So here’s a little something we’ll be trying out for a while here at BostonDrunks – bar reviews in the area for you to check out (or avoid like the Plague). We’ll be starting off in Boston and eventually expanding into outside territory if all goes well. Call ’em Bar Shots, and treat ’em like an alcoholic’s game of Pokemon – gotta drink ’em all.
First up on our tour of Boozers’ Row – The Draft in Allston.
The Draft is kind of like your go-to 2 A.M. booty call – you never really want to end up going there, but it’s better than staying home and
crying yourself to sleep all alone watching some T.V. before bed.
Actually, I’m being a little harsh, the place really isn’t all that bad, so long as you’re just looking for a casual spot to grab a couple cheap brews and maybe catch a game. You usually don’t have to wait that long to get in (a typical Friday night will have you standing outside 5-10 minutes max). They’ve got a good amount of tables and T.V. screens so you can comfortably post up for the afternoon or evening, as well as pool tables and arcade games if you’re looking for some additional entertainment. If you come early, the kitchen also serves up some good, cheap lunch and wings deals to fill you up on a budget.
For the most part, The Draft is townie central with a few college kids sprinkled in. A nice change of pace from the frat haunts closer to Comm. Ave. at times, but just know what you’re getting yourself into beforehand.
The resident D.J. is typically nothing special, just spinning a mix of Top 40 and ’90s hip-hop with some randos sprinkled in to fire up the folks. There’s a small dance floor in the corner so you can put on your drunkest-girl-at-the-party shoes and shake ya rump for a bit – just watch out for the Persian Prowlers that often make an appearance and start poppin’ bottles of Stoli like hipster high-rollers…
In my book, The Draft is pretty much a Thirsty Thursday tradition. College Night there gets you cheap Rolling Rock drafts (a little over a buck a pop), and it’s a good spot to pregame before you make the venture to T.I.T.S. or White Horse later on and leave the locals for Last Call.
Even if it’s usually a low-key affair, The Draft does have the capacity to surprise on occasion. Best way to hit the bar is with a big group on a Thursday around 10, grab a table and just kick Rocks for a while – never fails to inspire some later-night debauchery, and it’s a fun little drinking game seeing who’s the first to get kicked out every night (our running tally is somewhere around 15 individual escorts off the premises at last count) – it’s almost a right of passage for the newly-21 bucks to get tossed their first Thirstday. Still, the folks are good sports there, and we’ve always been allowed back for another go around, even at our worst (sorry again guys for that time with the Duck Hunter and the Jose Cuervo and the puke and the white boy dancing…).
Finally, you should definitely head over at some point as Summer picks up. The bar’s got a nice patio area out back that’s probably the dive’s biggest draw, and it can REALLY fill up on a hot weekend night.
Summary: Definition of a townie bar, perfect spot to grab a couple of casuals and maybe a bite to eat. Pool and some live entertainment, really bumps on Thursdays (College Night) and when the outdoor area opens up for the Summer.