luxe supper club with whiskey recs?
So sweety's out of town, and this means I get to go to fancy restaurants she doesn't like.
I'm imagining dark mahogany (not required but you get the idea), quiet, an explicit no-rush stay-as-long-as-you-like supper club vibe, finishing with bourbon. By myself with a good book. A dinner for a (gender-traditional) Man.
Icarus would have been fine for the vibe, or the old Craigie for the volume or the old L'Espalier for the service, but no.
the upstairs bar at Bistro du Midi has been pretty quiet the last few times we've been (couple of Friday nights), and it definitely has the vibe. May be too dark for a book, but you can also try and get a real table...
Bistro du Midi
272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
I'm not entirely sure what a supper club is, but for most of the other criteria, I think the Oak Room is a good bet. The wait staff are very attentive in a non-intrusive manner, and would be more than happy to let you get on and read whilst dining. The atmosphere is suitably 'clubby' with lots of bare wood about the place.
With regards to some of the other suggestions: I've only been to Grill 23 once, but was rather disappointed. The steak was good, but the service was surly, and it was just very, very noisy and crowded. Not to my taste at all. Locke Ober has the physical requirements, but the service is a little too attentive -- I have the feeling they might be encouraging you out of the door after a while.
Oak Room is the answer in my opinion. Also being a hotel they are less driven to turn the table, so you can savor your meal and read without feeling like they want you out of there
138 St. James Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
Not exactly quiet, but Russell House Tavern has an excellent selection of bourbons.
Russell House Tavern
14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138