After a recent trip to San Francisco, I realized how lucky we are in Boston to have such a robust cocktail scene. I love Drink in Fort Point, it has great ambiance, a beautiful aesthetic and most importantly, top-notch cocktails. But it’s in Fort Point and it gets very crowded on the weekends. What’s a Somerville resident to do? Hit Backbar, Union Square’s very own craft cocktail joint.
The brainchild of Sam Treadway, who previously worked at Drink and Eastern Standard and is often seen chatting with customers and taking orders, Backbar is an intimate, cozy space serving up some of the best cocktails I’ve ever had. One of the things I really love about Backbar is that it takes reservations, so with a little pre-planning, you can have a guaranteed spot to sit and sip your beverages. They don’t overcrowd the place, which preserves the upscale atmosphere and makes it sort of feel like a secret club (you’ll know why when you go there, the entrance is down a nondescript hallway).
Backbar has an ever-changing cocktail menu featuring a special of the day, special of the week and a milk punch, which has been phenomenal every time I’ve tried it. The bartenders make legit old fashioneds (the old-old fashioned), a killer bee’s knees and a bright, luxurious French 75. Also delicious on a recent visit were the casino (Ransom gin, maraschino, lemon, bitters), the back word (a take on the last word with Oxley gin, Lillet and maraschino syrup) and the daiquiri time-out (so simple and fresh).
Backbar is associated with Journeyman next door, so the few nibbles they have are exceedingly good. If you’re looking for a light snack to go with your drinks, try the spicy caramel corn, it’s crunchy with the perfect blend of sweet and spice.
9 Sanborn Court