Journey Burger!

Our Genius Hour just got even more delicious! I know all you Ramen-heads out there might be sad, but I think if you try the burger you’ll find out it’s for the better. Have no fear, Ramen will come back! I promise. But for the hot summer months there just something about a delicious burger that sounds so much more appealing! This $12, third pound burger, is made with delicious local meat, local tomato and onions, on top of fresh baked brioche buns. Served with house made pickles and local mixed green salad. But once again, we’re only making 15 per day. So get here early and often!

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New Summer Menu!

Come check out our new summer menu of cocktails!  Highlights include the classic Paloma with Corzo tequila, fresh squeeze of lime, our house made grapefruit shrub soda and a candied grapefruit peel garnish! Or try the Singapore Smokes with Oxley gin, grilled pineapple juice, house made grenadine, fresh lime juice, Benedictine, and coffee liqueur, served in a smoking glass. If you want a slow sipping summer rum cocktail you gotta have the Old Mai; it’s a barrel-aged mai tai with our house made roasted almond orgeat, a blend of Bacardi 8 yr rum and Rhum Clement VSOP that have rested in our own barrel for a whole month!

Whatever you try, it’s bound to be good! Come in today where it’s cool and sunny!

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Ramen is Genius!

It’s official. Ramen. Is. At. Backbar.

We will be serving Ramen as part of our Genius Hour that is from 4pm – 6pm everyday (except Tuesday of course.) One of the head chefs of Journeyman Restaurant, Tse Wei Lim, has been working on this ramen recipe for many many months. Although he’s constantly in the pursuit of perfection, he has finally deemed it good enough. And let me tell you this far exceeds my definition of “good enough.”  I personally think it is the best ramen in Boston. The broth is made from pork and duck stocks, with miso and soy sauce. The noodles are made fresh daily and topped with shredded pork, runny duck eggs, scallions, and bamboo shoots. Then you can personalize by adding on kimchee, pickled ginger, garlic, or just some bacon!

Since the noodles are made fresh each day, we only will have 15 orders each day. So please make sure you get here early and grab your $12 bowl of ramen from 4pm to 6pm!

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Nemo sucks!

backbar is closed tonight, (Friday February 8th)… sorry for the inconvenience!  We’ll see you tomorrow for regular hours starting at 4pm!


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Thank You!

2012 was a great first year for backbar! I want to thank every one of our guests over the past year who have given life to the space. If it weren’t for all of you, then we’d be a bunch of bartenders standing around, lonely in our cool hip space making cool hip drinks for no one. Thank you so much for all the good times, we’ve had a pleasure serving you and welcoming you into our little bar in the back of a small restaurant that is tucked away down a tiny alley in Union Square.

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