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Any nice bars within walking distance of Hamersley's Bisto?

johnblacksox May 19, 2011 12:12 PM

My wife and I are going to dinner at Hamersley's Bistro, but we're arriving about an hour early, and I don't know the neighborhood at all. (Never been there.)

Are there any good/nice places within reasonable walking distance where we could kill some time before dinner?

Ideally a fancy wine bar.

I'm coming from Back Bay, so the alternative is to have a drink someplace there first, but I'd rather not change locations unless I have to.

Thanks in advance for any advice!

Hamersley's Bistro
553 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

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  1. yumyum RE: johnblacksox May 19, 2011 12:28 PM

    I actually enjoy the bar at Hammersley's itself. Kinda slips below the radar with the other hotspots around.

    For very nice wine, see if you can snag a spot at B&G Oysters' bar. Also the tiny bar at Aquitaine right down the street does excellent cocktails and wine so if you can squeeze in there that would be a good option.

    1. Kirs RE: johnblacksox May 19, 2011 12:30 PM

      The South End doesn't really have any straight-up bars. Mostly restaurants with crammed, tiny bars up front. You might get lucky at the Beehive, which is right next door. Franklin Cafe has a nicer than average bar, but it can get very crowded- especially on the weekends (it's down a block on Shawmut). Sister Sorel, an actual bar, is down the street on Tremont, next door to their sister restaurant Tremont647.

      1. MC Slim JB RE: johnblacksox May 19, 2011 12:41 PM

        Depending on the night and time, many South End establishments are likely to be crowded, so you might end up standing in a crowded space. But there are enough places close by that you might walk around a bit and see where there's some room. Some options:

        Hamersley's itself -- nice little bar with some tables. Decent BTG selection, albeit pricey.

        The Butcher Shop -- probably the most wine-centric place nearby, but it's always crowded and the markup on the wines can be breathtaking. Just across the street.

        Pops -- a nice little bar with some modest wines, not the most spacious place, but right across the street.

        Aquitaine -- another small restaurant bar that is often jammed, but a decent wine program. A block away.

        Stephi's on Tremont -- a bit larger and more spacious; okay wines BTG. A little over a block away.

        South End Buttery -- off the radar, a pleasant small restaurant bar. Two blocks away.

        Union -- a handsome, slighty larger restaurant bar, okay wines BTG. Three long blocks away.

        Sibling Rivaly -- not my favorite, but it's good sized and perhaps likelier to have available seating; very close by in the BCA complex.

        The Beehive -- often a line to get in on weekends, but if not, it's a very atmospheric option for a drink, with live music later in the evening, and it's right next door.


        South End Buttery
        314 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

        Tremont Cafe
        418 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

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          JoeM RE: johnblacksox May 19, 2011 01:05 PM

          Coppa on Shawmut Ave is another option, although the bar itself is usally filled with diners. 28 Degrees makes a good martini and has a patio.

          28 Degrees
          1 Appleton St., Boston, MA 02116

          253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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            johnblacksox RE: johnblacksox May 19, 2011 01:27 PM

            Thanks for the suggestions!

            By "early", I meant that we're getting there before Hamersley's opens, so that's why I'll have some time to kill elsewhere.

            I checked out B&G Oysters, and that looks ideal. I can have a few oysters and some wine.

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