Bar to Bar Through Beantown
“If you’re planning on heading here before a Sox game at Fenway, prepare for some crowds and to wait a bit for your beverages.”
Address: 1265 Boylston Street
Date of Visit: Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Bartender Name: “PM Bar Right”
First of all, as a Red Sox fan, this place is HEAVEN. Let’s start with the fact that the urinal cakes are Yankees logos, CLASSIC. Add the fact that there are large-screen HDTVs throughout the bar, including an absolutely HUGE main screen and sports memoribilia, and you have one of the best (and in my opinion) only “true” sports bars in Boston. If you’re planning on heading here before a Sox game at Fenway, prepare for some crowds and to wait a bit for your beverages. If you don’t have tickets to a game, head here just after gametime and you’ll generally find a seat at the bar, meaning it’s a great place to sit, have a couple of beers, and take in a game. Sidenote: during football season, they show as many games as possible on the various screens.
One thing that makes this a bit overwhelming, albeit more fun, is the fact that the bartenders and servers all wear jerseys emblazoned with Jerry Remy’s own number 2 (okay, some of the female bartenders wear tank tops). This can make it a bit confusing if you’re trying to track one down in a crowd of red Red Sox shirts. Sorry in advance for the blurry images below unable to get space at the bar we had to take the pictures standing up holding the drinks!
Valerie’s Drink of Choice: “The Truth” Serum
Ingredients: Stoli Bluberi vodka, muddled mint leaves, fresh blueberries, simple syrup, topped with club soda
Review: This was described to me as the best drink on the menu when I was still making the decision on what to drink, which of course sealed the deal. Eric explained that it’s one of Remy’s most popular drinks but the bartenders hate making them because of all the muddling (mint and blueberries). I will be honest, this drink was good. It was strong, and had good flavor – mint flavor that is. Besides the few sips I had with blueberry skin in them, I couldn’t really taste the blueberries; instead I felt like I was drinking a stronger than usual mojito. This one had potential – had it been advertised as just a regular old mojito it would have gotten four stars, but alas I was a bit disappointed.
Review: I was immediately given a choice, 16 or 23 ozs. I obviously made a decent decision by picking the larger of the options, as Remy’s Red Ale was pretty tasty. Bridging the gap between summer and fall, this savory ale had a thick and frothy head reminiscent of a Sam Adam’s Octoberfest, but without all the autumn spice added to the brew, but, on the same note, it was a bit heavier than your average ale, and I wouldn’t recommend this being the drink of choice if you plan to stick around for a while.
Wine Prices: Seven whites, eight reds, and two sparkling wines by the glass from $6.5o to $14.
Beer Prices: Twenty beers on tap, most between $5.50 and $8 for a 16oz, included six imported varieties.
Other: Remy’s boasts eleven cocktails ranging from $9 to $11 each – like the Truth Serum, they all have sports related names. There’s also one drink called The Victory Garden Margarita, in which one dollar from each drink purchased goes to the Emerald Necklace Conservatory (we’re fans of drinking for a cause). They also have an assortment for scotches and cordials.