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Backbar Open and Worth Seeking Out

rlh | Dec 16, 201101:06 PM

Stopped in last night after learning they were opening this week - seems truly speakeasy style for now with only a small handwritten sign on a solid metal door - I ended up going into Journeyman and asking then was pointed though the back and down the hall.

The L-shaped room is mod, seems kind of unfinished, and the lighting is weird. Walking up to the packed bar in the back, I was greeted by a really gracious host - she explained nicely that all seats were full but that I was welcome to wait by the entrance for an open one - and then brought me a menu (a few drinks, mostly new twists on classics, along with some tasty sounding small bites) and a complimentary glass of delicious punch.

Seeing Bryn Tattan behind the bar (and relieved later to learn she's still at Drink on Mon and Tues nights) and loving her Old Fashioneds , I asked for one. I also asked about the little "Reserved" signs on some tables with open seats - they do take reservations (by phone for now) for both table seating and at the bar - I'd recommend it given the crowd there last night.

I was seated at the bar before my drink was even ready (under 10 minutes) - Bryn, Sam, and Joe (new to me, from a bar in Southie) were really humming along behind a pretty small bar and putting out top notch drinks again and again while also conversing with customers. It was lively and energetic and fun. I'll be back and hope it's not also overrun by then.

9 Sanborn Ct, Somerville, MA 02143

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