The New Bar at Grill 23

Well Happy Friday! For many it’s a holiday weekend and for many in Boston, a long weekend, culminating in what will once again be the best day of the year when we take back Marathon Monday.  Boston will be buzzing with energy and pride this weekend leading up to the Boston Marathon, and there are lots of fabulous restaurants in the city to celebrate in.

I recently attended the reveal of the new Bar at Grill 23. It takes what was previously a dark steakhouse and makes it chic, bright, and modern, all while maintaining some of that classic feel. It’s a gorgeous blend of old and new, and just in time for Spring and Summer, the windows open out on to the beautiful Boston streets. Grill 23 is a pretty key spot for your Marathon weekend dining as it is just blocks from the finish line.

Grill 23 Bar

The Bar at Grill 23 features lots of classic cocktails with a Grill 23 twist, as well as some I have not heard of. Fresh ingredients take up a section of the bar, and it was fun to check out all of the vibrant colors while we ordered our drinks.

cocktail ingredients

They also have a really fabulous by-the-glass wine list, and on the very chilly day I stopped in, I was in the mood for one of my favorites, a Cabernet Franc. I love that Grill 23 has a wine list made up of $23 bottles of wine, and it actually features some great selections like abovementioned Cab Franc. The $23 wine list is perfect for groups of friends to be able to try a few bottles with dinner without breaking the bank.

Cabernet Franc

At the opening of the bar, we feasted on cheeses, charcuterie, and my favorite, mini versions of the House Blend Burger. A burger and a glass of Cab Franc were simply perfect together.

Grill 23 burgers

I really enjoyed the time I spent at the Bar at Grill 23, and I look forward to returning for sampling more of their bar bites and creative cocktail menu.

If you are in the Boston area, will you be cheering on Marathon Monday? If you live somewhere else, what are your weekend dining plans?

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  1. Megan’s avatar

    What a nice update to the bar. Sadly, I am working Monday, but I will definitely be thinking of everyone running out there!


  2. Alaina’s avatar

    I love Grill 23! I can’t wait to check out the new space.

    This Monday, Bianca and I are hoping to cheer on the runners somewhere on Comm Ave. :-)


  3. Michelle Lahey’s avatar

    I might have to work on Monday, but I’ll be cheering on the runners from my desk, at least! I’ll have to check out Grill 23 sometime soon – I see cheese-stuffed olives, which must mean they make a mean martini. ;)


  4. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    I’m bummed that I had to miss this because I had the flu (ugh). I can’t wait for Marathon Monday!


  5. Molly Galler’s avatar

    This was a fun night! By the time I arrived, the bar was so packed it was tough to really see the full transformation. Can’t wait to go back.


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