Winthrop SquareJanuary 31, 2010
There is a gem of a square nestled within Harvard, and that is Winthrop. I have been spending LOTS of time here recently for one reason or another, and each time this section of Cambridge has been perfect for the occasion.
What can Winthrop square do for you?
You’re low on cash and want a chic Monday night? $10 momos and martini special at Om (momos are Tibetan dumplings…they are delish)
Want to bond with your lesbian friends to the soundtrack of a great dj? Thursday night at Om. $5 cover.
Need a solid bar experience with a live band or dj? Forget Faneuil and hit up 3-floor Tommy Doyle’s. Cover charge goes to Haiti. Sometimes your donation also includes a shot of Haitian rum!
In caffeine withdrawal? I know I am! Skip Starbucks & hit up Peet’s coffee. Enjoy it while sitting in the square and watch the students walk by holding Oscar Wilde with their fingerless gloves.
Looking to pick up a Harvard student for the night? Grendel’s Den.
However – the diamond of Winthrop is Upstairs on the Square.
The decor is funky-chic…leave your jacket at the complementary coat check and get a seat near one of the cozy fireplaces under a chandelier made of forks. Yes, that sounds odd but the owners have a way of tying it all together. The Monday Club Bar menu has a more comfortable price point than the dining room menu – but of course, every occasion warrants its own celebratory locale. You may have something ultra special going on in your life, in which case – spring for the pink & zebra dining room! You’ll remember the food for months.
I highly suggest the bar for a catch-up session with a girlfriend. The encyclopedia of a wine list can be intimidating. So, ask for their best cocktail, Hits of Sunshine. It’s a raspberry puree/champagne concoction that is served by an equally delicious bartender. Go!
Transport: Red line T to Harvard, $2 off parking at the Charles Hotel with validation from Upstairs, $15 valet at Om, or find street parking on JFK/Mt. Auburn.