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Don't be scared of The Gallows

Posted by Rachel Kossman  December 28, 2011 01:03 PM

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A few weeks back, I met two former coworkers at The Gallows in the South End for drinks and appetizers. I'd written about this hot spot last year in my South End nightlife gallery for, but had only been inside to check it out and talk to the staff, I'd never actually sat down for drinks.

gallows.pngWe chose the bar stools in the corner against the windows, we had a view of the street and our own little space to sit and chat. For a Tuesday evening it was relatively busy, but not too noisy that we had to shout - a good medium. The interior is absolutely beautiful - light wood lines the walls, and distinctive chandeliers hang from the ceilings.

Our drinks were unique and delicious, both in their names and ingredients. I tried the Victorian Sedation, made with blueberries, lemon, and simple syrup mixed with lemon vodka, and Swati opted for the Kathoey, a rum drink with lime, ginger, basil, and sweet vermouth. Instead of the hard stuff, Courtney opted for a glass of red wine, which she said was a great pick.

The three of us split the Farmers board and learned that mincemeat is not actually meat at all, but instead a delicious (and vegetarian!) concoction of dried fruits, spices and wine - almost like a spiced, chunky fruit salsa or jam. (For the Jews, it's very similar to charoset!) The board was a perfect amount of food for the three of us - a great cheese selection, the honey was an excellent touch, and a very reasonable $5 each when split 3 ways.

My favorite thing about this spot wasn't actually the drinks or the food, but the service. Our waitress was friendly, incredibly helpful, and very patient when we had difficulty making up our mind. She came back often, but not too often - the best type of attentive.

So despite the eerie name, which comes because this particular part of the city used to host public hangings, I will definitely be returning!

Have you been to The Gallows? Love it? Hate it? What have you had off the menu? Comment!

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Rachel Kossman is a California girl and New England transplant who graduated from Northeastern University in 2011. She has a penchant for discovering new restaurants and bars, devouring Mexican food, More »

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