At Stoli Bar, waitresses walk by with trays of clinking vodka shots, bowls of warming borscht, and plates of potato latkes layered with house-smoked gravlax. Diners dig in to Russian dishes that borrow flavors from Ukrainian and French cuisine, such as the salmon kulebyaka—a puff pastry filled with salmon, julienne vegetables, and red caviar. Each dish is artfully presented on a white rectangular plate, which highlights the shape and texture of the food without surrounding it with distracting sparklers.
What began 19 years ago as a sports bar with five TVs and a massive satellite dish has blossomed into a mecca for fans of Boston sports teams and lovers of hearty pub fare. Visitors to Coolidge Corner Clubhouse watch year-round hockey, baseball, pro and college football, and basketball on 20 LCD screens while feasting on 16-ounce burgers, savory pastas, and tender morsels of barbecue pork, chicken, and shrimp. Patrons also sip frosty craft beers on draft or potent cocktails and martinis as they share plates of chicken wings and nachos, or piled-high deli sandwiches and wraps.
A light-hearted celebration of Boston sportsdom permeates the restaurant, with its burgers and wraps named for famous athletes and the multiple screens showing area college and professional games. On the walls, framed photos commemorate Boston's proudest sports moments, such as a floor-to-ceiling print of Adam Vinatieri's famous 45-yard kick during the “Snow Bowl” and an iconic photograph of Ted Williams defending his graduate thesis, “On Hitting the Baseball Really, Really Hard to Make It Go Pretty Far.”
Harnessing the power of fresh, hearty ingredients and uncomplicated Italian cuisine, Jimmy’s Bar & Oven fills tongue hangars with pizza, wings, pasta, and hearty sandwiches that have earned attention from Brookline Patch. Like Warren Harding's collection of crocheted mittens, all of Jimmy’s menu items are homemade, and chefs fire the pizzas to life in a stone oven that helps evenly distribute flavor combinations across the circular terrain. Parties nosh amid rubber floors, upbeat music, street-facing garage doors, and chalkboard walls that showcase daily specials and equations for the thermodynamic principles of melted cheese.
With its close proximity to Fenway Park and Boston University, it’s no wonder that An Tua Nua has learned how to please the masses. The pub fosters the laidback atmosphere famous of neighborhood watering holes: guests kick back and munch on a menu of classic Irish and American cuisine including shepherd’s pie, chicken curry, and towering burgers. At the bar, the likes of Blue Moon, Guinness Stout, and various Harpoon brews flow from taps while bartenders shake and stir cocktails infused with a vast selection of liquors. As the night progresses, bodies fill An Tua Nua's spacious dance floor, framed by two large projection screens and a disco ball. Themed music nights unleash a deluge of tunes ranging from salsa and bachata to goth and industrial. Meanwhile, regular karaoke and board-game events bring out aspiring singers or people who dream of one day bringing Monopoly money to a bar without consequence.