Much like Christmas Eve, the night before the halfway point of the work week should be held in the highest regard. To that end, Sophie and I decided to wine and dine ourselves at Sonsie Tuesday night, a beautiful bar and restaurant on Newbury. Sonsie holds a very special place in our hearts, because it was actually the site of our first-ever friend date (when plans for a casual glass of wine turned into trying half the cocktails on the menu). Once we recognized our kindred spirits, plans for Howlin’ Lamb came just a few months later!
But back to Sonsie. Even at crowded times, the bar has an intimate feel due to the dark paneled wood, cozy tables, and soft music. We actually can’t remember any of the bands they were playing, but we remember how pleasant the tone was (which is probably a good thing; it wasn’t distracting!) By far the best feature, though, is the fact that the Newbury side of the restaurant is completely open to the street. Feeling the fall breeze was wonderful, but even in winter, panels of windows still allow for a relaxing view of the Back Bay hustle and bustle.
We each opted for a glass of rosé from Triennes, which was light and not too sweet (I could drink syrup sweet wine for days, but Sophie is more sophisticated in that way). She was impressed enough to have another class of the Triennes, while I opted for their pear martini. Normally I am too much of a baby about bitterness to handle martinis, even fruity ones, but this was also light and balanced. Pretty sure it was just quality vodka and fresh pear juice, finished with a bit of prosecco.
With these sips in addition to some small plates of warmed olives, mushroom saute, pommes frites, and foccacia, Sonsie was a tailor-made spot for us to relax and discuss future plans for Howlin’ Lamb!
The short of it:
327 Newbury St
- Good for…
- Date night or intimate cocktail conversation- be sure to grab a seat by the window, where the setup of the chairs gives you a feeling of privacy
- Long conversations- wait staff leave you alone until you need them, and there is no pressure to rush you out
- Not the place for…
- Causing a ruckus
- A cheaper night out- a drink and appetizer are going to cost you ~$25-$30