Gaslight Brasserie

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Gaslight BrasserieGaslight Brasserie

Type: Bar, Eatery

560 Harrison Ave
Boston, Massachusetts, 02118-2436
United States

(617) 422-0224 | map

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Added by spope531 on 02-21-2011

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Photo of morebeergood
3.73/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

My wife and I went to eat in the South End on Sunday, and before dinner we went to Gaslight for a drink. The restaurant is subterranean, so you feel like you are walking down the stairs into a wine cellar. The atmosphere is very French bistro-like. White subway tiles, smartly dressed servers, signs in French, etc. The bar is the first thing you see when you walk in. We had eaten here a few years back, so I remember the food was good. But we were not here for dinner, just a drink this time, so we sat at the bar. A curvy bar, saddled around a fine looking liquor and glass collection. Small tv with sports on, but not a focus. Service was good at first. He explained the drink list, filled water glasses, etc. Then he sorta disappeared at the end, oh well. Not a beer lovers heaven, but they offer some passable selections. On tap, they had a few Germans: Weihenstephaner Oktoberfest, Reissdorf Kolsh; a few Belgians: Palm, Stella; and some locals, like a few Harpoons. Bottles choices were Belgians, like Chimay, Duvel, and Saison Dupont, plus a bunch of Unibroue choices. I had the new Harpoon 100 Barrel Series, which was tasty. Beers started at $5.50 and went up for there (I won't count PBR draft for $2). This is a very classy place to bring someone for a date or dinner, but not a place for beer geeks. But if in the area, it's a got a posh bar where you can relax and have a drink in an upscale environment, if that's what you are looking for at the moment.

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Photo of bigoten13
4.47/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

If you have ever spent more than three days in Paris, chances are you've spent a whole night in a booth at a local brasserie, eating, drinking, and chatting, barely noticing the passing time. The walls are of well-cured wood, the booth cushions comfortable, and the bar area features a tabac (tabacco mini-shop) and a small tv, muted.

This is the exact atmosphere that the minds behind gaslight have been able to flawlessly recreate. Its really their attention to detail that puts the nail in the coffin, with the familiar lighting above and the Pernod and Ricard bottles featured up above the main dining area. To match the name, there are indeed gaslights outside of the main door that give you the first impression of parisian charm.

The menu is a carefully selected collection of regional french dishes, not restricted to the North, that combine seasonal items with French cuisine staples. One of my favorite dishes of all time was a special dish of canard and peppercorns. They have a great raw bar offering, featuring oyster selections that change frequently, and the steak tartare topped with mushrooms duxelles will blow your mind. Ergo, the food is fabulous.

As for beer, the selection is small enough to keep your favorites always stocked and large enough to have something new every time you come in. One tap is designated to the Harpoon 100 Barrel Series, and they are always bringing in five or so kegs of a new local brew as well as a new international brew (usually belgian or french). As for bottles, you will find a well-curated list of French and Belgians, as well as some Unibroue offerings, and even the famous Weihenstephaner to complete the list with a bold wit. For the non-BAs, there is Bass, Heini, PBR, and 'gansett.

The wine list is troublesome, as there are too many great wines to choose from, and not enough people to share with at your table. For reds, they have a fabulous Margaux reasonably priced at 87 and many other bordeaux options. The whites are less plentiful, but just as flavorful. If you are going for a glass, try the Corbieres Syrah/Mouvedre blend (the funkiness of the mouvedre will open up new tastes your buds never knew existed) or the Sancerre SB for a dry, balanced white.

Either way, when you are at Gaslight, you feel as if you have exploited a loophole in the time-space continuum and have been swept to a small brasserie in Paris, complete with fresh and seasonal offerings, delectable wines, and a winning beer list.

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Gaslight Brasserie in Boston, MA
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