Sunday, February 1, 2015

Wink & Drink

A cocktail speakeasy beckons in the South End


They say 93% of all communication is non-verbal. 
To that, we just smile. 
You'll understand when you step into Wink & Nod, the new South End Prohibition-inspired cocktail speakeasy that just might leave you speechless. 
Of course, while during Prohibition keeping things quiet was critical, here it's a perk. Slip into a wrap-around corner booth where you and your date can make eyes or play footsies on the DL. 

Once you flag down your waiter with a subtle wave, there'll be plenty to talk about, including whether you're more a fan of Mrs. Robinson (mezcal with pepper-infused dry and sweet vermouth) or Madonna (egg white, Plymouth gin, sloe gin, simply syrup, and dry curaçao).
And as long as you're violating the Volstead Act, it's good to have options. You can go blue collar (The Captain Quint shooter of Scotch, peach liqueur, fruit juices, and Yuengling) or black card (ask for the Billionaire Bijou).
By then, you and your date will have probably come to an unspoken agreement: once you finish splitting the smoked quail and beef short rib yakitori and the homemade fresh Twinkie for dessert courtesy of pop-up restaurant Whisk in their new full-time home, you're heading back to her place. 
Say no more. 

photo by Boston Nightlife Ventures

Wink & Nod
3 Appleton St., South End
(617) 482-0117

Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Subway: Orange Line to Bay Bay
Best bets: Yakitori-in-smoke; Bijou Billionaire cocktail; squid-ink pasta
Nearby: Merrill & Co., The Beehive, Myers + Chang

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