Boston >Food & Dining > Johnnie's On The Side
138 Portland St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211442.363712 -71.061082
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central
Great place for a private party or before a game at the Gard – I'm a huge fan of Johnnie's on the Side. It is a quiet two-floor bar and restaurant that is often overlooked but is my favorite spot to grab a bite or drink before a Celtics or Bruins game.
I also have thrown a private party at their downstairs bar. I reserved the entire downstairs for the party and their management (thank you Chris and Christina) were AMAZING. We wanted to choose a venue where we could have room to sit, stand, or for some even dance, yet it would be quiet enough where we could actually hear each other talk. While their music is more of a jazzy lounge vibe, they offered us use of their sound system if we brought in an ipod, which was fantastic. Their bar food is great - from the mini grilled cheese sandwiches, goat cheese and beet crostinis, meatballs, chicken skewers and kettle chips with bacon and blue cheese.
Upscale eatery and lounge sits not too far from the Garden, caters to neighbors and sports fans alike. – Boston sports memorabilia adorns the walls, while lots of leather and brass create a classy yet comfortable atmosphere. Sports fans crowd the bar anytime there's a game down the street at the Garden. Incorporating a diverse mix of influences, the dinner menu includes fritto misto, arancini, pan-roasted lobster, and lamb rack with whiskey drippings. Lunchtime diners enjoy a selection of hot sandwiches (steak panini, pressed eggplant) and entrees (fish and chips, lasagna). Specialty drinks include concoctions such as the Vin Mariani (grape vodka, Muscat wine, guarana) and the Naked I (vanilla vodka, white chocolate and raspberry liqueurs, crème de cacao).
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