Food & Drink

The 5 best (mostly) hidden spots in Boston

Published On 11/20/2013 Published On 11/20/2013
Lucky’s Lounge
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Champagne Lounge at RumBa
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1. Lucky's Lounge 355 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210 (Financial Dist Waterfront)

During the early days of the Fort Point renaissance, Lucky’s opted for out-of-the-way-no-sign-having coolness in this red, plush '50s-esque lounge. Even cooler: there’s FREE shuttle service to Lucky's from anywhere in South Boston!

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2. Champagne Lounge at RumBa 510 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02210 (Financial Dist Waterfront)

Try the private, chandelier'd Champagne Lounge, hidden behind rich mahogany doors with golden disrobed lady door handles (classy!), discreetly isolated from the rest of RumBa.

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3. Backbar 9 Sanborn Ct, Somerville, MA 02143 (Union Square)

The seasoned 'tailsmiths at Backbar concoct a myriad of alco-creations while the kitchen serves up sumptuous comfort food, in a space that feels like your garage if it was trendy and full of strangers.

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4. Saloon 255 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144 (Davis)

Slinging bourbon below Foundry on Elm, this ode to the under-represented pre-Prohibition era throws things back with Tiffany chandeliers and hand-carved mahogany overhangs. Stuff your face with beer-battered pickled peppers packed w/ Boursin, and maple-braised pork belly w/ baked beans, before drinking said face off thanks to 16 taps, 120+ brown-booze varieties, and a slew of "bespoke" whiskey cocktails.

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5. Bogie's Place at JM Curley 21 Temple Pl, Boston, MA 02111 (Downtown Crossing)

A steakhouse speakeasy is about as cool and one-of-a-kind as it gets in Boston, and this little surprise is tucked inside jm Curley, one of the city’s greatest bars. There’s no website and only the tiniest of signs pointing you to a curtained doorway in the back of the bar. Beyond that burgundy curtain is a small, dreamy chophouse doling out classic cocktails (Ward 8, French 75), caviar service, a wedge salad, and surprisingly affordable steak cuts, adorned with the likes of bone marrow and foie gras butter. If you're looking to impress a date/client/IRS auditor, Bogie’s is your meal ticket.

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