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.
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.
Bella Luna Restaurant & Milky Way Lounge, a winner of several “Best of Boston” awards from The Improper Bostonian, and a 2013 nominee for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce's Small Business of the Year award, is renowned for its upscale and creative twist on traditional Italian fare. Dig into gourmet pizzas, butternut squash and pumpkin ravioli, eggplant puttanesca, and ribs braised in Sam Adams “Wee Heavy” scotch ale. Behind a U-shaped bar, bartenders craft signature cocktails and pour pints of American craft beers, including Allagash White, Harpoon IPA, and Left Hand Milk Stout.
The eatery is decorated with a subdued sci-fi theme, with dangling star lights, sparkly blue barstool cushions, and Martian bouncers. Try your hand at Ms. Pacman or MegaTouch, or listen to live music on select nights.