This week I checked out the newest addition to the bar/lounge scene in Kenmore, The Hawthorne. The teams behind Eastern Standard and Island Creek Oyster Company have created this suave joint filled with calming colors & mood lighting. The nearby BU students may not be fully aware of the gem of a cocktail-scene they have right under their noses. The hours are 5pm-2am daily, and they are right next to the Kenmore stop. When you walk into the Commonwealth Hotel's front doors, turn right and step down the stairs to your newest go-to cocktail lounge. They have an outdoor area with a daily-changing cocktail booklet, along with extensive wine & beer menu. Also offered is a food-menu filled with differently-sized plates, from small bites to lunch-sized portions. I went with the thinly-sliced chips with green onion dip (since I can't turn down a good portion of chips)!
After we had our fill of chips & drinks, we headed out over the Charles to the secret garden at Kendall Square. At the Hotel Commonwealth's entrance we were reminded, once again, that Boston loves their dogs!
We headed towards 4 Cambridge Center, Cambridge (a .1 mile walk from Kendall/MIT T stop, if you aren't in the mood to walk across the city)...the location of the roof garden! Head to this address and take the elevator to the top floor, to the garden that is opened from dawn to dusk as a nice respite from the busy ultra-modern Kendall Square below.