Roslindale/West Roxbury neighborhood guide: Drink
The American cuisine at this 80-seat restaurant is worth the trip alone, but the bar scene is a favorite for those seeking a classy hangout in the Parkway. Treat your palate to a three-wine flight that draws from the restaurant's extensive cellar, order a beer on tap or opt for cocktails like the apple martini. Late-night bites at the bar include chicken lollipops, spicy fried green beans and miniature pizzas dressed with goat cheese and prosciutto. Brick accents, lush red curtains and a roaring fireplace add to the elegant vibe at this Centre Street standout.
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Birch Street Bistro
Set in a refurbished blacksmith shop, this neighborhood bistro's weathered brick walls and high wood-beam ceilings are an attractive, authentic contrast to the newer marble bar that serves as the space's centerpiece. Sidle up and order a beer on tap, wine by the glass or one of the restaurant's specialty cocktails. In warmer months, the real draw is the outdoor patio behind the restaurant: Shielded from the street, you can clink glasses and share Mediterranean-inspired cuisine in a true urban oasis.
The definition of a locals' hangout, the Corrib is not only the main sponsor (as well as the starting and finish line) of the neighborhood's annual 5K road race, but an after-work meeting spot for the West Roxbury faithful. The amply-sized bar area, separated from the main dining room by a frosted-glass panel, provides plenty of space for mingling, eating and, of course, drinking. Grab a beer and chat up the friendly bartenders and servers if you want to feel right at home.
This Roslindale Village watering hole offers typical pub grub (think burgers, wings, steak tips and fish and chips) but the drinks and entertainment are the main draws here. There are typically 12 beers on tap, as well as some wines by the glass—all at very reasonable prices. Widescreen televisions are positioned strategically throughout the space, making for a raucous place to watch a big game. Live bands frequently perform on the weekends, with trivia and karaoke rounding out the weekly schedule.
Blanchards Wine & Spirits
A true wine emporium, Blanchards is not only your one-stop-shop for a bottle (or two) to go with dinner, but a place to learn about the history of that vino. The upstairs Vintage Room hosts wine classes throughout the year, including a Passport Series that focuses on varietals from the most famous wine regions around the world. To impress friends at your next dinner party, enroll in a course that teaches you how to pair wines with cheese, oysters and other nibbles. Also make sure to attend the store's semiannual grand tastings, when more than 100 bottles are uncorked for sampling.
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