Located in the cultural hub of Davis Square, Somerville, Saloon pays homage to a simpler time. Before Prohibition hit, bars were uncomplicated sanctuaries – providing a place to relax and refresh with friends after a long day. With creative yet no nonsense libations and local beers,Saloon’s charm is in its effortless ambiance.
It is a hidden gem nestled beneath the popular Somerville restaurant Foundry on Elm – and yet, although it exudes the unfettered charm of the pre-Prohibition era, it is quickly garnering praise and popularity among the Boston community as a laid-back, comfortable locale for an after-work beverage or leisurely weekend cocktails.
If you are looking to compliment your cocktail with a bite to eat, choose from a selection of appetizers and entrées, which aim to please even the most discerning tastes. Just like the drinks, the menu is simple and flavorful – putting an historic American twist on contemporary favorites. Split the house-made charcuterie with a friend to provide a tasty base for that next round of cocktails. If you are looking for a more hearty meal, the entrees, crafted by the talented executive chef, pair well with the house specialty drinks.
While Saloon is styled after an early twentieth-century watering hole, these pre-Prohibition establishments often times became the original speakeasies when Prohibition reared its head in 1920 – and this is surely felt in Saloon, as you descend the stairs that lead into the dark wood bar, with deep, rich leather boots discreetly tucked into the corners.
The atmosphere is dark and warm, a place where you can engage in a friendly banter with one of the knowledgeable bartenders, or simply fade into the dim lighting and relaxed vibe.
The laid-back bar focuses on dark spirits, with a particular affinity to bourbon (and over 100 varieties at your disposal), but they are sure to have something unique for every taste. It is, after all, a bar that that seeks to please and impress, while maintaining the effortlessly cool character that is Saloon’s signature.
Their cocktails are inventive and yet classic, with concoctions that will impress even the most discriminating mixologist. Stop in on a weeknight to try one of their expertly crafted specialties, made with special touches such as a rosemary smoked glass to compliment the mezcal based Smoke Stack, one of the house favorites.
So, next time you are in Davis Square, be sure to stop in for a cocktail. In the summer months, the basement bar exudes a cool city style – a tucked away reprieve from the sticky summer heat. In winter, there is no better place to warm up than the cozy, warmth of this underground hideaway. Just keep an eye out for the signature lamp post, or you may miss it.