Saint to close doors

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
July 14, 2011

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For nearly a decade, Saint has been a happening spot. Indeed, when the Back Bay boite opened in ’02, Boston’s nightlife scene suddenly got a whole lot groovier. “We were creating a nightlife trend for grown-ups,’’ says owner Brian Lesser. “It was something unique, fusing entertainment, nightlife, and food.’’ It was a scene enjoyed not only by urbanites, but also a slew of celebrities, who would slip into Lesser’s lounge with the expectation of partying discreetly with a cool crowd. Well, all good things must pass, and that time has come for Saint. The club on Exeter Street is closing its doors July 24. Lesser plans to reopen in the same location but wouldn’t dish on the details. “We want to stay at the forefront of what we do, and this is the time to go ahead and do a reconcept and bring something new back to the city.’’ What distinguished Saint from so many other nightspots in the city was the vibe, exemplified by the all-red Bordello Room, a comfy collection of sofas and low tables arranged around a long bar. The long list of celebs who hung out at Saint included Sting, Justin Timberlake, members of the Rolling Stones and Maroon 5, Robbie Williams, John Mellencamp, Val Kilmer, Michael Jordan, and Derek Jeter. Paul Pierce held his 30th birthday party there (he likes Asti Spumante). Duran Duran drank lustily at the bar. And one strange night Richard Dreyfuss, Tony Hawk, and Gene Simmons were all at separate tables. “Saint’s always been a place to party, not get paid,’’ says Lesser. “Celebrities may get paid to appear at other clubs, but they come here to have fun.’’ The next couple of weeks will be the last couple of weeks at Saint, so Lesser and the staff are planning to celebrate. And, as always, they’ll do it in style.