The name of WhistlePig’s latest Boss Hog offering—the Spirit of Mauve—caused some head-scratching when it was first announced. Was it mauve, as in the purple-but-not-purple color? No, it was Mauve, as in the brand’s beloved pig mascot that ascended to the great sty in the sky this past Valentine’s Day at the age of 14.Read More
It’s unsurprising that Pabu, an upscale izakaya in Downtown Crossing’s Millennium Tower, would choose to highlight Japanese whisky in its cocktail program. But this cocktail also pays homage to a distinctly 21st-century drink, the Scotch-based Penicillin made famous by Sam Ross at NYC’s Milk & Honey.Read More
Mar-gar-it-a: Not so long ago, uttering those four syllables would earn you a neon-hued libation served in a fish bowl with enough sugar to fill a Pixy Stix. Somehow, the tequila-based classic that became synonymous with bad decisions and even worse Tex-Mex has been redeemed—and Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar is leading the local charge.Read More
The unmarked second-story bar above Central Kitchen feels like a microcosm of Central Square itself. It’s tough to figure out whether Brick & Mortar is a funky dive packed wall-to-wall with Budweiser-gripping college kids, or a serious cocktail lounge where startup staffers congregate for high-end drinks.Read More
Temperatures may be falling, but this devilishly spicy cocktail from Lolita Cocina & Tequila Baris a surefire way to bring back the heat.
The Cat’s Paw is a cocktail that plays with your head. It looks like a Manhattan—right down to the coupe glass and cherry garnish—but the first sip suggests otherwise.Read More
Aside from being one of the all-time great names in Irish whiskey (or any whiskey), Knockmealdowns is also connected to Ireland through geography and folklore. The name itself refers to a mountain range spanning County Tipperary’s border, and is supposedly adjacent to a bottomless lake haunted by one “Petticoat Loose,” an unlucky lass who must forever attempt to empty the lake via thimble.Read More
Straight Law Bar, the sherry-focused cocktail establishment within Brookline’s Spanish restaurant Taberna De Haro, offers no shortage of fortified wine to play with. The menu draws from Taberna’s 85 bottle-strong list, one of the largest sherry selections we know of.Read More
Twenty years of service has earned No. 9 Park a well-deserved reputation as Beacon Hill’s definitive fine-dining experience. And while we’d never discourage anyone from experiencing a tasting menu in the townhouse-turned-restaurant’s elegant dining room, its bar scene alone warrants a visitRead More
Imagine a dark bar with faux wood-paneled walls and seating that’s seen better days. There’s a pool table lit by a Tiffany-style lamp declaring “Miller Time.” An old LaserStar CD jukebox lingers in the corner, waiting for quarters.Read More
Rail Stop Restaurant & Bar didn’t invent the Pisco Punch; the refreshing mixture of lime, pineapple, and the iconic South American brandy has been popular since the 19th century. But beverage manager Eli Shapiro has added some flavorful twists of his own—and a whole lot of garnishes.Read More
On March 30th, 1930, The Associated Press reported on a bootlegging mission gone wrong. Ten men were arrested and 250 gallons of alcohol were seized after police were tipped off to a boat’s presence in Dorchester Harbor and “bulky objects being moved across the marshes.”Read More
It only seems natural that a restaurant inspired by French-Canadian cuisine would name a drink after a lumberjack.