When you work 40 hours a week, going out on Friday nights can be tough. You're exhausted from the week, and all you really want to do is curl up on the couch, watch your DVR recordings from the week and then go to bed early. I feel ya.
Last Friday, I had to practically force myself not to flop down on the couch when I got home from work. Instead, I made the trip down to the waterfront to the Capiz Lounge, located inside the Renaissance Hotel. The hotel has just recently begun a live music series, RLife Live, and every Friday night from 9 PM to 11 PM (and Thursday nights from 5 to 7 PM) local bands perform in the lounge, where Blue Ribbon appetizers and special cocktails are available all evening, in addition to the regular bar menu.
Forcing myself to spend the night out ended up being well worth it. When I arrived around 9:30 PM, Joe Fox & the Fourth Floor Band were well into a jam session, and the lounge was half filled with a wide range of attendees -- hotel guests (many who were in town to run the marathon), residents from the nearby Park Lane apartments, and a variety of couples and groups of friends, some in their 20's and 30's, others in their 50's.
I grabbed a spot at the bar and ordered a Hummingbird, made with Cava, St. Germain, and fresh raspberries, which has definitely made its way onto my list of favorite cocktails. A few minutes later, three of my friends arrived -- two of whom played copycat and ordered Hummingbirds, the other a vodka martini.
We got an order of the "Northern Fried" chicken wings, served with Mexican honey dipping sauce. Definitely not my favorite wings, they lacked the flavor I was hoping for, but the manchego and Mexican honey toast we got was delicious -- I would never think to combine honey and cheese, but it worked well!
We spent the next two hours drinking and laughing, listening to the band during lulls in conversation. By the time we left at 11:30 PM, the band had packed up, but the bar was significantly more crowded.
It was a perfect, low key Friday night after a long work week. Convenient to the silver line, or an easy walk from South Station if it's warm out, heading to the lounge for some music and cocktails is a great way to spend a chill night out. Or, if you've got more energy than I do, make a stop at the Renaissance hotel after you've had dinner in the area, and before you head to another waterfront bar!
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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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