Bar to Bar Through Beantown
“Classy-yet-casual bar and restaurant that is perfect for a romantic date or for groups – basically, it’s an overall great place!”
Address: 25Kingston Street
Date of Visit: Monday, March 5, 2012
Server Name: Erin
Kingston Station is a classy-yet-casual bar and restaurant that is perfect for a romantic date or for groups – basically, it’s an overall great place! The dark wood tables contrast nicely with the lighter walls and white subway tiles, which helps the unique artwork (large black and white photos) and artifacts (an enormous wagon wheel) pop off of the wall. There were coat hooks EVERYWHERE, something that was much appreciated on this chilly March night. The staff is super attentive and the food and drinks were delievered quite quickly despite a pretty full bar and a restaurant that was becoming more and more full by the minute.
Valerie’s Drink of Choice: Fidel Castro
Ingredients: Rum, Passion Fruit Puree, simple syrup
Review: I was intrigued by the passion fruit puree in the Fidel Castro as passion fruit is something that I have not eaten much, never mind had in a cocktail. When the drink first came out, I thought that it was a large cinnamon stick garnishing the glass, when in fact it was a bit piece of passion fruit itself! It was slightly strange drinking a heavily rum based drink out of a martini glass, but the flavor was good. The taste of this drink is hard to describe – it is sweet with a finishing rum kick, and the texture is a bit thicker than one might expect. Also, the puree tended to settle towards the bottom of the glass, so frequent stirring (use that garnish!) was necessary.
Eric’s Drink of Choice: Root of All Evil
Ingredients: Root Tea, Bully Boy white whiskey, splash of soda
Review: If it’s available I always choose the Bully Boy brand, as it is a local company that was thought up by a family’s roots.The Root tea flavor was somewhat overwhelming at first, but played nicely with the light flavor the Bully Boy offered. The splash of soda gave just the right amount of bubbles and enhanced the mouth feel quite a bit. Unfortunately, I shouldn’t have tried it in this drink with my meal (yummy steak frites).
That being said, the cocktail would have been delicious on its own or after dinner. The intese flavor of the Root tea reminded me of the Toronto I had back at Via Matta – yum! I would love this in a Collins glass with some crushed ice and a bit more soda to make the cocktail a bit more refreshing, but it was perfect on what was a cold night in March. I would have loved to see what some Sassafrass bitters would have done in this drink, but it wasn’t necessary as this cocktails flavors were well-balanced and well done! My only complaint is that the cracked ice melted quite quickly, diluting the drink which led to the last few sips not living up to the original standard.
Wine Prices: Seven reds and six whites are available by the glass for $7-12, half carafe for $8-20, carafe for $19-35 and bottle for $26-40. Eight reserve reds and six reserve whites are available by the bottle starting at $40. Sparkling, Rose, and Port wines are also available. The full wine list is view-able online here.
Beer Prices: Nine beers are on tap in both 16 and 32 oz. for $3 to $8 each. Eighteen bottled beers are available for $3-9 each…and there’s also Lindeman’s Lambic Framboise for $12 a bottle.
Other: Kingston Station has seventeen specialty drinks ranging from $7 to $13 each. They have less sinister drinks (if you happened to notice the titles of our drinks above), including a Cappuccino Martini, a Blood Orange Margarita, and also spiked Hot Apple Cider. There’s also a drink of the month, which for March was Seasonal Sangria at $8 a glass. The full cocktail list is available online here.