You’ve unpacked your luxury South End apartment and appointed it with your signature class and style. Your friends are eager to see your new place, but you want to impress them with more than beer and wine in your living room. Fortunately, there’s finery at the restaurants and bars just steps from your front door. When you’re ready for upscale drinks in Boston’s South End, don’t miss the vibrant scenes at these five destinations.
Tuesday Night Scotch Club at Wink & Nod
An experience unlike any other, Wink & Nod (3 Appleton St.) has all the trappings of a modern speakeasy. Stellar libations complement an eclectic menu created by rising chefs with six-month culinary residencies. Sip and learn at a Tuesday evening Scotch club perfect for those with discerning palates and inquiring minds.
Fancy Liquor Flavors at The Gallows
For superior cocktails and unparalleled service, stop by The Gallows (1395 Washington St.). Named for its proximity to colonial Boston’s public hanging locale, this gastropub boasts terrific poutine and original drinks starring the likes of pear gin, lavender vodka, ginger bourbon and Thai basil tequila. Try the Skin & Bones or the Queen Bee for an unforgettable nightcap.
Sparkling Wine and Champagne at The Beehive
Move over, nightclubs — The Beehive (541 Tremont St.) has it all. Located in The Boston Center for the Arts complex, this restaurant and bar features delectable comfort food and stand-out beverages amidst gallery space and live jazz music. Sparkling wine and champagne are the darlings of a show-stopping wine list organized by region and soil type.
Whimsical Cocktails at Lion’s Tail
Voted The Improper Bostonian’s 2018 First-Date Destination winner, Lion’s Tail (354 Harrison Ave.) is a lively, romantic gem. The whimsical cocktail menu includes headings such as Adventurous (think exotic flavors and add-ins) and Stirred and Straightforward (find clever drink names like The Dude Abides and Stacy’s Mom). Great beer and wine lists and a rotating late-night menu make Lion’s Tail a must.
Cider, Sherry and Vermouth at Toro
Pairing authentic Spanish tapas with signature cocktails and exceptional cider, sherry and vermouth selections, Toro (1704 Washington St.) is a South End treasure. A spectacular Sunday brunch includes a special drink menu that features standards like sangria and original creations such as a frozen gin and tonic. Plan ahead if you want dinner seating for a group — this cozy spot doesn’t accept reservations.
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