Bar to Bar Through Beantown
“The vibe here is a bit more old school. Think saloon style – lots of wood, a bit darker, but still snazzy.”
Neighborhood: Back Bay
Address: 284 NewburyStreet
Date of Visit: Thursday, April 28, 2011
Server Name: Caroline
Reader, if you’ve taken note of the dates on the past few posts, you’ve probably realized we were in the middle of a bar hopping kind of evening. We apologize in advance for the fuzziness of the images of Charley’s – it’s clear by this time we’ve had a few beverages (fairly sure Valerie had a Captain & Diet before leaving Joe’s as well). Nevertheless, our ratings are still valid. We wandered into Charley’s to get dinner with friends and were seated in the upstairs portion of the restaurant. Like a lot of the places we’ve been lately, Charley’s has two floors. Both have bars, and both serve food. Charley’s also has a fairly large patio area for dining on Newbury Street. The vibe here is a bit more old school. Think saloon style – lots of wood, a bit darker, but still snazzy. They’ve got tons of seating, which means it can get loud in there. While we were eating dinner some sort of fajitas caught on fire and essentially smoked the place out which was unfortunate. Charley’s is part of the Back Bay Restaurant Group, so their menu is very similar to that of Joe’s American Bar & Grill, and their drink menu is identical. But, don’t worry, we ordered new things in order to stay fresh!
Valerie’s Drink of Choice: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Frappe
Ingredients: Castries Peanut Creme Rum, Van Gogh Chocolate Vodka, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, vanilla smoothie
Review: I thought that by combining three of my favorite things – chocolate, peanut butter, and liquor – into one glass magic would happen. That was not so much the case. It’s not that this drink tasted bad, it’s just that it was nearly impossible to drink. The mixture was so thick they should have served it with a spoon instead of a straw. That, and for every one sip of drink I took, I needed two sips of water – sweet doesn’t even begin to describe it. It’s a meal in and of itself, so don’t bother with food unless you like feeling extremely over-full. I had such high hopes….
Eric’s Drink of Choice: Yumberry Punch
Ingredients: Absolut Acai Vodka, Bacardi Limon Rum, Thatcher’s Organic Yumberry Liqueur, fresh squeezed lemonade, Sprite
Review: By far the most dangerous drink I’ve ever consume, and by dangerous, I mean overly delicious. This drink reminded me of Lifesavers, and the sweet and light flavor made it easy to drink, FAST. Served in a pint glass with a lime garnish, I could have easily confused this with a new flavor of Kool-Aid. Perfect for a hot day, it reminded me of a crisp sangria, but didn’t, and would probably never, pair well with food at all. This is by no means a “craft” cocktail, but wasn’t a bad way to end our quasi-pub crawl.
Wine Prices: Whites, blushes, and reds are available in glasses ranging from $5.75 to $12, and bottles from $21 to $7o with most being in the range of twenty to thirty dollars. Some varieties are available in half bottles. Champagne is also offered!
Beer Prices: Tons on tap and draft – most are $5.50 each.
Other: This place has got it all – frozen drinks, champagne cocktails, three kinds of sangria, cosmos, margaritas, martinis- you name it! Obviously they have a full bar too and will serve you what you’d like off the menu.