Food & Drink

The Alley Bar at Rowes Wharf Opens and The Landing at Long Wharf Expands

The Alley Bar at Rowes Wharf ( photo)

Waterfront alleys are often dark and dank spaces, but that is not stopping the Boston Harbor Hotel from using a narrow brick path as a new bar spot. As shown in the photo, “The Alley Bar at Rowes Wharf” is … well, just what it sounds like.

Our friends at Boston Restaurant Talk share a promotional email indicating that the new bar off Atlantic Avenue has a capacity of 60 persons with named drinks, such as the Alley Cat (Double Cross Vodka, Mint Serrano Simple Syrup, Fresh Lime garnished with Cilantro), Don’t Miss the Boat (Gosling’s Rum, Earl Grey Tea, Ginger Mint Simple Syrup, Cranberry Shrub, topped with Gosling’s Ginger Beer), Chills (Reyka, Solerno, Muddled Cucumber, Lime, Soda, and a dash of bitters), and Scary Thoughts (Corzo Silver, Bacardi 8, Orgeat Almond, Lime Juice, Blueberry Syrup Float).

The new Alley Bar at Rowes Wharf will be serving during the summer season from 4pm – 10pm, Monday through Friday.

The Landing at Long Wharf ( photo)

With the opening of the Alley Bar at Rowes Wharf, the newly expanded The Landing at Long Wharf might have to cede its tagline as “Boston’s only fully outdoor patio bar.” Still, a recent visit showed a large after work crowd is liking the new spot. The Landing moved inland a bit for the 2012 summer season with a new structure featuring big screen TVs and a large deck area behind the Boston Harbor Cruises ticket booth. BHC is the owner and operator of The Landing, featuring Caribbean style frozen drinks or their famous Fish Bowl cocktails.

The Alley Bar and The Landing are joined by a relatively new patio space at The Chart House on Long Wharf and The Reef at the New England Aquarium. At the latter, celebrity chef Barbara Lynch revamped the menu for the 2012 season. Still popular with patrons are the outdoor bar and dining options on the Northern side of the Marriott Long Wharf with Tia’s on the Waterfront, Joe’s American Bar & Grill and The Living Room.

One nearby waterfront outdoor space still under dispute is the end of Long Wharf. The Boston Redevelopment Authority and the North End Ten go to the Supreme Judicial Court in the Fall 2012 over the “park” designation, Article 97 and the proposed destination restaurant. (See Long Wharf Park: Just a Footnote?)