Clery’s with 4 dudes and a mustache party…
Headed to Clery’s a few days ago with a pretty solid crew. For those who haven’t been to Clery’s, it is the place at the corner of Dartmouth and Columbus that has a line 100 people deep, 50% of which are girls in short skirts defying the laws of body heat even when it is 20 degrees. I seem to remember it being rated as one of the best singles bars as well. This always amazes me but I can’t really argue with that given the clientele every night and the fact that there is a boom-boom room downstairs for those who want to “dance” the night away. They have some great front windows that open up to the street which is very cool in the summer (we all remember what that looks like right?)
Here’s the layout. Two main bars on the top floor, one in the main room and one in the back room that is usually open when the crowd gets big. There is a large sit down eating room, and of course the aforementioned boom-boom room. The crowd here changes daily. First and foremost it is a very popular spot with the Back Bay/Hancock/Pru/South End after work crowd. They have a trivia night and usually some good specials on food and drink throughout the week. Nights here carry the same crowd plus the twenty somethings. Friday and Saturday nights are packed and a solid line forms around 10pm and will last until midnight or later. It’s best to stake out your spot early. There will be no shortage of single mingles there, you just have to get in the door.
So we headed over there for a mustache party…what’s that you ask? Well, my buddy is growing a mustache for charity and they meet once a week to stroke each other’s mustaches and talk about how much it itches…at least that’s what I got out of it…but it’s a good cause and we applaud them for it. Arrived with The Big Cat (not Bianca de la Garza), TC Fight Club, and a Boonton alumn. We saw on Twitter that they had 3 dollar nachos so we started with a round of Guinness and nachos. Guinness = Great, Nachos=awful. At one point I came back to the table after using the facilities and I thought one of my buddies peed in the bottom of the bowl (yes a bowl, not a plate like one might think). So soupy, watery, and awful…but the Guinness was right on so we can’t complain. When you go here, order the bar food. I typically get the steak tips which come with a veggie and a potato, always a good take. Fight Club and the Big Cat had Cubano sandwiches which and the reviews were mixed. Again, stick to wings, tips, etc. Bar food kids.
We ate, the Mustache Crew arrived, and we headed to the back bar for some more drinks and shootin the shiz. The crazy thing about Clery’s are the amount of people on the prowl who try very hard not to be. I swear it is the place to eyeball everyone, yet not talk to anyone. Were we at a 5th grade dance? Nope, they didn’t have Kamikaze shots back then…or did they? At any rate, we headed to the back bar and checked out the mustaches. Here is Clery’s in a nutshell, my friends and I were working out trades for fantasy baseball, a group of attractive females talked about their bad dates over the weekend, a couple was talking about breaking up, four guys were trying to get courage to go talk to said females, and a groups of 20 guys are talking a panoramic photo of their mustaches. I mean can you get more random? That is the great thing about Clery’s, anyone can go there and have a good time, it really is an interesting melting pot of Bostonians.
We will always consider Clery’s a neighborhood bar but its clientele goes way beyond the Back Bay/SE. Clery’s serves lunch every afternoon and does a brunch on the weekends. Clery’s has it all…just avoid the nacho plate.
113 Dartmouth St, Back Bay, @ClerysBoston