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Artbar in Cambridge

mvi and Barleywino nice to meet you call me xkgb.

ok so I had to go back to see if it was pure luck or really that good from my prevoius post. I hate being misled and thought how could I be that off. So I went back last night with a girlfriend and sat at the bar. I spoke with the bartender that evening it was Liz. She was super friendly and very outgoing to all the people at the bar. The restaurant was not that busy but not a ghost town just steady. We ordered a few apps from the happy hour menu and got to work on the drinks. The drinks were great we stuck to classics to ensure the depth of knowledge(Last Word, Pegu Club, Orignial Pink Lady, French 75 and then we each had an original. The drinks were spot on, I did notice that Liz was a more junior bartender but her technique was correct on the drinks not to mention the most important details I think we all realize and would agree overlooked is service!! Liz was pleaseant, spoke with us, did not interupt our conversation, overheard us talking about food and chimed in with suggestions, very hospitable. Now I have not been to the depth of establishments in Boston yet but will be sure to be taking notes as it seems Boston truley is a cocktail town and quality is in this city no doubt!! I am excited to try the patio as I am a sucker for water and warm weather ( after spending so much time in California, St. Thomas and of course toronto) and can totally see what you mean.....Now I also have my eye on the water front as I hear some great places down there, any you reccommend?

My final take was that it is a solid pick, i think you are sure to get a great drink, great food and both times on service was excellant. I think it can be improved as the bar does not create the atmoshpere that great bars do, there is not an area in the restaurant that is seperate from the dinning room so drinking on top of tables is awkward. Some of the glassware choices was a bit odd as i asked Liz and she said they are changing all of them so at this time akward. The entrance needs some appeal, it did not create that vibe of I have arrived and I never want to leave feeling now that being said what was served in the glass and on the plate great! I will return but not for a while since I was just here twice now and have a lot of other great places to see epscially with all the city has to offer!!

St. Paddy's Day Events/Specials?

so does anyone know who has the BEST IRISH COFFEE in Boston/Cambridge?

Does Size and Time Matter?

So question out to all my cocktail geeks, what do you prefer a

kickass large cocktail menu with lots of variety or small creative menu with less variety just as much flavor?

To get your drink in under 10 minutes or waiting for 20 minutes for a killer cocktail?

Artbar in Cambridge

Well I had a few that were quite good....I can not remeber the names but can not forget the flavors!! a Japenese Whisky, Ginger Liq, Orange Bitters ( i think they make it there), St. Germain foam then they burnt green Chartruese on top. It was pretty cool to see the fire show! That drink stuck with me cause of the fire and it was awsome! It was not cheap I think it was around $18 but I would have another one.

Artbar in Cambridge

Who best cocktail program in the city???

Artbar in Cambridge

Not Backbar yet, have been to ES loved it! ICO and Hawthorne all gems in my book. What I really love about these places if the focus on quality! You get what you pay for and that is really important. When I was traveling in South Beach I would say the same about a bar group called Bar Lab they ran the W hotel program really nice!!

Artbar in Cambridge

I have been to artbar a few times and must say the drinks are high quality! I am a cocktail lover and lived in many different cities, the creativity on the menu here is top notch. I have not been to a lot of other places in Boston but would compare it on the same level as Hawthorne, Drink, Clio and Brick & Mortor. Def a hidden gem, the person in charge of the program is Troy..... and highly knowledgable. The prices are not cheap but the back bar is extensive and quality is not sacraficed, it you want a great drink its not cheap thats my opinion. Hope you have a great time like I did. I am going to be heading to Russell House heard some good things, since I have not tried.