Fun, fancy, elegant bars
Hi folks. I am out to dinner in Boston with a friend tomorrow. I have two young children and haven't been out much lately, so I've missed many of the new restaurants of the last 5 years.
We have a dinner reservation, but I am looking for a place to meet for drinks first. Maybe two places. Expensive is okay. As a frame of reference, here are some bars I have liked: Rialto and East Coast Grill in Camb, Pegu in NYC, Bix in San Francisco. I will probably try Drink. Any place else that 1) has great drinks - a must, 2) fun, 3) interesting interiors/architecture.
Nothing quite as sexy as Bix or Pegu Club, but comparable bartending to the latter at Drink, Eastern Standard (except the Sox spillover crowd is a negative), No. 9 Park, Clio, Craigie on Main, Green Street, and Deep Ellum.
528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Deep Ellum Bar
477 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134
Craigie on Main
853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
re: MC Slim JB
Some places with pretty rooms or at least good patios and fair to decent drinks, nothing outstanding on the bartending front:
Newbury Street: Sonsie (the least awful of a very bad bunch, most of which coast on good patios and unwitting tourists); La Voile (a worthy restaurant, but not much of a bar, beer/wine only); Tapeo (good sangria, a decent Spanish wine list, and a good patio, beer/wine/cordials only).
Beacon Hill: Scampo (good bar and patio), Clink, Alibi (all in the Liberty Hotel).
Downtown / Theatre District / Park Square: Woodward (Ames Hotel), the lobby bar at the W, Bistro du Midi (downstairs bar), Jer-Ne (Ritz-Carlton), Via Matta, Bina Osteria.
Back Bay: Sorellina, Mistral, Asana (Mandarin), Douzo (small bar in a big Japanese restaurant), Lucca Back Bay, Poe's Kitchen at The Rattlesnake (cheesy, but a nice roof deck), Post 390 (cool atmosphere, lousy cocktails), Stanhope Grill (good below-sidewalk-level patio).
South End: Stella, Noche, 28 Degrees, The Beehive, Rocca (outstanding patio), Gaslight.
Hope that helps!
1 Appleton St., Boston, MA 02116
131 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116
261 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
226 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113
215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114
79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116
581 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111
776 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199
Park Square Cafe
31 Saint James Ave Ste L15, Boston, MA 02116
1 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116
Jer-Ne Restaurant and Bar
10 Avery Street, Boston, MA 02111
406 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116
Bistro du Midi
272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
re: MC Slim JB
Of all the gin joints in all the neighborhoods Slim lists above, in my opinion, Gaslight makes the best cocktails. Great atmosphere, too. But if you simply want the best cocktails in town, stick with Drink and No. 9 Park. The former is usually crowded, with a loft-like atmosphere, and the latter is cozy, charming, and elegant.