Here's Our Travel Guide to This Nation of Over 7,000 Islands
1. Avery Bar10 Avery St, Boston
2. Bastille Kitchen49 Melcher St, Boston
3. Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro25 Charles St, Boston
4. Bondir279A Broadway, Cambridge
5. Catalyst300 Technology Sq, Cambridge
6. Deuxave371 Commonwealth Ave, Boston
7. Legal Sea Foods Harborside270 Northern Ave, Boston
8. Local 149149 P St, South Boston
9. Post 390406 Stuart St, Boston
10. The Red House98 Winthrop St, Cambridge
11. W Lounge100 Stuart St, Boston
12. West on Centre1732 Centre St, West Roxbury
Tucked away in the Ritz-Carlton, Avery Bar’s retro-chic fireplace lounge could be the set for a Mad Men spinoff (Madder Men?). Melt into a soft leather couch or chair, sip revved-up versions of classic libations, and close the deal à la Draper. Schmooze with the No. 8 martini dubbed “Smokey,” a combo of Tito’s vodka, Lagavulin, and charred orange.
Fancy eats like Frisée Aux Lardons, Vanilla Butter-Poached Lobster, and Beef Short Rib Wellington are complemented by a deftly assembled wine list at Bastille Kitchen.
Charles St is already postcard-level quaint, and BHB keeps the theme alive inside an appropriately dark and friendly den. The fireplace burns brightest next to the eight-seat bar, so grab a coveted high-back stool and settle in for some belly-warming fondue. Also on your to-do list: try one of the paradoxically named cocktails, such as the Whispering Viking.
His name is Bond. Jason Bond. And he's the seasoned-vet of a chef behind Bondir, which serves a menu of "Modern Farmhouse" fare that's constantly changing based on the availability of local ingredients, in an atmosphere that's warm, inviting, and full of country goodness.
Starting your day at a place called Catalyst is pretty easy considering the enjoyable, locally sourced organic food options. But you can just as easily (and ironically) end your day there with a house cocktail, beer, or glass of wine.
Deuxave rocks an upscale, locally sourced new American menu in an elegant 90-seat dining room replete w/ a giant framed vintage map of Boston in the 1800s, a slat stone fireplace, and a front bar and lounge area.
The mother of all Legal Sea Foods, Legal Harborside is the upscale seafood chain's flagship restaurant on the Boston Waterfront. The 20,000sqft space takes over three floors, each with a different concept. The first floor is a nod to the restaurant's heritage as a casual all-day seafood market, complete with picnic tables and an oyster bar (up to 14 varieties of oysters are offered daily). On the second floor, a more formal dining room serves a sophisticated menu (you won't find any lobster rolls up here). Finally, overlooking the harbor on the third floor is a massive roof deck with wines by the glass, sushi, and small bites.
The Local 149 puts the emphasis on "Local," offering a cozy and welcoming atmosphere for folks to pick from more than 20 brews on tap and eat delicious and fresh bar grub in South Boston.
This two-floor, 300+ seat Back Bay "urban tavern" from the owners of Harvest and Grill 23 & Bar dons multiple fireplaces and an in-house smoker, and serves up high-end comfort food like beer and bacon mac & cheese w/ a crisp shallot crust.
Outstanding cocktails (the Smoked Nail) and 22oz draughts of craft beers (e.g., Peak Organic, Mystic) set the tone before your dinner inferno of Lobster Fra Diavolo in this colonial-era cottage-turned-restaurant. Pro tip: really heat things up with hot mulled cider with added brandy, rum, or whiskey.
This sleek Theater District lounge at the W Hotel is a showstopper with its burning ring of fire, classy quenchers, and tasty bites. Nosh roasted-mushroom flatbread elevated by pancetta and Comté cheese while sipping a Northeast Kingdom Collins (Bar Hill Gin and Vermont maple syrup). Then toast your rising stardom with the Champagne Mojito, a fresh twist on the original thanks to Sailor Jerry and sparkling wine.
The weather doesn’t seem so bad when you’re drinking Hot Buttered Rum Cider or Shipyard Pumpkinhead splashed with vanilla vodka beside a gigantor fireplace. Don't miss the 13-hour hickory smoked BBQ pulled-pork tacos.