Bar to Bar Through Beantown
“They use a lot of real fruit in their beverages which is a nice touch, and the open concept allows you to see them making your drinks in their entirety.”
Neighborhood: Back Bay
Address: 279 Dartmouth Street
Date of Visit: Thursday, April 28, 2011
Bartender Name: Unknown 😦
We came into The Met Bar (aka Met Back Bay) with a little bit of hesitation – it’s current location is the old location of our favorite drinking establishment – Joe’s Bar & Grill (be on the lookout for their review soon!). The place looked COMPLETELY different. There are two sections to this restaurant – an upstairs bar and a downstairs bar. We headed downstairs to our old stomping grounds and were pleasantly surprised. It’s open and airy, and our favorite feature, the bar in the middle of the room, was renovated (see above). This place is classy. The aluminum counter tops are a great touch and there’s even a few TV screens for the die hard sports fans. The bar stools are extremely comfortable, and even the bar back is padded so that you don’t hit your knees when sitting! There are also coat hooks under the bar – perfect for hanging a purse or small jacket.
They use a lot of real fruit in their beverages which is a nice touch, and the open concept allows you to see them making your drinks in their entirety. The downstairs also contains a carving station (see below). While there was no one there for happy hour on a Thursday, I’m sure it’s a nice feature on other occasions. If you’re coming in for dinner, beware of some high food prices – soups alone will run you about $9, and their burger, $18.
Review: Y-U-M. Yum! This drink was tasty. It tasted like a mix between a pina colada and the “caramel delight” Girl Scout Cookies (referred to a “Samoas” in most parts of the country). The rim was coated in toasted coconut which was delicious, but gave the drink a strange texture when taken in with the liquid. Chewy isn’t a word I use often to refer to drinks, but if you sip the drink with the coconut rim, that’s what you get. This concoction definitely gave me a little bit of a buzz (no complaints here) and even one of the servers was raving about it. I would easily order it again.
Review: First and foremost, the bartenders were pretty knowledgeable, which, in my opinion, was pretty important in making a delicious Sidecar. The drink was perfectly mixed, where I could taste (and enjoy) the cognac, but was not overwhelmed by the alcohol. The “Pom” gave it a fresh and sweet taste, perfect for a warm summer day (even though it was raining when we went). The garnish, a fresh orange slice, was a little much and made the drink nearly impossible to enjoy without making a mess, hence, it was quickly removed and tossed to the side.
Wine Prices: White wines by the glass $7 to $15, by the bottle $24 to $90. Red wines also sold by the glass, with bottles ranging the spectrum, including a $110 bottle. Champagne also available, and some wines are available in half bottles.
Beer Prices: They have quite a selection of draft beers, bottles, and micro-brews, which are all $5.50.
Other: Met Back Bay has a fairly extensive drink menu, including 7 martinis, 8 “Library Bar” drinks (think bourbon and gin concoctions) and 8 Met “Creations” which consists of various mojitos, daiquiris, cosmos, and the like.