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best fun bar for college chums to gather around the holidays. note: we graduated in 1985

scorcoran Nov 6, 2012 04:11 PM

We are getting together a group of college pals around the holidays and are looking for a low key, non touristy but fun bar downtown, Back Bay or South End. Can't be too loud, or too crowded. Trying to go for a fun bar atmosphere and avoid getting stuck at the "long table". Suggestions? Thursday December 27.

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  1. Allstonian RE: scorcoran Nov 6, 2012 04:40 PM

    How big a group? (Also I don't understand what you mean about getting stuck at the long table.)

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      harry_sparrow RE: Allstonian Nov 8, 2012 07:17 AM

      Could it be the bar?

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      total13 RE: scorcoran Nov 7, 2012 01:23 PM

      The # of people does matter but some that come to mind are Gallows, Union, Estragon, South End Foley's, Marliave.

      1. okra RE: scorcoran Nov 8, 2012 07:36 AM

        "Chums" made me smile... :)

        1. FinnFPM RE: scorcoran Nov 8, 2012 07:46 AM

          I'm having a bit of a chuckle trying to imagine an un-crowded fun bar atmosphere you can bring your crowd to.

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            scorcoran RE: scorcoran Nov 15, 2012 12:10 PM

            "Long table" means not everyone sitting at one long table.
            Group size - 12ish I hope.
            I like the sound of "chums" too.
            Lively bar - great! Large crowd and jockeying to get a beer - not great.
            Do-able, yes?! Thanks

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              total13 RE: scorcoran Nov 20, 2012 07:49 AM

              I stand by my recs, actually am the only one who gave a recommendation. A couple others might be Audobon by Kenmore Sq., West on Centre in West Rox, Hops n Scotch in Coolidge Corner.

            2. rlh RE: scorcoran Nov 20, 2012 08:56 AM

              Assuming it's in the evening, Marliave is a great rec downtown. Eastern Standard is large and lively but might get too crowded - you also might be able to make a reservation and get a nice space for what you are describing at The Hawthorne next to Eastern Standard.

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                knclouse RE: rlh Nov 20, 2012 02:07 PM

                rlh, you took the words right out of my mouth!

                Marliave is fantastic, and they can be very flexible with their space (e.g., cornering off a "mingling space" with a few tables for your group). Wonderful food and cocktails.

                Eastern Standard can be similarly flexible with their space. I like the food and drink slightly better at Marliave though.

                And yes, the Hawthorne next door can get crowded on weekend nights on the later side, but is a really cool and flexible space with comfy couches, and they share the kitchen with Eastern Standard so the whole ES menu is available.

                Finally, Silvertone has a multi-part dining room which can work really well for small groups. Plus, their cocktails are delicious and strong, and their mac and cheese is decadent (but served with a big side salad, so it's healthy, right?).

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                  kimfair1 RE: knclouse Dec 1, 2012 10:47 AM

                  Had to say here that The Hawthorne doesn't share a kitchen with Eastern Standard, and the ES menu is not available at The Hawthorne. This was confirmed by the folks at The Hawthorne last night.

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                    knclouse RE: kimfair1 Dec 8, 2012 01:14 PM

                    That's strange. I was at the Hawthorne in November and my whole table ordered dinner off of the ES menu. We didn't even ask about ordering ES food, our server brought up the idea herself and brought over ES menus. Maybe it depends on which server you have at your table or something.

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                latertater RE: scorcoran Dec 5, 2012 11:22 AM

                Read this review in the Metro recently and was reminded of this thread: Daddy Jones is a new bar in Magoun Square, Somerville that manages to serve Greek food and 'craft' versions of 1980s drinks(along with 1980s sitcoms)


                My own college pals do this around the holidays and we might check it out ourselves. If anyone has been, report back.

                Daddy Jones
                525 Medford St.

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                  rknrll RE: latertater Dec 5, 2012 12:03 PM

                  Actually tried to drop in here on Monday night only to find they are closed on Mondays!

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                  5thAndNowhere RE: scorcoran Dec 7, 2012 08:05 AM

                  Lucky's Lounge in Fort Point

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