MMHO: Charlesmark

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We’re introducing a new feature on the website. We’ll use the Monday Morning Hangover to review places we’ve gone to or things we’ve done when we’re NOT crawling. Restaurants, bars, tastings, event, we’ll cover them here.

The Charlesmark Hotel is nestled on a stretch of Newbury St across from the Library.  The Charlesmark Lounge is yes, cmtechnically, in a hotel, but it shouldn’t be written off as a “hotel bar”.  The staff is extremely friendly and make great cocktails.  The drink menu includes twists on classics like their Charlesmark Martini (which I like to call the “Bad Day Corrector”), and their take on a Manhattan, with bitters made by a bartender at Solas across the street.  Also check out the Dancing Bear Martini, decorated with a row of gummy bears. They also have a seasonal menu, with bright, refreshing drinks in the summer and, bolder, warming drinks for the winter. In the nicer weather they have a nice patio which is great for Newbury Street people watching, and they also have a nice lounge with comfy and chic couches, so it’s a great place to relax with friends.  Bar manager Jefferson and the rest of the staff are some of the greatest in town, and it’s always a good time to stop in.  Once a month, they host a wine tasting.  This is one of the best values for a great time in town.  It’s held on the third Wednesday of each month from 6-8. For $20, you get to sample 6 wines (3 white and 3 red…you can try one of each, or stick with either all whites or reds, it’s up to you).  They also have light apps (cheese and crackers, crudité and dip, cupcakes and cookies) and pass out samples of their cocktails as shots. Admission also includes a drink voucher for your next visit.  They give you a handout describing each wine, so you can learn a little something while you mingle and sample.  It’s always hopping and a great way to meet people, or hang out with your friends for a midweek break.  Overall, Charlesmark is classy but comfortable, and a great place for a drink.

Under 3 weeks until we’re back for the 12 Bars of X-Mas. Ticket includes $3 or less drink at each bar, Beverage Mitt, Winter Pom Hat, Santa Socks, Koozie, Drawstring Backpack, Candy Cane, Temporary Tattoos, Photo Booth and No Covers at Scheduled Bars.

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