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Taking relos from LA for a night out - drinks near commons?

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Hi there,

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.

Thanks!

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63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

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  1. Near the Common a couple places that they may like are Bistro Du Midi and Market at the W. Both are not bars and have very good food and decent drinks. But the atmosphere is definitely upbeat and "trendy".

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    1. re: Matt H

      second Matt's recs, but you might also like erbaluces which has great bar food too.

      1. re: teezeetoo

        Thank you for your great suggestions. I've put them on my list of "to-try" even if we don't go with the relos.

    2. 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)

      1. 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.
        - Gaby
        http://behindboston.blogspot.com