Bar to Bar Through Beantown
“This restaurant would be perfect for a date as it is intimate but not at the expense of sitting on top of one another.”
Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
Address: 21 Beacon Street
Date of Visit: Monday, October 3, 2011
Bartender Name: Seth
Scollay Square looks fancy from the outside; with the sign stating, “Walk ins Welcome,” we figured at the least we were entering a world where we would be underdressed and among the Beacon Hill elite…alas, we were wrong! Upon entering you immediately smell the aroma of seafood wafting from the open air kitchen as you walk through the quaint seating area. This restaurant would be perfect for a date as it is intimate but not at the expense of sitting on top of one another. The ornate wood molding and mirrored walls are offset by images of 50s pinup girls near the ceiling. The friendly staff immediately pointed us to the bar, and explained that the bartender, Seth, would take care of us for the evening. While there were many suits and more formally dressed individuals around, we didn’t quite feel out of place as Seth introduced himself and carded us. Upon learning that Eric was from Framingham, he told us that he worked for one of the State Representatives from Framingham during the day, which kicked off an amusing conversation prior to us ordering drinks. Seth remained laid back and conversational throughout the entire evening, and encouraged us to come back and enjoy more cocktails soon!
Valerie’s Drink of Choice: Pink Tassel Spinner
Ingredients: Absolut Ruby Red, Pink Grapefruit, champagne
Review: Having never indulged in Absolut Ruby Red, this one popped out to me, well, that and the creative yet suggestive name! The bartender told me that if I had two more of these I would be dancing on the bar, more like just one of them! This drink is strong yet delicious. In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with adding champagne to a drink. It could have used a splash more to cut the strong grapefruit flavor a bit, but this was a great cocktail nonetheless. The best part is that Scollay Square uses very large martini glasses (hard to tell in the picture), so you really get bang for your buck here!
Eric’s Drinks of Choice: Drink of the Week (Name Unknown!)
Ingredients: Hendricks, St. Germaine, Champagne topper
Review: I really enjoy Hendricks gin, so as soon as Seth listed the ingredients in the “Drink of the Week,” I jumped at the chance to experience Hendrick’s used in a way that I otherwise hadn’t seen it before. This “Martini” was smooth and delicious, with the St. Germaine masking the champagne just enough to allow the Hendrick’s to shine through the bubbly. The simplicity in crafting this cocktail makes it easy to bring the class home, but it’s sure to impress your guests due to the complex and rich flavors!
Wine Prices: Thirteen whites and eleven reds from $7 to $13 a glass and $26 to $48 a bottle. Half bottles also available in a few varieties. Scollay Square also has champagnes and dessert wines.
Beer Prices: Thirteen bottles and 3 drafts available, but no prices were listed on the menu!
Other: Scollay Square has nine “House Specialty” drinks, which are all $10 dollars. Examples include the Pink Tassel Spinner above, Sangria, Blackberry Bramble, and three other fruit flavored martinis (orange, pear, grape). They also have four “Happy Endings” drinks, including a Lemon Cream Pie and a White Chocolate Martini. These drink are either $9 or $10 depending on your pick of poison.
Check out their full drink menu here!