Review: Back Bay Social Club
After a libation filled Saturday, we thought we would keep the run going with a Bloody Mary filled brunch at Back Bay Social Club. I gave you guys a heads up in a previous post that it was the old Vinny T’s spot right on Boylston. Two floors with a bar on each floor (downstairs closed for brunch and lunch). Plenty of bar stool seating, table seating inside, and a small outdoor patio with a handful of tables. Definitely has that speakeasy feel to it with the furniture, checkerboard floor and mahogany bar.
We rolled in with reservations at 10:30. Didn’t look like we needed them but it filled up after 11 or so. Those who partied even harder chose to roll in around noon. Outdoor seating was taken up fast even without any umbrellas at the tables. We sat inside and it had a nice feel to it. They have the front opened to the patio and you have just enough fresh air from outside to make it feel very open and spacious.
We were sat promptly and rolled the dice on a few Bloody Mary’s Their was 5 of us, 3 of us ordered the Pickled Bloody and 2 of us ordered the Pepper Bloody. Both types won rave reviews. My Pepper Bloody came packed with a jalapeno, a pepperoncini, and what tasted like a little vinegar in it. All of these tastes really came together and it was very good. The others really enjoyed the Pickled Bloody, can’t go wrong with either.
I ordered the “Cowboy” scrambled which had 4 ribs on top of some good scrambled eggs. It said it came with peppers and onions, but mine definitely didn’t. Good side of spiced home fries and a biscuit that was pretty dry (consensus of the table). “The Treatment” was ordered, basically a giant plate of fried chicken, waffles, and eggs. Received rave reviews and was gobbled up in minutes. The “Social Breakfast” was gobbled up in seconds and I canonly assume that is was a hit. The “Belgian Waffles” were good but could have used a bit of syrup on them (we asked for a side of it and it came right away). The only disappointment was the “Fatboy”, everything was a bit dry and had to be dolled up with some syrup. The portions were huge and the BBQ sauce they use is very good. Read the menu thoroughly and make sure you know what you are ordering; this isn’t the waffle, syrup, and butter type of place (which is fine by us).
Very good service, the managers came over to say hello and give us their recommendations. Waters and coffee were poured right on cue and we never had to wonder where the staff was. I liked the atmosphere and can see this also being a cool after work spot for the late 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s crowd. Interesting take on the traditional brunch that should keep people coming in!
If anyone has dinner there let us know!