I love hotel bars. From the Liberty to the Charlesmark, Boston is lucky enough to have a plethora of hotels geared toward tourists, yet many are hiding unique lounges that are great spots for locals to grab after work cocktails or see some live music.
I was lucky enough to check out BOKX 109, in the basement of Newton's Indigo Hotel. The Indigo Hotel is conveniently located a short walk from my office building, so two coworkers & I decided to head there after work the other day to check out the scene.
We ordered three fancy cocktails: I opted for The Pick Me Up, Fran had the Easy Like Sunday Morning and Megan (who is an incredible food blogger) ordered the Blueberry Lemon Drop. I picked my drink because of the unique ingredient list: it's made with apricot brandy, orange, lemon, grenadine, and prosecco. Fran's Sunday Morning was a Bombay Sapphire base with lemon and pineapple, garnished with Angostura bitters, which I, admittedly, had to Google -- they're made of water, 45% alcohol, gentian root, and vegetable flavoring extracts. All three drinks were delicious, but Megan's girly Blueberry Lemon Drop, with Stoli blueberry, lemon, and Creme de Cassis, was the overall favorite amongst the three of us, and we ordered a second to share after we finished eating.
I'd let them know that I was a Boston.com blogger when we made reservations, and the chef was sweet enough to come out upon our arrival and present a gorgeous appetizer trio platter (pictured) with tuna tartare, a fresh oyster, and a scallop with corn and brussel sprouts.
I have to admit -- tuna is far from my favorite fish, and I usually avoid raw fish altogether, but the tartare was absolutely incredible, as was the scallop and its accompanying veggies. The oyster was very fresh and garnished very well -- we loved all three!
We ordered the truffle fries and a margarita flatbread which were relatively ordinary. The fries sounded unique since they are fried in duck fat, but I honestly couldn't taste the difference in them. We probably could have done a better job picking more creative items off the menu, but c'est la vie!
Aside from our drinks, my favorite thing about BOKX was the interior -- the after-work crowd presented a perfect atmosphere, and it was a nice change to be surrounded by men in power suits and a smattering of hotel guests. If you work in the Newton area I'd definitely suggest heading here for a post-work drink or two -- a great spot that's a bit off the grid and worth checking out!
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About the authorRachel Kossman is a California girl and New England transplant who graduated from Northeastern University in 2011. She has a penchant for discovering new restaurants and bars, devouring Mexican food, More »
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