New Year’s Eve at backbar!

Do you like drinking? Do you like eating? Do you like celebrating a new calendar year? Then you should come to backbar for not one but TWO parties that night. That’s right, we’re hosting two separate parties.  From 5:30 to 8:30 we’re throwing a Pre-game Punch Party for $40 per person. You get three cups of punch, and lots of small appetizers.  Then it’s on to the main event! From 9pm to 1am we’re ringing in the new year for $80 per person. That includes, a welcome punch, two courses of food each paired with cocktails, and then a champagne toast at midnight!  Come one, come all, to backbar! Tickets are onsale at  Buy yours today!!!

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New Fall Menu

Welcome to that wonderous time of year in New England called Autumn. We’re excited to debut our fall menu with classic and modern drinks that are perfect sippers for the crisp and cool weather. Come in and try “The Detour” which has Plymouth Gin, Crema Mezcal, and house-made roasted apple shrub. It’s a detour from the norm by having gin and mezcal team up as the base. And if you were taking a trip from Plymouth, England to Oaxca, Mexico  (where the gin and mezcal are from respectively) and you took a detour to Massachusetts for fresh local apples, then you can make this drink.

Or come have our most popular cocktail at backbar, the Union Mule. So far, two thousand, four hundred and seventy three made and counting. This blend of Beefeater Gin, apple brandy, St-Germain, fresh lemon juice, and house made gingerbeer is unbeatable!

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How cool is our chalkboard artist???

Catherine Owens is incredible! She’s the resident chalkboard artist at backbar. If you haven’t seen this video you yet, you should. It’s a time lapse video of her drawing up the backbar menu on our chalkboards!

Also checkout her other work at her website

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When bartenders are away, the wine bar will play!

backbar’s been taken over!!

While our fabulous bartenders are off learning and partying hard at the annual Tales of the Cocktail event, we here at Journeyman are having our own fun. Every night this weekend we’re hosting a pop-up wine bar at backbar.
This is your chance to try a wide variety of rarely-see glasses of wine, or maybe just get introduced to your new favorite! Here are all the details:


Friday July 27: Pinot Envy
Burgundy and its Emulators
with Len Rothenberg

The Pinot Noir grape is as high strung as an opera diva, and always ready to steal the show, no matter the show. This enigmatic and artistic red grape and its white cousins Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris are the stars of the night’s wine bar. Pinot Noir, as it is practiced in Burgundy has become the benchmark for a style of wine that can be as complex as it is sensuous. Burgundy has become the model and target for a host of wannabe wineries all over the world. Tonight, you can be the judge, and taste a dozen examples to see how well they measure up.

Few people in Boston could even claim to know as much about Pinot Noir as Len Rothenberg, and few palates are better honed to the nuances, intricacies, and sulty beauties of Burgundy than his. Tonight is a rare chance to meet the man behind Federal WIne & Spirits unbuttoned and free. He’ll be pouring wine, talking, and trying to seduce each and every one of you with the wonders of Pinot. During the day, Len can be found at his revolutionary shop, Federal Wine & Spirits, and astute readers may recognize his name from some of our prior wine events, as well.

Saturday July 28: Bubble Bath
Tiny bubbles in the wine…
with Meg Grady-Troia

We all pop corks on special occassions, drinking down glasses of bubbly at weddings, graduations, and anniversaries, but bubbles can brighten any day and any meal. From well-known bubblers like Cava, Prosecco, and Champagne, to stranger beasts like petillant-naturel Pineau d’Aunis and oxidative cider-like sparkling Malvasia Dolce, the world of sparkling wine is grand and beautiful. Let’s change what we pop corks for & do it for fun — for the noise, for the froth, and for the taste!

Sunday July 29: Roll in the Field
A tour of Field Blend Wines
with Stephen Meuse

We’ve all oohed and aahed over single-grape, single-vineyard wines, often letting a grand tradition that celebrates both the culture and terroir of a place — the amazing field blend, wines made from a variety of grapes all grown within a single vineyard — lay fallow as we run toward the next grape. The night is dedicated to those blends, and the harmony possible with blended wines. Many of us are familiar with assemblage-style blends, grapes harvested (& sometimes fermented and aged) separately and blended into the final wine, but some winemakers let the blending happen in the vineyard, celebrating the diversity of a region, and the breadth of its flavors. We’ll pour field blends from all over the world, celebrating and tasting the full potential of some of the world’s best vineyards and winemakers.

Stephen Meuse has worn many hats in the wine world; he currently hosts wine tastings at Central Bottle in Cambridge and blogs at A Table in Time, but he has also written extensively for the Boston Globe and other publications. His wine knowledge is deep, his knowledge is wide, and his raconteurship is unparalleled.

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Closed for renovations

backbar will be closed today (sunday the 22nd) and tomorrow (monday the 23rd) for renovations! We apologize for the inconvenience.


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