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January 01, 2015 |  96 Views
Neighborhood Round Up: Fort Point Channel
By Karyn Polewaczyk

Not quite Southie, not quite Seaport District, Fort Point Channel is the city’s latest up-and-coming hub of innovation, creative ingenuity, and, of course, cocktails and dining. You’ll find it side-saddled next to South Station, marked by converted, architectually-now brick mill buildings housing graphic design firms, restaurants and condominiums. Here are a few of our favorites—just make sure you’ve got your eyes peeled, since these neighborhood haunts whisper, and never shout. 

 

Drink

348 Congress Street 

 

Culinary ringmaster and Gruppo founder Barbara Lynch knew just what the area needed when she opened her craft cocktail collaborative (upstairs sits sibling restaurant Sportello) in 2009. Ice-pick wielding bartenders will take your order, but don’t expect it to come from a menu: the staff is trained to create custom drinks made to suit the individual tastes of each patron. Help the medicine go down with Drink’s bar bites, including a variety of ceviche, tartaré and decadently fluffy fried oysters. 

 

Lucky’s Lounge

355 Congress Street 

 

Italian culture besets a lifestyle where everyone Lucky’s is like that faded, worn-in T-shirt you “borrowed” from an ex and never returned: comfortable, easy and reliable (even if the ex wasn’t). It’s got the ingredients of a drinker’s bar (dark, mysterious, with a no-nonsense vibe), but with a foodie twist in its award-winning menu, curated by chef Luke Beardslee. Saturday nights are always swarming—get there early to avoid the line—or redeem yourself with Sunday brunch. 

 

Flour Bakery

12 Farnsworth Street 

 

Sugar, spice, and everything tasty: that’s what Joanne Chang (of the Myers & Chang dynasty) delivers in her third rendition of Flour, the award-winning bakery that’s got everyone in Fort Point abuzz. Their philosophy is simple: desserts (and tarts, and muffins, and cakes) should be pleasurable. They also recommend nibbling on dessert before dinner, but we’ll never tell. 

 

Barking Crab

88 Sleeper Street 

 

A Boston institution for 18 years, the Barking Crab is situated at the gateway to Fort Point Channel—just follow your nose to some of the freshest seafood and beer in the area. The fish & chips is cost-effective, both in its deliciousness and fast delivery, and their proprietary beer washes a meal of any kind quite well. Larger groups will enjoy imbibing on a clam bake, and the venue is available for private rental. We’re pleased to say that despite its name the bite is definitely better than the Bark. 

 

The Institute for Contemporary Art

100 Northern Avenue 

How many museums can brag that it has a Wolfgang Puck-commissioned café sitting pretty in the middle of Boston Harbor? Well, the ICA can. After winding down your visit to the site’s latest exhibitions, take a visit to the first-floor Water Café, where lobster bisque, P.E.I. mussels and house-made ricotta await. Members will appreciate the added benefit of a 10% discount; everyone will appreciate the view.

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