Bar to Bar Through Beantown
“Apparently a historical bar in a haunted hotel, The Last Hurrah made me think back to better days, when beer was only a dime and I could get into a movie for a nickel.”
Address: 60 School Street
Website: The Last Hurrah
Date of Visit: Saturday, November 12, 2011
Bartender Name: Unknown
Apparently a historical bar in a haunted hotel, The Last Hurrah made me think back to better days, when beer was only a dime and I could get into a movie for a nickel. Okay so I wasn’t alive then, but I could see my grandfather sitting at a bar like this, enjoying conversation with other regulars and the bartender. Known as a whiskey bar, this well-kept, all wood bar was beautiful. While in a hotel, the only thing that stood out as a hotel bar was the clientele. The Last Hurrah was once known as the premier political bar and a must-stop for the folks down at City Hall, although it seems to have lost its luster for that clientele. That being said, the menu is comprised of Frank Weber creations, who is known to be one of the premier bartenders in Boston and is known to do some interesting things with herbs and botanicals according to the Omni-Parker web site. Just a note for those who might visit, the bathrooms are through the hotel lobby, and up one flight in the elevator.
Valerie’s Drink of Choice: Parker House Pear Martini
Ingredients: Hanger One Spiced Pear Vodka, Matelide Pear Liqueur, pear nectar
Review: Wanting to change it up from my typical strawberry/raspberry drink order, I went with a pear martini. From the second it was poured, I could smell the pear and had high hopes despite pears not being one of my favorite fruits (I think it’s more a texture thing). I was a bit surprised by the strong bite this drink had, and not just from the alcohol! I guess I missed the “spiced” part on the menu, and this drink is definitely spicy. Apparently the spiced pear is only made by Hanger once a year and is supposed to have a hint of clove along with other spices. To me, it tasted a bit like Sambuca, or licorice, neither of which I am the biggest fan. For those of you who like your martinis both fruity and spicy, this is the one for you, but it wasn’t for me. Note to self to read the menu thoroughly next time!
Eric’s Drink of Choice: The Harvey Parker
Ingredients: Jameson’s and Sweet Vermouth with just a dash of orange bitters
Review: This cocktail was truly unique. The orange bitters really played well off of the Jameson leaving a clean and simple taste rather than the expected burn from the Irish Whiskey. The sweet vermouth was the perfect complement to the cocktail. I truly enjoyed sipping on this cocktail while watching the Bruins beat up on the Sabres (literally and figuratively), Ryan Miller, this one’s for you.
Wine Prices: No wines listed in their bar menu or online, but they must have it…right? Sorry for the lack of info here!
Beer Prices: Twelve bottled beers for $6 to $8 each and eleven beers on tap starting at $4.
Other: The Last Hurrah has thirty two (yep, thirty two) specialty cocktails on their menu, most of which are martinis (this made choosing our drinks overwhelming!) These go for $9.75 to $12.50, with the most expensive option being the Last Hurrah Martini, composed of cucumber vodka, bloody mary, clam juice, garnished with a single chilled shrimp and a lemon wedge. Eric wouldn’t order it! The Last Hurrah is also known for their extensive Whiskey list, and even had a bottle of Louis cognac literally under lock and key displayed at the bar. Their full cocktail menu is available on the website!