SportsClub/ LA member? Owner of a vacation villa on Anguilla or St. Barths? Regular at Harvard Gardens, Sonsie, or Vault? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, I have some advice: Get off the computer, dig out your latest Barney’s purchases, call yourself a cab, and ask to go to the Langham Hotel. Yes, the Langham. That sleepy hotel in the Financial District best known for their all-you-can-eat Chocolate Buffets on Saturday. Believe it or not, there’s something special in there, and it’s called BOND.
The Langham Hotel is one of the least likely places to think you’d find Boston’s newest nightlife hotspot. Appropriately named for the former Federal Reserve Bank it now occupies, BOND’s ridiculously awesome bumpin’ beats, yummy eats, and an amazing vibe has caught a lot of attention in the Boston scene.
The Langham was, and really still is, old school. Many of the employees have up to 20 year of service under their belt, uncommon in the hospitality industry. Imagine their joy every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night when their unassuming hotel is inundated by gorgeous, dolled-up 20-something chicks and some of the best looking men I’ve seen in Boston, hands down. Aside from the beautiful people, BOND’s refurbishment is a flawless example of old-school charm combined with a hot, sleek vibe we all look for in a nightlife destination; opulent chandeliers hang from the mile-high ceilings where people sit in candlelit low-lounge seating. However, if you’re lucky, you may be able to score a spot in the mezzanine lounge overlooking the fun below.
A few of BOND’s bartenders hail from some of the city’s best (now upstaged?) nightlife destinations. With their expertise comes a fantastic cocktail menu featuring a variety of martinis, named after currency, as well as specialty mixed drink, named in honor of former presidents. I highly recommend the Jackson, made with Grand Marnier, Navan, Champagne, and even a flaming orange twist (!!) If you fancy something totally unique and different, try the Quarter Martini, made with Don Julio Tequila, Pom Juice, lime, and topped off with chilli flakes to add a little spice to the night… as if you didn’t already need it!
BOND’s dinner menu consists of a variety of small plate, appetizer, and full-sized entrée options. Rather than committing to one large dish, I suggest trying a few different options. My favorites? Fresh House-made Potato Chips with Roasted Shallot Dip and Smoked Salt, Crispy Asian Lobster, Crab, and Shrimp Rolls, and the Chilled Poached Colossal Shrimp. When BOND says “colossal”, they mean it. In my 24-years of living in New England and enjoying seafood at every opportunity, I have never seen or had such large shrimp. For dessert, the plate of Chocolate Cheesecake Lollipops, Salty Caramel Cashews and Pop Rocks receives high praise.
Get here early and make a night out of your BOND experience, as the line gets ridiculously long ridiculously early. Enjoy some yummy bites, make conversation with your fellow patrons, and claim your space at the bar early.
BOND is located inside the Langham Hotel at 225 Franklin Street. For more information, visit BOND’s website at www.BONDboston.com.