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Drink - first impression


Restaurants & Bars Boston Area

Drink - first impression

DoubleMan | | Oct 3, 2008 09:12 PM

I made it to Drink tonight for a couple rounds.

Pros: The best bartending team in the city. Everyone was really great. They knew their stuff and were incredibly gracious. How can you go wrong when John is leading the team?

All the drinks were great. Their signature drink, the Fort Point (a riff on the Manhattan with rye, punt e mes, and benedictine) was delicious. I also had an old fashioned, a sky pilot (rum, cognac, lime, and sweet vermouth), and an opera (gin, dubbonet, and maraschino). My companions had a seelbach, frisco, green ghost, and a few others. All were superb.

The ice. The 50-lb blocks are incredible -as if there is no air in them at all. And I love the "icebergs" used in drinks like old fashioneds.

The glassware. The vintage recreations are absolutely gorgeous and appropriately-sized. The small sizes mean you can try a few concoctions without getting sloppy.

Cons: The decor. The place is cool and chic, but not particularly inviting. The oak bar with slate counters out back did not make me want to settle in for a few. Some people will love it, but just from a comfort standpoint, I don't think it's tops.

The crowds. They let too many people in. Of course, opening weekend will be packed, but limiting the crowds is not impossible. I know this is me being nit-picky, but a completely packed place is not fun. Especially not when it's packed with the DailyCandy crowd.

No menu. I know they planned it this way. I like the idea of each bartender customizing the drinks to each customer's taste, but I still want to see a small list of original creations.

The biggest problem are the prices. The drinks are $10. That doesn't seem like too much, but since the drinks are 1/2-2/3 the size of drinks at other bars (say ES, No 9, Green St.), the prices are really really steep.

If drinks were $7-8, I'd run back, but with the current prices, Drink will be a special occasion place for me.

Overall, I liked the place, but the 1/2-mile walk from South Station, the high prices, and the crowds (quantity and demographics) are definitely not going to make Drink displace other bars from my regular rotation.

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