Eastern Standard is famed for its cocktails, sophisticated late night bar menu, and for this beauty right here. The place has been in my life for a while: I shared my first legal beer at dinner with my dad here after turning 21, and have since been back to take advantage of the various faces it wears. Its experience in the Boston restaurant scene has allowed it to adapt to and please different types of people, creating different types of experiences. We’ve celebrated a family Mother’s Day in the classy yet buzzing dining room, I’ve cheers-ed tequila-infused sangria with girlfriends on the patio, and I’ve shared high-end potato chips and french onion dip with a group after a Red Sox game desiring a quiet reprieve not offered by other bars in the area.
Although the experiences are always great, the food itself varies. The last time I had a full meal there I was unimpressed with my meal (the Salmon, so you’re warned). However, the drinks are fantastic. During my week of cocktail exploration in the city while voting for the Best Cocktail in Boston on CityGusto‘s site, I dubbed this spot best in Boston Proper. You can check out the rest here – Best Craft Cocktails: Boston. What’s worth the trip and the price every time, though, is the Butterscotch Bread Pudding. It’s warm, the consistency is to perfection, and it’s sweet in all the right places. The Butterscotch makes it more interesting than the usual bread pudding, and the ice cream adds another whole dimension. I guarantee you’ll see one at every other table.
528 Commonwealth Ave
Kenmore Square, MA