Taking relos from LA for a night out - drinks near commons?
My bro/sis-in-law are visiting from LA Thursday and Friday. Unlike hubby and me, I think they prioritise the ambience and atmosphere of a "night out" more than good food. I say that because when we were visiting them, we found this semi-divey Mexican place with great food. They didn't seem impressed mainly because of atmosphere, and didn't seem to even notice the food. On the other hand, they've taken us a few times to up-market chain places with reasonably nice atmosphere and OK food and had a great time. Hubby and me are the other extreme, we love the thrill of finding a dive with great food. *shrug* different strokes.
Well I'd like to be a good host and still have a good time. So I'm thinking this:
* Neptune Oysters at 6pm on Thursday - if there's a long queue, go somewhere nearby for drinks. Otherwise, eat then drinks after.
I'm looking for a place nearby that we could go for drinks. Somewhere both laid-back and still sophisticated. I think I read about Stoddard Ales. Does anyone have other recommendations?
Oh, whilst I'm at it, does anyone know of a bar with a good view of the city skyline?
My alternative is if we go to B&G then have drinks at Pops in the South End after.
63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113
Good suggestions, another option if you can get there early enough (before 5:30) would be to snag the window banquettes in the bar area at 9 Park for a drink, (try the unlisted drink w/ their house infused rhum agricole and santa maria amaro) then wander over to troquet (reserve window seats upstairs if still possible) or for something different, hot pot and sushi at Q (washington & beach, they also have drinks which tend however to be more "polynesian" versus the craft cocktails at 9 Park)
I vote Pops, either for food or drinks, both are great there.
In terms of by the Common with good ambiance: don't forget Ivy, good food (not perfect, but better than some of those high end chains I think) and definitely good ambiance, great wine list.