Fresh on the heels of turning a historic once-waterfront granary into a rustic FiDi eatery, the prolific crew behind Granary Tavern (and Coogan's... and Dillon's... and...) are at it again with this '60s-inspired State Street bar and restaurant that serves throwback eats and "pays tribute to an era when cocktails were a lifestyle"... and Dad used to pass out on the commuter rail back to Needham.
Housed in the building's old cafeteria, the high-ceiling'd space now boasts herringbone tile treatments and a sweet mural of iconic '60s personalities
After settling in at the 16-seat walnut bar, stare wistfully out the windows at Faneuil Hall or awkwardly engage the bartender in a "conversation" about your recent breakup. PRO TIP: Show them photos of your ex!
Or just order one of 10 draught beers -- including Batch 19, Notch, and Harpoon Boston Stout -- and fight back the tears in silence
Feeling a bit peckish? Grab a small plate, like braised pork belly in a Dr Pepper BBQ sauce or this handsome bowl of beef/pork Swedish meatballs in a peppered gravy with huckleberry jam.
Divided into "Then" and "Now" sections, the lineup of craft cocktails features classics from the '60s alongside modern renditions like the bourbon- and ginger beer-mixed Mad Men Mule, and this Bulleit Bourbon, muddled cherries, and orange bitters number named after what you are after getting Arizona Jean shorts at the newly revamped J.C. Penny: In Fashion.
Assuming you are, in fact, meeting someone, hide away in this nook of high-backed leather booths situated under illuminated patina tin ceilings..
... and catch up over this poached Chip-In Farm egg-topped frisee salad w/ bacon lardons and sherry vinaigrette.
Billed as a "1960's American-style menu inspired by the late Julia Child", burlier plates include pork schnitzel w/ blue-cheese cream, and this cast iron skillet-served lobster & pasta casserole in a brandy cream topped with crunchy garlic crumbs.