Luke O'Neil

Brooklyn Brewery is booking you for the entire weekend

Now in its fourth year, the 2016 Mash Tour, which lands in Boston this weekend, is Brooklyn Brewery’s citywide update on the concept of the beer festival.“It’s only focused on highlighting what is local in each city, with a heavy presence of culture, food, music, creative artistic mediums and,...

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 2:30 PM

Tracy Morgan explains his second chance

Tracy Morgan is a national treasure. If it wasn’t always obvious, we were given a reminder last October when the longtime "Saturday Night Live" veteran returned to its hallowed stage for an appearance that many might not have ever expected to see again. A little over a year before then, Morgan had...

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 9:18 PM

How to satisfy your Thirst

Drinking doesn’t seem all that complicated on the surface, and in truth, it doesn’t have to be. But when there is some thought put into it, both in how it’s made, and how you think about what it is you’re ordering, it can be elevated from a pastime to an art and a science.The folks behind Thirst...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 10:31 PM

Marc Maron finds sanity and sobriety in 'Maron' season four

As the third season of "Maron" concluded, the IFC show’s fictionalized version of comedian Marc Maron had finally hit rock bottom. After years of sobriety, debilitating back pain sent the irascible comic on a downward spiral that led to a painkiller addiction and resulted in the loss of his talk...

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 3:00 PM

Thursty: Quiet Man whiskey

Like any good spirits purveyor, Ciaran Mulgrew spent his formative years inside of a pub. In his case, however, we’re talking the really formative years.The founder of The Quiet Man whiskey grew up working in the bar his father owned in Derry, Ireland, before going off to work for Guinness, then...

Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 2:18 AM

Thursty: Parsnip adds new warmth to Harvard Square

When UpStairs on the Square closed two years ago, the longstanding institution left a sizable, pink void in the Harvard Square dining scene. But for all its plaudits over the years for its culinary refinement, it was always something of an underrated bar. Parsnip, which took over the space in...

Friday, January 15, 2016, 5:03 PM

Thursty: Doretta Taverna brings Mediterranean mixology to Back Bay

There are two types of openings worth paying attention to in the era of eating and dining we’re currently living through: cocktail bars that also happen to serve thoughtful food, and chef-focused restaurants that want the quality of their bar program to match what’s coming out of the kitchen. With...

Thursday, December 17, 2015, 12:58 AM

Lone Star Taco Bar moves across the river at last

When Deep Ellumfirst opened in 2007, there wasn’t much to speak of business-wise on the Allston block the neighborhood favorite inhabits. “There was nothing there, it was half going out of business,” co-owner Max Toste says. A few years later, he opened Lone Star Taco bar in the adjacent storefront...

Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 5:02 PM

Frozen cocktails, marshmallow garnishes and more at Hojoko

Opening any type of bar is a daunting task in the fist place, so it’s not surprising when new spots tend to streamline their initial rollout. At Hojoko at the Verb Hotel, they’ve taken the exact opposite tack, plunging headlong into a extensive bar program that ranges from the silly fun of frozen...

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 9:20 PM

Committee brings a European flair to the Seaport District

Considering how it’s the latest venture from George Aboujaoude, owner of Bijou Nightclub and Cafeteria Boston, you’d naturally expect Committee to adhere to a certain level of, let’s say, Boston nightlife class. And the handsome, imposing room and Boston-stylish crowd certainly feels a piece of...

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 6:00 AM

Boston Harbor Distillery opens its doors at last

After three years in the making, Boston Harbor Distillery has opened its doors. Located in a 19th century building on the water in Dorchester, the operation will serve as both a production facility for their line of spirits, as well as a mercantile shop, tasting room, and public gathering space for...

Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 3:40 PM

Davio's is thinking beyond the wine bottle

When you think about drinking in Italy, beer probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. And why would it? With wine being such an entrenched part of the culture, andan ample array of amari to choose from, it’s almost unnecessary. But, much like everyone else, Italians have caught the...

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 6:00 AM

Perfect that cured meat and cocktail pairing at The Backroom at Moody's

Whenever a standout restaurant and bar opens outside of the city proper, it’s talked about as an aberration, almost like finding a unicorn out at the end of a rainbow, if the rainbow was a suburban strip mall. But in the case of The Backroom in Waltham, there’s no geographic qualifier necessary:...

Monday, June 1, 2015, 3:33 PM

How to mix old and new in a Southie bar crawl

South Boston is a town abundant with symbolism, and, for better or worse, it's hard not to get caught up in one mythical version of the ballyhooed neighborhood when walking along the main thoroughfare of Broadway on, what else?, a bar crawl. But which Southie do we mean? Evidence of the quickly...

Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 6:26 PM

Loyal Nine offers historic flavors with a modern twist

They're calling the concept behind Loyal Nine, the just-opened East Cambridge restaurant, “east coast revival.” A few minutes in the room – sort of a seaside colonial warehouse picnic – and a glance at the menu, where chef and owner Marc Sheehan is pulling from the region's deep past for rustic,...

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 5:09 PM

Townsman is pretty crafty with their cocktails, but strives not to intimidate

Sit down at the bar at Townsman, the new brasserie at the crossroads of Chinatown and the Financial District, and bar manager Sean Frederick is going to want to know what, if anything, you're having to eat. “This is definitely a restaurant-driven bar program,” he says of the concept from James...

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 5:30 PM

Your quintessential, square-organized Cambridge bar guide

Ask anyone around the country what comes to mind when you say "Boston" and undoubtedly the preponderance of bars is going to come up on the list, shortly after schools and how much everyone hates the Patriots. But what we should really be talking about when we talk about Boston bars is Cambridge....

Friday, March 20, 2015, 5:25 PM

La Brasa brings more Brooklyn vibes to Somerville

​​It's a shame that all of the “Somerville Is the Next Brooklyn” pieces have already been written by now, because La Brasa really could've gone a long way toward bolstering the case. The restaurant, from chefs Daniel Bojorquez and Frank McClelland of L'Espalier, is the upmarket reinvention of the...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 5:46 PM

Drink like a mad scientist at Cafe ArtScience

Everything you need to know about Cafe ArtScience is right there in the name. The mingling of the two fields is evident as soon as you walk into the Kendall Square space, which is something like a mix between a loft art gallery and a chemistry lab. The brainchild of Harvard's David Edwards of Le...

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 3:05 AM

Bukowski Tavern reopens at last

Both locations of Bukowski Tavern, in the Back Bay and Inman Square, were well ahead of the curve when it came to the craft beer movement, offering up 100 odd brews from around the world long before hops were even a twinkle in most Boston drinkers' eyes. But now that the game has changed somewhat,...

Thursday, January 22, 2015, 5:35 AM