Iconic Boston Drinks Downtown

Posted September 17, 2014 by Kayla Baker in Eat & Drink
Blue Inc. Restaurant

Boston is no stranger to good drinks. Even the founding fathers grabbed a brew at the Bell in Hand Tavern from time to time. As Boston grows, more and more bars and restaurants are expanding their drink menus and trying to develop the best new concoction. Some downtown bars, notably Stoddard’s, Blue Inc., and Dooley’s, have whipped up some iconic drinks that are not only delicious, but also draw inspiration from downtown Boston’s history. These drinks each highlight something special about the neighborhood and are must-visit spots for residents who want to experience what sets downtown Boston apart from the rest.

Stoddard’s Food and Ale, located at 48 Temple Place, is the home of the first iconic downtown drink. The Moscow Mule is comprised of vodka, lime, and ginger beer and is served up in a frosty copper mug. Stoddard’s bills the Moscow Mule as their famous house cocktail, with the recipe dating back to 1941. All of Stoddard’s craft cocktails are inspired by prescriptions written by the druggist that occupied the building in the early 1900’s, back when alcohol was considered prescription medication. With a focus on downtown Boston’s unique history, Stoddard’s is the perfect place to grab a drink and learn more about what makes the downtown neighborhood special.

If you’re looking for a more modern drink, Blue Inc., at 131 Broad Street, has a sweet and frosty concoction that’s perfect for a warm day. Blue Inc.’s root beer and toasted marshmallow milkshake is a crazy beverage that combines soda shop flavor favorites with liquid nitrogen for a drink that is sure to make a great impression. The liquid nitrogen creates a cloud of mist that has to dissipate before the drinker can start drinking their milkshake. The only thing that could make such a sweet drink better is the anticipation. Blue Inc. also has other fun milkshakes and cocktails plus an impressive wine menu, making it an ideal spot to stop for fun drinks near the waterfront.

While crazy cocktails and milkshakes can be interesting to try, sometimes there’s nothing better than a pint of beer. And Boston residents know there’s nothing more Bostonian than if that pint is a Guinness. Dooley’s has you covered if you’re looking to grab a pint of everyone’s favorite stout. Located in the heart of the Financial District, Mr. Dooley’s Boston Tavern boasts an authentic Irish menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and plenty of Guiness on tap. Of course, you can get a Guiness almost anywhere, but Dooley’s excels in the two necessary factors for a perfect glass of black gold – freshness and pour. Dooley’s moves plenty of Guiness every day, so the supply is always fresh. And prepare to wait when you order one, as the pour is in two parts and takes two minutes, to ensure the perfect velvety smooth presentation.

Boston residents know everything that makes the city special, including its extensive options for drink venues. Whether you’re in the mood for a cocktail throwback, inventive new milkshake, or a classic Guinness, downtown Boston gives you access to some of the city’s most iconic drinks as well as everything else that makes Boston the best place to live.


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