Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Boston Shaker

It's an aspiring mixologists's dream, the kind of place for people who truly enjoy the entire process of preparing a classic cocktail. The Boston Shaker is a shiny, bright new addition to Davis Square and features all the cocktail tools and ingredients you'll need to properly prepare a memorable drink.

We stopped by recently to say hello to Adam Lantheaume, the owner, and browse the many interesting finds.

The spacious wooden shelves hold precisely aligned bottles of elixirs (with a personal flashback to my long-ago days working at Kiehl's) and flavors from places with names like Urban Moonshine, Fee Bros. and The Book Of Shrub.

For people who like to have really nice things as part of their home bar set-up this is the place for you. Unique, elegant and classic tools of the trade are all available.

Hard-to-find items like specialized bitters and a nice selection of mixology books will help you define your style but don't forget that Adam himself is probably the closest thing you'll get to your own, personal cocktail consultant.

The Boston Shaker is open Tuesday through Saturday 12:00 Noon to 7:00 PM.

The Boston Shaker
69 Holland Street
Somerville, MA 02144

In other news, a new restaurant is coming to Harvard Square! The Russell House is being operated by The Grafton Group (owners of Grafton Street, Temple Bar and Redline, among others) and will feature classic American cuisine. Our sources tell us (and they are almost always right) that they will occupy the space formerly housing Z Squared and plan to be open by early Spring. Remember, you read it here first.


  1. My home bar might need an upgrade! I can't wait to check it out - thanks for the tip!

  2. Thanks for the visit and the writeup!

    An additional piece of information for you regarding The Russell House.

    Aaron Butler (from Drink in Fort Point) will be running the beverage program. Exciting!

  3. Adam and his store are awesome! He's given me great excuses to pimp my bar with his well-chosen merchandise. His bitters selection alone has transformed my at-home mixology. Even far away from Davis Sq, Boston Shaker has a great rep (and I got confirmation of that in NYC and Seattle). I'm a customer for life.

  4. I was just at The Boston Shaker last week and had a fantastic time! I was able to join for a cocktail making class - I definitely recommend it. Here's a taste of my expereince if you're interested: