By: Jessica Cickay
It’s chic, but not sickeningly stylish. It’s trendy, but not hopelessly hip. It’s elegant, but by no means is it garishly graceful. Basically, The Brahmin Restaurant and Lounge defies the stereotypes and stands out on Stanhope Street, bringing forth the perfect balance of elegance and ease to the Back Bay.
Upon entering The Brahmin, I felt as if I were coming home – and that, apparently, was the goal of the newly opened restaurant and bar. The setup and décor is designed to feel like a warm and cozy Boston brownstone, but the type of brownstone that could make you super jealous of whoever owns said brownstone – comforting and casual, yet styled and striking. Copper accents catch your eye at every angle, while dangling crystal chandeliers scatter the light of perfectly placed candles atop the sleek oak bar. The wood tones are warm, the booths are a cozy maroon leather and the exposed brick walls scream simple sophistication. Waitresses and bartenders that night were dressed to the nines, donning festive flapper-era outfits that took patrons back to a time before any of them were even born – escapism, especially with a craft cocktail in one hand, is amazing.
The Brahmin33 Stanhope St
Boston, MA 02116