Well yet another 37th birthday has come and gone, this year being back in boston after a 4 year absence, my best friend took me to all the new places hot and hoppin in the South End. I used to be in the south in before it was HOT and for many years there after but i have to admit this was an amazing time.
1st started at Gaslight, as someone that has known seth woods since the early days, i have to admit its his best concept yet, the bar is uber french masculine ( those of you that have been to paris will understand) the old school cocktail are to be enjoyed, started with a Fluer de les , the subtle lavender liquer that is used in this cocktail is decadent. enjoyed the pate, tartar , escargot all expertly prepared and executed, at this point we decided to continue on and head towards Union, which just so happens to be another Seth Woods project, sat at the bar, cocktails and apps were so so, after the amazing experience at gaslight is sort of paled and this bar.
Next Stop, B&G Oysters, sat at the counter, place was hopping (for a monday night) great crowd, great staff, had oysters, & Champagne, then off to catch some jazz at Beehive. Totally fell in love with Beehive, hard to believe that I was still in Boston, with its sub terraine location and live jazz nightly, again on a monday night at 10:30 pm it was on fire, had a few cocktails and decided to head to an old favorite haunt of mine
Franklin Cafe, of course had to stop in and stay hello to Elaina, a mainstay since she left geoffreys in the late 90's, had cocktails and the chefs sent a few apps over, can only say that the Franklin has only gotten better with age.
Overall its amazing that a monday night birthday on a cold 21st day in October could have yeilded such and amazing experience in a neighborhood that i have been a patron of since the days of tremont ice crean and botolphs on tremont