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DAILY: 4 P.M. - 12 A.M.
617.718.0249 | WEBSITE

Run by Sam Treadway, one of Boston’s brightest bartenders, this pocket bar off an alley behind Journeyman (the progressive Somerville restaurant) covers a lot of ground for a companion piece. Though the seasonal menu is full of newfangled inventions (olive-oil washed spirits, smoked ice, foie gras cognac), there is an equally balanced spread of classics, including a Milk Punch that changes depending on Treadway’s mood, or the season.


Known For
  • craft cocktails
  • outdoor / patio
What to drink
Seasonal Milk Punch (past versions have included a Pimm's Cup-inspired riff and a pumpkin rum version).
From 4 to 6 p.m. every day backbar hosts "genius bar," aka two hours of free wi-fi for freelancing lushes. Happy hour ramen appears every day upon opening.