Party Earth Review Maybe the only place in town with both crystal chandeliers and tater tots, The Brahmin is an elegant 20s-style speakeasy with one foot firmly planted in modern day. Named for the wealthy, politically prominent families... ... read full review
33 Stanhope Street
Boston, MA 02116
Green Line: Copley, Arlington; Orange Line: Back Bay
M–F 4:30pm–1am, Sa–Su 5pm–1am; Late-night menu served till closing
Back Bay, Boston –
Maybe the only place in town with both crystal chandeliers and tater tots, The Brahmin is an elegant 20s-style speakeasy with one foot firmly planted in modern day.
Named for the wealthy, politically prominent families of neighboring Beacon Hill – the illustrious “Boston Brahmins” – this shabby chic bar is a jumble of high and low culture, appealing to mellow young professionals, society types, and preppy post-grads looking for an upscale night out.
The narrow brick and cream-colored main room, with its plush leather booths, sparkling chandeliers, antique books, and flowing curtains draped over mottled glass windows, gives off an aura of old world sophistication. But a soundtrack of 80s rock and one-hit wonders, as well as a dinner menu of sharable bar snacks like fried pickles and messy ribs, foster a casual vibe.
On weeknights, the copper bar in the center of the room is usually surrounded by groups of friends in trendy duds sipping classic cocktails, while special occasions are celebrated in the oft-rented Silhouette Room.
Come Fridays, however, the atmosphere gets much rowdier, as flirty singles in button-downs and tight skirts flock to the smaller downstairs level where a live DJ plays loud Top 40, house, and R&B and craft cocktails and conversation are swapped out in favor of bottled beer and a little dancing.
Simultaneously suave and bawdy, The Brahmin provides a manor-like locale for laid-back urbanites to drink like heirs or party like commoners.
Easygoing professionals kicking back after work, sexy singles ready to mingle, preppy post-grads, and tourists, late 20s to mid-30s.
“Dinner DJ” spins late 80s and early 90s throwbacks from 6:30–9:30pm. DJ spins Top 40 Thursday through Saturday nights downstairs. Handful of flat-screens usually tuned to sports.
Mostly American bar snacks, burgers, and flatbreads with a few fancier options like steak and grilled salmon. Outdoor patio. Downstairs and Silhouette Room available for rent with separate function menu available.
Small plates $5–$11, soups/salads $5–$6, flatbreads $8–$11, sandwiches/entrées $10–$22, late-night menu $8–$11. Beer $5–$6, wine $8–$14, champagne $8–$9, cocktails $8–$12, sangria $8/glass or $25/pitcher, bottler service $175–$250.
Casual to trendy: button-downs, dark jeans, flats, short skirts, blazers, slinky tops, leggings.
Friday and Saturday nights for a crowd of pretty patrons looking to let loose and mingle, or earlier in the week for a chill vibe and a few artisan drinks.
Post 390 (406 Stuart Street) serves a similar menu of upscale comfort food, but in a much more contemporary setting.