Eastern Standard

Eastern Standard

528 Commonwealth Ave (at Kenmore Square), Boston, MA 02215, United States
Open until 2:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 7:00 AM–2:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Lunch, Dinner
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Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

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  • cocktails
  • whiskey smash
  • old cuban
  • blueberry thrill
  • bone marrow
  • good for a late night
  • steak
  • oysters
  • good for dates
  • bread pudding
  • off-menu items
  • breakfast food
  • rigatoni
  • outdoor seating
  • burgers
  • foie gras
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  • grilled cheese sandwiches
  • French food
  • Bravo

    Amazing cocktails, great atmosphere, fab outdoor (summertime) seating make this an excellent choice if you avoid the pre/post Fenway crowd. -Tania Peterson, Top Chef Just Desserts

    Bravo · November 12, 2010
  • Thrillist

    When you're feeling like death, order the off-the-menu Corpse Reviver #4 from bartender Jackson Cannon w/ Rittenhouse rye, yellow chartreuse and Fernet Branca. Read more

    Thrillist · May 14, 2010
  • Boston Magazine

    This Kenmore Square stalwart is a lot of things to a lot of people. It excels on all fronts — which is why we can’t stay away for very long. Don't miss the steak frites. Read more

    Boston Magazine · November 11, 2011
  • BostonTweet

    Boston's best cocktail bar without the attitude - ask Nicole behind the bar for an Old Cuban and thank me later. One more thing, if you're hungry the Baked Rigatoni is redonkulous.

    BostonTweet · July 29, 2010
  • AskMen

    Eastern Standard's cocktails are always spot-on, try the Seelbach. The boisterous atmosphere is always welcoming and only enhanced by the awesome music selection. Read more

    AskMen · May 21, 2010
  • Boston.com

    "Stake out a place in the shade at Eastern Standard while sipping on one of their uber-creative cocktails.... comfortably chow down on items such as foie gras, herb risotto, and roasted beet salad." Read more

    Boston.com · June 16, 2010
  • Senator John B.

    If you're looking for late-night food in Boston, you can't do much better than the daily specials posted on the mirror behind the bar after midnight. Follow the restaurant on Twitter to see the specia

    Senator John Blutarski · April 19, 2011
  • Mazda

    You gotta try their butterscotch bread pudding, yum!

    Mazda · November 8, 2010
  • Esquire

    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Sad that this place is no longer "The Rat," where the Pixies once played. But The Rat cocktail almost makes up for it. Almost. Read more

    Esquire · February 2, 2011
  • Eric B.

    Order many strange cocktails; have the head bartender compliment your drinking skills.

    Eric Baxter · October 8, 2009
  • Leonard L.

    whiskey smash. awsomeness. also the scofflaw

    Leonard L · October 5, 2009
  • Joseph W.

    Go to Eastern Standard. Sit at the bar and tell the bartender what you like. Drink whatever concoction they put in front of you. Repeat until you reach nirvana.

    Joseph Walter · October 24, 2009
  • Eater

    Eastern Standard did craft cocktails before craft cocktails were de rigueur. [Eater 38 Member]

    Eater · January 12, 2012
  • Epicurious

    The American brasserie offers classic European dishes and fun, retro cocktails. Just don't try to get a table on the night of a Sox game - the neighborhood is utter mayhem.

    Epicurious · August 24, 2010
  • Valentine's Day Movie

    You won’t be able to figure out what’s in it without the cocktail waitress’ help, but try the Blueberry Thrill. . .or maybe one of the bubbly drinks will get you in the mood. #vday

    Valentine's Day Movie · February 2, 2010
  • Jarrett G.

    One of the few places in this area of the city that's actually good seven nights a week!

    Jarrett Goetz · April 14, 2010
  • John M.

    Get everything on the cocktail menu, but especially the whiskey smash. No better cocktail bar in Boston. Period.

    John M. · September 14, 2009
  • Tony P.

    Go here and get a Sazerac, Whiskey Smash, or Manhattan from any of the bartenders.

    Tony Paterra · September 14, 2009
  • DJ C.

    "If you love it so much, why don't you marry it?!" they said. "I'm trying," I said.

    DJ Capobianco · December 10, 2012
  • Boston Phoenix

    Revived comfort food like cod fritters, baked rigatoni, and steak frites are delicious, but with drinks this good, you may opt for a liquid dinner. Try an egg cocktail like a gin flip for protein. Read more

    Boston Phoenix · July 20, 2010
  • Senator John B.

    It's no one's first thought in this wonderland of liquid delights, but the espresso is always perfect. Start with one to fortify your later fun. Drink!

    Senator John Blutarski · May 29, 2011

    Though most classic cocktail lounges are small, Eastern Standard is huge. Try the Jack Rose - a mix of applejack, lemon juice, house-made grenadine and bitters. Read more

    USA TODAY · December 6, 2010
  • Valentina M.

    Addictions: Blueberry thrill. Aviation. Old Cuban. Steak Tar Tare. Late Nite Bites Mirror Menu! <3 ESKD

    Valentina Monte · July 16, 2010
  • Food & Wine

    Jackson Cannon presides over Eastern Standard's marble-topped bar (and the menu of 50-plus drinks) in Kenmore Square's Hotel Commonwealth.

    Food & Wine · April 20, 2011
  • Senator John B.

    The heated patio is the place to be on Patriots' Day for post-Fenway marathon fun. Enjoy!

    Senator John Blutarski · March 11, 2011
  • Jason L.

    This place is the bomb! Bone Marrow app....YUM!

    Jason Landry · July 5, 2010
  • Sean B.

    The Metamorphosis Cocktail! Part Becherovka, lemon juice and honey it lives up to its description as transformative bitters. It's no longer listed on the menu, but gladly served if ordered by name.

    Sean Bender · July 3, 2010
  • Senator John B.

    Is it warm out? Order a glass of Commanderie de Peyrassol still rosé; incredibly refreshing and light, it's one of the best offered in the city. Drink!

    Senator John Blutarski · May 24, 2011
  • Eric A.

    Best cocktail in Boston? The Whiskey Smash! Get it—you won't be disappointed!

    Eric Andersen · December 24, 2010
  • 高手놀리밑™

    The Virgin Mary for Sunday brunch makes a good substitute (no liquor till noon!)

    高手놀리밑™ · May 16, 2010
  • Alice H.

    Great late night menu specials!

    Alice Hu · March 12, 2010
  • Eric A.

    You *must* try the fig and goat cheese tart (dessert, but more like an appetizer) - amazing!

    Eric Andersen · August 19, 2009
  • Joseph W.

    Go to Eastern Standard. Drink cocktails until the world makes sense.

    Joseph Walter · July 18, 2009
  • Senator John B.

    The Schloss Gobelsburg is an Austrian sparkling wine blending Grüner, Riesling, and Pinot Noir; available by the glass. Drink.

    Senator John Blutarski · December 3, 2010
  • lea d.

    Make sure to get a matchbox on your way out.

    lea dickson · March 13, 2010
  • Eric A.

    ES has the best shrimp cocktail in Boston, hands down!

    Eric Andersen · August 7, 2009
  • skyle

    the Blueberry cocktail is fantastic!

    skyle · July 12, 2009
  • Steve S.

    Eat Drink & Be Merry

    Steve Schnelwar · October 14, 2012
  • Max B.

    Boston's most iconic bar. Amazingly gracious and informed staff, great cocktails, and your best option for food after midnight.

    Max Bulger · August 27, 2012
  • Alessio B.

    The staff is lovely. Beautiful atmosphere. Eat inside.

    Alessio Baù · August 9, 2011
  • Lauren M.

    For snacks, the raw bar and the grilled cheese are boom-bangin. For delicious libations: Old Cuban, Metamorphosis, Blueberry Thrill, Jack Rose, Au Provence, oh hell-- ALL OF THEM

    Lauren Magnuson · July 18, 2011
  • Alex F.

    Try the Gin Flip, it will be the best drank you ever had...don't be scared of the egg whites!

    Alex Fish · May 22, 2011
  • Takuo U.

    Best late night selections; perfect for an post Red Sox game hang out!

    Takuo Urushihara · November 28, 2009
  • Rishi B.

    order any Manhattan variant (pretty much any drink named for an area of NYC), these include: Greenpoint, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, etc. sublime drinks, all.

    Rishi Basu · October 23, 2009
  • kenji r.

    on a hot day, the Pimm's Cup is an excellent choice. if you enjoy that, move on to a Dartmouth Highball - it adds muddled mint and ginger, i believe.

    kenji ross · July 15, 2009
  • Spike

    Eastern Standard breathes new life in to classic cocktails, and is one of the leading mixology bars in New England. --Jon Taffer, Bar Rescue (Sundays 10/9c.)

    Spike · February 7, 2013
  • BU Class Gift

    One of our communications chairs hangs out here...a lot. If you ever have any questions or want to just stop by and say hi, you should!

    BU Class Gift · April 17, 2012
  • Jarrett G.

    Best bartenders in Boston. Period.

    Jarrett Goetz · April 12, 2012
  • Kevin W.

    More drinks than you know what to do with. Most nights I go with steak frites + Old Cuban.

    Kevin Wang · March 28, 2012
  • Sebastian H.

    Amazing brunch. Great waitress, Elise.

    Sebastian Humbert · March 4, 2012

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