts. Good luck!

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      Heading in the other direction, you have Beehive on Tremont & Waltham, although it is a stretch to assume you can get in without a long wait and that there won't be a private or special event.

      Also Delux Cafe (Clarendon & Chandler) and Coda (Dartmouth & Columbus).

      The South End is lacking in pure bar/tavern establishments, with J.J. Foley's a notable exception. I suspect all the bar+restaurant shops are going to be packed with Valentines' Day diners and not the best scene for drinks. Good luck!

    2. There are no places to drink in the SE ;-).

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      1. re: StriperGuy

        I love The Butcher Shop, but you'll go broke "drinking" there. But for one drink, it's the best place in the South End.

        http://www.thebutchershopboston.com/

        1. re: durjoy

          Nice atmosphere, but The Butcher Shop is still the biggest gouger on wines by the glass in the South End (and it's still not full liquor). I like the fortified wine selection these days, though.

          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

      2. Anchovies.

        1. Your post doesn't specify Valentine's Day, so I'll offer that there are decent to good cocktails to be had at Toro (actually shockingly good if you can get a spot at the bar), Franklin Cafe, Gaslight, and Union - and remember that Drink is but a short taxi ride away if you want real craft.

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          1. re: rlh

            Thanks everyone. I knew what was out there, but I figured I would give it a try. We decided to avoid the Valentine's Day crush and had burgers at Audobon and some tasty Friscos at ES!

            1. re: drewames03

              Great choice on both counts!