Toucher & Hardy

Toucher & Hardy

It’s Saturday night, you’re out with a group of your friends, and someone says, ‘This guy playing Wonderwall on his acoustic for the 30th time is putting my knickers in a twist. Let’s bail and find somewhere that’s NOT this.’


BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 17: Atmosphere at the Forbes 30 Under 30 Dinner Presented By The American Express Platinum Collective at Tiger Mama Restaurant on October 17, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images for American Express)

And that’s when it hits you that YOU could be the hero of the evening because you know of a place that is so cool it doesn’t even have a sign out front. Hell, it may even be hidden behind a dumpster. A speakeasy. A hidden spot that only YOU know about. Like an ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ party without a randy Sydney Pollack, no ‘Fidelio’ needed!

Here are five hidden bars and restaurants around Boston. Hopefully, they won’t be mad at me for blowing up their spot.



Literally located behind a dumpster. You’ll know you’re at 5 Utica Street when you go down an alleyway in the Financial District that makes you think you’re most likely gonna get jumped. Instead, when you find the black door, don’t knock, just call the tiny phone number near the handle. You’ll be led into a dimly lit 20-seat bar with not only one of the best bartenders in town but also shockingly good small plates (the shishitos are the bee’s knees). But beware, of the last three times I went, only once were they not at capacity. I’m assuming you could always wait in the dumpster.



JM Curley is one of the best bars in the city, and in the back of its location at 21 Temple Place downtown, is one of the best steakhouses in town. Walk all the way to the rear of JM, and behind the curtain next to the sign that says ‘ADULTS ONLY,’ is Bogie’s Place – a 20-seat prohibition throwback with a small bar in the corner where the food is excellent. Try the Bone Marrow. Oh, and as a bonus tip, head next door to…

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