eat. DRINK. and be merry.

“Never cry over spilt milk. It could have been whiskey” – “Pappy” Maverick – 1957

I have to give you a bit of a disclaimer up front. I am not, and never have been, much of a drinker. My typical foray in to the world of alcohol is more often than not directly associated with my love of food. With me, think along the lines of, “What wine is going to enhance the taste of this steak?”

That being said, we made a pit stop the other night prior to making our way to Boston’s North End. That pit stop was at a place, simply called, Drink. For the record, this place has changed my opinions entirely about the merits of a well made cocktail.

Drink can be found in Boston’s Fort Point district, snugly located in the basement level of 348 Congress Street. The set up is simple – three U-shaped bars, with plenty of bartenders to keep all patrons happy. They have a bar menu that offers up bar basics with a twist, like spiced peanuts, or something a little more homey and comforting like a grilled cheese sandwich. While we were enjoying our drinks, our group enjoyed perfect steak-cut french fries with a garlic aioli. A must for the lightweight {insert grinning emoticon here!}.

But the star of the night is, without a doubt, the drinks. Would you expect anything less from a place by this name?

One of the many drinks that were a highlight of this evening is a variation of a Manhattan known as the Fort Point. The Fort Point is made with Rye Whiskey, Punt e Mes and Benedictine. Obviously, not everyone is a bartender, so some of those may sound foreign. Let me do the work of research for you and offer a hand.

Punt e Mes is an Italian vermouth. Flavor wise you can imagine it to be half-way between regular vermouth and Campari. Benedictine is an herbal liqueur, a mix of herbs, roots and sugars on a cognac base. A little bit of online research and a brief chat with one of the bartenders puts the brand of Rye Whiskey used as “Old Overholt”.

My personal favorite on the night — The Bee’s Knees. Made with gin, honey syrup and fresh lemon juice, this is one of the most refreshing drinks I’ve ever had. To say I would have two means I would have had twelve. In the words of a friend of mine: “You know what this tastes like? Another one.”

Drinks @ Drink
Drinks @ Drink

But, say you don’t know anything about drinks. If that’s the case, don’t worry. I’m right there with you. We’ll make it through together! Or, maybe you just aren’t sure which specific drink you’re in the mood for. It is EXACTLY at these moments when the cocktail wizardry of the bartenders at Drink comes in to play.

If you don’t know what you want to drink, just tell your bartender what flavors you like. Mint? Citrus?  Spicy? Whatever you can throw at them, the bartenders will find a concoction that you didn’t even know was your favorite drink. Guaranteed.

Drink is truly for anyone. Whether you’re a newbie to the world of mixed drinks, or a seasoned veteran, they will take care of you. Want to know what makes them even better? If you’re interested in trying to recreate your Drink experience without even leaving the house, they aren’t shy about sharing the “HOW” of drink making. Ask your bartender for the recipe, they’ll hook you up. Or, if your on Facebook (go on… pretend you aren’t), check out the “Notes” section of their Facebook page.

To sum it all up in five words or less: Eat. DRINK. And be merry.

Foodie Note: For those of you that doubt my opinion of Drink, I am not the only one who loves this place! Drink was recently named by Bon Apetite Magazine as one of the Top 10 Best New Cocktail Bars in the country. How do you like THEM apples?

348 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 695-1806

6 thoughts on “eat. DRINK. and be merry.

  1. I’ve heard of this place. Quite a few people have said its good. Will have to check it out! Thanks, Foodie. Guess I’ll check you out more often.

  2. As a fellow taster the night the Foodie tried drink, I will say it was as good as advertised! I will be making it a regular stop when I go to town.

  3. I have to 100% agree. Drink is a bar that really trains their bartenders. And really make a great cocktail, while pushing the limits

  4. I should add that my drink was called ‘Joe goes to Mexico’ and was put together based on my description of my drink preferences. I explained that I preferred salty to sweet and like smokey scotch. Voila!

    Oh, and let’s get this blog going, get a Facebook fan page already and lets have people find this thing!

  5. I’ve heard of this place. Quite a few people have said its good. Will have to check it out! Thanks, Foodie. Guess I’ll check you out more often.

  6. I had a great time at Drink.
    I enjoy my drinks but I’m still learning what I like and what tastes good together so I was a little hesitant when my friends wanted to go to Drink. But the bartenders are very friendly and the place is not intimidating at all! I had the Southside and the Fort Point. Both delicious and potent!

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