When I think about eating out at a bar, visions of burgers, wings, and other bar bites come to mind. But I recently came across a treasure at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston: OAK Long Bar + Kitchen.
This restaurant is definitely not the spot you just drop into with your jeans and t-shirt on. The super sleek bar is the place to be. Pull up one of the high-back leather stools (there’s even a stool for two if you’d like to cozy up with that special someone) and take in the elegant decor and fantastic clientele: sparkling chandeliers, huge stained glass windows, super friendly bartenders, and diners dressed to the nines.
The cocktail list is simple, but classic. My friend Stacey and I both ordered the basil cucumber collins, made with cucumber vodka, lemon, and basil. It was so fresh … and so delicious.
We then decided to get a few things to munch on. After some suggestions from our bartender, we decided on the warm bread cooked in a skillet and topped with salt and rosemary, and the heirloom tomato salad with Maplebrook burrata, sherry vinegar, and basil.
I know what you’re thinking: Bread? In a skillet? How boring. Well, it was not boring. It was delicious, and I’m pretty sure I could have sat there and ate three more skillet’s-worth. And the tomato salad with burrata was absolutely perfect. The burrata was super silky and creamy, the tomatoes were tart and sweet at the same time, and the basil provided a freshness that tied the entire dish together.
All in all, our visit to OAK Long Bar was just what we needed. A good cocktail. Two delightful bar bites (although I would never consider the bread and salad “bar bites” by any means). So next time you’re looking for a fancy drink, head to the Fairmont Copley Plaza. Grab a drink at the bar and enjoy the spectacular people watching.