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Dec 3, 2010 07:25 AM

Festive Bar Crawl - suggestions wanted -

Hi -

You guys helped me out last year and hoping for the same this year.

We (my husband and I) go on a festive bar crawl each Dec. and I am starting my recon for this years -

Past few years we've hit:

Moo, Beacon XV, Number 9, Jurys, Clink, Wiskey Park, Eastern Standard ,The W, BHB, TOTH, Silvertones, Marriot/Copley and finally The Oak Room.

We start in the later afternoon - sit at the bar, meet good people/conversation, have a cocktail and walk on to the next location -

I think I'd like to hit Neptune and Island Creek Oyster bar - maybe sorrelina?

I would LOVE suggestions - atmosphere and good bar wanted !


Eastern Standard
528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108

Oak Room
138 St. James Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

Island Creek Oysters
296 Parks St, Duxbury, MA 02332

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  1. If you go to Island Creek check out Citizen Pub a few blocks away.

    Seems like you've focused mainly on downtown and back bay in the past. The South End would work well for this too.

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    1. re: Kinopio

      Thank You !! I'll check out Citizen Pub.

      We normally hit S. End through out the year. Actually going to Sib Riv on Thursday night - never been - so interesting to see how I like it. I like the concept of it, but never high on their menu.

      The South End is my favorite place in the city -

      1. re: Kinopio

        If you're hitting Island Creek and Citizen, the bar at Clio is a must. It's one of the top cocktail bars in town since Todd Maul took over.

        1. re: robwat36

          I've never been to Clio either - great suggestion - thanks !

          (looks like it maybe the stroll of the C's - Creek, Citizen and Clio - :)

          Still taking suggestions -

          1. re: KTs

            you could add another C to that list (Craigie, which i suggested to you last year, along with Clio) but sadly their head bartender Tom has left so i think you missed your chance for some true liquid greatness :(

            1. re: barleywino

              Not to worry, Craigie bartending remains excellent in the post-Tom era.

              1. re: barleywino

                Hey -
                Craige is still high on my list - but it's just too far out for this type of stroll....

                Ironically- I've recommended it often to people based on your recommendations here though...!

                I will get there....

            2. re: robwat36

              Yeah and Mary Walker Graham (ex- of Blue Room) is now behind the bar on Sundays! Bonus!

              The Blue Room
              Hampshire and Portland streets, Cambridge, MA 02139

          2. And Towne is pretty good too - lively and festive - and Michael Ray is mixologist extraordinaire!

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            1. If you're thinking about Towne, you might as well also try Back Bay Social Club across the street. Bar manager Tommy is a No. 9 Park alumnus and is developing a good bar program there.

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              1. re: marais

                Thanks - it's been added - I am always willing to support an up and coming bar program :)