Bar Bites

Another great evening at Bistro du Midi cemented in my mind that this Back Bay gem is one of my favorite places in Boston.

Having been able to sit outside on my last two visits (here & here), I had never actually been inside Bistro du Midi’s downstairs bar area, which is normally open to the street in nicer weather.

At 5:30, the bar was almost empty and remained that way throughout the hour-plus that we were there. With soft French music in the background, it was the perfect place to catch up with friends Daisy and Megan before heading to the Boston Chocolate School.

Bistro du Midi

We sat at the bar, where I perused the wine list and went with a summery Rosé. While we sipped our drinks, I grabbed a few photos of the space which is cozy, serene, and has a great open kitchen.

Bistro du Midi

Bistro du Midi

And views of the Boston Public Garden. It is a simply lovely space.

Bistro du Midi

Since we had a night of chocolate and wine ahead, we split a few appetizers. There was the perfectly crispy-on-the-outside calamari.

calamari at Bistro du Midi

And the crostini with eggplant and olive spreads.

olive and eggplant spreads at Bistro du Midi

And the un-photographed fried artichokes.

Despite the fact that we had two fried dishes, everything still felt very light and summery. Chalk it up to Bistro du Midi’s Provencal flair! Everything was simple and delicious, went perfectly with my choice of wine, and made me wish it was 70 degrees and the doors to the outside were open. . . and that we could stay for the entire evening.

I love sitting at the bar and catching up with my husband on an impromptu date or with friends after a work day, and Bistro du Midi provides a lovely environment to do just that.

Do you have a bar or restaurant that just says “relaxation” to you, a place you return to repeatedly because you love it so much?

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  1. Elizabeth’s avatar

    I’ve always wanted to try Bistro du Midi! So funny, I rarely dine out around there, clearly I need to. The views of the garden are gorgeous.

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  2. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    I’ve only sat at this bar briefly (before being seated at our table) but it looked lovely. My favorite bar to just catch up with my husband or one friend is at Ole in Inman Square. They have just 5 seats so it feels special and those margaritas will make any problem disappear!

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  3. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    I would go to town on that calamari. I’ll have to put this on my list of places to check out in the spring. I like your description of it in the good weather!

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  4. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    I’ve never been to Bistro du Mudi but I definitely want to go sometime. I have a lot of restaurants I keep going back to, top on my list are Stella in the South End, Russell House Tavern in Harvard Square, and Sel dela Terre in Boylston :)

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  5. Megan’s avatar

    I’m still thinking about that calamari. It was cooked so perfectly. This was definitely a great spot to meet up, and I’m looking forward to going there again when it’s nice out!

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  6. Daisy’s avatar

    Can we go back?! when its warm? that artichoke was so gooood. to bad my photo of it was blurry!

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  7. Michelle’s avatar

    ooh thanks for posting about this place! I love anywhere that plays French music. And I LOVE that mirror collection!

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  8. alicia’s avatar

    Very nice! one of my favorite bars in the back bay was always solas. I like the casual irish pub feel — specifically at the bar upstairs – it’s a little more low-key up there.

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