Bar to Bar Through Beantown
“Scholar’s is dark and lounge-y, featuring two floors, the second featuring beautiful dark pool tables and a gorgeous large staircase.”
Address: 25 School Street
Date of Visit: Sunday, November 13, 2011
Bartender Name: Unknown
Scholar’s is dark and lounge-y, so much so that it looked closed from the outside. The establishment was bigger than we expected before entering, featuring two floors, the second featuring beautiful dark pool tables and a gorgeous large staircase. We thought it was strange that the server kept coming by to take things off of our table (salt and pepper, candles, etc.) especially where Yelp! says they’re open until 2AM even on Sundays. There is ample seating at the bar and a few TVs that were tuned to football when we were enjoying our libations. The floor plan is truly flexible, and could be suited to serve an intimate gathering or a large party. It was quiet when we were there, but hear it’s lively during the after-work happy hour time.
Valerie’s Drink of Choice: Strawberry Miller Ingredients: Myer’s White Rum, mint, strawberry, lemon, sugar, ginger beer
Review: Here’s another example of where I tell you a story that is probably more than you want to know about me but I tell it anyways. When I was little and got sick, my mom would always give me ginger ale to settle my stomach (who’s didn’t?). However, since then ginger ale has pretty much always made me nauseous – must be one of those strange smell association things. Typically I steer away from ginger based products, but we have had a six pack of Angry Orchard Ginger Cider in our fridge and it’s actually really good, so I decided how different could ginger beer be…right? Wrong. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure it was just the ginger that messed this drink up – there is A LOT going on in this little glass – mint, rum, all kinds of citrus fruits AND beer…woah nelly my head hurts just thinking about it now. Essentially, it was a mix of sangria and a mojito with a bit of beer thrown in for good measure. Now, I’m not saying this drink is bad per se, but it wasn’t necessarily good either. The flavor is very complex and every sip you can pick up on different flavors. In short…I’m not sure if I would order it again, but they also have a lot to choose from (see below) so I’d likely try something new anyway!
Eric’s Drink of Choice: Movie Star
Ingredients: Gail Force Nantucket Gin, mint, house ginger syrup, fresh lime juice, ginger beer
Review: This drink would have been wonderful, if not for the fact that it seemed an entire ginger field (is there such a thing?) went into the cocktail. I was super excited about the idea of a local gin-Mojito-light-and-stormy-type drink, but was a bit disappointed that the other flavors were simply overwhelmed by ginger. I wish I could say more about the flavor of the drink, but unfortunately there was really that much of a ginger taste that I couldn’t get past it. I’m willing to bet that with about half as much ginger syrup was used, this drink would have had a wonderful balance and would have been delicious!
Wine Prices: Eight whites, one rose, and nine red wines are available by the glass from $7 to $12 each. An additional seven of each the red and white varieties are also available by the bottle for $28 to $60 each. Four sparkling wines available by the glass for $8-11 and by the bottle for $32-75.
Beer Prices: Sixteen bottled beers are available from $6 to $9 each, including some locals like Pretty Things Baby Tree, which is great at 9% alcohol. There are also thirty four bottled/canned varieties, including Magner’s Cider.
Other: Scholar’s has an extensive cocktail menu (available online here), the categories for which are school themed. First off there are seven “Home Room” drinks ranging from $10 to $13, including the Valedictorian (Don Julio Blanco, Cointreau, orange juice, watermelon, blueberry, lime, simple syrup, Prado Pastis rinse) and the Rulebreaker (Black Bottle Scotch, Budweiser). The next category are “History Class” drinks, from $9-11 each including a gin and tonic along with other gin and bourbon based drinks. Next up is the “Study Group” batch of concoctions, available by the glass for $10 or the pitcher for $40, with a few sangria and margarita-like options. Finally there is the “Field Trip” category (where both of our drinks were from), most of which are $10 each. Other Field Trips include Lost in Space (Blue Coat Gin, frambois, fresh lemon sour, egg white, fresh raspberry, soda) and The Lagerita ( Blanco Tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice, fresh lemon sour, Kona Longboard Lager ). There’s definitely something for everyone!
Scholar’s also had this delicious dessert that Eric ordered for his birthday…fried cheesecake – YUM!