|People I Hate|
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- The Avery Bar
10 Avery Street, Boston, MA 02111
558 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111
One thing you should know. If you drive in for your night out and you park at the Hyatt next door you can get a validation worth a few dollars off from Legal Crossing and that will cover your first drink. Also, if you go late night it is 50% off everything from the raw bar. We usually go there after working all day on a Saturday. We get the validation then get oysters & Cherrystones and this awesome Bang Bang cauliflower app as well.
My go-to drinks are a classic Martini or a tall beer. Once I was there and a certain over the hill news man chewed our ear off for about an hour so be on the lookout and avert your eyes. Great Ambiance.
2 West Street, Boston, MA 02111
15 West Street, Boston, MA 02111
25 West Street, Boston, MA 02111
This place has been here for a long time. You go here for nachos and fajitas. They have a nice bar in the back where you can grab some big Margaritas and they also have a decent tequila selection. I rarely go here now that I am a grownup (lots of college kids) but sitting at the bar, chomping on tortilla chips and salsa while drinking frozen mango ritas if the Sox are on isn’t really the worst thing that could happen.
Fajita's and Rita's
48 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111
I used to go here for all my cutlery needs back in the day but now I go here for all my sudsy, hopsy type needs.
They have a truly excellent beer selection. They have a football field sized row of beers on tap as well as some cask conditioned ales. The bartenders are “mixologist” types who can pour some very unique and interesting mixed drinks too. Check out the drink menu. Jamie Walsh, my buddy and yours is the bar manager and he knows beer, booze and a story or two.
The food is also great. I usually grab a charcuterie plate and let Jamie choose the beers of which he can tell you plenty. Obviously I really like this place despite the corsets on the wall. There is also a nice space downstairs too. That’s the bar I would hang at if given the choice.
7. jm Curley
21 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111
Phone - (617) 338-5333
The drink menu is amazing. I usually get something with Bourbon and put myself in the hands of the bartenders and let them run with it. Now in the back is an upscale steakhouse called Bogie’s to go for a nice piece of beef. It is not cheap but it is so worth it. I love this bar. You need to go right after work or later in the evening because hipsters have recently discovered the place and take all the good seats. (eff them) But I still love Curley’s.
PS. If anyone there is reading this please bring back the bacon peanut brittle.
60 Franklin Street, Boston, MA 02110
Another of the newer entries in the DTX bar scene is the Merchant. Also an upscale place, it boasts a pretty good sized bar with plenty to choose from. They have a decent beer selection and a strong cocktail menu. The food is delicious, the ambiance is great and it should be part of your after work/weekend bar rotation for sure. The beet salad is a must try believe it or not. They also have a nice raw bar and things like pork belly, scallops and a killer burger on the menu. I would definitely plan on staying for a bite.
14 Bromfield Street, Boston, MA 02108
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69 Bromfield Street, Boston, MA 02108
I have loved this place for many years. Giant delicious Manhattans, The Rochester wings are so so good, The steak tips are my favorites in the area, the Mac n Cheese is, as a woman I know says, TO DIE FOR… One of my friends says they put the Come in Comfort Food. I told him that was gross but you get what he means hopefully.
They have a great little bar where you may have to fight for a seat (maybe the back one is open too) but it really is worth it. Josh Childs may not be at the bar any more but the staff is good. Real good. The selection of amazing drinks never ends. Cheap beer too. Good beer too. I always have a good meal there. Very reasonably priced as well.
Oh and if you like meatloaf and garlic mashed this is the place to get it.
100 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108
Sam Adams actual grave.
I don’t care what anyone says it IS a tourist trap. They can’t help it. It is on the Freedom Trail and during the summer it is always packed. You know lots of kids also drink there because there is always a doorman proofing everyone. Grandmas, Santa Claus, George Burns mummified remains.
That’s ok though. It is actually a decent place. I love all the sandwiches and the Barrister burger is my fav. The place has a bunch of Irish people working there and they are all consummate pro’s. It has nice long bar to grab a seat at even if it is crowded and also they have POOL. That is correct. There are pool tables in the back. This has become a rare thing since the Rack by F-hall became the Hard Rock (gag). Now that’s a tourist trap.
The Beantown is a cool after work bar. Also very affordable.
The Beantown Pub's Web Site
15 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108
The Barracuda is the unsung hero of the bar scene I think. They have great prices, good food and are almost never over crowded. They do dollar oysters all the time. They have an excellent beer selection.
I love the fish tacos and conch fritters. Luka Stepinov who owns the place is also a great guy. Make sure to find the Barracuda. It should be a place where you grab lunch (specials like every day) and grab drinks A LOT.
Marliave is next door too if you feel like doing the booze loop. I didn't include Marliave in the list frankly because I hardly ever go there. Nothing against them. It's just a fact Jack.
90 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108
The Highball is upstairs and is another mixology type bar. It is funky and fun. They have board games although I really would love to meet the person who goes out to play Sorry or Go Fish. Not I my friends, and certainly not anyone who can work out a way to have a conversation.
BUT having said that it is a pretty cool place to drink. They have an upscale cocktail menu and it is also fun. Did I already say that? They put floaty things in your drinks sometimes and plenty of alcohol too which excuses the floaty things. (rubber ducky) Tater Tot nachos are good too.
A Vintage Cocktail Bar
18 Province Street, Boston, MA 02108
I have been coming in here for many years. The hooch is cheap. The food is good. How about a lobster roll that I would put up against anyone else's in Boston for ten dollars and comes with chips and slaw? Right. Exactly.
No pretentious crap here. It is a good solid Boston bar. You can eat upstairs and see the giant TV if the game is on. You can hang at the bar and start up convos with the people who work for a living. Very affordable too.
They have a web site too surprsingly
25 School Street, Boston, MA 02108
Scholars Boston Bistro Dot Com
It is an English Pub. Well, It is an English-ish Pub anyway. They have no locations in England. The Shepard’s pie is decent as well as the Bangers and Mash. The burger was pretty damn good too actually. They have beer and a nice bar. The game is on there and it isn’t too expensive. It isn’t cheap either.
It is centrally located so if you are walking from DTX towards Faneuil Hall and want a beer it is right on the way.
E&C web site
21 Kingston Street, Boston, MA 02111
I have spent many a night over at the DTX location of Foley’s. I classify this as an Irish Pub. My first clue is the great big Guinness mural outside. They also pour a mean pint of the stuff.
It is a great bar and has a ton of history. The Foley’s have been running a bar since 1909 or something. They know what they are doing. They also have really surprisingly good food. It is also affordable as hell.
25 Kingston Street, Boston, MA 02111
Don’t get confused. You aren’t in a train station. Yes I know. You thought you were.
This upscale eatery has a nice bar too which is where you should head immediately. Order a Vesper Martini and catch a buzz. The place grows on you. It is a bit pricey.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, when I use the word “upscale” I am not referring to the decor as much as I am saying they have the $8 beer and the over $10 cocktail. There is no judgement here at all. I pay that and more quite frequently, but you should be aware when you may need the Visa or to hit up a bank machine.
Like I was saying - They make a kick-ass burger there and also validate at the Hyatt’s garage. Last time I was there I had a Moscow Mule which was done up right. The proximity to the other two bars makes it nice little mini bar crawl too. JJ Foley’s and the Good Life are steps away. (so is Chinatown)
Kingston Station's Site (click here)
19. The Good Life
28 Kingston Street, Boston, MA 02111
The Good Life was once a rat pack type hangout with soup bowl sized cocktails where darkness and red leather was the name of the game. NOW it is not.
Now, it is a pretty convincing club scene. They have hip hop nights and live DJ’s and …..
lots of other things I have no interest in but the upstairs bar after work is cool. The restaurant is also cool. I don’t do clubbing and hip hop nights but I’m sure they are cool too. They have a serious drink program. Try the Kitchen Sink and try to remember how you are getting home. They had Dale’s Pale Ale which is my go to boat beer in the can so they earned a place in my heart for that too. Again, they are right next to two other bars which makes for a variety of options.
20. Shojo Boston
9A Tyler Street, Boston MA 02111
I know I said I wasn’t going to include Shojo in this list because technically it is in Chinatown but as I was visualizing how close Shojo is to Good Life I just had to include it.
You should actually thank me. It is one of my favorites and would be yours as well if you had been there. First of all they have a great chef in Mr. Mark O’Leary (from jm Curley) Try the Tiger Style Ribs, the Tamarind Glazed Pork Belly, or the salt and Pepper Calamari. It is all delicious!
But not only is the food off the hook they also have a bar wizard named Markus Yao who truly knows his stuff. Try the Fulong Blood and Sand which is Kavalan Whiskey, Cherry Herring, Orange,& Sweet Vermouth or the Yakuza Old Fashioned.
SHOJO BOSTON site
There are a few places I did not include merely because I haven’t been there and have no knowledge of but just for the sake of being comprehensive I will mention them.
Mojito’s - 48 Winter Street, Boston, MA 02108
49 Social - 49 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111
Salvatore’s - 545 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111
Be careful out there.