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5 DRINK MINIMUM: DARKLY DRUNK IN DORCHESTER

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Since I’m pretty lazy these days, I decide to explore my own neighborhood, Savin Hill in Dorchester. It’s basically a working class nook with lots of triple-deckers converted into condos, nice single family homes, and ample sketchy apartment buildings. People aren’t getting shot and shanked here nearly as much as they once did, so yuppies and hipsters are moving in, which translates to new bars and restaurants–all of which make it an ideal choice for this adventure. My companion: DigBoston publisher Jeff Lawrence, for good or ill. Probably ill.

SAVIN GRILL
[112 Savin Hill Ave.]
DRINK 1: BARTENDER’S CHOICE
Larceny Manhattan ($11.24)

Tough way to start. The server at Savin Grill doesn’t hesitate when I say that I need him to pick me his favorite drink on the menu. He whips me up what amounts to a whiskey martini–mixing Kentucky-made Larceny bourbon, dry vermouth, and bitters. Smooth, yet packs a wallop. It was unwise of me to skip dinner tonight.

DRINK 2: WRITER’S CHOICE
Full Sail IPA ($6.42)

After downing that Manhattan, I figure it’s best to decompress for a few minutes, so we stay for another. I go with what Lawrence is guzzling–a Full Sail India Pale Ale from Oregon. Much more my speed. We order Wellfleet oysters that compliment the hoppy suds, and for the nonce–life is good.

Photo via Savin Grill’s Facebook

VAN SHABU
[1156 Dorchester Ave.]
DRINK 3: TRICK
Haiku Lychee Cooler ($9)

A few blocks from the Savin Hill T station is this sleek sushi and hot-pot bar and restaurant, an awesome new addition to the neighborhood. The bartender Jimmy recommends this icy blend of sake, Patron Citronge, lychee, and cranberry. The lychee adds a nice sweetness, and has a fruit punch-esque spirit. Tasty, ice cold, and loaded with natural sugar. In short: extremely dangerous.

JJ’S IRISH PUB
[1130 Dorchester Ave.]
DRINK 4: TREAT
Miller High Life ($3.50) and a shot of Sambuca ($5)

The lychee deliciousness still swirling in me, we move on to this neighborhood dive for my personal “treat” drink–a good old American Miller High Life and a chilled shot of Sambuca. We cue up some Queensryche, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and Mercyful Fate on the jukebox (it just seemed right), then hit the pool table. Sloppy billiard play and drunken banter about metal, politics, and the Patriots ensues. Things are getting fuzzy.

Photo via Yelp

TOM ENGLISH BAR
[957 Dorchester Ave.]
DRINK 5: TWEET
Tequila Sunrise ($4-5)

Now a comfortable mix of blue-collar bar flies, local professionals, and interlopers exploring DOT Ave, this once-notorious dive got a pleasant makeover some years back. We appeal to the Twitterverse for drink guidance, and for some reason, “Tequila Sunrise” is suggested. So what the hell: we run with it. My last tequila sunrise happened when I was in Tokyo as a teenager (don’t ask) and I was with a bunch of kids on a hockey trip who found our way into a nightclub. We just didn’t know what else to ask for. But just as it was in Japan, this all-American version hits the spot.

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THE BANSHEE
[934 Dorchester Ave.]
DRINK 6: SEASONAL
Shipyard Pumpkin Ale ($5.75)

After swilling a whiskey martini, sake, a shot, and that sunrise concoction, I feel it’s best to get back to craft beer basics. Shipyard Pumpkin Ale it is. Both of us get the cinnamon rim (deal with it), and while tasty, this one will be limited in consumption. As it starts to mix with the rest, I gaze around the wood-paneled pub–a known rugby and soccer stronghold–realizing I am such a short walk from my house. Smiles abound.

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About DAVE WEDGE

I cover metal and electronic music for the Dig, DJ, ski and also write for the Boston Herald, Metalunderground.com and BigShotMag.com.
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