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Bar/lounge near Myers &Chang?

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Because we're indecisive, by the time we made reservations for M&C for Friday we had to take an early slot. We'd like to go out for drinks afterwards, but don't know the south end very well. Any suggestions appreciated!

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  1. Franklin Cafe

    1. Some of my favorites (for lively scene + decent drinks):
      The Gallows
      Gaslight
      Toro
      The Butcher Shop (great wines by the glass, no liquor)

      Agree with Franklin rec.

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      1. re: Jolyon Helterman

        franklin, toro and the butcher shop are all very small and getting in on a friday just for drinks will be a major pain.

        the disneyfication of frenchiness at gaslight irks me madly, as does the massive din, so i;m not a fan.

        for bigger spaces you might also try mistral, via matta, davio's and red lantern.

        1. re: hotoynoodle

          If you require seats at the bar, then yes, a lot of these places will be difficult. But part of the fun at Butcher Shop is getting your place (marked by a place mat) around the butcher block and people-watching. Toro and Franklin have a festive crowd, if standing-room-only.

          To each his own re Gaslight, I suppose. I don't find it particularly Disney-fied or in-your-face-Frenchie.

          I like drinking at Via Matta.

          1. re: Jolyon Helterman

            i feel as though my pockets and purse have been turned inside-out and ransacked every time i have visited any part of the lynch empire. i finally gave up after one of the most horrendous service experiences of my life at b&g. lifetime boycott. sorry. don't get me wrong, i have no trouble spending for meals and drinks out either. that's 90% of my entertainment budget.

            i'm also too old to wait in line to get in anywhere. ever. it puts too much interruptus in my fun and my night.

            1. re: hotoynoodle

              Haven't been feeling the value at B&G (several alternatives I prefer at better prices) or the Butcher Shop (longstanding gripe about egregious wine BTG gouring) for some time, but I'm still solidly a fan of Drink, the bar at No. 9, and Sportello, in no small part thanks to excellent-to-exceptional service. Menton will have to wait for the next time my ship comes in, and even then, I'll probably seek a dining room with more charm.

              http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

      2. The South End has plenty of places for a drink, and I like the bars folks have suggested here, but you won't necessarily find comfort or breathing room at prime time on a Friday night. The restaurant bars tend to be small and packed, ditto The Franklin; seats are tough to come by.

        If you're not looking for shaker cocktails, just beer and highballs and plonky cheap wine, consider the nearby J.J. Foley's Cafe, an old-school tavern with a traditional bar with rail (no seats) and a few tables on one side, plenty of bars stools and tables on the other, plus a connecting back room with games and a jukebox. Not fancy, just a cool old family-run place with the game always on.

        A couple of more upmarket options that aren't reliably mobbed on Fridays: Estragon and the back bar at Stella.

        http://Mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

        1. For a more loungy/club vibe try 28 degrees over on tremont st

          1. As others mentioned, you are looking mostly at restaurant bars and if your dinner reservation is early, you'll be competing with people waiting in those restaurants for your table. Are you stuck on staying in the South End or can you take a walk/t ride/quick cab ride elsewhere? What kind of bar are you looking for?

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            1. re: LeoLioness

              Thanks for all these responses! We'll be driving, so I guess we can go to another neighborhood. What we're looking for: good cocktails, not pretentious, funky, not insanely crowded. Thanks again. . .

            2. Yes, these places will be crowded but I would check a few out before I start driving away. Butcher shop is my fav but I usually go during the week.
              If you do head to another part of Boston, think about the seaport district. The tamo bar at the seaport hotel is nice. Parking is easy enough in one of the several lots near by.

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              1. re: libertywharf

                the tamo bar just feels like a generic hotel anyplace bar. that the service is included in the tab nearly guarantees disinterested service. if people from out of town want to go to the seaport there are prettier bars with better views.

              2. JJ Foleys is barely half a block away on Berkeley St.

                Gallows is nice, but bar gets crowded since it's small.

                Too bad Pho Republic is no longer around, that was my favorite South End spot to grab a drink. (And just a block away from my place.)

                A bit further down Washington is Seiyo, it's a sushi spot but I like that they have a great craft beer selection and some good wines and sake.

                1. I'll toss out another, as it's a stone's throw from M&C, does respectable shaker drinks, and is so generally overlooked as to never be crowded: the small bar up front at Oishii Boston. It's one of those $12 a throw, yards of flavored and fancy vodka, tropical Cosmo and saketini kind of bars, but if you want close and quiet, it's mighty convenient.

                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/