Boston’s Best Drinks For Foodies

June 30, 2011 3:20 AM

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Finding a finely crafted spirit can be like a breath of fresh summer air. Pair it with delicious food, and you get the places on this list, which are sure to please the palate.
– By Meghan Malloy
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Craigie on Main

853 Main St
Cambridge, MA
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In Craigie on Main, James Beard award-winning Chef Tony Maws has created one of Boston’s most shining food and beverage stars. Start with a Craigie Cocktail Whim, allowing Craigie’s staff to introduce to you four mini cocktails, all handcrafted with fresh seasonal ingredients and top shelf liquor. Follow that up with a sumptuous six or ten course tasting menu paired with wines and maybe even delivered by Chef Maws himself. Or if you can wait, view Craigie (one of Bon Appetit’s “Hot 10” Best Brunch Places in the U.S.) at its Sunday brunch best. An open kitchen and a staff with some serious wine, beer, and food knowledge round out the intimate experience in this small eatery.

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Seiyo Sushi and Wine Shop

1721 Washington St
(Massachusetts Avenue)
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 447-2183
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This South End gem has a beer list that is multiple pages long, an equally impressive wine list, and what is rumored to be the largest sake menu in the Northeast. Where else can you pair an extensive, and I mean extensive list of fresh and funky sushi rolls (lobster BLT, for example!) with beers from around the globe and make it work? Warm staff will help you decide between the two or dozen beers you are eyeing up. Patio dining allows you to take your sushi under the stars for a full view of South End hustle and bustle.

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348 Congress Street
Boston MA 02110
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The name says it all. Descend the stairs to Barbara Lynch’s subterranean cocktail lounge for drinks that incorporate only the freshest ingredients and hand shaved/ chopped ice. One would think that with the pressure to create an individual experience for each patron, staff would be short or rushed, which could not be farther from the truth. There is a visible desire to make your drink at Drink a personalized, creative experience, and questions (along with a bit of patience) are welcome. Small, savory bites like grilled cheese or blue cheese stuffed dates wrapped in bacon provide just enough sustenance, so that you can stay one drink longer.

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Woodward at Ames

1 Court St
(Washington Street)
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 979-8200
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Where can you find shots of whiskey chased by house-made pickle brine? Woodward at Ames has you covered! Of course, Woodward offers much, much more in the line of libations. Their cocktail list is creativity meets classics meets fresh, seasonal ingredients with favorites including a Thyme Bee’s Knees and a shout out to our hometown in a Boston Mule. A manageable but interesting wines-by-the-glass list, knowledgeable servers, and a sunny downtown patio round out the food and drink experience.

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Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

250 Northern Ave
(between Boston Fish Pier & Trilling Way)
Boston, MA 02210

New to the Boston dining scene, Del Frisco’s has it all. Sweeping views of Boston Harbor? Check! Super fresh seafood, perfectly cooked steaks, and impeccably choreographed service? They got that too! Del Frisco’s serves up all of that with a side of swank that Boston desperately needed. For wine-lovers, Del Frisco’s walls are filled with bottles, over 1000 carefully selected choices and an impressive by-the-glass list. If it is that old school steakhouse charm you are looking for, an ice cold martini is just a shake or a stir away. Everyone is treated like a VIP at Del Frisco’s, so why not sip on a their signature VIP martini, made with vodka infused with fresh pineapple? With the allure of Del Frisco’s food, drinks, and ambiance, you might just be sipping next to a player from your favorite Boston sports team or a Hollywood star; rumor has it Mark Wahlberg and the cast of Entourage have already been in for dinner.

Meghan Malloy is a Marketing & Social Media Consultant in Boston. She shares her love of food, wine, and travel in her blog Travel, Wine, and Dine: