Category Archives: Cocktails

Moves & Shakers cocktail competition tomorrow

Boston cocktail competitionTomorrow evening I’ll be at the Cyclorama in Boston’s South End attending the 5th annual Movers & Shakers cocktail competition. If you love a good cocktail, you may want to check out this fun competition as some of the city’s best restaurants compete to craft a cocktail worthy being called a work of art.  Food pairings will be presented alongside these creative concoctions and best of all you get to vote to decide the favorites.

Tickets to the event that runs from 7:00 – 9:00 PM on Wednesday, April 23rd are $35.00 an can be purchased here.

Wink & Nod opens in Boston’s South End

Wink and Nod BostonWink & Nod a self-proclaimed ‘craft cocktail speakeasy’ is located near the corner of Appleton and Tremont Street in the South End. They opened for business last month so I suggested to a colleague / friend that we pay a visit to check out the South End’s newest watering hole.

The photos which I pulled from Wink & Nod’s Facebook Page give you a glimpse into this subterranean space that has come together under the guidance of the ever present and friendly General Manager, Curtis McMillan. Gone are the mirrors and modern, clean lines associated with the former tenant, Noche, and in its place are dark and rich colors with comfortable leather banquets, large arm chairs and couches to recline and sip one of the many cocktails or nosh on some of the food chefs Jeremy Kean and Philip Kruta seem to crank out quickly.

Wink and Nod BostonI have to admit I was somewhat circumspect when Curtis first told me about his vision for the space several months back, but I enjoyed my first visit. The space is comfortable and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Be sure to check out their signature cocktails – all named after notorious cougars.  On my first visit I enjoyed a mezcal mixture called the Mrs. Robinson and my friend opted for  the Joan Collins. However, if our selections don’t appeal to you fear not – there are plenty of small screen and big screen vamps to seduce you, from the Cattrall which does look tempting to the Raquel that is served in a funny looking tiki mug.

The menu looks interesting, but I didn’t explore it properly on this visit. I do plan to go back and will try some of the food on my next visit. Wink & Nod is a welcome addition to the neighborhood, and I wish it much success. Have you visited Wink & Nod? Let me know what you think.

Wink & Nod is located at 3 Appleton Street in the South End.

Movers and Shakers cocktail competition

Boston cocktail competitionLater this month The Boston Center for the Arts presents its 5th Annual Movers & Shakers Cocktail Competition on Wednesday, April 23rd.

Enjoy fabulous food pairings presented alongside creative concoctions made by some of Boston’s best mixologists.  While these restaurants will compete to craft a cocktail worthy being called a work of art, attendees get to help to decide by voting on your favorite concoction.

Here is a partial list of participating restaurants: Aquitaine, Avert at the Ritz Carlton, the Beehive, Cinquecento, D Bar, Granary Tavern, Hamersley’s, Kirkland Tap & Trotter, Sorriso,  The Sinclair, Trade, Les Zygomates, Stephie’s in Southie, Stephanie’s on Newbury and Mooooo.

Tickets are now on sale for $35 and can be purchased here. 

Opus Affair this Monday

Opus AffairMark your calendar, Opus Affair’s March social takes place Monday, March 24th at Forum in Back Bay at 755 Boylston Street.  This month’s Punch Bowl Fund will raise money for one of these three arts charities: Zoe Dance CompanyTramontana, and Massmouth

Opus Affair at Park – Monday, March 24th at 6PM

RSVP – No Cost

What is Opus Affair’s Punch Bowl Fund? Think of it as a charitable drinking game where you are invited to contribute $5 (cash) to the fund. In return you recieve a drink ticket for a glass of punch and a ballot to vote for one of three featured arts organizations. At the end of the night, the organization with the most votes will collect the total amount raised that night.

Who is Opus Affair?  They are a community of artists and friends who get together each month for cocktails and to chat about the arts scene.

P.O.V. Washington, D.C.

POV view of white houseLast week I stayed at the W Washington D.C. in my review I commented on the P.O.V. roof terrace bar and restaurant that features beautiful views of The White House and Washington Monument.  While the menu is very limited and the food best described as “okay”, the view and the vibe make it a place better suited for a cocktail and conversation. Unfortunately it was so cold when I was there the patio was enclosed so I’ve included this photograph from Starwood Hotels.

W Washington D.C.Should you be visiting D.C.,  skip the grub and come here for an early evening cocktail; the sunset can be beautiful.  The subdued lighting facing the Washington Monument has more of a club vibe with the black and red decor where as the black and white checkered flooring and open terrace overlooking the White House has a more casual feel so choose the side you’d like to visit depending on your mood and preferred view.

P.O.V. is located atop the W Washington Hotel at 515 15th St NW.

Wine flow chart

Wine Flow ChartLast week I posted What kind of wines do you preferBased on the feedback I received, I assume many of you are like me and love wine so I wanted to share this funny ‘wine flowchart’ that my brother shared with me last week.

I suppose the only question left in this flowchart is what kind of wine will you pour yourself? Since it is winter, I’ll probably grab a bigger red to cozy up with this evening.

Ultimate list of cocktails

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I ‘stumbled’ upon this chart while killing time on StumbleUpon earlier this month and thought this would be the perfect thing to share for a Saturday afternoon / early evening post.

BosGuy visits K.C.

Kansas City MODespite the fact that I’ve traveled through much of the US, I’ve not spent much time in the middle of the country so I didn’t know what to expect when work brought me to Kansas City, MO last week. One gets the impression that 100+ years ago K.C. was probably a very important and slightly lawless place that served as a crossroad for travelers.

Jack Stack BarbecueI don’t see myself returning to Kansas City unless work brings me there but should you visit I would suggest trying one of their famous barbecue restaurants.  K.C. loves their BBQ, and I had a fun meal at Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue, but there are so many just pick one close to your hotel.

Manifesto Kansas CityOn our third night my colleagues and I were hungry for a non-BBQ dinner and we found a good option nearby in the entertainment district at the restaurant, The Drop.  Our waitress also gave us a great tip to check out Manifesto at The Rieger Hotel for a nightcap.  The subterranean bar plays off its location’s history as a speakeasy that Al Capone use to visit.  My favorite drink was a gin based cocktail called The Girl from Cadiz made with gin, sherry, lemon, mint, dried juniper berries and lemon grass for garnish.  I’m going to dream about this cocktail for a long time.

Opus Affair checks out Park in Harvard Square

Opus AffairOpus Affair’s January social takes place tonight at Park in Harvard Square at 59 JFK Street.  This month’s Punch Bowl Fund will raise money for one of these three arts charities: Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, Meravelha, and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company.

Opus Affair at Park – Monday, January 27th at 6PM

RSVP – No Cost

What is Opus Affair’s Punch Bowl Fund you ask? Think of it as a charitable drinking game where you are invited to contribute $5 (cash) to the fund. In return you recieve a drink ticket for a glass of punch and a ballot to vote for one of three featured arts organizations. At the end of the night, the organization with the most votes will get a donation for the total amount raised that night.

Who is Opus Affair?  They are a community of artists and friends who get together each month for cocktails and to chat about the arts scene.

Spencer Trappist Ale

Spencer Trappist AleWhen people think of local brewers, Sam Adams most likely comes to mind although the region does have an excellent collection of  brewers that deserve attention.  Last weekend NPR reported that there is one more brewery out in Western MA that may be worth checking out if only for the novelty. Spencer Trappist Ale has started selling their ale in Massachusetts this week, although I’ve not been able to identify where. UPDATE: In Boston, you can get this at Social Wines in Southie.

I associate the Trappist monks in Western MA with making delicious preserves so I’m intrigued. Apparently St. Joseph’s Abbey is only one out of ten Trappist abbeys worldwide to make ale and the only one outside of Europe.  More about this story can be read here.

Guinness: Phones down, Bottoms up

BeerI’m not a Guinness drinker but I certainly do love their advertisements.  I think this latest campaign is fantastic; unintended double entendre and all.

Opus Affair tonight at MOKSA

Opus AffairOpus 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.

Back Bay Harry’s opens Friday at 5PM

Back Bay Harry'sLast 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.

Back Bay Harry'sChef 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.

Back Bay Harry's barThe 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'sBack Bay Harry’s 142 Berkeley Street – Boston, MA

Blind Tiger

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.

Boston Nightlife VenturesBlind 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.

Boston Nightlife VenturesThe 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? 

Opus Affair at Forum Boston tonight

Opus AffairWhile 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.