Category Archives: Cocktails

I love Cinquecento’s patio bar

cinquecento patio barIt is surprising to me how few people in the neighborhood seem to be aware of Cinquecento’s patio bar which is made from a repurposed shipping container. The 12-seat bar complete with comfortable patio furniture is Sergio and my favorite place to grab a drink outside.

Boston Magazine had a great write-up about their bar in June; complete with far better photos than the one I asked Sergio to take on my iPhone (when will the iPhone come with a decent camera?) If you’ve not checked out the bar, I’d suggest giving it a try. It is the only outdoor bar that I know of in the neighborhood.

Opus Affair heads to Scholars for cocktails in DTX Tuesday, April 28th

Opus AffairTomorrow after work, Opus Affair will host a social at Scholars Boston Bistro located near Downtown Crossing at 25 School Street.  This gregarious group attracts artists and those who appreciate the arts community to their monthly social.  If you’ve never attended be certain to give their Punch Bowl Fund a try.  Your purchase of their punch bowl will go to something they call the Punch Bowl Fund where you get to designate a ticket to one of three arts charities.  At the end of the night the charity with the most tickets from the punch bowl drinks gets to take home that month’s “donation”.

Scholars Boston Bistro at 25 School Street in DTX
Tuesday, April 28th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Make sure to RSVP  (There isn’t a cost – it is just to help keep count!)

Who is Opus Affair?  They are a community of artists and friends who love the arts and gather together for cocktails to chat about the arts scene and make new friends.  If you’ve never been to an Opus Affair social come and check them out.

Sam Adams Brewery “Flight Night” Wed. 5-7PM

Sam adamsJoin the Sam Adams Brewery for “Flight Night” every Wednesday from 5 pm to 7 pm during the Spring and Summer.

Flight Night at Sam Adams Brewery

Choose from Sam Adams wide assortment of beers, which range from experimental brews to their flagship Boston Lager and seasonal collection.  Having a drink with friends in their beautiful brewery in JP is a great way to end your day and celebrate hump day.

Boston Magazine: A Chef’s Guide to Eating Well in the South End

A Chef’s Guide to Eating Well in the South End, Christopher HughesRead Boston Magazine’s article penned by Christopher Hughes, A Chef’s Guide to Eating Well in the South End. Hughes, the magazine’s online food editor, asked Ken Oringer (Clio, Uni & Toro) and Top Chef season 10 winner Kristen Kish to share their favorite South End spots.

The article really illustrates how lucky South End residents are, showcasing a wide variety of options.  If you are curious where Oringer and Kish go for cocktails and / or cuisine check out the article. My only surprise – even though I agreed with many of their choices – was how many other options we have in this tiny neighborhood that went unmentioned.

How can anyone overlook such neighborhood gems like Formaggio with their superior selection of cheeses and meats or Brix with their unique selection of small vintage wineries?  Restaurants and bakeries like South End Pita, Orinoco, Elephant Walk and Render Coffee add color and options that most neighborhoods would kill to have but the South End has such a rich collection it is easy to forget all the markets, restaurants, bakeries and cafes crammed into this tiny n’hood.

Opus Affair social at Stoddards tonight

Opus AffairTonight, Opus Affair will ring in the New Year at Stoddard’s in Downtown Crossing, where three years ago they started their now famous Punch Bowl Fund. This month’s Punch Bowl is featuring: Bridge Rep of Boston, Girls Rock Camp, and Opera on Tap.

Make sure to RSVP

(Note:  there is no cost to RSVP – it is just to help keep count!)

Who is Opus Affair?  They are a community of artists and friends who love the arts and gather together for cocktails to chat about the arts scene and make new friends.  If you’ve never been to an Opus Affair social come and check them out.

Drinking preference of Americans by state


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Vinepair has created a map to show the the drinking preferences of Americans by state.  The states are classified into four different colors to show their preference in wine, beer, spirit or other alcohol.

What do you make of your state’s preference? While I do like beer, I have to admit I’m far more likely to have either a glass of wine or dry martini.

Wine review: The Prisoner

wine review, napa valley wineryThis past week I purchased a bottle of The Prisoner at the Whole Foods in my neighborhood.  The wine is named after the winery “The Prisoner Wine Co.” and was ranked #89 on the 100 of 2014, but it was the brooding rendering on the label that intrigued me enough to make the purchase.

The wine is a blend that mostly comprises Zinfandel but also includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Charbono, and Grenache. Upon pouring a glass of the wine the aroma made my mouth water.  Hints of cherry and licorice are followed by others that are hard to place but not hard to enjoy.

Although this would be an easy wine for me to have on its own, I paired it with a d’affinois cheese with truffles (similar to a very creamy brie).  If you enjoy  reds and creamy brie cheese you may want to consider opening this when nobody else is around so you needn’t share. The Whole Foods South End has The Prisoner on sale for $39.99.  Online prices for the 2013 bottle ranging from $39.99 – $50.00.

Wine review

The Prisoner wine and d’affinois cheese with truffles and crackers