Bar to Bar Through Beantown
“The place is a bit hard to get to – you either need to park in the tiny lot behind it (literally 6 parking spots) or walk down a creepy alley to get to the door.”
Address: 107 Rear Union Street Newton Center, MA 02459
Date of Visit: Saturday, November 12, 2011
Bartender Name: Luke
Union Street Bar & Grill is a classic pub/sports bar. The place is a bit hard to get to – you either need to park in the tiny lot behind it (literally 6 parking spots) or walk down a creepy alley to get to the door. The inside seems small at first, but they have a huge basement as well (that’s where the bathrooms are!). The interior is decorated in dark wood – dark wood floors, dark wood walls, dark wood tables, dark wood chairs, dark wood bar….you get the picture. They have a ton of TVs on the first floor by the bar, including a large projection screen that was playing a BC football game when we were in there. While we didn’t order food, the portions looked HUGE from those around us who indulged. Union Street also runs good specials, like half price burgers on Tuesdays until 3pm and 25 cent wings on Monday nights. The only real negative about our experience here was the service. Our server was incredibly slow and seemed to avoid us for most of the hour that we were in there. It took us about twenty minutes to catch his attention to ask for the check, and this was only when he came over after a new party had been seated in his area. We understood when we first got there and it was busy, but by the end of our time there we were the only table he had!
Eric just got beer – so no review from him!
Valerie’s Drink of Choice: Blueberry Pie Martini
Ingredients: Stoli Blueberri, Bailey’s, Chambord, milk, graham cracker rim
Review: Blueberry pie in a martini glass? I’m game. This drink was good, but would have been MUCH better with the graham cracker crust rim that was advertised in the menu (as you can see mine was missing). Without the crust, it’s just a blueberry martini, which clearly is not as much fun. The top of the drink was frothy, likely from the milk, making it a bit difficult to drink without getting a milk mustache. The flavors were good and the taste of blueberries was clear but not overwhelming like it could have been with too much blueberry vodka. The combo of the Bailey’s and milk help with that, although I couldn’t really taste the Chambord at all. The fresh blueberries as a garnish was attractive, and the berries were a great and fresh way to end the drink! On taste alone, I would have given this a 4 cheers (maybe even 5 if there had been graham crackers!), but the lack of service really brought down the whole experience.
Wine Prices: Nine white wines and nine red wines from $6.50 to $9 a glass and $23 to $32 for the bottle. Three sparkling varieties available, one by the glass only for $9 and two by the bottle only for either $35 or $50.
Beer Prices: Nine beers on tap for both single pours and pitchers. Prices not listed on the menu! Sixteen regular bottled beers, including Red Stripe & Magners also available (again no prices). Union Street also has ten specialty bottled beers, including Abita Purple Haze, Lagunitas Pils, and Ithaca Apricot Wheat. These range from $5.50 to $10 each.
Other: Five “Rocks” cocktails for $8-9 each, including a Kiwi Strawberry Lemonade and a Razz Gin Fizz and five “Martinis” such as the Bubblegum and Sweet Thai Basil for $9 to $10.50. Four “Shared” drinks (for two or more) also available with the favorites like a margarita and sangria. Four regular sized margaritas available for $9-10 with flavors like Lime ‘n Coconut and Ginger. Union Street also has five dessert cocktails. Along with the one above, they have a Peanut Butter Cup, and a Banana Split Martini – these go for $8.50 to $9.50.