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Durty Nelly’s

Posted: November 23, 2013 in Uncategorized
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While in Boston, I had the chance to check out the Freedom Trail early one morning. As I used my phone’s map system to guide me from site to site and as I was taking photos and “checking in” at each locale, my battery was draining quickly. I was also working up a thirst.

I was on the lookout for a place where I could “recharge,” literally and figuratively, when I crossed a street and stumbled on Durty Nelly’s.

From the outside, it looked like it might be one of those old-school fun Boston Irish Pubs you see on TV and in the movies, so I decided to check it out.

It got even better when the sandwich board outside the bar noted that they had great Bloody Marys, so I went inside, ordered one, plugged my phone in, and took a seat.

I was the only person in the place and as Scott, the bartender, mixed my drink, we got to chatting. Durty Nelly’s makes their mix from scratch and the recipe varies by bartender on staff.

Scott was proud of his mix, which had a dash of hot sauce, horseradish, other spices and his secret ingredient—mustard.

I don’t know if it was because I had worked up such a hunger/thirst with my long walk, or what, but I would say this was the best Bloody Mary I had in Boston.

Spice: Perfect.

Mix: Scott’s recipe.

Chaser: No

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lemon

Price: $8.50

Since I was hanging out long enough to charge my phone, I talked with Scott longer and ended up telling him about the Bloody Mary blog. He seemed pretty excited as he seemed like a fellow Bloody fan.

I showed him a photo of the Sobelman’s Bloody Mary and explained how we serve ‘em up in the Midwest. He was shocked. I suggested he try serving something crazy like that at Durty’s and he seemed interested in the idea. Scott, if you do, when you double your business, remember where it came from!

Making your way in the world today takes everything you got… that’s why, even though it was a pretty cheesy, touristy thing to do, I had to stop at the original Cheers bar on Beacon Street.


I was only going to pop in and check it out, maybe have a quick pint and be on my way, but in the gift shop, I noticed this:

imageOf course, I had to inquire about this with the bartender, Christine, who was very friendly and easy to talk to. She said that they bottle/sell this mix all around Boston. Sold—okay, give me one of those Bloodies then, Christine:


“Do you like olives?” she asked as she poured the bottled mix and vodka into a glass. Silly question.

Spice: Decent amount of spice.

Mix: Cheers! At first, the Bloody was too strong to drink and I was really nursing it. Christine asked if I liked it, so I admitted it tasted overpoweringly like vodka. She was nice enough to top off the drink with more mix, making it much more palatable.

Chaser: No

Fixin’s: Two olives, Lemon, Lime, Celery Stalk

Price: $8

This was a fun experience and I was excited to see that Cheers had their own Bloody Mary mix, but at the end of the day, I wasn’t so much in love with the mix that I was going to bring it home as a souvenir. But no worries—CHEERS!


Posted: November 23, 2013 in Uncategorized
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While in Boston, I stayed at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge. One evening, I dined in their restaurant. I wasn’t planning on having a Bloody or any drink with dinner, but then I saw that they were advertising their Bloody Mary pretty heavily in their drink menu, so I gave it a shot:

After my experiences traveling where one olive and a lemon and/or lime wedge are the standard, I don’t know why, even though their menu listed it as such, I expected this to be any different.

I was never offered a “choice of garnishes,” nor did this even come with a celery stalk. Definitely oversold this.

Here’s the rundown:

Spice: Overall, however, this Bloody Mary was very tasty.

Mix: Unsure

Chaser: No

Fixin’s: One Olive, Lemon

Price: $11

Lesson learned—when you order your Bloody and it’s supposed to come with a choice of garnishes—and your bartender doesn’t inquire as to what you’d like, speak up!

While in Boston, I was invited to a conference reception at Russell House Tavern, located in Harvard Square.


Spice: The perfect amount—you can see the pepper and horseradish in this pic.

Mix: Unsure

Chaser: No

Fixin’s: One Olive, Lemon, Lime

Price: $unknown

Loved the atmosphere at this place and had a great time reconnecting with friends and meeting new folks. I’d definitely recommend stopping here to check it out if you’re in the area.