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Sarah E Nov 24, 2010 02:15 PM

I'm taking my husband to O Ya for his 40th birthday. Our reservations are at 9:30p. I'd like to invite 5 or 6 of his friends out to drinks beforehand, but I don't know any bars in the area. Does anyone have any suggestions?

I'd like a place that's not too loud, and not too grungy, that's appropriate for a 35 - 45 year old crowd. And if possible, I'd love a comprehensive beer list. My husband ADORES beer.

Recommendations??

Thanks!
Sarah

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O Ya
9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

  1. rlove Nov 24, 2010 03:10 PM

    Excellent birthday choice with O Ya. One of my favorite restaurants.

    Les Zygomates, a Parisian-themed wine bar, is around the corner from O Ya, a 60 second walk. They even share valet.

    The scene is exactly what you are looking for, except that they are a wine bar. Good wine list, but I have no idea what beer (if any) they serve.

    Boston has a lot of great beer bars--The Publick House, Deep Ellum, Lord Hobo, Bukowski Tavern--but none are near O Ya. What about splitting the celebration into two separate nights? Then you wouldn't have to leave in a rush for dinner without your husband's friends.

    If neither Les Zygomates nor my split-the-event suggestion work, barleywino's Jacob Wirth recommendation is a possibility. I'm not a huge fan of Jacob Wirth, but they are a German-themed restaurant with a not poor selection of beer on draft. It is about a 10 minute walk (half mile) from Jacob Wirth to O Ya.

    Here are the Google Map walking directions: http://j.mp/fBiRhp

    Whatever you do, good luck and happy birthday to your husband!

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    O Ya
    9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

    Jacob Wirth Restaurant
    31 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116

    Deep Ellum Bar
    477 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

    Lord Hobo
    92 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02141

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    1. re: rlove
      Beachowolfe Nov 26, 2010 02:02 PM

      +1 for Stoddards- a 10 minute walk from O Ya and they have a great beer selection. The service is fine and bartenders are knowledgeable.

      1. re: Beachowolfe
        rlove Nov 26, 2010 02:09 PM

        Ah, good thinking!

        Stoddard's is also 10 minutes (0.5 miles) walking distance from O Ya and I like it more than Jacob Wirth (although I'm not a big fan). Good beer selection.

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        O Ya
        9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

        Jacob Wirth Restaurant
        31 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116

    2. barleywino Nov 24, 2010 02:39 PM

      for beer, maybe Jacob Wirth...

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      Jacob Wirth Restaurant
      31 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116

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        redelephant Nov 24, 2010 02:35 PM

        Drink in Fort Point is close, has great drinks/atmosphere in my opinion, but not a great beer list (although the bottled beers that they do have are great). Jacob Wirth has a decent/strong selection of Germain beers, but is not the most upscale of places. Stoddards has a great beer selection, but I've been unimpressed by the service and it can get quite loud in there. But alas, those are the only three places that I can think of in the area at the moment that could fit your criteria.

        Oh, an edit: I personally love all three. I didn't mean to sound negative there.

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        Jacob Wirth Restaurant
        31 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116

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