It doesn't hurt that there's such a wealth of bars and restaurants to choose from. Now add Tamo, the high-end lounge at the Seaport Hotel, to your list of those worth a visit.
The people behind Tamo know their way around some simple classics, but also have an eye toward pushing conventioneers, travelers, and loyal regulars outside their cocktail comfort zone. Still, with the economy the way it is, one can't help but wonder about the future of the $12 martini bar.
"This is a sad night for me," bartender Micah Eli lamented last week. "All my regulars are getting laid off." Our sense of empathy was momentarily short-circuited when he offered up a bowl of nuts, wasabi peas, and dried cranberries. Yes, we are easily distracted.
The return of bar snacks, by the way, is a trend we're glad to see.
Eli's first recommendation was the Basil Gimlet (Grey Goose, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, fresh basil, $12). Nothing surprising, but the fresh lime and basil gave a crisp, airy touch to this popular standby.
Next up was the PB&J (Frangelico, Chambord, Butterscotch Schnapps, milk, $12). "The Frangelico is your nut, and the Chambord is like your Concord grape jelly," said Eli. "The butterscotch combines the two and keeps them together." There's something innocent and playful about this one with its echoes of childhood bag lunches.
We moved onto the Blueberry Peach Cobbler (Absolute Peach, fresh blueberry puree, milk, graham cracker crust, $12). Expecting something overly sweet from its end-of-the-sugary-bowl-of-cereal color, it was surprisingly balanced, with a mixture of tart blueberry and a whisper of peaches.
Eli gets a lot of help with ingredients - like the blueberry puree from chef Rachel Klein, whose restaurant Aura encompasses the Tamo bar. "She's so creative she's brought us a whole new dimension," he said.
The lychee puree used in the Lychee Martini (Grey Goose, Soho Lychee Liqueur, lychee puree, cranberry juice) is another product of the kitchen. Looking like a robust Cosmo, it has a nice round fruit to it, and a potpourri of perfumes on the nose. None of which is going to matter when we all get our pink slips, but at least we can go out drinking in style.
Tamo at the Seaport Hotel, One Seaport Lane, South Boston. 617-385-4000.