First Sip: Emerald Lounge in Boston
The craft cocktails at Wizard of Oz-themed Emerald Lounge fall flat.Â We'll be following the yellow brick road in another direction.
This glowing green space has a Wizard of Oz feel. But donâ€™t come dressed like a movie-set extra: “Sorry, no shorts allowed,” a hostess told our male companion on an early Friday evening (when the bar was near empty). We were let in, but only because “security hadnâ€™t arrived yet.”
While our server described the libations over and over as “craft cocktails,” they fell mostly flat. The gin-based “Ten Thyme Smash” ($12) lacked the herbaceous flavor its name promised, while the signature “Emerald Punch” ($12) tasted like boozy Hi-C. One winner? The “Boston Shandy” ($12, pictured above), a refreshing blend of whiskey, honey syrup, apple cider, and Shipyard Export ale. Decent but pricey snacks like thick battered shrimp ($15), tiny lobster rangoons with a sugary chili sauce ($15), and Southwest beef sliders ($15) served their purpose as booze-soaking fare.
Those who enjoy dressing to the nines and mingling may find luck hereâ€”but weâ€™d rather click our heels and head elsewhere.
200 Stuart St., Boston, 617-457-2626, emeraldultralounge.com.
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/2012/08/review-emerald-lounge-boston/