Drink

Cocktail Bar / Speakeasy
Drink "Situated in the basement of a building on Congress Street, Drink is a little bar with a big reputation._x000D_ Boston United States 42.350566 -71.048668
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Party Earth Review Situated in the basement of a building on Congress Street, Drink is a little bar with a big reputation. A no-nonsense sign stating “Welcome to Drink” greets the spirited creative young professionals, business types, and... ... read full review

  • T Stop:

    Red Line/Silver Line: South Station

  • Phone:

    617-695-1806

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  • Hours:

    Daily 4pm–1am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Drink Review

The Scene

"Situated in the basement of a building on Congress Street, Drink is a little bar with a big reputation._x000D_

Situated in the basement of a building on Congress Street, Drink is a little bar with a big reputation.

A no-nonsense sign stating “Welcome to Drink” greets the spirited creative young professionals, business types, and students waiting in line at this high-energy cocktail party, where a friendly door staff ensures that the crowd remains upscale yet unpretentious.

Lively groups of girlfriends and birthday celebrators hunker down around the maple bar snaking along the back wall or at the makeshift tables crafted around the stone pillars.

Drink preparation is clearly the main entertainment, as talented mixologists dash around their workshop of vintage bar paraphernalia, cutting herbs and reaching for the liquor kept in pitchers beneath the bar, a scene that helps maintain the cozy speakeasy atmosphere.

After being quizzed on their likes, dislikes, and current mood, patrons are presented with custom cocktails, each one a conversation piece that aids the flirtatious vibe as upbeat singles mingle in the bar’s dark nooks.

A Top Ten cocktail list on the wall steers aficionados toward nostalgic libations like Old Fashioneds, gimlets, and Bees Knees’, while a small beer and wine list provides options for more unadventurous drinkers.

Though the buzz of tipsy pick-up lines can be deafening on crowded nights, Drink is a great place for serious drinkers looking for delicious cocktails, a chic atmosphere, and a chatty, playful clientele.

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Tip from Emma:

The bartenders are real mixologists at Drink, so if you can’t find something on the menu that appeals to you, just talk to them. Chances are they’ll concoct your favorite new drink!

  • Crowd

    Diverse mix of outgoing grad students, cocktail connoisseurs, artists, creative young professionals, finance types, and birthday party groups, mid-20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient funk and rock. Occasional special events including Tiki Sundays and an annual Kentucky Derby party.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Snacks and small plates including pretzels, nuts, artisanal cheeses, and salmon.

  • Prices

    Snacks $4+, small plates $7–$15. Beer $5–$8, wine $6–$12, cocktails $10.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Nice casual to dressy, from swanky dresses and button-downs to jeans and sneakers.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursdays through Saturdays for a bustling scene, though patrons should arrive before 9pm to avoid lines.

  • Close By

    Retro cocktail spot Lucky’s Lounge (355 Congress Street) is just a few steps away and offers similar craft cocktails.

Drink User Reviews

Average rating:
Upscale Cocktails in a Speakeasy
Andrea G. Mar 11, 2013
The appropriately named “Drink” is one of the best places in Boston to try some of the most original cocktails in town. Owned by Barbara Lynch, a name synonymous with fine dining and culinary innovation, Drink is a bar for the alcohol connoisseur. Located underneath Lynch’s restaurant, Sportello, Drink’s atmosphere is like a warm and inviting speakeasy-complete with exposed brick walls and soft lighting. The room is dominated by a large wrap-around bar, with extra stool seating located along the walls for its trendy clientele. Not sure if you’d like a Manhattan or a French 75? Drink’s bartenders can mix you a drink with any description you provide them with. Want something fruity and light? Strong and spicy? Just tell the bartenders (who all have suspenders and 1920s-era facial hair) your favorite flavors and liquors and they’ll happily whip something up for you with the readily available bowls of fresh fruit, homemade infusions, and high-end mixers. On weekends the bar is filled with chic Bostonians, but the atmosphere remains intimate and the bartenders are always professional and attentive. This would be a great place for a date or a night out with a small group of friends. Be forewarned-there are no TVs-so if you're hoping to catch the Red Sox game-you'll be out of luck. However, if you’re looking to switch it up from all of the sports bars and college hangouts around town, Drink is the ideal spot to enjoy an upscale night of sipping and relaxing.
Incredible cocktails!!
Christina W. Dec 11, 2012
I can't believe no one has written about this spot yet! Drink might be the best cocktail bar I have ever been to. I say that with a lot of hesitation...I lived in Chicago for years and they have an amazing cocktail scene. But Drink is just incredible! Ok, so first of all, it's on the Waterfront, so you're in among a bunch of warehouses, and you wouldn't even think there would be a bar nearby. But there is! And it is awesome! It's a basement bar that has just the top few feet at ground level, so all you can see through the windows (which are near the ceiling) are people's feet as they walk by. The bar itself is a beautiful wooden square bar (the bartenders are in the middle of the square), which is vaguely reminiscent of a sushi restaurant. And the drinks! Oh, the drinks. They don't have a cocktail menu. Instead, you tell them what kind of things you like and they will make something brand spanking new for you. It is amazing, and you will taste things you never even knew existed. (And they probably didn't, since the drink was made up on the spot.) So if you like craft cocktails, you must check this place out. I will be loyal to Chicago's Violet Hour until the day I die, but this spot is definitely giving it a run for the money...
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