It’s traditional to allow a new opening a few weeks to get up and running before going in to review. This gives them time to work out any kinks before they’ve opened “officially.” Which would be all well and good if they weren’t, you know, still officially accepting currency for their services in the meantime. That courtesy mostly applies to the food side of things anyway; a kitchen is a tricky beast with a lot of moving parts and a lot of new dishes to learn. A bar, on the other hand, is a bar, and the staff has presumably been making these cocktails at other bars for years. In the case of Sterling’s — the brand new State Street “cocktail bar” and restaurant — presumably at one of the Glynn Group’s many other properties like Dillon’s, Clerys, or Granary Tavern.
With so many bars turning their attention to the craft of the quality cocktail, it can be easy to assume that the concept has saturated the bar market. That’s not true, sadly, and, depending on where you live, it can be hard to track down a well-made cocktail in your neighborhood. There’s no reason why you have to actually leave the house to drink in style, however. A new online teaching program called Drink Skool, from some of the most respected names in the beverage industry, cuts out the middle-man, and gives you the basics on how to turn your own bar into a craft cocktail haven.
The opening of Spoke Wine Bar in Somerville late last month continued the increasingly fine food and drink-centric neighborhood’s expansion. In other words, Davis Square just got a little Davis Squarier. It’s a welcome addition. The space, with 12 tables brushing up against a 10-seater bar that sweeps back toward a small open kitchen, is a little joint that thinks big in its sourcing of unique wines and a full, dynamic bar program.