Bar to Bar Through Beantown
“The Hub Pub boasts a bigger than expected feel, especially upstairs in the dining area, and a unique atmosphere that is almost theatre like.”
Address: 18 Province Street
Date of Visit: Thursday, February 2, 2012
Server Name: Kirsty
Smack in the middle of Downtown Crossing, just a block or two from DTX and Park Street, sits the Hub Pub. The Hub Pub boasts a bigger than expected feel, especially upstairs in the dining area, and a unique atmosphere that is almost theatre like (okay, it reminds Eric of a boat). They call themselves “the friendliest pub in the hub” and it could very well be accurate for its size. Serving food until 1AM and drinks until 2AM…this is a good dive-ish establishment to stop later in the evening or if just looking to a cheap alternative to grab a beer or four with friends.
We went to the Hub Pub for our good friend and favorite trivia co-host Conte’s birthday. The Hub Pub allowed the group a good portion of their upstairs area, which was nice to have a semi-private space in order to mingle with the group. The only downfall to being upstairs was having to trek down two staircases to use the facilities, especially with the second set of stairs being a little sketchy as it is. The space upstairs is large with ample seating, including round booths in the “boxed” purple sections you can seen in the picture above. The wall has a great painting of the Boston skyline and famous Bostonians, and you can easily see the massive projector screen on the wall above the front entrance. Our waitress Kirstie (“like thirsty” is how she introduced herself) did a great job managing our large group and even split us up into separate tabs at the beginning which was amazing.
Valerie’s Drink of Choice: Gem Stone Martini
Ingredients: Bombay Sapphire, Chambord, Pineapple Juice
Review: Ok, I felt like I missed out a bit on the Bombay Sapphire during our Martini Stroll (I just couldn’t pass up a Smore’s martini), so I decided to order the Gem Stone Martini at Hub Pub. Now, truth be told, I’m not much of a gin lady – it’s ok on occasion, and has to be well masked by other things. Such is the case with this drink, the sweetness of Chambord and pineapple juice (which, clearly I’m a fan of) mesh well with the Bombay Sapphire, which itself has some sweetness due to its ten exotic botanicals infused within the liqueur. You could tell that this drink was strong without being overwhelmed by the gin flavor which was perfect for me. Unfortunately, I wasn’t overwhelmed by this drink – if it were possible, I would just be whelmed. It was one of the few drinks on the menu I thought I’d enjoy, and it was alright by my book. In the future, I’ll probably stick to beer because I felt strange ordering a martini here anyways!
Eric’s Drink of Choice: Godfather
Ingredients: Dewars 12, Disaronno, maraschino cherry
Review: Since I’ve been on such a scotch kick lately (okay, for the last year or so), I decided to order a Godfather, a classic cocktail which mixes scotch and amaretto into small sips of deliciousness. I decided on the Godfather because of its wife-drink, the Godmother. Godmothers invoke wonderful memories of when Valerie and I temporarily lived with her parents, as it was a Sunday night cocktail that I shared with my, at that point, future in-laws.
Godfathers are a bit more harsh than their wife, as Godmothers use vodka which doesn’t quite overwhelm the Amaretto as much as the scotch does. I chose the scotch version because, as mentioned, I love scotch, and also because I felt that I wanted to see how complex the flavors actually were. The Hub Pub did a pretty good job with the Godfather, especially since I was skeptical having only enjoyed pitchers of cheap beer here in the past. The drink seemed perfectly mixed in terms of the amounts of alcohol, but being as diluted as it was, I could tell that the spirits were shaken, not stirred, which definitely altered the taste of the drink by dilution alone. That being said, the flavors were there until almost the end, and the complexity of the flavors kept me going back for more, so the drink didn’t get too watered down along the way!
Wine Prices: Five house wines are available by the glass for $5. Two white and three red featured wines available by the glass for $7 each.
Beer Prices: Ten beers on tap and sixteen bottled beers are on the menu, but no prices were listed!
Other: The Hub Pub has eight seasonal cocktails, all for $8 or $9 each. Other selections in addition to the two above include the Dirty Shirley (Bacardi Torched Cherry, ginger ale, grenadine), a Key Lime Pie Martini, and the Hubbly Bubbly (Prosecco with a splash of St. Germain).