March 17, 2014

End of Winter Pub Night

"It was a dark and stormy night…and so the evening began March 12th with the specter of bad weather (what else is new in Boston?) and culminated in a very intimate and warm Winter Pub Night at The Corner Tavern. 

Disclaimer by this writer: my family and I moved into the same neighborhood in the Back Bay so I know The Corner Tavern all too well, dining nearly once a week during a period of time that we were considered almost "regulars". An interesting historic note: The Corner Tavern, which is actually located a few feet below street level, truly had 'dive bar' status for many years before the current owners renovated both the space and the food menu a few years ago. The aptly named venue on the corner of Marlborough Street and Mass Ave. now has a mix of clientele that include young professionals, students from the nearby universities, as well as a few denizens from days gone by for good measure.

The Winter Pub Night had a respectable showing of 25 or so hardy Columbia alumni with a strong 2013 Class presence (both College and SEAS) of about 6-7 newly minted Columbia graduates led by Elisabeth Marie Stevens, 2013 Class and history major who was the convivial leader for this event. 

The Corner has a full bar with a solid local/regional draft and bottled beer selection with 1-2 rotating choices; I opted for a perfect Manhattan straight-up with Maker's Mark and two cherries. The food served that evening included slow-roasted chicken wings in 3 different flavors (sweet & spicy, buffalo, and jerk), BBQ pulled pork and meatloaf sliders, and a large crudite platter. The lively discussion that evening included career discussions, reminiscing about iconic Columbia professors and courses, sports including the recent Columbia basketball loss to Harvard, and, of course, life in New York City.

The successful Winter Pub Night finished with a few stragglers remaining beyond 10 pm engaged in pleasant and collegial conversation like old friends which seemed to echo The Corner Tavern tagline: 'Your friendly neighborhood pub'."

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