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May 23, 2013 06:04 AM

Am I searching for something that doesn't exist in Boston/Cambridge??

Hi everyone,

I'm looking for a festive and fun Saturday evening spot with solid food and dead-on cocktails, where we (a party of 4) can hear each other talk, and we can either make a reservation or get a bar table without waiting a year. Is this an impossible dream?

Here are the places that first came to mind, and why I suspect they won't fit the bill. Let me know if you think I'm wrong, and if based on the below, you have ideas for what might work.

Bar at Chez Henri -- would be perfect in every way, but I suspect we'd have to wait forever to get a bar table.

Silvertone -- love the cocktails, but super loud and maybe one step down on food than I'd like to go

Marliave -- not super crazy about the food

Green Street -- same as Marliave

Gallows -- won't take a reservation and I'm sure the wait would be crazy

Rendezvous -- a little too sedate/formal of a vibe

South End Buttery -- would be great, but on their website it looks like they only have cocktails at brunch. Could that possibly be true?

Would appreciate your thoughts on this! Thanks so much!

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  1. Have you considered Eastern Standard or Island Creek Oyster Bar?


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    1. re: BostonZest

      I did think about ESK, but I'm always so much more impressed with the drinks than the food. It's been a while since I've eaten there, though.

      1. re: knclouse

        I had a really great charcuterie plate , daily offal of grilled duck hearts, oysters, and asparagus with corned beef tongue last week at ES, alongside great cocktails.

      2. re: BostonZest

        ICOB if you can get a reservation would work. Eastern Standard is insanely packed and very, very loud in general.

        1. Shojo in Chinatown might fit this.

          1. What about Tico or Myers + Chang? Catalyst also takes reservations although it isn't as festive.

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            1. re: addiez

              I'd call Tico one of the louder rooms in town, especially on weekends. M&C does a lot within the limits of its cordial license, but I wouldn't call it a cocktail destination, and it has no bar.


            2. West Bridge in Kendall may work also.

              1. I probably should have also mentioned that I have a soy allergy, so I generally have to avoid Asian restaurants.

                Addiez, your mention of Tico made me think of Radius. Is the bar at Radius busy on Saturday nights? I go there after work sometimes to get cocktails and their burger (yum), but don't know what the scene is like on the weekends, especially since Radius is now on its last legs.