If there's a bar Daniel Day-Lewis is going to after his next Best Actor victory for portraying an old president, it's Lincoln Tavern in Southie.
Like its namesake, this new space from the owners of The Paramount in Beacon Hill has all the makings of a legend, with exposed bricks, dark mahogany floors, and a 50-foot bar lined with high-back stools.
Call it part Oval Office, part Sinatra-era speakeasy, and part brick-oven pizzeria. Or just call it your new mancave away from home.
The drink selection makes your mini-bar at home look, well, mini. Whether drinking with friends (13 beers on draught and another 25 in bottles) or catching up with dad over some "real drinks" (The Quiet Man: bourbon, maple liquor and sweet vermouth) there's no shortage of choices.
The wood-fired brick oven certainly beats heating up a DiGiorno at home, with varieties including homemade meatball with fontina cheese and basil or the perfectly simple margherita. Heartier fare like steak frites and braised short ribs might fall into the "best-you've-ever-had" category.
Something the Lincoln film plans on earning, too.
Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Subway: Red Line to Broadway
Scene: Classic vintage saloon feel that your whiskey-sipping dad would approve of
Best bets: Polenta fries; spaghetti and clams; butternut squash pizza
Go early: Check back soon for full brunch program. Can you say breakfast pizza?
Stay late: Feel free to get caught up in conversation, as the kitchen is open until 1a
Nearby: Junction; Blackthorn Pub; Stats Bar & Grill