Boston Bar/Saturday Night/ Birthday party 20-25ppl
Hi all -
I live in Boston and this question even baffles me. We're looking for a bar in Boston for 20-25 ppl to come and go as they please with no line on a Saturday night. I'd say...BB, South End, Beacon Hill. We aren't looking for a set food menu or anything, just drinks and apps if people want to buy them.
We're also looking for:
Maybe some outdoor space
Not packed like canned sardines or packed with college kids.
We're all 30 somethings who like to have a good time, but have out grown the packed bar situation (think Game-On before a Sox/Yanks game)
Downstairs at Russell House Tavern would be good but its in Cambridge
Scholars is a huge place, has a good beer and cocktail list. I've been on weekends and there has been room for plenty of people. Haven't tried the food though
Eastern Standard might work if you can secure a couple tables by the bar.
528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Russell House Tavern
14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
JJ Foleys on Kingston St is pretty big, but the food is straight from the freezer to the deep fryer and I recall that the kitchen closes early.
I feel like you could do this at Crossroads on Beacon, just past Kenmore Square. It doesn't seem to attract that big of a college crowd on the weekend. I had my boyfriend's 40th birthday party there a couple years ago with no problem. I called ahead and they were super nice about it. We had about 25-30 people, which was not enough for them to require us renting the space out and people came and went. The upstairs is a little divey, but I think it's a fun a place to chill and have few drinks.
They don't have outdoor space, but I think it'd meet your not being packed requirement. The food is also pretty good for bar food. Onion strings are a personal favorite.