Opus Affair is a social group that likes to support local arts organizations and artists by hosting monthly cocktail parties around Boston. Some people come to Opus Affair events for networking, others come for fun, but each monthly gathering is informal and very social. No plans tonight? Check out Opus Affair’s monthly get together. This month they will be at MOKSA located at 450 Mass Avenue.
Monday, 25-November 6PM at MOKSA 450 Mass. Ave.
More details here.
Last week I mentioned that Back Bay Harry’s would open later this week in this post. Starting Friday at 5pm you can check out this place first hand but tonight I stopped in at the restaurant as Back Bay Harry’s welcomed a lot of industry types and media to check out this new restaurant on the corner of the Back Bay and South End. Below are some photos from tonight’s celebration. Let me know if you end up visiting Back Bay Harry’s and tell me what you think about the new space and Chef Santos’ food.
Chef Jason Santos was in good spirits while he directed the capable crew who were busy feeding a lot of hungry guests who had come out to see the new restaurant on the eve of its opening.
The friendly crowd was in good spirits and seemed to enjoy the opening party, while they drank from Back Bay Harry’s spacious bar. The photo below gives you an idea of what to expect from the newly designed dining room which has lots of booths that look very comfortable.Back Bay Harry’s 142 Berkeley Street – Boston, MA
Blind Tiger made news earlier this month when food blogs around the city shared renderings of the space currently being remodeled and announced an early December opening. Conventional wisdom suggests if Boston Nightlife Ventures (BNV) is targeting an early December opening, one might realistically expect this to open in early 2014.
Blind Tiger is a self-described “craft cocktail speakeasy”. The design shows a lot of dark wood, leather, red accents, and chandeliers. The look has more in common with the long-standing tenant, Icarus, that closed in this space in 2009, than the previous restaurant, Noche, that BNV first opened here.
The images above of Noche Boston were a marked departure from the old Boston feel of the earlier tenant and one of the reasons I feel the bar scene was so vibrant initially. Perhaps the change back with this redesign will have the same effect, but I prefer the sleek look of Noche to the speakeasy vibe, that was trendy 5-10 years ago but now seems a bit overdone in Boston.
I’m curious to see how this redesign turns out and wish BNV much luck. What are your thoughts on the redesign?
While Boston’s unfriendly reputation is sometimes deserved there are a number of groups that have made a concerted effort to help people connect – like Opus Affair. This group defines themselves as a “community of artists and friends” who meet monthly for cocktails around Boston and each month Opus Affair attracts a large, friendly group worth checking out.
Some come for networking, others come for fun, but each monthly gathering is informal and very social. No plans tonight? Check out Opus Affair’s monthly get together. This month they will be at Forum in the Back Bay on Boylston Street.
Opus Affair at Forum Boston at 755 Boylston Street @ 6PM
More details about tonight’s get together is available here.
Joe My God posted this photo from Penn Station earlier this week, and I have to admit I love the Visit Philly tourism banner. Maybe I need to book a trip to Philadelphia.
Earlier this month Eater Boston reported that restaurant space formerly known as, Noche in the South End on Appleton Street, will open as a new venue called Blind Tiger in late August or early September.
Today from 4 to 8 PM at dBar in Dorchester
Just a reminder that this afternoon dBar is hosting their summer tea dance with proceeds going to DotOut. DJ Gay Jim from Kiss 108 will be spinning the Tea Dance tunes. A $10 donation is suggested to benefit local Dorchester charities.
Never been before? Check out pictures from last year’s summer Tea Dance at dbar, here.
Today, At-Large Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, filed a home rule petition to eliminate Massachusetts cap on alcohol licenses for restaurants.
Currently, new licenses issued cannot be transferred and must return to the City if the restaurant is closing but it will grandfather existing licenses so that current owners may retain the ability to sell their license in the future if they choose. Lastly, this home rule will close the loophole that ties a license to a location rather than a business.
“The time for legislative action is now; cities should have control over the alcohol licensing process,” Pressley said. “It’s time for us, not the state, to determine how to economically revitalize our neighborhoods.”
To this I can only say”Amen”. Previous efforts to increase the number of licenses under the cap have failed. This is the first time I’ve read about anyone trying to remove the cap.
Next Steps: The petition must be voted on by the City Council where it will hopefully pass and be signed by the Mayor. Following that, both the State Senate and House will need to vote before being signed by the Governor.
For more information: Jessica Taubner (617) 635-4217
The third Thursday of each month the Isabella Gardner Museum hosts their After Hours series that allows you to experience the Gardner Museum’s new wing, soak up the atmosphere, enjoy live music, and cocktails.
Courtyard Bar featuring Bellini | 5:30 pm-9 pm
Rumor has it that when Giuseppe Cipriani invented this cocktail, the color reminded him of a pink toga in a painting by 15th century Venetian artist Giovanni Bellini. We’ll drink to that!
Gallery Game: Italia! | 6 pm-8:30 pm
Try your hand at a lighthearted gallery game – focused on some of the exquisite Italian works in the collection.
Gardner After Hours costs $15 ($5 if you are a student). For more information about tonight’s After Hours or to purchase tickets link here.
As much as I love Boston, I realize you will never hear someone say “I love Boston’s nightlife”. My fair city’s nightlife ranks right up there (or should I say down there) with our weather. That doesn’t mean Boston lacks great bars, but it does mean you may have to go and hunt for them on occasion. Keeping that in mind, I was pleasantly surprised to learn each Sunday night Ecco Restaurant and Martini Bar in East Boston gets a friendly gay crowd who sip martinis and chat with friends and acquaintances. Who would’ve thunk it? East Boston?
Apparently there is a group on Facebook for anyone living in or near East Boston, that you may want to “like” (I did) to keep you posted on updates like when the GLBT community in that neighborhood congregate to sip martinis.
GayEbo (East Boston / Jeffries Point) Facebook Page
Tonight marks the three year anniversary of Fur & Gold at Boston’s gay bar, The Alley Bar, in Pi Alley near Downtown Crossing. For the past few years, the second Friday of each month has been designated “Fur and Gold” night. The evening attracts a friendly gay crowd that varies depending on the month, but with the three year anniversary planned for this month, I’m assuming you may want to check it out and stop by for a drink. More about Fur And Gold here.
Twenty-something, BostonMo, is collaborating with those wonderful people over at Urban Grape in the South End and The Salty Pig to host a fun and relaxed “Meet and Meat” mixer on Sunday, February 10th from 7-9PM.
Space is limited for this event and there is a small registration fee, but take heart that you will be able to sample wine, beer, and spirits, as well as platters of meats from The Salty Pig. Proceeds raised from this Sunday evening will go to benefit the Point Foundation – which empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society.
This is a bit different from the Advent calendar I recall having as a kid growing up. Perhaps my parents had this discretely tucked away somewhere. Believe it or not, this is a legitimate gift that may be purchased for approximately $240.00. More information here.
Pigalle is a cozy French restaurant that straddles Boston’s Theater District and Bay Village. It has a reputation as a great place for a quiet, romantic dinner. However, in the summer, Chef Marc Orfaly decided it was time to jazz up the place (literally) so each Monday, a jazz band plays while the kitchen serves food from only the bar menu.
Last Monday, I was invited to sample the new bar menu with my friend and food blogger, 40-Something Life. The Pigalle bar menu offers a wide variety with items ranging from $1 casino clams to a $39 for Sirloin Steak Frites au Poivre (most items are $5 – $15). Shown below: Smoked Trout Fried Rice ($12) and Asian-Style Tacos ($7).
The smoked trout fried rice comes in Chinese take-out containers and was one of my favorite menu items. Along with the rice and trout Chef Orfaly includes sausage, leeks and ginger. The delicious tacos shown above are with duck but the fall menu will serve these with pulled pork.
If you’d prefer shellfish, the Clams Casino ($1 ea), served on a bed of salt stuffed with chunks of bacon and buttery panko crumbs are fragrant enough to make you salivate, but beware these are served hot and can be hard to handle. A cooler option I preferred are the local oysters served on the half shell (note on Friday’s these are $1 each at the bar). If you would like something more hearty the burger and shepherd’s pie (shown below) are worth sinking your teeth into. The burger is topped with sharp cheddar, caramelized and fried onions that add plenty of flavor and a bit of crunch. The beef, short ribs shepherd’s pie is a must try. It comes served in a hot skillet perfectly seasoned, although I would have loved it if the mashed potatoes were more crispy on top. The bar menu includes other tempting options such as salads, fried artichoke hearts, Malaysian-style chicken wings, etc… Mix up your routine, enjoy Pigalle’s bar menu and live music on Monday nights. Don’t believe me? Check out my friend’s 40-Something Life review.
Pigalle is located at 75 Charles Street South (617) 423-4944
Cocktail enthusiasts rejoice! The Boston Cocktail Summit, the first-ever city-wide cocktail event will take place October 4-6, 2012.
Part convention, part festival, the 3-day celebration known as The Boston Cocktail Summit features Boston’s cocktail culture and highlights the city’s fascinating history of mixology, breweries, wineries, and distilleries, while offering educational programs for professionals and amateurs alike. All told there are approximately 75 official events.
The Boston Phoenix does an excellent job helping thirsty summit goers figure out what is available in their article Booze Your Own Adventure.Want to learn more? Purchase tickets to one of the events? Visit the event website, BostonCocktailSummit.com.