If you couldn't already tell from reading this blog, I'm a cocktail girl. As much as I try to love beer, I just can't help that I'm drawn towards mixed drinks instead.
So when I found out that Towne Stove & Spirits added a slew of new drinks to their cocktail menu, I couldn't wait to try them all. I enlisted a willing friend and we made our way to Boylston Street on a recent Wednesday night.
The restaurant has three distinct areas -- the front bar and lounge area, the back dining room (which also has a bar), and the upstairs section -- which are appropriately named the Street Lounge, Downtowne, and Uptowne. We sat in the front lounge area, which has a great layout and a beautiful bar but is very dimly lit (hence the bad drink photos, sorry!)
Towne Culinary Director Lydia Shire and Executive Chef Mario Capone have also introduced a new bar menu, which includes crab & spinach dip, duck quesadillas, sweet potato fries, and fried zucchini sticks, among other options. We opted for the sweet potato fries with our first round of drinks -- a Cucumber Rose and a Towne Lemonade (both pictured). The Cucumber Rose, made with cucumber vodka, rosemary simple syrup, and prosecco float, then given a sugar rim, was phenomenal. Perfectly cucumber-y with a slight hint of rosemary and just enough carbonation to give it an edge. I loved it. The Towne Lemonade was also delicious, made with blueberry vodka, lemonade, pomegranate juice and real blueberries. Less original but very well made, plus I'm a huge fan of real fruit in my cocktails.
Next we tried the Roman Candle -- a fruitier drink made with prosecco, Chambord liqueur, and pineapple juice, topped off with a raspberry -- and the Ginger Flower -- also prosecco-based, made with ginger, cognac, elderflower liquer, and a dash of lemon juice. Though I liked both of these champagne-like drinks, the Cucumber Rose was my favorite by far.
Beware: drinks are pricey, almost $14 each. The bar menu, however, is relatively reasonable, with prices in the $8 - $15 range. Regardless, I'd definitely recommend Towne as a fun spot to meet a friend on a weekday for a drink. They've also got a bar scene on the weekends -- I've been on Friday and Saturday nights, and it's a fun vibe with a solid mix of older folks and young professionals. My drinks weren't as well made on weekend nights, but with a very busy bar, I guess that's probably to be expected.
I also love that Towne is a very different scene from most of the bars on Boylston -- as much as I love Pour House, Whiskey's, and Lir, it's always nice to mix it up!
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About the authorRachel 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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