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Drinks near Sheraton Boston pre high school reunion

My 25th high school reunion is looming and what I want to know is this: Where is a good place to have a drink and meet up with some friends before heading over to the Sheraton Boston for the reunion festivities and maybe after, too?

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  1. What sort of vibe are you looking for? Sports bar? Irish pub? Upscale cocktails?

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    1. re: BlueTrain84

      upscale cocktails/delicious beer and not to serious about itself

      1. re: mariab

        Towne Stove and Spirt right on Boyslton in the Hynes Center might fit the bill.

        1. re: mariab

          If you want "not to(o), serious", you want T.C's Lounge at 1 Haviland St. about a 5 minute crawl from the Sheraton. It is one of the last surviving dive bars.

      2. Brasserie Jo

        Sel de la Terre

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        Sel de la Terre
        774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199

        Brasserie Jo
        120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

        1. Agree on the Brasserie Jo rec. If you're heading to Towne, note that the first-floor front bar is really noisy and hectic; the rear bar is less nuts.

          Also consider the bar at Lucca Back Bay, Back Bay Social Club (not extraordinary cocktails, but pleasant atmosphere), Bukowski (tiny, very casual tavern with an impressive beer selection), 5 Napkin Burger (surprisingly decent drinks and atmosphere), City Bar at the Lenox Hotel, the Oak Bar at the Fairmont Copley Plaza (a grand old hotel bar that appears headed shortly for an, ick, casual/modern makeover).

          I think the bar at Clio has the best cocktails nearby at the moment, but I'm not sure when its planned renovations start, and it is a bit on the self-serious side (not a bad thing, in my book).

          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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          Bukowski's
          1281 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

          Brasserie Jo
          120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

          Lucca Back Bay
          116 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

          Back Bay Social Club
          867 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

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          1. re: MC Slim JB

            Hit each of Mc's recommendations in order, make new friends, and skip the reunion.

            My $0.02 :)

            1. re: okra

              Now THAT's an idea.
              Thanks to all for the recs!

              1. re: mariab

                But, where will you go AFTER the reunion so you can talk about everybody?

                1. re: pemma

                  The women's bathroom, of course. This is a high school reunion, after all.

              2. re: okra

                I'd say, don't skip the reunion. A few more years of Facebook, and no one will go to them anymore.

                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

            2. I'd say Towne or Sel de la Terre are my votes.

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              Sel de la Terre
              774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199

              1. Towne, Tico, Sonsie, or Met Club. Lively joints all.

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                Tico
                222 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116

                1. I sure hope your reunion isn't the weekend after next, or you'll find yourself sharing the hotel with about 20,000 kids! Heh.

                  That said, I'd recommend Clio's bar. I do a gala at the sheraton every year, and we routinely head there aftewards. Their "classy tiki" drinks are actually pretty good.

                  I also heard a Max Brenner's opened near there...havent tried the Boston location yet myself, but I remember the one in NYC had some delicious chocolate cocktails.